DEP Director Biography

Charles Geraci, EMT-P MPA

Charles Geraci began his career in emergency medical services (EMS) while working for Vandenberg Ambulance Service from 1980 through June, 1983. He worked as both an EMT and a paramedic. Mr. Geraci served the Village of Alsip from January, 1984 to July, 2012. He worked through the ranks while functioning as firefighter/paramedic, lieutenant/paramedic, deputy chief, and fire chief. He served as fire chief for over 14 years. During his time on the Alsip Fire Department he participated on the Southwest Hazardous Materials Response Team (SWHMRT) and the Combined Agency Response Team (CART). Charles fulfilled the role of CART Blue Team President for many years. Also, he worked for over four years as an appointed member to the statewide Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS) Operations Committee.

Chief Geraci is currently teaching the EMT-B program at Moraine Valley Community College (MVCC), and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) courses at Christ Hospital. His education includes an Associate Degree in Fire Science, Bachelor’s Degree in Fire Science Management, and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration. In addition, he is a Certified Paramedic, EMT-B Lead Instructor, and has many State of Illinois Certifications including Fire Officer III, Instructor III, Fire Department Incident Safety Officer, and Hazardous Materials Incident Command. Also, in September 2018, he was accredited as an Illinois Professional Emergency Manager (IPEM).