Welcome to the Fire Department page of the Village of South Chicago Heights website. The South Chicago Heights fire department is located at 185 West Sauk Trail with the Police Department in the Public Safety Building.
It is the mission of the South Chicago Heights Fire Department to provide the highest level of life and property protection services through an aggressive fire control system, an integrated pre-hospital care plan, public education, training, fire prevention and emergency management.
To be recognized by our community and employees as a model of excellence in providing services through education, training, prevention and mitigation; a department that is synonyms with the term Leadership; a department that fosters an environment of involvement, trust and cohesion; a department responsive to the needs and concerns of the community.
The department operates with a minimum of two (2) personnel on duty 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, who are trained in Emergency Medicine, Firefighting, Rescue, and a host of other emergency response duties. The duty crew is supported by a network of 28 part-time/paid-on-call fire fighters, to assist with staffing two (2) fully equipped paramedic ambulances and two (2) fire engines.
The Bureau of Fire Prevention is responsible for preventing fires through enforcing fire prevention codes and educate the citizens in fire safety. The Bureau conducts annual inspections of all businesses in the community and offers free non-binding home fire inspections to all residents. Please call us at 708-755-9589, Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. to schedule an appointment.
During any given day we may respond to a gas leak, assist a citizen during a heart attack, help someone at a traffic accident, or give a group of children a tour of the new fire station. We work 24 hours in a row so you might see us shopping for food or putting fuel in the ambulance. It is not unusual for us to sit down for a meal and end up eating an hour later because someone needed our help. It is not unusual to be interrupted during a bathroom break to respond to an ambulance request. No matter if it is 2 p.m. or 2 a.m. we are there to help you during the worst time of your day. That is how any given day may go... and we wouldn’t change a thing!
We see ourselves as the luckiest people around because of this rewarding profession we get to participate in. Some of us have been doing this for over 4 decades and still enjoy it. Stop by the fire station any day and check out your fire department, look around, ask questions, and bring the kids. You never know you might get interested in the best job around, if you have what it takes!
Remember - during a fire you only have minutes to get out! You are your most important possession; get out and stay out, then call 911. Never re-enter a burning building!