16230 Wausau Avenue
South Holland, IL 60473
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South Holland Fire Department
The Village of South Holland is located just south of Chicago, Illinois and is populated by approximately 22,000 people covering approximately 10 square miles. Our response is comprised of over 8,000 homes, industrial facilities, commercial businesses, rail & road including parts of I-80, I-94 and I-294. The South Holland Fire Department is a member of the Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (M.A.B.A.S.) Division 24 and carries an ISO rating of 3. We responded to 3,456 fire and EMS calls in 2008, including auto-aid and box alarms. Those calls consisted of 33 building fires, 15 vehicle fires, and 14 other fires including rubbish, dumpster, and cooking fires. Those fires resulted in the estimated fire loss of $1,390,850 on property and possessions worth an estimated of $11,384,200.
The South Holland Fire Department is made up of the South Holland Firemanís Association and the full-time members are charted as the South Holland Professional Firefighters Association (IAFF Local 4109). The South Holland Fire Department consists of 48 members: 25 are full-time, and 23 are paid-on-call. These employees staff 2 stations 24 hours a day. The South Holland Fire Department is an Advance Life Support (ALS) EMS response department. Some members specialize in: (but not limited to) Technical Rescue Team (TRT), Combined Area Response Team (CART), Dive Rescue Team, & Hazardous-Materials Response Team. We also have a Fire Prevention Bureau and a Fire/Arson Investigation Unit. The Fire Prevention Bureau conducts regular fire inspections at all commercial, industrial, and institutional facilities within the Village. During 2008, the Department conducted 997 fire inspections and cited 1,069 fire code violations.
The Fire Department has a Cadet program for individuals 17-21 years of age. They participate in all non-fire exposure training and can help out on the periphery at a fire scene. If they successfully attend the fire academy, have 1 year on the Department, and are 18 years of age or older, the Department can transfer them to the rank of paid-on-call firefighter.
The primary mission of the South Holland Fire Department is to provide a variety of services designed to protect the lives and
property of those people within the municipality from the adverse effects of fires, sudden medical emergencies, or exposure to dangerous conditions created by either man or nature.