Bob Buhs[/caption] After 11 years of serving as the executive director of the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association (IFCA), Bob Buhs stepped down from his position effective August 1. Buhs has served on the organization since 1988 having held various executive board positions including two years as president of the board. “Former IFCA Executive Director Jerry Burke brought the association up to a more professional level, but Bob took it from there and elevated it to a whole new level,” says Tom Lia, executive director of the Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board, who also served under Buhs at the Orland Fire Protection District. During Buhs’ tenure, he updated officer training classes, increased fire service legislation lobbying efforts, headed conference development, created special programs to assist firefighters, and worked with the Education & Research Foundation, among many other things. “It is not a cliché to say that Bob’s shoes will be hard to fill. It will take at least two people, so one pair of shoes will not be enough,” states Lia. “Bob steered the IFCA through the “great recession,” maintaining a viable organization under difficult circumstances with reduced staff, lobbyists, and income while still moving projects forward. He was often traveling back and forth to Springfield. Everyone knows how hard Bob worked and appreciates everything he did.” “I wish my former boss and friend the best of luck for him and his family in his next exciting venture,” adds Lia. Although Buhs has stepped down from his position, he intends to remain a committed member of the IFCA.  ]]>