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Public Education

The Winnetka Fire Department provides numerous public education programs. Information on some of the programs, as well as other pertinent safety concerns, can be found below.

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Each year during Fire Prevention Week, the Winnetka Fire and Police Departments hold an open house. Families and children of all ages are able to see the fire apparatus and rescue equipment, talk to and meet the Firefighters, see live demonstrations and learn about fire safety.

Training Classes Offered by the Winnetka Fire Department

Classes taught to residents, businesses and special groups will incur a nominal fee to cover the cost of the off-duty personnel to teach the class. Classes can be taught in our classroom at the Fire Station or on-site at a suitable location within the Village. All classes are taught by members of the Winnetka Fire Department who have been trained and certified in the programs they present. For more information or to set-up a class for any of the following programs, contact the Winnetka Fire Department at 847-501-6029 or email fire@winnetka.org.

Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Training

Early administration of CPR to cardiac arrest victims increases their chances for survival. The Winnetka Fire Department conducts CPR certification and recertification classes quarterly. Classes may also be scheduled for special groups such as, doctor/dentist personnel, school faculty, and Boy and Girl Scout troops.

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Sudden cardiac arrest is one of the leading causes of death in the U.S. Over 350,000 people will suffer from sudden cardiac arrest this year. It can happen to anyone, anytime, anywhere and at any age. An AED is the only effective treatment for restoring a regular heart rhythm during sudden cardiac arrest and is an easy to operate tool for someone with no medical background. Time is of the essence in emergencies. The average response time for first responders once 911 is called is 4-6 minutes. For each minute defibrillation is delayed, the chance of survival is reduced approximately 10%. AED training can be conducted by itself or in conjunction with a CPR class.

Boy Scout/Girl Scout First-Aid Training Class

This class is designed to meet the requirements for the First-Aid Merit Badge. The class is interactive and includes DVD instruction, paramedic demonstrations and use of medical teaching devices for practical applications. Each class is limited to 20 participants.

Au Pair Training

Au Pair Training reviews the basics of being a responsible live-in child care giver. The training focuses on how to handle various types of events from medical emergencies to storms and fires.

Additional Programs

Juvenile Fire-Setter Intervention Program
The Winnetka Fire Department’s "Juvenile Fire Setter Intervention/Prevention Program" provides support to children and parents in the community. The primary goal of the program is early recognition and treatment of fire setting tendencies, whether motivated by curiosity, anxiety, frustration, guilt or dozens of other human conditions. Through the use of educational intervention and professional referral, the Department can help families prevent more serious difficulties. For more information, contact the Winnetka Fire Department at 847-501-6029 or email fire@winnetka.org.

Additional public education information and fire prevention tips are available on the Fire Department’s Think Safety First page.

Walk-In Services

Winnetka Fire Department staff offer the following services at the fire station (428 Green Bay Road), Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM.  There is no charge for any of these services. Please call 847-501-6029 with questions about these programs.

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Blood Pressure Check

A blood pressure reading provides an important and quick summary of an individual’s cardiovascular health status.  It may also aid early identification of potential medical problems and lead to early treatment.  Trained personnel are available to take blood pressure readings at the Winnetka Fire Department.

 

 

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Expired/Unused Medications

The Village of Winnetka offers this serviceto its residents though a program affiliated with The Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC) for the disposal of hazardous medical waste (prescription and non-prescription drugs).  This program prevents medications from being disposed of in our water supply and landfills. Expired or no longer needed medication may be dropped off at the Fire Station.  You can use a marker to cover the patient’s name (we will do it for you if the name is still present). However, the name of the medication and dose needs to remain on the container.  The only medications we cannot accept are narcotics and other controlled substances.

 

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SHARPS Disposal Program

In addition to our Expired/Unused Medications Collection, we also provide a “SHARPS” Disposal Service.  This service is also in conjunction with SWANCC. During regular hours, the Department accepts containers of needles, syringes and diabetic finger prick cartridges for proper disposal.  We also offer Sharps Containers for the storage of these needles at home.  You simply bring in the container we provided and exchange it for a new container.  We do ask that you use these containers and not coffee cans or other containers that were not made for the storage of sharps to avoid injuries to staff that handle the containers.  NO commercial or institutional waste will be accepted.

Additional participating communities and drop-off locations can be found at the SWANCC website or by calling 847-724-9205. Additionally, please click here to view a brochure outlining the Fire Department's prescription drug disposal program.

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