BELOIT - The Beloit Fire Department's new Assistant Chief Daniel Pease has 30 years of experience and comes from a family filled with firefighting professionals.
Pease decided to pursue a career as a firefighter/paramedic when he was 19 years old, after the sudden death of his father.
Pease isn't the only firefighter in his family, with four brothers, two nephews, a step-son and two future son-in-laws who are fire staff.
"It was motivation to get in the fire service to learn the skills of a firefighter paramedic so that you can help people, not just your own family, but other people," Pease said. "Watching my brother being able to do something for my dad, me being 19 years old not knowing what to do, I didn't want to have that helpless feeling."
After starting his career as a firefighter in 1987, Pease spent 30 years with the Highland Park, Illinois Fire Department. He sought out Beloit after looking to expand his skill set, he said.
"Someone in a progressive career is always looking for those new challenges," Pease said.
As part of his duties at the Beloit Fire Department, Pease oversees daily operations and training for the department's staff and he's hoping to make a few changes. Since joining, he's helped formulate a plan to create a job performance review scale for staff and for long-range plans, he wants to expand the department's mutual aid system so that certain capacities are automated.
In addition to changing the job performance review protocols, he wants to create a system to track staff members training logs to better credit staff for on-the-job learning.
"For me to run operations i have to know these things and they Beloit way of doing everything," Pease said. "With that, there's always room for improvement and if i can lend suggestions for improvement, that's what I want to do."
He lives in Delavan but lives in Beloit at station headquarters three days a week, Pease said.
He says Beloit's young staff - and seasoned vets - have high potential.
"The whole department is very engaged in training and knowing their craft," Pease said. "That is very exciting to me. Being a training chief, that is how I felt I ran my career as being training involved my entire life, really honing the skills of a firefighter."
The married father of seven children lives in Delavan, but stays in Beloit at station headquarters three days a week.