Illinois Fire Service Institute


john mccastland

Associate Director, Chicago Metro Industrial and Special Projects

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In his role as Associate Director for the Illinois Fire Service Institute, Mac is responsible for setting strategic plans into action. He works closely with the City of Chicago Fire Department and Chicago’s surrounding counties to plan and develop classes for delivery in that area. He also serves as a liaison in planning training for a number of industrial customers in the private sector.

Mac has a long history in the fire service, beginning in 1964 with the Oak Lawn Fire Department
As a Firefighter and retiring in 1993 as Chief of Department, moving to the Orland Fire Protection District serving as Deputy Administrator and then Chief of Department until 2000.
From 2000 through 2006 he served as Deputy Chief for the Homer Twp. Fire Protection District.

Mac has taught with IFSI for more than 30 years, as well as holding teaching responsibilities at a number of local fire schools, a community college and the Chicago Fire Department. He has contributed significantly to curriculum development at the state level with the Office of the State Fire Marshal and for numerous other programs throughout Illinois, with a more recent focus on Statewide Weapons of Mass Destruction (SWMD) training. Mac has also participated in a number of research projects to advance the knowledge base of Illinois firefighters. He was a co-developer, and chairman for many years, of the Combined Agency Response Team (CART), a multi-jurisdictional specialized rescue team. Mac has also contributed to a number of trade publications and have has made numerous presentations. His honors and recognitions are deep.

Mac’s military service includes being a Cpl. E-4 with the U.S. Marine Corps. He was decorated as a combat veteran, in the Republic of Viet Nam and having survived the “TET” offensive of 1968. He served with the Golf Battery Third Battalion, Eleventh Marine Regiment.

Mac holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Governors State University, a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Fire Sciences Services from Southern Illinois University and an Associate’s degree in Fire Science from Moraine Valley Community College. He has also attended classes at the National Fire Academy and the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC).
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