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Chris Bednarek
  • 44, Male
  • Chicago Heights, IL
  • United States
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Kim Fitzsimmons and Chris Bednarek are now friends
Aug 22, 2013
Chris Bednarek updated their profile
Jul 31, 2013
Chris Bednarek commented on Nick Ledin's blog post The Most Important Man on the Job
"Well said.  As a new TO myself, I battle against complacency daily.  Trying to change the culture of an entire department is a tough order, but all it takes is one... I remind myself every day to take baby steps, work for the buy-in from…"
Jul 31, 2013
Chris Bednarek joined Scott Thompson's group


A resource for Company Officers to assist with the delivery of company level training.See More
May 10, 2013
Chris Bednarek joined Rick Lasky's group

“Pride and Ownership”

What are you and your department doing to get your firefighters to take ownership?Grab a cup of coffee and let’s visit!…and don’t forget to check out our Pride and Ownership show on Fire Engineering Radio.See More
May 10, 2013
Chris Bednarek joined Frank Viscuso's group

Step Up and LEAD

This group is a place for leaders in todays fire service to come and discuss "all things leadership"See More
May 10, 2013
Chris Bednarek joined Shawn Donovan's group

MIddle Tennessee Fools

The first and only FOOLS Chapter in Tennessee. Our chapter is based out of Nashville, TN and our brothers work for departments in and around the counties that surround Nashville. Chapter started in 2003See More
Nov 6, 2011
Chris Bednarek joined JD Dulworth's group


Come and discuss or brag about your Fraternal Order of Leatherheads Society (FOOLS) organization. Looking to start a chapter in your area, I am sure we have enough qualified brothers out there to help! FTM-PTBSee More
Nov 6, 2011
Chris Bednarek joined Billy Goldfeder's group

FireFighterClose Calls

Fires & runs with a "Close Call" where we coulda, shoulda, woulda-or, it was simply not avoidable. Short and sweet: what happened, what we learned, would do different...or...sometimes this sh!t just happens. A place to pass it on for others to learn.See More
Nov 6, 2011
Chris Bednarek joined J. Spaulding's group

Props and Training Aids

Share training aids and props that you have seen, or built.See More
Nov 6, 2011
Chris Bednarek joined International Society of Fire Service Instructors's group

Becoming a Better Instructor!

A group to discuss becoming a better instructors!
Nov 6, 2011
Chris Bednarek joined Dave Dalrymple's group

Vehicle Technology - Concerns of today & tommorrow

Exchanging information on today's vehicle technology issues and preparing for tommorrow's concerns. Vehicle construction & materials, safety systems, patient management and motive power even vehicle fire concerns - chime in fellow rescuers!See More
Nov 6, 2011
Chris Bednarek joined Art Zern's group

Illinois Fire Service Institute

This group is for Field Staff, Institute Staff, Institute Researchers, students and other interested parties. All topics related to the Institute's work including classes, research and training will be discussed here.See More
Nov 6, 2011
Chris Bednarek joined Art Bloomer's group

Technical Rescue

Does your department have technical rescue capabilities? What kind of problems are you facing in regards to staffing, training and equipment? If you have any gadgets or special techniques, this is the place to share them.
Nov 6, 2011
Chris Bednarek is now a member of Fire Engineering Training Community
Nov 6, 2011

Profile Information

Lives in:
Chicago Heights Fire
Years of public service:
Agency structure:
Paid fire department
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Professional Qualifications:
Illinois OSFM Fire Officer 2
Illinois OSFM Instructor 3
Illinois OSFM Confined Space Rescue Technician
Illinois OSFM Vertical 2
Illinois OSFM Trench Rescue Technician
Illinois OSFM Collapse Rescue Technician
Illinois OSFM Hazardous Materials Tech. A
Illinois OSFM Incident Safety Officer
Illinois OSFM Health & Safety Officer
Illinois OSFM Training Program Manager
Illinois OSFM Certified Fire Investigator
Topics you provide training for:
I would love to help out anyone who needs assistance in any area I have the training to provide. One of the most rewarding parts of my job is passing on what I have learned to the next generation of firefighters who will follow us.
Areas of expertise:
Vehicle & Machinery Rescue, Rope Rescue, Confined Space Rescue
I am a full time Lieutenant/Paramedic on the Chicago Heights Fire Department, where I also serve as a member of a three-person training committee. Prior to this position, I was a paid-on-call member of the Crete Township Fire Protection District.

I function as a Rescue Specialist on Illinois Task Force 1 USAR team. I am a Certified Fire Investigator and function as such with the South Suburban Fire Investigation Task Force.

I am a field staff instructor for the Illinois Fire Service Institute, a lead instructor for Prairie State College, a member of IAFF Local 711 and a proud member of the SouthSide FOOLS.
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