Fire Department - Operations
The Skokie Fire Department provides Fire and Rescue Service to the community. Highly trained and motivated firefighters and officers respond to over 7,800 calls each year. The department covers the 10 1/2 square miles community and services almost 65,000 residents. The department operates under a modern set of Standard Operating Guidelines. On March 24, 2001 the Fire Department obtained the status of Accredited Agency from the Commission on Fire Accreditation International while holding an Insurance Services Office (ISO) rating of Class I.
Service delivery to people is the hallmark of the Skokie Fire Department. Demands on the Department continue to increase, most notably in the areas of emergency medical services, special operations and special event services. This results in programmatic impacts on training development and maintenance, equipment and supplies, and time management.
Increased use of smoke detectors and automatic sprinkler systems will result in earlier detection and control of structure fires, which will result in fewer fire fatalities, fire related injuries and structural fire loss.
The most recent survey of Skokie citizens, using the Fire Department "Citizen Survey," shows that 97% of those who expressed an opinion were "satisfied" or "very satisfied" with the services of the Department.
The Department's positive relationship with other Village departments and other fire departments will be maintained and enhanced in an effort to provide highly effective emergency services to Skokie residents.
Members of the Skokie Fire Department are dedicated professionals committed to safely serving the community by protecting life, property and the environment through prevention, education and emergency services. The Fire Department currently operates with 119 members, including 108 shift firefighters, paramedics and officers operating from three stations with three engines, two trucks, three ambulances, one rescue, one squad and an incident command vehicle.
Ice Rescue Program
On an annual basis, Lieutenants Kurt Harms and Training Liaison Daryl Stang of the Skokie Fire Department conduct an ice rescue training for all fire department personnel at the Skokie Park District's Emily Oaks Nature Center. The training consists of an on-shore class session that covered all facets of ice rescue, incident management, scene safety, emergency medical considerations and rescue techniques. Following the class all personnel rotate through a hands-on drill practicing each rescue procedure, including putting on the survival suits and getting in the 33 degree water to be rescuer as well as victim.
Click here to view photos from the Ice Rescue Training.