The Streamwood Fire Department provides a broad range of services to the community. An impressive fire suppression services division boasts an ISO 3 rating. Emergency Medical Services and specialized fire rescue services are also available.
Emergency Medical Services
Each year, the Department responds to over 3,000 emergency requests. The largest percentage of calls is for medical assistance. The Fire Department provides ALS paramedic ambulance service from each of its three fire station locations.
Patients are transported to one of four local area hospitals. These include:
- St. Alexius Medical Center in Hoffman Estates
- Sherman Health in Elgin
- Provena St. Joseph Hospital in Elgin
- Alexian Brothers Medical Center in Elk Grove Village
In addition, all fire engines are equipped with Advanced Life Support (ALS) equipment. All of the fire department duty personnel are certified paramedics in addition to their roles as firefighters.
In 1997, the Fire Department achieved a class 3 rating from ISO, the Insurance Services Organization. This impressive score reflects the ability of the Department to protect all of its residential, commercial and industrial occupancies from the hazards of fire. This rating is given after careful consideration and evaluation of the resources within the Fire Department. The staffing levels, equipment and station locations along with fire safety plans that exist were used to determine this favorable rating.
Rescue and Specialized Services
As part of their resources, the Department maintains specialized teams capable of providing emergency assistance in unusual situations. Because of an increasing number of situations, a Hazardous Materials team was organized inside the Department in 1988. Highly trained specialists comprise this group, which is capable of supporting emergency operations in many situations that involve hazardous or toxic substances. The Haz-Mat team now consists of 13 members and the most up-to-date equipment. In 1998, a Specialized Rescue and Confined Space Team was formed to provide additional capabilities in challenging rescue situations. Presently, the department has ten specially trained members that provide support to the Department operation. We are very proud of the fire department's incident investigators team and currently have nine highly trained members that are certified by the State Fire Marshall. Our public education committee members have been teaching life safety throughout the Village and schools for over 20 years. Our school program, that is taught to kindergarten through sixth grade by the department's firefighter/paramedics, has been highly successful and is considered to be one of the finest programs in the northwest suburbs.