COURTESY OF VILLAGE OF OAK PARK
Peter Pilafas was promoted to the rank of Deputy Chief in the Oak Park Fire Department during a Jan. 5 ceremony at Village Hall, 123 Madison St.
In his new position, Pilafas will oversee daily operations at the Fire Department, including personnel management and budget and policy creation. As the second-in-command at the department, he also will be called upon to direct the department’s command-level response during emergencies.
“Pete brings determination and energy to the position of the deputy chief, which is exactly what the Department needs, both in the field and back at the firehouse,” said Fire Chief Tom Ebsen. “I’m pleased to have him among the department’s leadership as an example of our core values of pride, duty, honor and tradition.”
Prior to his promotion, Pilafas oversaw an engine company and coordinated firefighter training, CPR courses and child safety seat inspections. Among his goals for 2014 is the implementation of a new computer-aided dispatch system in conjunction with the West Suburban Consolidated Dispatch Center.
Pilafas has worked in the field of firefighting for nearly two decades, with the last 15 years spent in Oak Park. He earned a master’s degree in public administration from Governor’s State University and a master’s degree in business administration from Benedictine University.
His promotion comes amid several key leadership moves at the Fire Department. Donald Michael Bush was promoted to the rank of Battalion Chief; Gregory Badger was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant; and Jacob Gloodt was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. As a result of these promotions, the Department expects to bring in four new firefighter/paramedics by the end of January.