Champaign fire chief to retire

Urbana isn't the only city in Champaign County that will soon be losing its fire chief. Champaign Fire Chief Doug Forsman said he will retire on Nov. 29, after two tours of duty with the department that total 17 years.  Altogether, he has worked in the fire service for 50 years. He credits coordination among local departments as one of his biggest accomplishments.



Forsman's departure will come only 5 months after another veteran fire chief, Urbana's Mike Dilley, steps down.


Even though it won't be fishing weather when he retires, Forsman says he plans to wet plenty of lines in his free time, and also hop in his RV with his wife and travel south.   Forsman says the city hopes to have a new chief hired by the time he steps down.  He's hopeful that someone from within the department will apply, but he says there will probably be a nationwide search as well.

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U of I Alum wrote on May 19, 2013 at 11:05 pm

The Chief says they were "very well" with the other departments in the area and the volunteers... really? Always get the closest fire truck from Urbana? Why then did I see a CFD truck from the far west station on a call on East Bradley when the Urbana FD truck on North Lincoln sat in their station not on any call? And even more of a stretch... that imaginary line NEVER crosses with a volunteer department!!! So if my house catches fire on North Market Street you'll call out the one of the volunteer departments in unincorporated north Champaign or north Urbana if the other closer "paid" fire stations are busy on other calls or do I wait for a fire truck from the new station down in far Southwest Champaign and mutual aid from Downtown and Southeast Urbana? Practice what you preach or stop being a hypocrite! Sadly though nothing will happen or change until someone gets hurt or even worse dies and sues the pants off of them to see the error of their ways!