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Plainfield fire chief announces retirement after 40-plus years

Deputy chief to take over this month

Plainfield Fire Chief David Riddle announced he is retiring from his post.
Plainfield Fire Chief David Riddle announced he is retiring from his post.

David Riddle recently announced that he is retiring from his post as chief of the Plainfield Fire Protection District.

“My time with the Plainfield Fire Protection District is ending, but my 40-plus years in the fire service will likely continue as I endeavor to continue making an impact,” Riddle wrote.

He added that in his first newsletter in spring 2015, he talked about the number of challenges and accomplishments the district had including the groundbreaking of its new headquarters to train not only its own personnel but regional and national emergency service personnel. The district received its ISO 1-grade certification in November 2017 and is exploring becoming an accredited fire agency through the Center for Public Safety Excellence, an internationally recognized organization.

Riddle said the district also expects recognition from the Government Finance Officers Association for abiding by the standards outlined in its Excellence in Financial Reporting program.

“You can be confident that your district will maintain our comprehensive strategy to meet these challenges with the same level of skill, responsibility and professionalism that has carried us through so many in the past,” Riddle wrote to residents.

He said the district will continue to grow its social media presence to help improve communication with residents, with improvements set to roll out in the first quarter of 2019.

“Our foundation remains solidly built on all those volunteers, career members, fire commissioners and board members who have helped forge our path forward,” he wrote.

The Plainfield Police Department congratulated Riddle in a post on its Facebook page, thanking him for his years of service and his work with the police department, the Plainfield Emergency Management Agency and the village of Plainfield.

“Thank you for your dedication and congratulations on your retirement!” the post read.

Plainfield Deputy Fire Chief Jon Stratton said he will be sworn in as the new chief Tuesday. He’s been with the department since 1994 and has been a deputy chief since 2005.

“We have a lot of great people in place and want to keep everything moving forward,” he said.

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