The Park Ridge Fire Department takes great pride in our highly trained and professional staff. The department is equipped and trained to handle any type of emergency situation, ranging from an investigation of a strange odor to a large-scale mass casualty disaster.
Our current capabilities include (but are not limited to:)
- medical emergencies
- hazard investigations
- animal control
- water/ice rescue
- high rise and below grade rescue
- vehicle extrication
- urban search and rescue
- hazardous materials mitigation
- vehicle and structural fires
- environmental emergencies
- urban terrorism
- mass casualty incidents
- natural disasters, and
- any other threat to the health and safety of the community.
Park Ridge is a member of the Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS) Division III, which provides a systematic method of sharing apparatus, resources and personnel with other fire departments throughout Illinois. As part of MABAS, Park Ridge also provides and receives automatic aid from neighboring communities. This system insures that all emergency responses receive a sufficient amount of resources to effectively manage any incident.
The Fire Department operates two engine companies, two Advance Life Support (ALS) ambulances, a ladder tower, a Heavy Rescue Squad and Command Van. In addition, the department has an ALS ambulance and engine in reserve.
The Department responds to an average of 3,800 calls per year. Eleven hundred calls are fire-related and 23 calls are structure fires, with an average dollar loss of $850,000 per year. Other types of responses include activated fire and carbon monoxide alarms, odor investigations, gas, fuel and chemical leaks, spills, and vehicle extrications.
All personnel are certified through the Office of the State Fire Marshal and most have been awarded advanced and specialty certifications.
All training questions should be directed to our Training Officer- Battalion Chief Scott Sankey.