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 10,000 calls each year. The department covers the 10 1/2 square miles community and services more than 65,000 residents. The department operates under a modern set of Standard Operating Guidelines.

Strategic Plan

View the Fire Department's Strategic Plan (PDF).

Accredited Agency

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.
Firefighters holding a ladder

Increasing Demands for Service

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:
  • Equipment and Supplies
  • Time Management
  • Training Development and Maintenance

Early Detection

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.

Citizen Survey

The most recent survey of Skokie citizens, using the Fire Department "Citizen Survey," shows that 95% of those who expressed an opinion rated the Fire Department as "good" or "excellent". 


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.

Dedicated Professionals

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 115 members, including 105shift firefighters, paramedics and officers operating from three stations with three engines, two trucks, three ambulances, one rescue, one squad and an incident command vehicle.