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Garden Homes Firefighter Academy

posted Nov 29, 2017, 11:18 AM by John Loehr

Applications are now available for the 2018 Garden Homes Basic Operations Firefighter Academy.

The Garden Homes Fire Protection District is proud to announce start of our Basic Operations Firefighter Academy. This program will cover all three OSFM modules. By graduation students will have covered all necessary material to take the state exam and completed all required practical evolutions.

The class fees include:

·       two academy t-shirts;

·       one sweat shirt; and,

·       a textbook.

Students must be either a member of or be sponsored by a fire department to be eligible to participate in this Academy. Additionally, all students should:

·       have completed FEMA online courses IS-100.b, IS-200.b, IS-700.b, IS-800.b;

·       have completed National Firefighters Foundation online course Courage to be Safe; and,

·       be prepared to participate in physical fitness training.

The Academy begins January 8, 2018 and will run until June 13, 2018

Classroom sessions will typically be held Wednesday evenings at the Garden Homes firehouse starting at 1830 hours and continuing until 2230 hours. Practical evolutions will be on weekend days starting at 0730 hours. A practical evolution will be distributed on the first night of class.

Course Fee will be $1200.00/student

Departments sending more than 3 students will get a discount of $200 per additional student.

To register or any questions feel free to contact us at the following:

·       Garden Homes Fire Protection District: (708) 489-9045; leave a message

·       Chief Earl Abercrombie: (708) 906-9218; abercrobiee@ghfpd.org

·       Deputy Chief Brad Golomb: (708) 280 8622; golombb@ghfpd.org

·       Lt. John Loehr: (773) 712-7254; loehr@ghfpd.org

Santa Visits Garden Homes on Sunday, December 17th

posted Nov 7, 2017, 9:23 PM by John Loehr

Garden Homes will play host to a jolly visitor from the North Pole on Sunday morning December 17th. Santa will start making the rounds around town at approximately 9:00 AM. Please come out an see Santa and the Department members as they bring sweat treats to the children.

Garden Homes Insurance Rating Announced

posted Nov 7, 2017, 9:00 PM by John Loehr

Just before Halloween, the Garden Homes Fire Protection District (GHFPD) received our results from the Insurance Service Office (ISO) concerning our Public Protection Classification (PPC) otherwise know as our ISO Rating.

We are proud to announce that our ISO Rating has improved from Class 5 to Class 3. This places the GHFPD in the top 11% of all fire departments in the United States and should produce insurance savings for the Garden Homes community we serve. We would encourage all of our residents to contact their insurance provider to determine the impact of the Rating change on your insurance.



New Members Sworn In!

posted Nov 7, 2017, 8:55 PM by John Loehr

At last month's Board of Trustees meeting ,10 new members took their oath of office and joined the Garden Homes Fire Protection District. This group features 2 Garden Homes residents, 3 EMTs, and 1 Firefighter/EMT.

We would like to congratulate them on this occasion and thank them for their willingness to serve the community. We would also like to thank their families and friends for attending the meeting.


Now Taking Applications!

posted Aug 1, 2017, 10:02 AM by John Loehr

As Recruit Class 17.01 finishes up their orientation training we are actively looking to fill the next class. If you are interested in being a Firefighter/EMT stop by the firehouse on Tuesday from 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM and fill out an application. Check out Join Us! for more information.

Community Baseball Night!

posted Jul 3, 2017, 11:14 AM by John Loehr   [ updated Jul 3, 2017, 11:15 AM ]


On Friday, August 4ththe Garden Homes Fire Protection District is teaming up with the Windy City Thunderbolts to raise funds to support our operations. GHFPD gets a portion of every $10 ticket we sell and we will also be the recipient of the “Split” in the Split the Pot Raffle that night as well.

If a summer night, minor league baseball, and supporting your local fire department isn’t enough of an enticement, the Thunderbolts are running multiple promotions that evening:

  1. $3 U Call Its – any beer or well mixed drink is only $3;
  2. $1.50 Budweiser Beer Special;
  3. Camp Out Night – after the game you can set up a stake-less tent in the outfield enjoy a late-night movie, snacks and refreshments provided by the team. After sleeping under the stars, a light breakfast will be served to all campers before leaving; and,
  4. kids run the bases after the game. 

The game starts at 7:05 PM, all tickets are $10, and the Thunderbolts allow tailgating before the game.

If you are interested in attending and helping out the GHFPD, you have four options to get tickets

  1. Contact a member of the department;
  2. Stop by the firehouse on Tuesday from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM;
  3. Email Lt. Loehr (loehr@ghfpd.org) with your name, a contact number, and the number of tickets you need; or,
  4. Leave a message at the firehouse (708-489-9045) with the above information and we'll arrange delivery.

Welcome New Recruits!

posted Jun 27, 2017, 5:32 AM by John Loehr

This past Saturday, GHFPD welcomed the members of Recruit Class 17.01 when they started their GHFPD orientation.

We wish them success in their training and look forward to them becoming full members in the not too distant future.

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Promotion Time!

posted Jun 27, 2017, 5:27 AM by John Loehr   [ updated Jun 27, 2017, 5:29 AM ]

This past Wednesday, the Board of directors for the Garden Homes Fire Protection District installed Brad Golomb as Deputy Chief, Brad Perryman as Captain, Joe Lopez & John Loehr as Lieutenants.

Thank you to all the family, friends, and members who were in attendance for the ceremony.

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Congratulations to our new Chief!

posted Mar 23, 2017, 9:38 AM by John Loehr

At last night's Board of Trustees meeting, our Board extended an offer to Interim Chief Earl Abercrombie to become the full time Chief of the District. Chief Abercrombie accepted the offer and will have a formal swearing in ceremony in May when his family can be present. Chief Abercrombie began his career in the fire service as a candidate with Garden Homes twelve years ago. Outside of the District, the Chief serves as a Paramedic in Charge for the Chicago Fire Department on Ambulance 5.

Good Luck Michael Wolf!

posted Mar 23, 2017, 8:21 AM by John Loehr

The officers and members of the Garden Homes Fire Protection District wish Pump Operator Michael Wolf the best of luck as he continues to build his fire service career as the newest member of the Riverdale Fire Department. PO Wolf will be on a leave of absence from Garden Homes during his probationary period with Riverdale. While his experience and dedication to the District will be missed, we look forward to his return with new knowledge and experiences.

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