CHIEF DONALD SHOEVLIN
Fire Chief Don Shoevlin was named to this position in January 2008. Chief Shoevlin oversees the HRFPD annual financial budget, all operations and management of the district and leads a group of 89 full time, contract, paid on premise, paid on call and volunteer personal.
Since 2001, when he joined Harlem Roscoe, he immediately began to organize, restructure, and implement continued education for all, at every level. Today, he continues this and is a strong advocate for achieving the highest level of safety & training for both himself, his crew, and his community. He encourages his members to further their education and broaden their leadership skills on an ongoing basis and himself holds numerous certifications with the Illinois Fire Marshal’s office and through FEMA. Chief Shoevlin is a member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, the Illinois Fire Chief Association Board, Winnebago Chiefs Association, Winnebago County 911 board and MABAS Division 8.
Over the years as Fire Chief, he implemented an extensive overhaul of his three fire stations to accommodate individual sleeping quarters, adding additional training & daily operation space and making the entire 3 facilities energy efficient. This accomplishment was done without the need for a referendum and with acquiring a grant for lighting. He began an equipment and apparatus capital replacement program that allows his firefighters and EMS personnel to perform their job expediently and efficiently. He has updated policies and guidelines throughout the department to assist in the changing environment of the fire/EMS service so to maintain a quick response while providing enhanced service.
He has built a team of officers that lead by example. Mentoring them as they achieve leadership skills that flow into a cohesiveness energy throughout the department. Tackling health & wellness with a full awareness of sustaining good mental health for every challenge his men and women might face daily is a big achievement. This is evident in the current Chaplain program and employee assistance program (EAP) he has in place.
Prior to becoming the Harlem Roscoe Fire Chief, Chief Shoevlin began his years in the fire service as a volunteer firefighter/paramedic with the Cary Fire Department. During his tenure, he achieved the rank of Captain along with acquiring numerous certificates for fire/EMS education before moving to Roscoe in 1991. Outside the fire service, he has managed and operated two small businesses. In Cary, he was the co-owner of a family business that was sold before coming to Roscoe. Then with his wife Tammy, he purchased and ran a printing shop in Roscoe until he became Fire Chief. His community involvement and leadership in both places has always been a huge factor in his life.
Chief Shoevlin has been married to Tammy for over 41 years. Their four children, spouses and 8 grandchildren are the love of their lives and are fortunate to have all of them live, work, and go to school in their community.
In the past twelve years of being Fire Chief, he has continuously appreciated all of the dedication and professionalism he has seen throughout from his men and women who serve the District. His daily motto to them has always been: “We are who we are because of you!”