Evanston Firefighters Local 742

Welcome to the Evanston Fire Fighters Association Local 742 Home Page! Local 742 was chartered on February 1, 1943. Since that time, the Evanston Fire Department and the Evanston Fire Fighters Association have endured many changes and prevailed through some turbulent times. In 1974, the Evanston Fire Fighters were the third International Association of Fire Fighters Local in Illinois to strike for our Members benefits. Today, Local 742 remains a very strong local, with membership beginning with the entry level fire fighter, continuing through Battalion Chief's.

On-Line Store:

Evanston Imprintables has a new order form for purchasing EFD Local 742 clothing. There are 2 different PDF files you can click on to make custom EFD clothing orders from Evanston Imprintables. Please visit our On-Line Store for more information and order forms.

Fireman's Park:

Bricks are still available for sale to help keep up Fireman's Park. You can find the order form by clicking here. There will be more renovations this year and for the years to come. Your support is greatly appreciated!



Click here to find out information about upcoming fundraisers for Local #742.






Union Meeting:

Friday, April 17 7:30pm
Via teleconference


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In Loving Memory:

Never Forget

Firefighter Fred McGowan
April 22, 2020

Fire Chief Glen W. Ayers
April 16, 2019

Captain James C. Edwards, Jr.
April 4, 2019

Firefighter Roger Lecey
February 27, 2019

Firefighter Jerry "Ski" Czarnowski
January 4, 2019

Captain George Neuhaus
July 31. 2018

Firefighter Jerry Heber
July 29, 2018

Captain James McIntyre
June 25, 2018

Firefighter Neal Smithweck
March 29, 2018

Captain Robert Wagner
March 22, 2018

Chief Sanders "Sam" Hicks
June 16, 2017

Captain Edward Frank
June 14, 2017

Captain Ron Shulga
May 11, 2017

Captain George Strom
April 4, 2017

Division Chief James Mersch
March 30, 2017

Firefighter/Paramedic Gary Hilbert
March 21, 2017

Firefighter Thomas N. Kostopoulos
December 8, 2016

Captain Peter Erpelding
October 11, 2016

Firefighter Tomas Simpson
July 11, 2016

Assistant Fire Chief Thomas Hanson
January 10, 2015

Firefighter Kenneth Holmes
Sept. 2015

Firefighter/Paramedic Joseph F. Hayes
November 24, 2014

Captain James A. Cox
May 13, 2014

Captain Roger J. Pettinger
April 17, 2014

Firefighter Dave Henderson
December 9, 2013

Firefighter James M. Keaty
July 25, 2013

Firefighter William Lemieux
May 10, 2013

Firefighter Ben Ghiselli
February 27, 2013

Shift Chief James "Gov" Whalen
January 26, 2013

Assistant Fire Chief

Willard Thiel
January 4, 2013

Captain William L. Moore
August 16, 2012

Firefighter Bernard Burczak
January 5, 2012

Captain Bob Schwarz
November 30, 2011

Captain Daniel Lorden Sr.
June 24, 2011

Assistant Fire Chief
Edward E. Pettinger
November 12, 2010

Division Chief
David Franzen
July 29, 2010

Captain Mike Lass
May 28, 2010

Firefighter Richard G. Ruley Sr.
April 1, 2010

Firefighter/Paramedic Pat Reif
January 18, 2010

Captain Joe Planos
June 13, 2008

Assistant Fire Chief
Richard G. Schumacher
May 29, 2008

Firefighter Norman Peterson
April 13, 2008

Firefighter Stanley J. Broslovik
January 2, 2008

Firefighter Mike "Mickey" Ryan
December 27, 2007

Firefighter Bob Godemann
April 3, 2007

Chief John Wilkinson
November 29, 2006

Captain Joseph Burton
August 31, 2006

Captain LeRoy O. Dullin
March 19, 2006 (Past Union President)

Captain Ernest W. Bongratz
February 9, 2006

Captain Harold E. Cowell
January 24, 2006

Captain Peter Hanchar
January 6, 2006

Firefighter/Paramedic Chris Dwyer
May 18, 2005

Captain William Best
February 15, 2003

Captain William C. Currie
May 24, 1997

Marty Leoni
July 22, 1985

Firefighters Craig and Stiles
December 13, 1905


March Hoops Fundraiser

Due to concerns over the spreading Corona Virus (Covid-19) we have sadly had to cancel the annual March Hoops Local 742 Fundraiser for April 4th.  Please stay healthy, wash hands, maintain social distance, and contact your local health provider's office BEFORE calling 911 and seeking testing at your local hospital.  Follow the guidlines by visiting the CDC website here.



2020 Benevolent Fund Fishing Trip

Benevolent Fund Fishing Tournament has been rescheduled for Saturday, September 26 (Shift 1).

Just wanted to get the date out so you can get it on your calendar. This has been moved due to Covid-19 and the stay at home order.

As in years before it will be $200 and start at 11:00 am in Kenosha Harbor. 6 hour fishing charter followed by dinner at the Boat House Restaurant. Fee covers fishing, your fishing license, dinner, drinks on the boat, and a donation to the Benevolent Fund. Any questions let me know. Let's make this the biggest one yet!





Congrats on our recent promotions

From left to right: Captain Marty Rafacz, FAO Andy Arreguin, Firefighter Joe Ceriale

EVANSTON, IL - The Evanston Fire Department promoted three individuals to various positions, Tuesday, February 4, 2020, at 7 p.m., at Fire Station 3, located at 1105 Central St. Captain Marty Rafacz, a 20-year veteran of the department, will be promoted to shift chief. Captain Rafacz's knowledge and experience will bring great leadership to Evanston fire shift three. Captain Rafacz has multiple certifications, including a bachelor’s degree in fire science. Captain Rafacz has been instrumental in the development of the department's drivers program and has led several important initiatives through his leadership within the EFD and Local 742, including restoration of Firemens’-Park at Maple Avenue and Simpson Street. Fire Apparatus Operator Andy Arreguin will be promoted to the rank of captain. F.A.O. Arreguin is an 11-year veteran of the department, who was recently promoted as an F.A.O in July of 2018. Arreguin earned a bachelor’s degree in fire science and is certified as an Instructor I. F.A.O. Arreguin also currently serves as vice president of Evanston Local 742. Firefighter/Paramedic Joey Ceriale, a 12-year veteran of the department, is a certified fire apparatus operator and will now be promoted to the full-time position of fire apparatus operator. Firefighter Ceriale is a recipient of the Craig Stiles award.

B/C Jeff McDermott Retirement After 33 Years of Service

EVANSTON, IL - Shift Chief Jeff McDermott has announced his retirement from the Evanston Fire Department after 33 years of dedicated service. Since joining the EFD on October 1, 1986, Chief McDermott has served the City of Evanston and the department with honor and dedication.

Shift Chief McDermott started his career in 1986 as a firefighter, moving through the ranks to become captain, and then obtaining the position of shift chief in November of 2005. Chief McDermott has held this position for the past 14 years, and has served as an extraordinary leader who has mitigated thousands of incidents for the residents of Evanston. As a constant advocate for enhancing the department's technologies, response plans and equipment, Chief McDermott has helped make firefighters' jobs more efficient and safe when responding to emergency incidents.

Chief McDermott is a second generation Evanston firefighter who has shared his career with his brother, Mike McDermott, captain of engine 24. Chief McDermott has been actively involved in Evanston Firefighters Union Local 742, holding leadership positions, such as grievance chairman and local 742 president.

"Chief McDermott has always been a dedicated firefighter, paramedic and fire officer who helped advance the department's mission, and embraced the idea of technology and efficiency," said Fire Chief Scott. "Jeff's idea of success was to make things better for the next person."

The Evanston Fire Department would like to wish Jeff and his family a happy and healthy retirement and all the best with his future endeavors.


On February 4, 2020 Captain Marty Rafacz will be promoted to Battalion Chief, Fire Apparatus Operator Andy Arreguin will be promoted to Captain, and  Firefighter/Paramedic Joe Ceriali will be promoted to Fire Apparatus Operator.  Congrats and good luck on your new positions!

Rebuild Evanston Together


I just wanted to thank and recognize Shift Chief Bill Muno and Captain Dave Smrha along with Facilities Management Supervisor Luke Tatara and Facilities & Fleet Division Manager Sean Ciolek for volunteering their time for "Rebuild Together" which mobilized volunteers to help rebuild the homes of needy Evanston community members.

Bill, Dave, Sean and Luke (and others) worked successfully in helping an elderly couple of 82 and 74 years who needed to repair their front porch that had fallen into disrepair. The gentleman of the home is a veteran of the 82nd Airborne and has raised multiple generations to value and volunteer to serve our Nation and our community.

Fantastic work! Thank you!

Sincerely, Chief Brian Scott

Police & Fire Foundation Grill Off

Congratulations to the Evanston Police Department members who, after 4 years, finally beat the Evanston Fire Fighters at the annual Grill Off that was held at the Valli Produce International Fresh Market parking lot August 26th. The event raised thousands of dollars that will help purchase needed safety equipment for both departments. Thank you to everyone who took the time to come out and try some great food by both departments!




We are One Illinois

We are One Illinois is an unprecedented labor coalition working on behalf of over 1 million statewide members to protect public employee pensions. We Are One Illinois coalition members include the Illinois AFL-CIO, Illinois Education Association, Illinois Federation of Teachers, Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois, AFSCME Council 31, Illinois Police Benevolent and Protective Association, Fraternal Order of Police, Service Employees International Union, Laborers International Union of North America Midwest Region, the Illinois Public Pension Fund Association, Illinois Public Pension Fund Association, National Pension Coalition, United Transportation Union, Laborers International Union of North America - Chicago District Council, AFSCME International Union, National Education Association, Fraternal Order of Police - Lodge 7 Chicago, and the Fireman's Association of Chicago - Local 2.



File of L.I.F.E.

File of L.I.F.E. for Evanston Residents “Designed to speak for you when you can’t!”

The City of Evanston’s File of L.I.F.E. program allows a resident to communicate with emergency responders even if they are unresponsive. The File of L.I.F.E., a plastic pouch with a bright red sticker, contains an information sheet for residents to indicate their medical history, prescriptions, allergies and emergency contacts. This pouch is placed inside the individual’s freezer where emergency response personnel have been trained to look when responding to medical emergencies. Other important information may be placed in the pouch: power of attorney, living will, Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) documentation, etc.

This is a free community program that will educate residents about the importance of maintaining their own up-to-date medication and allergy lists—and taking steps to make them easily accessible in case of an emergency. It is essential that seniors and the disabled population maintains their medical information and makes it accessible in case of an emergency.

There will be kickoff for this program on Wednesday August 31 at 1:00pm at Fleetwood Jourdain Community Center, 1655 Foster in Evanston, IL.

The free File of L.I.F.E. pouches can be picked up at the Levy Senior Center, 300 Dodge Avenue or any of Evanston’s five Fire Stations. The File of L.I.F.E. (Lifesaving Information for Emergencies) is a nationally-recognized program. This program is sponsored by the Evanston Police & Fire Foundation.

If you would like more information, please call 3-1-1 (or 847-448-4311) 7 days a week from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. to speak with a customer service representative.



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