Fire Chief Bob Tutko has been a member of the Illinois Fire Service for over 40 years, beginning his fire service career as a Volunteer Firefighter with the Frankfort Fire Protection District in January 1979. Bob also served as a contract Firefighter-Paramedic with the North Riverside Fire Department before joining the Downers Grove Fire Department in 1987. During his time with Downers Grove, Bob served as Firefighter-Paramedic, Lieutenant and Acting Battalion Chief before being promoted to Deputy Chief in 2001. Chief Tutko supervised the Fire Prevention Bureau, Emergency Medical Services Division and was responsible for personnel matters, budget and finance and collective bargaining issues. He was the project manager for the construction of the departments new Administrative Center/ Fire Station/Training Facility- the project was delivered 1 month ahead of schedule and 2 million dollars under budget allocation.
In 2010 Chief accepted the position of Deputy Chief with the Oak Lawn Fire Department where he served as the Operations Chief and developed a number of programs including the creation of the department’s first Bike Medic program that was very popular with the residents and elected officials.
Chief Tutko also served as the Fire Chief with Lincoln Township in Stevensville, Michigan before being offered a position with the Oak Lawn Fire Department for a second time which he accepted. Chief Tutko also served 17 years as an elected Fire District Trustee with the Frankfort Fire Protection District.
Chief Tutko is an 18 year member of the Chicagoland Speedway Fire-Safety Team serving as Crew Chief (on track) Fire Truck Supervisor. Chief Tutko holds a Master’s Degree in Public Safety Administration from Lewis University and a Bachelor Of Science Degree from Southern Illinois University. He holds numerous Fire Service Certifications including Illinois Chief Officer, Fire Prevention Officer, Safety Officer, Haz-Mat Incident Command, and Fire Service Instructor. He is also an Illinois Certified Paramedic, State of Michigan Certified Emergency Medical Technician, and Firefighter II.
Chief Tutko and his Wife Patti, a High School English Teacher, have 3 grown children and 4 grandchildren.