There will be a retirement ceremony for Evanston Fire and Life Safety Services Chief Alan Berkowsky at 2 p.m. on May 28 in the Parasol Room of the Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Ave. Chief Berkowsky started his career with the City in 1981 as a firefighter/paramedic and has served the City of Evanston for more than 28 years.
He was promoted to Fire Captain in June 1990. Later he was assigned to Fire Prevention as a Fire Inspection/Investigator and then in 1992 promoted to Division Chief of Administrative Services. In 1995 he was assigned to the Fire Prevention Bureau as the Fire Marshal and then promoted to Fire Chief in June 2004.
Some of Chief Bekowsky’s many accomplishments over the years have been: upgraded the Fire Department’s radio system; computerized report writing for the Department which enabled them to go paperless; built two new fire stations and the City’s first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design green building with the construction of Fire Station #5 ; assisted with the design and startup of the current 911 Center; worked with Underwriters Laboratories to modify the design of the first carbon monoxide detectors and halogen torchier lamps; pushed for the Sprinkler Retrofit Ordinance for dormitories, hospitals, nursing/care facilities and non-owner occupied rooming houses; paramedic equipped fire trucks; and as Chief he hired 34 new firefighters along with promoting 17 Captains, three Shift Chiefs and three Chief Officers.