Village of Winnetka
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In calendar year 2016, the Winnetka Fire Department responded to 2,119 calls of which approximately 1,464 calls were fire related. There were 25 structure/vehicle fires with a total estimated loss of approximately $672,750. Learn more about the Department’s recent statistics in the Fire Department Annual Reports. Our most recent 2016 report is here.
The Department is a member of the Regional Emergency Dispatch (RED Center)—making it part of a centralized emergency dispatch center with other area fire departments. The system is capable of providing efficient fire and emergency medical dispatch. Emergency medical dispatch provides pre-arrival instructions such as CPR or first-aid, prior to the arrival of paramedics. It is important to note that when you do call 911, you will first reach our Police Dispatch Center who will transfer the call quickly to RED Center for fire dispatching. During this time, there may be a short moment of silence on the phone line. Do not hang up, this is part of the transfer process. Once you reach a 911 Telecommunicator, do not hang up with them until you are told it is OK to do so.
In addition to being part of RED Center, the Winnetka Fire Department is also a member of MABAS (Mutual-Aid Box Alarm System) Division 3. This is a predefined inter-operational agreement with fire departments in the area to provide assistance to each other in the event of a significant incident. Currently, there are 17 North Shore departments that belong to MABAS Division 3—offering service from 40 fire stations and over 950 firefighters. Assistance may be provided in incidents such as a large fire, multiple victim incidents requiring the need for multiple ambulances and for incidents requiring specialized skills such as water rescue, hazardous materials and technical (above and below grade) rescue. It provides the Village a wealth of resources that can come from as far as Wisconsin or Indiana, if necessary. The Winnetka Fire Department is also committed to assisting the other departments for calls of automatic aid.
The Winnetka Fire Department is made up specialist teams, and for each area, Department members also participate on MABAS Division 3 Teams.
510 Green Bay Rd. Winnetka, IL 60093
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