Hernandez named as fire chief Posted in: News Interim chief Henry Hernandez has been officially named fire chief for the Elgin Volunteer Fire Department. Hernandez has been with the Elgin Fire Department for 11 years, assistant chief for about six years, and captain for two years. Elgin Fire Department is the first fire department he has worked for, starting right out of fire school, and has worked there ever since. With the city of Elgin, and the Elgin Fire Department, growing constantly, Hernandez hopes to acquire new fire trucks for the department and replace some of the older trucks. He doesn’t see Elgin going to a paid fire department yet,PLEASE LOG IN FOR PREMIUM CONTENT. Our website requires visitors to log in to view the best local news. Not yet a subscriber? Subscribe today!