The Fire Department provides 24-hour Fire Suppression; Rescue, and Emergency Medical Services; and overall Village Emergency Management Coordination to the community. The Fire Department also provides specialized services such as hazardous materials response which also includes domestic terrorism response capabilities. Specialized rescue capabilities such as high-angle rescue, trench rescue, structural collapse, and confined space rescue services are also provided by the Fire Department.
The Fire Department provides Fire Prevention, Fire Inspection and Fire/Arson Investigation services to the community.
The Fire Prevention Bureau performs regular inspections of commercial and institutional occupancies as well as the common areas of multi-family occupancies. The Fire Prevention Bureau works with the Community Development Department to complete fire plan reviews, occupancy approvals, fire pump and sprinkler system testing.
The Fire Department Public Education Division delivers award-winning and nationally recognized fire and life safety education to pre-school, grade school, and high school students. The Public Education Division also delivers Fire and Life Safety Education programs to businesses, civic groups and senior citizens. The Public Education Division also performs educational facility and high rise evacuation drills. Many of Downers Grove’s programs have received national awards or recognition and are often copied by Fire Departments across the country.
This report summarizes the events and highlights of the previous year.