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Brian Schopp: Candidate Profile

Elburn, Countryside fire protection district

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  • Brian Schopp, running for Elburn, Countryside fire protection district

    Brian Schopp, running for Elburn, Countryside fire protection district




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City: Elburn

Website: Candidate did not respond.

Office sought: Elburn-Countryside Fire Protection District

Age: 39

Family: Married, no children

Occupation: Full time Firefighter/EMT at Fermilab in Batavia

Part time Fire Captain/EMT with Elburn & Countryside Fire Protection District

was Elburn's Police Department first K9 Officer. I worked as a part time Police Officer from 1995-2005.

Education: Graduated from St. Charles High School in 1991, working on associate in Fire Science at Waubonsee Community Collage,extensive list of Fire and EMS related courses

Civic involvement: 2008-present, I was elected President of Fermilab Firefighter's Local I-21 Union

Elected offices held: none

Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain: No

Candidate's Key Issues

Key Issue 1

Support expanding our Fire and EMS services into our Northern part of our district.

Key Issue 2

Continue to support a higher level of training for our members in EMS and Firefighting fields

Key Issue 3

Continue to support our District's specialized teams: Technical rescue, Hazardous Materials Team, Fire Investigation and to also add additional specialty teams such as a Dive/ Rescue Team.

Questions & Answers

What makes you the best candidate for the job?

Candidate did not respond

Why are you running for this office, whether for re-election or election the first time? Is there a particular issue that motivates you, and if so, what is it?

The reason why I am running for this position simple I have lived in Elburn for the past 21 yrs. I have been a dedicated member of the Fire Department for the past 22 yrs and through these years I have seen alot of changes. The issues above I mentioned are very important not only to the taxpayers in our District but people driving through our district. If elected I will help the Fire Department grow and prosper, support a higher level of training for members of the Fire Department and work on expanding our Fire Department resources.

Talking with your friends and neighbors, what seems to be their biggest fire safety concern? Explain the concern as you see it, and discuss how you think it should be addressed.

Most of my friends and neighbors are happy with our Fire/EMS services. Our Fire Department has always been proactive.

In these tight economic times, budgets have to be prioritized. Where, if anywhere, could the current budget be trimmed, and conversely, are there areas the budget does not give enough money to?

Currently our Trustees have done an excellent job with the budget, but another Fire Station in the north part of our district has to be a priority.

Would you support sharing/pooling resources (i.e. printing, vehicles) with other local governments (school districts, village, etc.)? If so, what areas would you consider combining or merging to save money or improve efficiency?

Candidate did not respond.