Schaumburg Fire Department Welcomes New Deputy Chief

  • New Schaumburg Fire Department Deputy Chief Dan Johnson

    New Schaumburg Fire Department Deputy Chief Dan Johnson

Village of Schaumburg
Updated 12/1/2016 7:35 AM

The Village of Schaumburg Fire Department is pleased to announce that Capt. Dan Johnson has been sworn in as the new Deputy Chief of Operations effective immediately. Johnson most recently served the Schaumburg Fire Department as a captain and a shift commander.

"The Schaumburg Fire Department has a proud 50-year history of leadership dedicated to professionalism and excellent service to the community, and I am honored to have this opportunity to serve the men and women of our department and our community," Johnson said.


In his new role, Johnson will be responsible for emergency scene operations, which include ensuring adequate personnel and equipment are present; coordinating essential emergency tasks; and ensuring personnel accountability and scene safety, as well as overseeing other responsibilities within the department.

Johnson replaces Deputy Chief Bill Spencer who is retiring after 12 years in the position and more than 35 years with the department. Spencer has been instrumental in the development of multiple comprehensive response plans, adjustments in response due to I-90 reconstruction, as well as advancements in EMS equipment and policies.

"I am grateful for the service Deputy Chief Spencer has provided during his time as Chief and for his entire 36-year career spent with the Schaumburg Fire Department," said Fire Chief Dave Schumann. "I have been fortunate to have great leadership provided by Deputy Chief Spencer, and I am confident our department will be in good hands moving forward with the transition to Deputy Chief Johnson."

Johnson has served as a member of the fire service since 1992. He has held several positions since joining the Schaumburg Fire Department in 1998 including firefighter/paramedic, lieutenant, captain and shift commander. He also has worked in all five Schaumburg fire stations.

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Johnson holds a Bachelor's degree in Fire Service Management from Southern Illinois University. He is a state certified Chief Fire Officer and a long standing member of the Schaumburg Technical Rescue and Hazardous Materials Response Teams.

Lt. John Schneidwind has been promoted to captain to fill Johnson's vacancy. Schneidwind is a 28-year veteran of the department who has served Schaumburg in a variety of capacities including public education, CPR training and involvement in specialty teams.

Because of Schneidwind's promotion and the retirement of Lt. Ted Pellus, a 30-year veteran of the department, firefighter/paramedics Jeff Englund and James Sheehan have also been promoted to the rank of lieutenant. Englund is a 23-year veteran of the department and Sheehan has served the department for almost 18 years.

For more information on the Schaumburg Fire Department, visit the village's website at