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Peter Van Dorpe

Member

Professional Experience

Peter has over 38 years of fire service experience and is currently the Fire Chief of the Algonquin Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District. In 2013 Peter retired as the Director of the Chicago Fire Department’s (CFD) Training Division after a 33 year career with the CFD. In addition to his work as a Field Instructor for the Illinois Fire Service Institute, Peter has been a lead instructor for the CFD’s Fire Officer School and has taught building construction for the fire service through the City Colleges of Chicago.

Peter is a recognized expert on modern fire ground challenges and has made multiple presentations on this topic at the National Fire Academy, Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC), Firehouse Expo, and Fire Rescue International. In 2012 Peter delivered the General Session Keynote at FDIC and addressed the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the “Flammability Standards and Flame Retardant Chemicals.”

Peter has participated as a Subject Matter Expert for Underwriters Laboratories’ research on Firefighter Safety, the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) “Evaluating Firefighting Tactics Under Wind Driven Conditions”, the International Association of Fire Fighters “Firefighter Safety and Deployment Study” in high rise buildings, and several National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Line of Duty Death investigations.

Education and Training

Peter earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Fire Science Management from Southern Illinois University.

Professional Organizations

Peter is a member of the Advisory Board for Underwriters Laboratories’ (UL) Firefighter Safety Research Institute and Board of Directors of the International Society of Fire Service Instructors.

Awards

Peter is the 2016 recipient of the Fire Engineering/ISFSI George D. Post Instructor of the Year award.