Former Chicago Fire Department Commissioner Bob Hoff Named Fire Chief in Carol Stream

Former Chicago Fire Department Commissioner Bob Hoff has been named Fire Chief in Carol Stream.  Chief Hoff will take the top spot after former Chief Rick Kolomay retired.  Good luck on your next adventure Chief.  More on the story is below. – “A former Chicago Fire Department commissioner is poised to take the helm of the Carol Stream Fire Protection District.

The board agreed to appoint Deputy Chief Bob Hoff to the top post Monday night. Trustees are expected to approve a contract with Hoff at their meeting Monday, July 11.

Hoff will oversee a district with three fire stations and about 60 sworn employees.

“The pace was set here when I got here, and we’re going to keep that pace up,” Hoff said shortly after the promotion. “The pride and the professionalism that this group has — it’s like when I was in the city. You talk about good, hardworking firehouses.

Out of three firehouses we have here, they’re all good and hardworking.”

Hoff first joined Carol Stream in 2012 — less than two weeks after he stepped down as the head of the nation’s second-largest fire department. At the time, he aimed to spend more time with family, but got the job offer to become deputy under his longtime colleague, former Chief Rick Kolomay.

Since, Hoff has been going out on calls, training firefighters and steering operations.

“I love the fire service,” he said. “It’s my whole life. It’s my entire life other than my family.”

Including his son, his family has four generations of firefighters.

“He inspires me,” said Hoff, gesturing to a framed picture in his office of his father, a Chicago Fire Department battalion chief killed battling a blaze in an apartment building on Valentine’s Day 1962.”…Continue Reading Here

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