Safety is ALWAYS First in Franklin Park
In October, we commemorate Fire Prevention Week, originally established to remember the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. That horrific fire killed over 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed countless structures and burned more than 2,000 acres.
Since that time, great strides have been made in fire prevention and safety, including no longer constructing sidewalks out of wood.
Safety Is Our Priority
In Franklin Park we take fire prevention seriously. The training our firefighters receive is second to none. Your safety is our number one priority and we are committed to having personnel and resources to handle all situations. This year our fire personnel have applied to attend and/or have completed over 1638 hours of outside schooling and training.
All of our new firefighters are cross trained to be paramedics and many of our fire vehicles can provide advanced life support to our residents. This increases efficiency, and combined with our rapid response time, saves precious minutes.
Additionally, our close proximity to several first class hospitals and trauma centers allows us to bring a resident to the hospital of their choice unless the emergency is immediately life threatening.
By having two large video screens in the vehicle bay at our fire stations, responders know if they have to cross train tracks. The cameras let them know if there is a train blocking their route. If so, they know to turn and go over the bridge and get to the incident faster. Saving minutes, saves lives.
Cooperation With Our Neighbors
We also work cooperatively with our neighboring communities, including O’Hare International Airport. Last year we assisted our neighbors 277 times! Our neighbors helped us 88 times.
We train with the Chicago Fire Department to be prepared to respond to an incident at O’ Hare, a train derailment or hazmat situation. This preparedness training means we can respond quickly and work safely together. We will also be able to share resources such as fire retardant foam needed for large scale events.
Public safety personnel from O’ Hare Airport train with our Franklin Park First Responders in classroom settings, in our vacant buildings, and in our drill tower. In return, our firefighters get advanced training at their state of the art burn pit and crash simulator. These scenarios simulate fuel spills, or incidents in the fuselage, where we must attack fires while rescuing passengers.
Teaching fire prevention in the home is a high priority. All family members should know the basics of fire safety. Every home should have working fire extinguishers, smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors and they should be tested regularly. All families should have an evacuation plan and a pre-arranged meet-up spot and practice that plan so you can assess how well it works.
The Franklin Park Fire Department will be hosting an Open House Saturday, October 15, from 11 AM until 2 PM at Fire Station #2. This is a great opportunity to learn how to keep your family safe.
Yours in safety,
Mayor Barrett Pedersen