WCG Fire Investigative Task Force

Welcome to the Will, Cook & Grundy County Fire Investigation Task Force web site.

Annual Conference:

FireArsonPhoto's from the 2017 event can be seen HERE.
Click the drop box to 2017 Conference.






InvestigatorsTraining courses and dates for Investigators will be posted here as the dates become available.






LogoThe primary goal of the Will –Cook- Grundy County Fire Investigation Task Force is to provide training and education, support and assistance to local municipalities through training and determining the origin and cause for large loss fires, multiple fire fatalities and man-power assistance within stricken jurisdictions throughout Will, Cook and Grundy County.



2018 Fire/Arson Conference

demoWill, Cook, Grundy County Fire Investigation Task Force 2018 Fire Arson Investigation Conference March 5-8, 2018 8:00am - 4:00pm

Congratulation to President Smith on his recent election to Northern Zone Director Illinois Chapter IAAI.

January 2018 Elections Nomination Committee will be accepting nominations for the following 2 year term positions: President & Treasurer. Nominations should be forwarded to President Smith or Chief Styczynski, Alsip FD with nominations. 

All task force arson Investigators please go into the members only new policy and procedures review.


Next Meeting:

Tinley Park Fire Station 1
Date: January 17, 2018




Upcoming Trainings

demoJune Arson Investigation.
November Arson Investigaton.
Further details on trainings will be listed on the Members Only section when it becomes available.


New Task Force President

Congratulation to Lieutenant/ Arson Investigator Michael Bacon, 20 year veteran of the Matteson Fire Department elected at the January Executive Board meeting as the new Will - Cook - Grundy - County Task Force President. Michael has served the task force moving up through the organization as Area Commander, Task Force Commander and as Vice President. President Bacon stated that he is looking forward to continuing the success of the task force as a leader in providing the highest quality of training and education available to the membership through out the state. In addition, Michael stated one of his administration goals is to enhance the vital resources to a stricken community requesting assistance with conducting origin and cause investigation by partnering with federal, state and county resources.

Congratulations to retiring President Kevin Smith, Kevin has served the task force since 2005 moving up through the organization as Director of Training, Deputy Commander, Vice President and President. In September 2017 Kevin was elected to Illinois IAAI as the Zone Director and is looking forward to working with the Task Force and Illinois IAAI to promote the highest quality of training and education available to both fire, law enforcement, and private sector investigators through out the state.


2018 Training Conference March 5th through March 8, 2018


Will, Cook, Grundy County Fire Investigation Task Force

Annual Fire & Arson Investigation Training Conference

Frost Insulators Hall,

18320 Spring Creek Drive, Tinley Park Illinois 60477

March 5th through March 8, 2018


Monday March 5th

Topic:                           Firefighter Arsonist - “Hero to Zero”

The complex investigations identifying firefighter arsonists, and the means, motives and opportunity to set fires under undetected under the radar of the department.

Instructors:                  ATF Retired Daniel Herbert, Louisiana State Fire Marshal Retired Rick Jones, and Special Guest Speaker – a former Louisiana Firefighter.


Tuesday March 6th

Topic:                           Forensic Cellular and Social Media Investigations                 “The untapped wealth of investigative information and evidence recoverable and available on cellular and social media today.”

Instructors:                  Detective Richard Wistocki (Ret.) Internet Crimes Investigator with the Naperville Police Department.


Wednesday March 7th and 8th

Topic:                       “The Nuts and Bolts of Processing Physical Evidence What, Where and How.”  This presentation is a combination of both didactic and practical applications of processing and collecting various types of physical evidence, DNA, Trace, Tire/Foot ware, Tool Marks, Latent, Ignitable, Flammable, Combustible, and Substances.

Instructors:                 Sirchie Forensic Evidence Training Division


Registration:                Eventbrite.com

Cost:                             $110.00 includes continental breakfast, afternoon refreshments, 32 hours tested CE hours through CFI Trainer. Net, Dropbox Access, certificate of completion.

Raffles:                         Door Prizes - 55” HD TV, and a 32GB Apple iPad WiFi Tablet

Hotel:                           Fairfield Suites located in Tinley Park - Government Room Rate Applies $95.00 per night

Co-Sponsors:                WCG County Fire Investigation Task Force, Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal and the Illinois Chapter IAAI

Purchase Orders:         If your agency is registering utilizing department issued

purchase order, please send all purchase order to

the address listed below attention Deputy Chief Dan Riordan.


Tinley Park Fire Department

Attn: Deputy Chief Dan Riordan

Will –Cook Grundy County Fire Investigation Task Force

17355 68th Court, Tinley Park Illinois 60477

Click HERE for the printable flyer.


Will Grundy Cook Fire Investigative Task Force


Welcome to the Will, Cook & Grundy County Fire Investigation Task Force web site.

Task Force Command Staff Personnel

Congratulations to the new 2016 Task Force Command Staff that were selected at the April 19th meeting.

1. Commander William Stubitsch  

** Task Force Operations Liaison Chief - Lt. Michael Bacon 

2. Deputy Commander - Asst. Chief Jason Melahn

3. Deputy Commander - Deputy Chief Jamie Muirhead

Member Applications

Click HERE for an application for Membership to the Team.

Will Grundy Cook Fire Address

C/O Tinley Park Fire Department
17355 68th Court
Tinley Park, IL 60477


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