Message from the Chief
Our mission: limit the loss of life and property through planning, prevention and response.
As you explore our website, I hope you will learn more about this Department, our employees and our efforts to serve the Park Ridge community. We take great pride in our professional and dedicated staff and all the services that we offer.
The men and women of the Park Ridge Fire Department are committed to serving our residents, businesses as well as visitors by providing a comprehensive array of services, 24 hours per day, 365 days a year. Our dedicated team of professionals is focused solely on your health, safety and well-being. The Park Ridge Fire Department provides all hazard services which include: fire suppression and emergency medical services, a Hazardous Materials Response Team, Fire/Arson Investigations Team as well as a Dive and Technical Rescue Team. In addition to these core services, the Department also provides comprehensive fire prevention, public education, and emergency preparedness services to all facets of the community.
I encourage you to utilize or participate in the various programs offered by our Department including; the Citizens Emergency Response Team (CERT), CPR and AED training, children’s car seat inspection and installation, the Fire Explorer program for young adults, block parties, station tours and fire extinguisher training. All of these programs offer the opportunity for residents and businesses to connect with our Fire Department.
As your Fire Chief, I am committed to do everything possible within the limitations of our resources to protect lives and property and limit the degree of human suffering when called to emergencies.
It is an honor to serve as the Fire Chief to the Park Ridge Fire Department.
Michael A. Zywanski
Here is a brief overview of our Department:
The Park Ridge Fire Department was established in 1893 with volunteer firefighters. Today, the 48 full-time members of the Department provide fire suppression, emergency medical and other emergency services to approximately 37,775 residents within its jurisdiction. The Department is a member of the Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS) Division III. The MABAS system allows the Department to be included in a cooperative, systematic method of sharing resources and personnel with other Fire Departments throughout Illinois.
Continuous training in firefighting and pre-hospital emergency medical care is provided to ensure proficiency in all areas. Members of the department are certified firefighters through the Office of the State Fire Marshal and are licensed paramedics through the Illinois Department of Public Health. The Department's EMS Division is operated under the guidance of St. Francis Emergency Medical Services System. The department has trained personnel for special teams which include:
- Hazardous Materials Team (HAZMAT)
- Technical Rescue Team (TRT)
- Underwater Rescue and Recovery Team (URRT)
- Fire/Arson Investigations Team
The Fire Department operates 2 engine companies, 2 Advanced Life Support (ALS) ambulances, 1 Ladder Tower, a Heavy Rescue Squad and 1 Command Van. In addition, the department has 1 ALS ambulance and 1 engine in reserve.