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Posted on: April 8, 2022

Richton Park Welcomes New Fire Chief Mick Smith!

Mickil Smith, affectionately known as Mick, has been a Richton Park resident for years. He is a married, father of two. His children, Jayden and Jayda, are 15 and 13 years old, and attend Rich Township High School and Colin Powell Middle school.

Mick is a fourth-generation fire fighter and was blessed to have both his parents work in Fire Service. He began his career with the Robbins Fire Department at a young age as a fire cadet in 1992, and has been an active member of the fire service since. Mick remained with the Robbins Fire Department eventually rising to the rank of Acting Fire Chief.

While working at the Robbins Fire Department, Mick was also a member of the Phoenix Fire Department. During his tenure at the Phoenix Fire Department Mick rose to the rank of Fire Chief, becoming the youngest Chief in the department’s history at 31; and being one of the few “Dual Chiefs” in the state. Mick comes to Richton Park from the Village of Riverdale where he was the Fire Chief. Chief Smith oversaw all fire suppression / EMS and the village building department / inspection services.

Mick received his Associate’s Degree from Moraine Valley Community College in Fire Service Management and his Bachelor’s Degree from Southern Illinois University – Carbondale in Public Safety Management, along with a Master’s Degree in Public Safety and Homeland Security Administration.
Mick is also a graduate of the Carl Holmes Executive Development Institute (EDI) class of 2015. Mick Smith is the President of the Brotherhood of Black Smoke Firefighters Association for the Chicago South Suburbs, and a member of the Black Chief Officers Committee. He is an adjunct instructor for the Carl Holmes Executive Development Institute, and the Chairman of the recruitment and retention committee. In addition, Mick is the Facility Coordinator for the Fire and EMS program for a local community college as well.

Mick has also instructed for multiple Fire Academies in the Chicago-land area. Mick was one of the driving forces behind the creation of the “Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee” for the Illinois Fire Chief’s Association, in efforts to have more minority Fire Chiefs in the State of Illinois.

Mick is a successful grant writer securing over $3Million for multiple Fire Departments. Although Mick’s greatest accomplishment is being a husband and father, he has dedicated his life to serving others, improving the Fire Service, and uplifting minorities in it.

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