Department Information

Fire Department Staff PhotoThe Winnetka Fire Department maintains a full-time professional staff of 25 members composed of 24 sworn fire personnel and a public safety analyst. The Department also employs four part-time fire inspectors.  

In 2019, the Department responded to 2,209 calls for service, between the areas we serve; the Village of Winnetka, the Village of Kenilworth, and Unincorporated Cook County. 

Fire Sprinkler Ordinance

In 1977, the Winnetka Village Council passed an Ordinance (PDF) that required any business or multifamily occupancy that changes its occupancy use to install an automatic fire sprinkler system. A “Change of Use” is defined as any space whose proposed use is different than the previous tenant’s use based upon the International Building Code’s occupancy classifications. This Ordinance has been in effect for many years. In an effort to promote economic development, the Village Council made three significant changes in 2016 to the Ordinance (MC-3-2016).

Smart911/Winnetka Alerts

Smart911 Winnetka Alerts"Individuals that create a Safety Profile will be better prepared in all towns and counties across the country that support Smart911,” said Chief Marc Hornstein, “The Safety Profile travels with you and the additional information provided allows us to send the right response teams faster.”

Smart911/Winnetka Alerts is a free service that allows individuals and businesses to sign up for notifications to be sent via email, text or voice message from the village, county and state authorities. This new alert system will help the Village and first responders communicate real time information on situations involving emergencies, weather, traffic and other critical incident information. Registration for this new system is required.

Create a Smart911 account and begin receiving Winnetka Alerts today!