WeGo Together for Kids is a community collaboration of over 60 community partners that come together to support and enhance the health, safety, and well-being of families in West Chicago.
We would like to
highlight two partners, the West Chicago
Police Department and West Chicago
Fire Protection District. These first responders have long partnered with WeGo
Together and District 33 to
support safety and emergency preparedness efforts in West Chicago.
The West Chicago Police Department is a vital partner for WeGo
Together and has worked with us since our start in 2005. Chief of Police Michael Uplegger sits on our Steering Committee and always provides support and feedback for our programs. The District 33 School Resource Officer, Officer Fuller is an asset to District 33 schools. Officer Fuller is an excellent role model for District 33 students and regularly builds positive relationships through education on fire and lock down safety protocols. Officer Fuller and the Department also support District 33's emergency preparedness efforts.
The Police Department has done a tremendous job strengthening their relationship with the youth and families of the West
Chicago community and we could not be happier to have them as a partner in the coalition. The West Chicago Police
Department has run an after school program at Pioneer School and are also actively involved with our Family Wellness
Nights and officers from the department walk with different schools during District 33's Annual Wellness Walk every spring.
You can check out the West Chicago Police Department's webpage here. Be sure to like them on Facebook too!
The West Chicago Fire Protection District is dedicated to providing compassionate and skillful service to all. The Fire District focuses on organizational trust, personal integrity, and the responsibility to maintain professionalism and pride.
The West Chicago Fire
District has been a long time partner with WeGo Together for Kids. Lieutenant Michael Buenrostro sits on the
Emergency Preparedness workgroup and provides insight for the best
practices regarding school fire and severe weather drills and other emergency preparedness
In talking with Lt. Mike Buenrostro, he described the Fire District's dedication to West Chicago. The Fire District not only provides emergency response services, but also acts as a pillar for safety education and awareness. Lt. Buenrostro expressed the Fire District's commitment to building relationships with children, families, and school staff. When the Fire District conducts severe weather and fire safety drills in the school buildings, they provide feedback about the drill to incident command team members. Fire District team members regularly spend time in the school buildings, offering opportunities for school staff to ask questions and grow their emergency preparedness knowledge.
The Fire District also
works closely with District 33. Every year the Fire District provides CPR/AED
and First Aid training and re-certification to District staff and community
partners. In a previous school year, the Fire District donated warming
blankets to District 33 school buildings in the case of an evacuation during
cold months. Additionally, Fire District team members have also provided
education in classrooms to students regarding school and home safety. Recently,
Fire District team members participated in a Family Wellness Event, providing
tips on how families can have a safe summer at home and in the pool.
For more information
about how the West Chicago Fire Protection District family can help your
family, check out their website!