Fire District

The Warrenville Fire Protection District (WFPD) is a special, limited purpose, unit of local government. Fire protection districts are authorized by the Illinois Fire Protection District Act, first enacted in 1927. The WFPD is a separate legal entity from the City of Warrenville, and, as can be seen from the map (click here for map) its boundaries are slightly larger than the City's. WFPD's responsibilities include fire prevention and suppression, rescue, and emergency medical services. Via the Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS), WFPD assists and receives assistance from other area fire departments.

The WFPD is governed by a five person board of trustees. The board is responsible for the financial and administrative aspects of the district. The board's responsibilities include writing and approving the yearly budget and tax levy; planning and approving purchases, including major purchases, such as new vehicles and equipment; appointing the fire chief and firefighters; determining compensation for district employees; and writing and passing ordinances.

President Kate Perkins has lived in Warrenville for over 30 years. She has a Masters Degree in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, and before she retired, she was a software engineer with Alcatel-Lucent. Kate served as secretary of the Board of Trustees in 2013 and 2014. In 2015, she led Elect Your Fire Trustees, the referendum initiative that changed the Board from an appointed board to an elected one. Kate also serves as Chair of the City of Warrenville’s Bicyclist & Pedestrian Advisory Commission.

Trustee Jerry Kleinwachter is married with three children and six grandchildren: Wife Carole, two Daughters Julia Moulding (George) and Carrie Thompson (Al), son Joe (Christine). He is a life-long Warrenville resident who served in the US Air Force 1963-1968 and has a BA Business Administration from Lewis University. He is also a former business owner (Mount Hardware) and has served 48 years with the Warrenville Fire Protection District: Fire Fighter, EMT, Lieutenant, Assistant Chief, Chief. He has been serving as President of the Pension Board for the past 24 years.