March 24th, 2020 8:35 AM
Forest Park's village hall is closed until further notice. Staff is on hand to answer calls at 708-366-2323 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
By Maria Maxham
In letters to Forest Park residents over the past week, Mayor Rory Hoskins has made it clear that the village is in communication with state, local and county health departments and is ready to handle an emergency.
"I want you to know that the village of Forest Park is planning for any contingencies," said Hoskins in a March 18 letter.
Hoskins assured residents that the department heads are regularly communicating, and that Forest Park fire and police departments have plans to respond to the expected surge in medical calls due to the pandemic. The fire and police chiefs are in contact and have strong working relationships with other local departments, he said, and mutual aid agreements exist between them.
Hoskins also spoke about the experience of village staff, stating, "The heads of our public safety units all have at least 28 years of experience in their roles and working in this community." He noted that Forest Park's police and fire departments include National Guard reservists, and some are military veterans with experience working in rapidly constructed military field hospitals.
"I believe we can rest assured knowing that key members of our staff have experience with our National Guard in disaster settings," said Hoskins in his letter.
Residents should be aware of the following village changes:
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