Rick Kolomay is a second generation firefighter starting his career in 1979 spanning 37 years as a career firefighter. Working 23 years with the Schaumburg (IL) FD as a firefighter, firefighter/paramedic, lieutenant, captain, and acting battalion chief assigned to engine and truck companies, however, a majority of his career was on a heavy rescue responsible for firefighting, Special Operations (High-Angle Rescue, Collapse, Trench, Confined Space, Rigging Operations) and Haz-Mat Technician incidents locally, within MABAS Division 1, and Statewide response. In 2008, he was promoted to deputy chief with the Carol Stream FD (just south of Schaumburg) and in 2010 became fire chief. He was also the Task Force Leader for MABAS Division 12 and had responded on disaster task force incidents.
Throughout his career, Rick has instructed for community colleges, the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association, the Illinois Society of Fire Instructors, the Illinois Fire Service Institute, Firehouse Expo/World, FDIC, and County Fire Tactics / HROC. He has had the experience of instructing major cities and states such as Dallas, Phoenix, San Antonio, Burlington, Sacramento, Dayton, Austin, Ft. Worth, St. Paul, Alameda Cty CA, Oakland, Chicago, San Jose, Tucson, Cincinnati, Milwaukee, State of Massachusetts, and the State of Illinois in firefighter rescue and company officer operations. Presently retired from active service, Rick instructs with the Northern Illinois Public Safety Training Association (NIPSTA), Romeoville (IL) Fire (Regional) Fire Academy, the Illinois Fire Service Institute, the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association, and Fire Training Resources, Inc. In 2003 Rick co-authored a best-selling book, Firefighter Rescue & Survival (PennWell Publishing). He was a IDPH Paramedic, received an Associate’s Degree in Applied Sciences, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Fire Administration. He presently instructs and consults in the areas of leadership, fireground strategy & tactics, and consults in line officer and chief officer development. Rick is from a generational family of firefighters; his father and two uncles were members of the Chicago Fire Department, and his son Brandon is the 3rd generation who is also a Chicago firefighter.