Granite City fire chief to step down

News-DemocratJuly 17, 2014 

Granite City Fire Department Chief Tim Connolly has announced he will retire after nine years as chief and 37 years with the department.

Capt. Vince Martinez is expected to be appointed in August as Connolly's replacement.

Connolly joined the Granite City Fire Department in March 1977. He was promoted to assistant chief in May 2002 and became chief in May 2005.

During his watch, Connolly is credited with bringing the fire department's ISO rating from a five to a three. ISO, which is how the International Organization for Standardation is known in the United States, compares the efficiency of fire departments around the world and rates them on a scale of 1 to 10. The lower the number, the better the service. Lower numbers typically result in lower home owners insurance costs.

The Granite City Fire Department covers a population of over 30,000 people and runs on average 5,000 fire, rescue and EMS calls.

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