In July 2000, due to overwhelming financial problems brought on by tax caps, the district merged into municipal governance under the Village of Hanover Park. Since that time, huge improvements have been made including upgrading aging apparatus, fire station improvements, enhanced training, and additional full-time personnel.
FIRE CHIEF HAIGH
Chief Parker retired in 2002 and Craig A. Haigh of King, North Carolina was hired to lead the department. Chief Haigh brought experience in the management of volunteer, combination and career departments, as well as a vast knowledge of fire based EMS operations. Chief Haigh retired in 2021 and Assistant Chief Eric Fors was promoted to Fire Chief.
Chief Eric Fors began his career with the Hanover Park Fire Department as a Part-time Firefighter/EMT in October 1997. He was appointed as a Full-time Firefighter/Paramedic in April 2001. Chief Fors was promoted to Lieutenant in July of 2008, Battalion Chief in October 2011, and Assistant Chief in 2016. He was promoted to the rank of Fire Chief/Director of Emergency Management in 2021.