Forest Reeder

Fire Chief, Village of Tinley Park
Class of 1999
Forest Reeder started his career in fire service in 1978, working for the Palos Fire Protection District, the Des Plaines Fire Department, the Pleasantview Fire Protection District and the Tinley Park Fire Department, where he now serves as the fire chief.

As the chief, Reeder is responsible for day-to-day operations and management of the Tinley Park Fire Department. He also serves on the Senior Staff team for the village and has served on State Fire Marshal ad hoc committees.

He received his Associate in Science degree in fire science technology from Moraine Valley, a Bachelor of Science degree in fire science management from Southern Illinois University and a master’s degree in public safety administration from Lewis University.

Reeder has remained connected to Moraine Valley as an adjunct teacher for nearly 30 years and as a curriculum advisor. He also oversaw the college’s Fire Science Program and is credited with updating the program and bringing it to the forefront. He currently serves as the program’s curriculum coordinator, ensuring the fire science courses meet national fire protection standards and state fire marshal’s objectives. He holds nine Illinois Fire certifications, among them fire officer, instructor, incident safety officer, hazardous materials operations and fire apparatus engineer.

As an instructor both locally and nationally, Reeder’s expertise is sought on a variety of topics, including training, safety and officer development. He received the George D. Post Instructor of the Year award by the International Society of Fire Service Instructors and was named Instructor of the Year by the Illinois Society of Fire Science Instructors. For the past 20 years, he has been a board member on the Illinois Fire Chiefs Education and Research Foundation where he serves as coordinator of fire officer programs and manages 30 staff members. In addition, Reeder has authored several books, and created and instructed classes for the Illinois Fire Chief’s Association and the Illinois Society of Fire Service Instructors.