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Quigley Goes “Undercover” at Chicago Fire Department Station

Oct 24, 2016
Press Release

CHICAGO –Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), went “undercover” at Chicago Fire Department’s Engine 22 Station in Lincoln Park to learn more about the day to day duties of firefighters and how the station strives to provide the highest levels of life safety and property protection through fire prevention, public fire safety education, life safety education, fire suppression, emergency medical services, and hazardous material incident mitigation.

“Firefighters risk their lives every day to keep our neighborhoods and cities safe,” said Rep. Quigley. “Having the opportunity to gain first-hand experience at Engine 22 Station gives me a greater appreciation for the challenges firefighters face every day. We must continue to ensure that our public service men and women have the resources they need to be successful in their vital work.”

“We are happy to have Rep. Quigley here with us today. We want the Congressman to know what our daily duties are every day and give him an idea of what our lives are like here at the station,” said Engine 22 Captain Ron Kitowski. “We drill every day to remain proficient at our jobs and like that the congressman was able to join us and be up for the task of our day to day here.”

During his visit, Rep. Quigley met with the Engine 22 crew, including Captain Ron Kitowski. They discussed the importance of fire safety and emergency medical procedures, the day-to-day workings of a fire station in Chicago, and some of the challenges fire stations face to procure updated equipment.

Engine 22 Station was built in 1971 on the corner of Armitage and Larabee in the heart of Lincoln Park. During the visit, Rep. Quigley assisted with daily activities at the firehouse, toured the facility and equipment, led a drill with crewmembers and tried on fire gear and materials.

Rep. Quigley’s “Undercover Congressman” series connects him with constituents at their place of employment to better understand the daily challenges they face in their industry and community. Since taking office in 2009, Rep. Quigley has performed a wide range of jobs as an Undercover Congressman, including cleaning animal pens as a zookeeper at the Lincoln Park Zoo, delivering pizza for Leona’s in Lakeview, pouring metal at a local metal refinery and delivering mail with the United States Post Office.

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