Since its inception in 1891, the Department has grown to an organization of 97 individuals
that function exceptionally well as a cohesive unit to provide vital
services to this diverse community. As the emergency services industry
has grown, so has the Department. We now assume an “all-hazards”
approach in order to best serve the community. Therefore, in addition
to fighting fires, the organization and our paramedic program is at the
pinnacle of Emergency Medical Services as a member of the Northwest
Community Emergency Medical Services System.
Also, in keeping with new
challenges of the 21st century, and in partnership with our
neighboring fire departments, the Department staffs and equips a
Hazardous Materials Response Team, a Technical Rescue Team (structural
collapses, trench rescues, confined space rescues, and above / below
grade rescues), an Underwater Rescue Recovery Team, and a Fire
thank Mayor Bogusz, the Aldermen, and City Manager Bartholomew for
their continued support, which allows us to provide the best services.
We also value our excellent relationships with the other departments in
the City, allowing us to work in the context of the larger City team to
maximize efficiencies in providing for the needs of the citizens.
Similarly, our mutual aid and automatic aid agreements with our
neighboring fire departments, and other regional collaborations, serve
to enhance our ability to respond to the wide variety of emergencies
that we regularly encounter. Most of all, we thank you – the members of
the public. Your support and positive feedback are most welcome, as
you are the reason we serve. It is our intent to continue to exceed
your expectations in the services you receive from our organization and
we move forward, we pledge to stay abreast of new technologies and
techniques to further improve services, to seek-out creative solutions
to issues that arise, to communicate to the public regarding our
activities and how citizens may protect themselves and maintain safety
in their daily lives, and to continue to meet our mission to protect
life, property and the environment by providing services that make a
positive difference every day.
feedback is important to us. I hope that you find our web site
informative and entertaining. As you review the many pages on the site,
I invite you to offer suggestions for the site and/or for the department - you may do so using the Citizens Action Request function on
this City web site at the "Contact Us" link on the left side of every page, or by calling the Department at 847-391-5333.
Yours in safety,