The Operations Bureau is under the direct management by the Deputy Chief of Operations and includes Fire Suppression, Emergency Medical Care and Rescue Services. Operations is the response bureau of our organization and include the services of forty-five volunteer, part-time, career full-time and contract full-time firefighter/medics with a few EMT’s. We maintain an average shift staffing of ten personnel between two stations. We respond to fire, ems with advanced live support transport, auto extrication, technical rescue, water rescue and hazardous materials.
Each Firefighter obtains Illinois Firefighter certification at the Basic Operations Firefighter level with many advancing Advanced Technician Firefighter, all career staff are required to have Illinois paramedic license. Many of our firefighters expand their knowledge and skills through educational opportunities like fire apparatus engineer, hazardous materials operations & technician, technical rescue technician, roadway extrication, etc.
Our response apparatus includes three fire engines, one water tender, one ladder truck, one heavy rescue squad, one water rescue squad that includes inflatable and hard bottom boats, three advanced life support ambulances, one all-terrain vehicle, mini rescue, high water/deep snow/off road rescue truck, and several staff vehicles.
The average fire engine costs between $500,000 – $700,000.00. A ladder truck costing between $1.0 million and $1.5 million. A heavy rescue squad and a tender cost approximately $300,000.00 – $500,000.00 each.