Oak Park native and second generation firefighter Tom Ebsen has been named the new Deputy Chief of Operations for the Oak Park Fire Department, Fire Chief William Bell, announced May 31.

Ebsen has been with the Oak Park Fire Department for 25 years, the past 11 as a Battalion Chief. His father, Donald, spent 23 years with the department, retiring as a captain in 1972.

“I am pleased that we were able to fill this important position with a firefighter with so much experience and from the department’s own ranks,” said Village Manager Carl Swenson.

Calling Ebsen an ideal candidate for the position, Bell said Ebsen has helped the department evolve over the years. Bell said his “promotion is an indication of the high caliber of individuals providing important emergency services to the community.”

“He had all the qualifications we were looking for,” said Bell, who called the Oak Park Fire Department “among the best trained and equipped in the region.”

For his part, Ebsen, who spent the past 11 years as Battalion Chief of the Fire Prevention Bureau, said he welcomed his return to the operations division.

“My experience during the past 25 years has helped prepare me for this great opportunity,” he said.

Ebsen’s new responsibilities will primarily involve overseeing all three work shifts, including administrative duties such as performance reviews, sick leave and injuries. In addition, he will oversee apparatus selection and maintenance.

Like Bell, Ebsen is lifelong Oak Parker. He attended the old Emerson Elementary School and graduated from Oak Park and River Forest High School prior to earning a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Elmhurst College.

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