Erik Kambarian will be leaving career service with the Godfrey Fire Protection District on December 1. After resigning as chief of that department, he will move on to a new career with the State of Illinois at the Downstate Enforcement Manager with Illinois-OSHA.

That agency protects the health and safety of public employees through inspection, investigation and enforcement. Kambarian’s area of responsibility will be public employers south of Interstate 80. He says he will also become a volunteer member with Godfrey Fire Protection District and remain on the county hazmat team. Kambarian has been chief since 2014 but announced a couple of months ago that he would be stepping away from that job. During his time as chief, Kambarian says he is proud of many things, including improving the department’s ISO rating, and improved response to cardiac arrest.

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