Village of Franklin Park
Fire Department

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Fire Chief William Brehm

Emergency: 911
Non-Emergency: (847) 678-2444

10001 Addison Street
Franklin Park, IL 60131

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We use “firefighter” as a title for what we do in the Fire Department. What we should say is “every emergency response Department!” Our personnel are multi-talented and trained to respond to most any emergency from a fire, to an ambulance call, to a cat in a tree, to a hazardous materials spill, to a terrorist event, or just when someone doesn’t know what to do. Here is a list of what we may run into at any given time: Structure fires, Fire alarm, Ambulance request, Assist our citizens, Police Department or Public Works Department, Car accidents including extrication, train or plane accident, or assist at the airport. Respond to the tollways and expressways, Industrial accidents, Hazardous materials spills or releases, carbon monoxide responses, Technical rescues (high angle, slope rescue, flooding, confined space rescue, trench rescue, collapse rescue), Swiftwater rescue and water rescue, Fire investigations, Terrorism and Disaster response, and Assisting neighboring towns.

 

Mission Statement

In compliance with professional standards established by our Oath of Office, our Professional Code of Ethics and administrative directives – conduct, act and perform in such a manner that maintains, advances, or restores the publics’ trust, confidence, and sense of safety and security.
 
 
 

Fall Fire Safety Tips

As summer turns to fall, it's a good idea to refresh your memory on fall fire safety tips. Some safety tips are the same regardless of the time of year, but many safety concerns are seasonal, particularly those that involve keeping your home warm.

Time Changes Mean Battery Changes

Get in the habit of changing the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors every fall and spring when changing the clocks for Daylight Savings Time. It is also a good idea to make it standard procedure in your household to verify that all fire extinguishers are fully charged and in working order when you adjust the clocks each season.

Home Heating Tips

No matter what type of device you use to heat your home, making sure your heating devices and/or systems are in good working order is an important part of learning some fall fire safety tips. Many things can go wrong with heating equipment during the spring and summer months. Verify that everything you need to keep your home warm throughout fall and winter is in good working order before you experience the first cold snap of the season.

Central Heating System Safety Tips

  • Get your central heating system cleaned, inspected and serviced by a certified HVAC (heating, venting and air conditioning) contractor every year before using it.
  • If you have a gas heater, make sure that you have a sufficient quantity of fully functioning carbon monoxide detectors installed in your home.

Space Heater Safety Tips

  • Make sure that any space heaters are surrounded by at least three feet of empty space.
  • Never place clothing or any other objects on a space heater to dry.
  • Do not place space heaters near furniture or drapery.
  • Turn space heaters off when you leave the house or go to bed.
  • Avoid storing any combustible items near heaters.

Fireplace Safety Tips

  • Get your chimney inspected each year to make sure that it is safe.
  • Hire a chimney sweep to clean out your chimney every fall.
  • Repair any cracks in fireplaces.
  • Use fireplace screens to keep sparks and fire debris inside the fireplace.
  • Do not every use gasoline to start a fire in the fireplace.
  • Never leave a fire unattended.
  • Make sure that combustible materials are not stored within three feet of your fireplace.
  • For natural gas fireplaces, get all connections and lines inspected before use each season.
  • Remember that outdoor fireplaces can be just as dangerous as indoor units, and observe all safety precautions when using them.

Fire Safety Tips for Holiday Decorations

  • Do not use candles in Halloween jack-o-lanterns. Flashlights are much safer.
  • Make sure that children's costumes are made with fire retardant materials.
  • Use only fire retardant holiday decorations.
  • Verify that all holiday lights and extension cords have been tested by an organization such as Factory Mutual or Underwriters Laboratory.
 

Spring Safety tips for outside hazards—machinery, insects, heat, and more

  1. Wear safety goggles, sturdy shoes, and long pants when using lawn mowers and other machinery.
  2. Protect your hearing when operating machinery. If you have to raise your voice to talk to someone who is an arm’s length away, the noise can be potentially harmful to your hearing.
  3. Make sure equipment is working properly.
  4. Wear gloves to protect from skin irritations, cuts, and contaminants.
  5. Use insect repellent containing DEET.
  6. Follow instructions and warning labels on chemical and lawn and garden equipment. (As a reminder, if workers will be using consumer chemical products in amounts and/or frequencies that exceed typical consumer use, employers must obtain a safety data sheet (SDS) for the product, ensure that it is properly labeled, and train workers in its hazards and safe work practices.)
  7. Reduce the risk of sunburn and skin cancer by wearing long sleeves, a wide-brimmed hat, and sunshades. Use sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher.
  8. Keep an eye on the thermometer and take precautions in the heat.
  9. When working in hot weather, drink plenty of liquids, but not those that contain alcohol or large amounts of sugar, as they can cause you to lose body fluid.
  10. Pay attention to signs of heat-related illness, including high body temperature, headache, dizziness, rapid pulse, nausea, confusion, or unconsciousness.

And remember—if you hire a contractor for landscaping or other outdoor maintenance, it’s important to inquire about the company’s safety record and make sure they train and require employees to follow safe work practices. They may not be on your payroll, but if a contract worker is injured at your facility, OSHA can cite and fine not only the contractor, but the host employer as well.

 
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