Glen has served for over 36 years as a firefighter and paramedic; ascending the ranks of the Chicago Fire Department to retire as the District Chief of the Safety Division. While in charge of the Safety Division, Glen’s responsibilities included investigating “May Day” incidents for cause and lessons learning; facilitating line of duty death investigations among multiple agencies; and analyzing all department vehicle accidents to determine incident cause, severity, and remedial action. Glen routinely used the findings from his investigations to develop training materials. Glen also served as the Coordinator of Chicago’s Hazardous Materials Program. In this position, Glen coordinated operational planning and response execution with federal, state, and local response partners for chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive device (CBRNE) detection and mitigation for both emergency incidents and special events. Glen’s frontline experience includes serving as the Captain of the Hazardous Materials Incident Team, a Lieutenant on fire companies in one of the busiest areas of Chicago, and a firefighter/paramedic on a heavy rescue squad company. Glen spent four years working on an ambulance as a paramedic.
Glen is an experienced instructor, having taught classroom and tactical training courses. During his tenure with Harold Washington College, Glen developed and taught a program on Fire Suppression Apparatus. While working for the Illinois Fire Service Institute, Glen taught the Hazardous Materials Technician A, Rapid Intervention Team (RIT) Refresher, Rope Operations, Company Officer School, and Incident Safety Officer Program courses. He also served as an instructor for the Chicago Fire Department’s training academy, teaching Engine Company Operations and Administrative Duties for Lieutenants and Captains.
Education and Training
Glen earned an Associate’s Degree in Applied Sciences Fire Science and Technology from the City Colleges of Chicago and will soon complete his Bachelor’s Degree in Public Safety Management/Emergency Management Administration from Southern Illinois University.
Committees and Professional Organizations
Glen is currently the Chair of the Chicago Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC). During his career with the Chicago Fire Department, Glen served for six years as a member of Chicago’s Joint Terrorism Task Force Executive Board. He was a member of the Mutual Aid Box Alarm System Hazardous Material Steering Committee, Chicago’s Metropolitan Bio-Watch Advisory Committee, the Illinois Terrorism Task Force One (IL-TF-1) and the Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council. As part of the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) Securing the Cities Program, Glen served on the DNDO Executive Steering Council and the DNDO State and Local Stakeholders Working Group.
Awards and Accomplishments
Glen is a recipient of the City of Chicago Paramedic Award of Valor and the Chicago Junior Association of Commerce and Industry Paramedic Award of Valor.