Bartlett’s fire chief new head of state association
From Staff Reports October 24, 2012 9:24PM
Bartlett Fire Chief Michael W. Falese
Updated: November 26, 2012 7:13AM
BARTLETT — Firefighter/paramedics from the Bartlett Fire Protection District were present at the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association’s annual conference in Peoria on Oct. 16 to witness Bartlett Fire Chief Michael W. Falese sworn in as president of the association.
Falese has been a member of the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association executive board for the past five years. He started out as a director and then moved to second vice president, first vice president and now president. The new title comes with a one-year term. Falese will then serve on the board for one year as past president.
Many of the Bartlett fire department members traveled to Peoria to support their chief. The travelers included Jim McCarthy, president of the district board, who said, “As someone who has an endless desire for excellence, Chief Falese will bring his quality leadership skills to the IFCA. It is an honor to have the Bartlett Fire Protection District represented statewide.”
Falese himself said, “I am so proud to be able to have the Bartlett Fire Protection District recognized for such a significant accomplishment. The ability for members of the district to be in a better position to assist and serve fire departments across Illinois is truly humbling. In addition, I am so proud to have recognition for the entire village of Bartlett.”
Falese takes over the reins of the IFCA from Addison Fire Chief Don Markowski, who started out his fire service career as a part-time member of the Bartlett Fire Protection District many years ago. “It was great to see two local leaders at the helm of the IFCA,” McCarthy said. “It says a lot for Bartlett.”