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Crete PD vs FD – The Sandwich War

Cops Vs Firefighters – who has the best sandwich?

The Police Chief Frisco Melt vs the Fire Chief Dijon Burger. Available only from Wood’s Corner during the month of September. And at the end of the month, the sandwich with most sales wins the competition.

If cops win, the Fire Chief might be crossing guard for a day. If firefighters win, the Police Chief has to gear up and put out a fire.

Head down to Wood’s Corner and buy your favorite before the end of September. Located at 1403 Main St, Crete, IL 60417 · (708) 279-7934

Thank you to Barb Dorman for organizing the event. More details at:

New Crete Fire Chief

The Crete Village Hall was packed with people at the board meeting on Monday night, as 52-year-old James Muirhead was administered the oath of office by Village Clerk Deborah Bachert, becoming the new fire chief of Crete.

“I’m looking forward to Crete. It’s a has a great reputation,” Chief Muirhead said on Monday night.

The position of Crete Fire Chief became available when former Chief Michael Waterman retired in early April of this year.

Chief Muirhead started his career 33 years ago, as a paid-on-call firefighter for Matteson Fire Department. In 1993 he moved to Crete and the Crete Township Fire Protection District, where he spent eleven years and attained the rank of lieutenant. He also worked at Riverdale Fire Department, serving as their deputy chief for three years.

“I’ve known JP for a long time. He’s a quality guy and I have very high hopes and expectations that he will do a very good job for the village,” Crete Mayor Michael Einhorn said.

I’m super excited. I’ve known the Crete guys for years, growing up in Crete and being a previous member of the Crete Township Fire Department. I’m looking forward to working with them. The biggest thing I’m hoping to do is to keep things safe, because that is the utmost importance,” Crete Fire Chief James Muirhead said on Monday.

Employment Opportunity – Fire Chief

The Village of Crete (population 8,465 covering 10 square miles) is seeking qualified candidates to fill the position of Fire Chief/Fire Administrator.  This is a full time position that requires a variety of knowledge, skills, education, and abilities necessary to lead a department that currently utilizes contract firefighter/PMs, part-time firefighter PM’s and EMT’s as well as Paid on Call employees of varying certifications to meet the needs of the community that it serves.

Job Qualifications:  The applicant must be well versed in dealing with a combination style department.  It is imperative that the candidate have excellent “people skills” and will need to have the talents to operate in a small department culture requiring flexibility, innovation, and forward thinking.

Education:  An Associate’s Degree in Fire Science or similar credentials is desired as well as a significant amount of actual fire ground and department management experience.  The applicant must be an EMT or Paramedic in good standing and licensed in the State of Illinois.  All other related training and relevant credentials should be included with the submission.

Experience:  The applicant should have good working knowledge/experience with principles and practices of organization, administration, budgets, personnel management, and fire ground tactics and management.  The applicant must have outstanding verbal and written communication skills as they will be looked at as a leader with the goals of the Department and Village in mind.  They must also be an innovative thinker and problem solver who can adapt to this fast and ever changing climate.

Training:  The applicant should also be a skilled instructor and communicator, as chief officers are required to provide training on a regular basis as well as provide direction and guidance to the staff.

Additional Responsibilities:  The Chief also oversees the Fire Inspector, assists in providing fire prevention training, safety inspections and fire code enforcement.  They will be the face of the Fire Department and Village to the public and will interact with the Crete Village Board, Village Administrator, EMA, Police Department, Public Works, and other local units of government and civic organizations.  They will also be involved with various other fire related organizations including regional dispatch services.  The Chief is also responsible for assisting in planning for the future needs of the Department and the Village, and for the care and maintenance of all fire department related equipment.  The Chief also assists in budget preparation and coordinates and maintains resources for emergency responses.

Compensation and Benefits:  The Village is prepared to offer a comprehensive and competitive salary and benefits package to the successful candidate based on qualifications and experience.


The Crete Fire Department (CFD) is a municipal fire department organized in 1889 to meet the fire protection needs of the Village of Crete.  The Department now provides emergency services, which includes fire protection, rescue services, emergency medical services, hazardous materials emergency response, and related services for the protection of life and property.  During the last calendar year, the Department responded to 1,956 calls for service, 16% of which were mutual aid responses.  The Department staffs each of its two stations with a full time contract FF/Paramedic and a part time Firefighter/EMT.  They are supplemented by a small staff of paid on call members.  Equipment includes two engines, one squad/engine, three ambulances and several utility and staff vehicles.  The applicant must be well versed in dealing with individuals of varying abilities, personalities, education and skill levels and must have excellent “people skills.”  The applicant will need to have the talents to operate in a small department culture which requires flexibility and innovation within a tight budget.  The incoming Fire Chief/Administrator must live within a reasonable response distance of the Village, or be willing to relocate shortly after hire.  The current compensation salary for the Fire Chief is $80,000 annually and is considered as a base for the new Chief.  The Village offers a normal benefits package including IMRF Retirement, 10 paid holidays per year, shared cost medical/dental/vision insurance for the employee and their dependents, term life insurance fully paid by the Village for the employee, and vacation time accrues based on length of service.

Interested parties should submit their resume, certifications and statement of qualifications by one of the following methods:

By mail: Village of Crete, Fire Chief Position Application P.O. Box 337 Crete IL 60417-0337
In person: Crete Village Hall 524 W Exchange Street Crete IL 6017
By email:

This employment opportunity will remain open until a qualified candidate is chosen.

Crete Fire Chief to Retire

Crete Fire Chief Michael Waterman announced on Wednesday that he will retire on April 4th.

“There comes a time to open a new chapter in your life and say to yourself it’s time to take care of you and your family. After 36 plus great years in the fire service it’s time to say fair well. I have made more friends then I can name and worked with the best people in the world,” he wrote in a Facebook post.

“I am opening a new chapter and for those of you in and around Beecher you will still see me quite often. I am going to remain as a trustee at the Beecher Fire District and will be around the Hack-Jensen funeral home a whole lot more,” he added.

Crete Prepares for Snowstorm

Crete Fire Chief Mike Waterman said on Monday that the Village of Crete would put additional measures in place to prepare for the upcoming snowstorm.
“The Village of Crete, the Crete Fire Department, the Crete Police Department, Crete Public Works and Crete Emergency Management Agency (EMA), we all met this morning in preparation for the upcoming snowstorm,” Chief Waterman said.
According to, a ‘winter storm watch’ is in effect from Tuesday evening through Thursday afternoon, with anticipated snow accumulation from 5 to 15 inches.
“We called in extra personnel for the fire station, and all department heads are coordinating to provide emergency services if necessary,” Chief Waterman said.
Compared to previous years, Crete has seen relatively mild snowfall so far, with only minor impact on travel.
“Motorists have been very careful, and we haven’t seen major incidents so far. We encourage everyone to continue being careful the next couple days,” Chief Waterman added.

Crete Gets 6 AEDs Via Grant

Thanks to a grant application submitted by Crete Fire Captain Jim Boehner, the department was able to secure funding for six Automated External Defibrillator (AED) units.

The base AED model is designed to be user-friendly and provide emergency care for individuals experiencing an irregular heart rhythm, which could result in cardiac arrest. This unit has been installed at Crete Village Hall, and staff have been trained to used it.

“If somebody comes in for Village business and something happens, the staff can start care before we get there, in case we’re out on a call,” Crete Fire Chief Michael Waterman said.

The grant also covers an additional five, more advanced devices:

“For our first line suppression equipment and utility vehicles, and it allows us to actually monitor the cardiac rhythm the patient is in. That will allow our first responders to get an idea what is happening,” said Crete Fire Captain, Jim Boehner.

AED equipment is typically only found in ambulances, which may not always arrive first at the scene. With AEDs available to first responders, precious minutes can be allocated to diagnosing and treating patients, according to Chief Waterman:

“Deploying defibrillation and CPR quickly, increases patient survival rate and that’s what we want to accomplish.”

Check Furnace Exhaust Pipes

From the Illinois State Fire Marshal, via Crete Fire Department:

“As the cold winter air has settled in across Illinois it’s important to make sure your furnace exhaust and intake pipes are clear or snow and ice. If there is ice blocking the pipe, this can cause CO to build up in your home. Take a few minutes, bundle up, and head out to inspect your home. A few minutes today could prevent a tragedy from occurring!”

Automated External Defibrillator

A new Automated External Defibrillator, or AED, has been installed at the Village front office, according to Crete Fire Department Chief Waterman. The AED is a portable electronic device that diagnoses life-threatening cardiac related conditions and can treat them through defibrillation. Chief Waterman also extended a special thanks to Crete Fire Department Captain Jim Boehner for his work on this project.

Crete Fire Department Open House is back!

Don’t forget: Crete Fire Department Open House is this Friday! Tour the station, check out the trucks, meet the firefighters, see the Superior medivac helicopter at 6PM (weather permitting) and feast on delicious pulled pork dinners. Oct 1st. 4-7:30PM at 524 W Exchange St. in Crete.

Don't forget: Crete Fire Department Open House is back – This Friday! Tour the station, check out the trucks, meet the…

Posted by Village of Crete on Thursday, September 30, 2021

3 New CFD Engineers

Crete Fire Department has gained three new engineers this past year.

Engineer/Paramedic Bolda and Platt were promoted in April of last year, and Engineer/EMT Joyce received his promotion in late January of 2021.

Engineers are responsible for driving and placement of firefighting apparatus, finding hydrants and ensuring sufficient water supply.

“The engineers are the heart of the operation. It’s the most important job” Crete Fire Chief Michael Waterman said.

Bolda, Platt and Joyce bring the total of Crete FD engineers to seven.

(From left to right: Platt, Joyce, Bolda and Chief Waterman.)