Rick Fisher: Candidate Profile

Carol Stream Fire Board (6-year Terms) (Independent)

Updated 2/22/2013 6:36 PM




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City: Carol Stream

Website: Candidate did not respond.

Office sought: Carol Stream Fire Board (6-year Terms)

Age: 53

Family: Married with two children

Occupation: Real Estate Sales (Realtor)

Education: High School & two years college

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Civic involvement: Carol Stream Softball coach Carol Stream Fire Commissioner Carol Stream Fire District Trustee

Elected offices held: Carol Stream Fire District Trustee 2005 - Present

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

Candidate's Key Issues

Key Issue 1

Community Safety: Continuing to deliver the highest level of Expertise Service in Medical Emergency, Fire, and Rescue to ensure the Safety of all the residents with-in our District.

Key Issue 2

Co-Operation: To continue the effort of working with the other Village entities as well as the surrounding Fire Departments and Districts to develop the most effective and efficient policies to maximize our budget dollars.

Key Issue 3

Conservationism: To continue to be innovative in creating new revenue streams that will allow us to provide the above mentioned service's without having to ask for referendums or increasing the taxes to our District Residents.


Questions & Answers

Name the three most important goals or objectives this board should tackle in the coming term. Prioritize them, and briefly discuss why you believe each to be critical, and how the board should go about addressing them.

1). Capitol Expenditure: It is critical that we monitor our buildings (Fire Houses), vehicles and equipment to maintain all, and maximize the life expectancy. 2). As Trustee continue to be very well versed in all of our business needs, to continue to maintain a balanced budget. 3). To be a United 5 person board and administrative staff to achieve our upcoming budget, our contract negotiations, and visions of providing the safest environment for all our residents.

How should the fire protection district improve its services?

By maintaining the Capital maintenance program it allows for new/newer vehicles and equipment, to continue the training & cross training of district personal and to maximize the co-operation with the village and surrounding fire departments/districts so that they are better able to respond to the residents needs in a swift and efficient manner.

Are you satisfied with the district's response times? If yes, please explain; if no, please offer your suggestions on how to improve.

Yes, We have three strategically placed fire house's that allow the district personal to cover their geographic/designated areas as well as provide back-up to the others houses while out on call. There are ALS Certified Paramedics and life support equipment on all the ambulance's and fire trucks which allows for immediate emergency service as needed for which ever vehicle is first to arrive at the scene.

What specific background or experience do you bring that makes you the best qualified candidate to serve on the fire district board?

In 2000 I was appointed to the Fire Commission where I was part of a 3 person board that was responsible for the hiring, firing, and disciplinary actions (which is governed by law) to the fire fighter/paramedic personal for the district. I was then appointed to the Fire Board in 2005 to fill the vacated seat of Joe Bird. I then ran for the remainder of that term (2 years). From there I was re-elected for a 6 year term. All of the above mentioned experience has allowed intimate knowledge of the district, its needs and what is involved in the business operations of providing the residents with the safest service available while maintaining a balanced budget.

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