Fire Department News

Promotion (Capt. Hanson)

Promotion Announcement

4/2/2021

Pontiac Fire Department would like to announce the promotion of Lt. Ryan Hanson to Captain as a result of Capt. Gould's retirement. We would like to wish Capt. Hanson the best of luck with his new position in the department!

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Retirement Announcement

4/2/2021

The Pontiac Fire Department would like to announce the official retirement of Capt. Todd Gould.  After 27 years of public service to the Pontiac community and the Livingston County area, we would like to wish Capt. Gould a healthy and happy retirement. We wish him the best of luck in the next chapter of his life!

DC Hoeniges

Anniversary Announcement
3/1/2021

The Pontiac Fire Department would like to recognize Deputy Chief Andrew Hoeniges on his anniversary with the department. Deputy Chief Hoeniges has proudly served our community for 20 years as a member of the Pontiac Fire Department. Thank you for your dedication to serving our community and leadership within the fire department!

FF. Lanning 1 Year Anniversary

Anniversary and Completion of Probationary Period Announcement
1/12/2021

The Pontiac Fire Department would like to recognize FF. Joshua Lanning on his anniversary with the department. FF. Lanning has also successfully completed his probationary period with our organization. He has proudly served our community for 1 year as a career member and 3 years collectively with the Pontiac Fire Department. Thank you for your service to our community and dedication within the fire department!

Lt. Jahn

Anniversary Announcement
1/1/2021

The Pontiac Fire Department would like to recognize Lt. Michael Jahn on his anniversary with the department. Lt. Jahn has proudly served our community for 14 years as a member of the Pontiac Fire Department. Thank you for your dedication to serving our community and leadership within the fire department!

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Pontiac Fire Department Received New Air Packs Through AFG Grant

The Pontiac Fire Department is proud to announce that they have received their 26 new air pack units which include a mask, voice amplifier, backpack harness, and 2 air bottles per unit.  They were purchased through the FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) that the department received in August.  The air packs will help protect the firefighters when they enter hazardous atmospheres during fires, hazardous material leaks, and confined space operations.   The new air packs will replace the fire department’s 17 year old SCBAs this upcoming Friday, November 18th, 2020.

FF. Caleb Freese (3 Yr. Anniversary)
Anniversary Announcement
10/15/2020

The Pontiac Fire Department would like to recognize FF. Caleb Freese on his anniversary with the department.  FF. Freese has proudly served our community for 3 years as a career member and 6 years collectively with the Pontiac Fire Department. Thank you for your service to our community and dedication within the fire department! 
Prendergast (3 Yr. Anniversary)
Anniversary Announcement
10/15/2020

The Pontiac Fire Department would like to recognize FF. Dillon "Eddie" Prendergast on his anniversary with the department.  FF. Prendergast has proudly served our community for 3 years with the Pontiac Fire Department.  Thank you for your service to our community and dedication within the fire department! 

Capt. Gould
Capt. Gould
Anniversary Announcement 
10/12/2020

The Pontiac Fire Department would like to recognize Capt. Todd Gould on his anniversary with the department.  Capt. Gould has been a career firefighter for 22 years now and on the Pontiac Fire Department for a collective 27 years.  Throughout his career he has worked his way up through the ranks and has played a major part in the department's emergency response to some of the largest and most challenging incidents our community has faced over the course of almost 3 decades.  He has also been an integral part of the development of the Training Division serving both as an instructor and now as Training Officer. 

On behalf of our organization we would like to thank Capt. Gould for his dedication to our community and leadership within our fire department!
Johansen graduates from Probation
Anniversary Announcement
End of Probation
10/10/2020

The Pontiac Fire Department would like to recognize FF. Devon Johansen as he reaches his 1 year anniversary with the department as a career firefighter.  During his first year as a career firefighter with the department he has completed several objectives to complete and graduate from his probationary status with our organization.  During this period he has graduated from Basic Operations Firefighter Academy, completed driver / fire apparatus engineering training, and passed his quarterly evaluations.  As a result of his hard work he is now a full fledge member of the department.  Congratulations FF. Johansen!
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Thanks to the Pontiac Fire Department Foreign Fire Tax Fund the Pontiac Fire Department was able to re-paint the entire apparatus bay area, as well as, re-paint apparatus bay doors.

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Anniversary Announcement
09/08/2020

The Pontiac Fire Department would like to recognize FF. Jeremy Highland on his anniversary with the department.  FF. Highland has proudly served our community for 11 years.  Thank you for your service to our community and dedication within the fire department! 

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Anniversary Announcement
09/06/2020

The Pontiac Fire Department would like to recognize FF. Josh Easton on his anniversary with the department.  FF. Josh Easton has proudly served our community for 4 years.  Thank you for your service to our community and dedication within the fire department! 

Lt. Vitzthum

Anniversary Announcement
09/04/2020

The Pontiac Fire Department would like to recognize Lt. Andrew Vitzthum on his anniversary with the department.  Lt. Vitzthum has proudly served our community for 14 years.  Thank you for your service to our community and leadership within the fire department! 

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Anniversary Announcement
08/01/2020

The Pontiac Fire Department would like to recognize Capt. Joseph Hassinger on his anniversary with the department.  Capt. Hassinger has proudly served our community for 16 years.  Thank you for your service to our community and leadership within the fire department! 

DC Hoeniges
DC Hoeniges

After 20 years of the Deputy Chief position being vacant the City of Pontiac approved the reinstatement of the rank within the Pontiac Fire Department.  

Effective July 16th, 2020 Captain Andrew Hoeniges was officially promoted to Deputy Chief. 

Congratulations Deputy Chief Hoeniges! 

We wish  you the best of luck in your new position and look forward to your continued leadership within our organization..

Paramedics

Paramedic Students

6/17/2020

The Pontiac Fire Department has taken a big step in working toward their goal of upgrading Squad 66 from Basic Life Support (BLS) Non-Transport to Advanced Life Support (ALS) Non-Transport apparatus by sending 4 firefighters to Paramedic course at OSF Saint James-John W. Albrecht Medical Center.  The course began on June 17th, 2020 and will conclude in September 2021.

The 4 students are FF. Caleb Freese, FF. Josh Easton, FF. Josh Lanning, and FF. Devon Johansen.  With the addition of current FF. / Paramedic Dillon "Eddie" Prendergast the department will have a total of 5 Paramedics on the department.  Once the firefighters have received their Paramedic license the department will upgrade Squad 66 to the ALS level.

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Anniversary Announcement 

4/16/2020

The Pontiac Fire Department would like to recognize Lt. Ryan Hanson on his anniversary with the department.  Lt. Ryan Hanson has proudly served our community for 16 years.  Thank you for your service to our community and leadership within the fire department!  


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Effective March 1st, 2020, Sgt. Rick Higgins was  promoted to Assistant Fire Chief.  The Assistant Fire Chief will replace the Sergeant rank within the command structure and will be positioned between the POC / Vol Firefighters and career Firefighters.   

FF. Lanning Swearing-In
Graduation from Basic Operations Firefighter Academy
March 13th, 2020

The Pontiac Fire Department is proud to announce that Probationary FF. Joshua Lanning has graduated from the BOF Academy that was held for 9 weeks at NIPSTA in Glenview, IL.  Prob. FF. Lanning is now assigned A (Black) Shift.  We have very high hopes for him and his future with the fire department.  
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Anniversary Announcement
03/01/20

The Pontiac Fire Department would like to recognize Capt. Andrew Hoeniges on his anniversary with the department.  Capt. Hoeniges has proudly served our community for 19 years.  Thank you for your service to our community and leadership within the fire department! 
Lt. Schoon Retirement
Retirement Announcement
03/01/2020

The Pontiac Fire Department would like to announce the official retirement of Lt. Rob Schoon.  After years of public service to  the Pontiac community and the the Livingston County area we would like to wish Lt. Schoon a healthy and happy retirement.  We wish him the best of luck in the next chapter of his life!

Lt. Jahn
Promotion Announcement 
03/01/2020

Pontiac Fire Department would like to announce the promotion of Engineer Michael Jahn to Lieutenant as a result of Lt. Schoon's retirement.  We would like to wish Lt. Jahn the best of the luck with his new position on the department!

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Graduation from Fire Academy
12/13/2019

Pontiac Fire Department would like to announce that Probationary Firefighter Devon Johansen has graduated from Basic Operations Fire Academy held at NIPSTA Fire Academy in Glenview, IL.  He will be assigned to B (Red) Shift to complete his probationary training with the department.  We have very high hopes for his future with the department and we welcome him back to shift.  Congratulations!

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