Village Manager Dave Fieldman announced today the temporary appointment of Deputy Chief Jim Jackson as Acting Chief of the Downers Grove Fire Department. Jackson will assume the reins from Fire Chief Phil Ruscetti, who is retiring at the end of August 2009.
Jackson was appointed Deputy Chief in November 2001 and his overall career in the Downers Grove Fire Department spans 22 years. During that time he has served as a Fire Fighter, Technical Rescue Coordinator, Lieutenant and worked with the Illinois Urban Search and Rescue team as Planning Chief. He has also been an integral part of the team responsible for the design and construction of the new Fire Station 2, as well as the operational changes made to address current financial conditions. “I’m definitely ready to meet the challenges ahead for the department and plan on continuing with the operational efficiencies already underway,” stated Jackson.
Deputy Chief Jackson will begin as Acting Chief of the Downers Grove Fire Department on August 28, 2009.