Fire Chief Joseph C. Holomy

Chief Holomy has been in the fire service since 1976 beginning as a volunteer Firefighter in northern Illinois southwest of Chicago. He worked his way up through the paid ranks, becoming a Paramedic, promoted to Lieutenant in 1988, Deputy Chief in 1994, becoming a Chief in 2001 and has been Chief of Effingham since 2004. He has a Bachelors Degree in Public Administration, holds numerous State of Illinois Fire Certifications to include Fire Officer III, Instructor III, and Fire Investigator.  Chief Holomy is Conferred as a Chief Fire Officer (CFO) being 1 of 1,113 Chief Officers worldwide having been conferred by the Commission on Professional Credentialing and is a Graduate of the National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer (EFO) program.

Chief Holomy serves on numerous committees across the State to include the Illinois Terrorism Task Force, the Illinois Fire Service Institute Fire Advisory Board, and the Illinois State Fire Marshal Fire Advisory Board.  In August 2016 he was appointed Chairman of the Illinois Fire Advisory Board by Governor Rauner.  He is Past President of the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association (IFCA) having served on the Executive Board from 2005 to 2014 and remains on several committees within the Association.   He also serves as the State Representative for L.A.S.T. which is with the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation to assist with Firefighter funerals and Line of Duty Deaths.  He previously served on the IFCA Funeral Committee from 1988 to 2015 serving as Chairman from 2010 to 2015.  Chief Holomy is a state certified assessor for promotional testing in assessment centers for Firefighters challenging promotional exams to various ranks in the fire service.  He is an Adjunct Instructor for the Fire Service Program at Lake Land College and is a Board Member on the Fire Science Degree Board, serves as Director of MABAS 54 Firefighter Academy and is President of MABAS Division 54. In February 2017, Chief Holomy was appointed Secretary on the Executive Board for MABAS-IL which oversees the 69 Divisions within the state.

Chief Holomy received Firefighter of the Year in 1992, 2006, Unit Citations 1995, 1996, Commendation Award 1999, Valor in 2000, Humanitarian Awards in 2005, 2008, and Merit Award 2007. In addition he received the Illinois Police Association Citizens Award for Valor in 2000 and Illinois Fire Chief of the Year in 2009. In 2011, Chief Holomy was named Director for the City Emergency Management Agency (EMA) and was instrumental in the development of the first Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) for the City.     He is a member of the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association, Central Illinois Fire Chiefs Association, International Fire Chiefs Association, National Fire Protection Association, National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, Effingham Chamber of Commerce, and Effingham Sunrise Rotary.  As a member of Effingham Sunrise Rotary, was instrumental in the creation of the 100 CLUB for the benefit of all Police Officers and Firefighters in Effingham County and currently serves as Chairman.