Public Service Responsibilities include;
Fire Suppression, Emergency Medical Services, Non Emergency Patient Transports to Hospitals, Fire Investigations, Hazardous Materials Incident Response, Technical Rescue, Confined Space, High Angle Rescue, Fire Prevention Inspections, Plan review, Business License inspections, Public Education, Safety inspections Home and Business, Emergency Services and Disaster agency, Department of Homeland Security, Civil Defense. Programs include Blood Pressure screenings, Automatic External Defibrillator Training (AED), Mutual Aid agreements with Neighboring Communities (MABAS Division 11), Various Safety programs for all age groups, Facility tours, and Equipment demonstrations. Speakers are available for Civic and Social Organizations. Our Citizens' Fire Academy is scheduled once a year in the Spring.
The Berwyn Fire Department has 80 sworn professional firefighters proudly serving the citizens of Berwyn. We currently have 17 certified Paramedics and 15 Emergency Medical Technicians staffing 3 Advance Life Support Ambulances. There are three fire station strategically located in the North Central and South Districts of the City. The 2010 Berwyn Population is listed as 56,657 people residing an area of 3.5 square miles.
The Fire Department Consists of the Following:
Fire Chief Denis O'Halloran
Assistant Fire Chief Sam Molinaro
Administrative Aid Dawn Thomas
(4) Deputy Chief's Shift Commanders
Deputy Chief Paul Gardner
Deputy Chief Tom Hayes
Deputy Chief Greg DiMenna
Deputy Chief Kris Coniglio
(1) Battalion Chief of Fire Prevention Mario Manfredini
(1) Captain Training Division Joseph Lotito
(12) Lieutenants Company Officers
(48) Firefighters/Paramedics/Emergency Medical Technicians /Fist Responders
Berwyn Emergency Services and Disaster Agency Department of Homeland Security
Fire Station 1 (South) 6434 Windsor Ave
Fire Station 2 (North) 6615 W. 16th St
- Quint 901 Engine/Truck Combo Staffed with 4 members
- Advance Life Support Ambulance 906 Staffed by 2 Paramedics
- Reserve Fire Engine 911
- Reserve Ambulance 910
Fire Station 3 (Center) Headquarters 6700 W. 26th St
- Engine 902 Staffed by a minimum of 3 members
- Advance Life Support Ambulance 905 Staffed by 2 Paramedics
- Assistant Chief's Office and Command Vehicle 909
- Ladder Truck 904 Staffed by 4 members
- Engine 903 Staffed by minimum of 3 members
- Advance Life Support Ambulance 907 Staffed by 2 Paramedics
- Command Vehicle 900 Staffed By Deputy Chief Shift Commander
- Fire Chief and administrative Offices and Command Vehicle 908
Berwyn is an active participant in a mutual aid group known as MABAS Division 11. Through a mutual aid box alarm system, we and our partner communities share resources and manpower for emergency incidents. This network provides organized responses to incidents that might overwhelm a single community.
Other than firefighting operations, the department is capable of responding to a variety of incidents. Emergency Medical Services is provided by our 3 advance life support ambulances staffed by 2 paramedics. All firefighters are trained and certified as First Responders and can render basic first aid until an advanced life support vehicle is dispatched. Each vehicle carries a variety of first aid equipment and an AED. The members are highly trained in vehicle accidents requiring extrication of injured or trapped parties. We are trained in elevator rescue for people trapped inside. Through our MABAS Division 11 we have specialty trained Technical Rescue members for confined space, high angle, and trench rescues. We are also trained in Hazardous Materials incident responses.
The ever expanding role of the fire department requires training and updating of skills. The Training Captain directs our personnel towards various goals in keeping with the mission of our fire department. Our personnel may avail themselves of the fire service related courses presented by various agencies in our area.
Taking a proactive approach, the department also provides Fire Prevention through inspections and public education. Our Citizen's Fire Academy gives residents the opportunity to experience the fire department first hand. The City has adopted the 2012 NFPA 101 Life Safety Code
and follows these codes for all Fire Prevention matters.
Fire Chief Denis O'Halloran and all the personnel of the Berwyn Fire Department strive to provide the finest service in fire protection possible, with an eye to the future, enabling the department to more effectively protect the people, property, and businesses of Berwyn.
Fire Safety Tips
For information regarding fire safety tips click on the informational flyer below
Fire Safety Tips Flyer
Open Burning and the Local Ordinance 13-14
For information on open burning in the City of Berwyn and the pertaining local ordinace, click on the links below.
Facts About Open Burning in Berwyn
Open Burning Local Ordinance 13-14
The City of Berwyn Fire Department follows all State and Federal Laws for Hiring of Firefighters.
The Fire and Police Commission conducts candidate testing every two years. The current Eligibility list expires on April 4, 2013. The Fire and Police Commission has posted a testing date of November 17, 2012. See www.publicsafetyrecruitment.com web site for application information and details. The current required qualifications to take the eligibility exam are as follows;
Current (within 1 year of the exam date) Candidate Physical Agility Card (CPAT). Certificate from the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal Certified Firefighter 2 Illinois Licensed EMT-P Paramedic and be able to test into Loyola Emergency Medical Services System.
After appointment, residency within the 5 collar Counties of Cook County, Illinois in 1 year.