2021 Incidents
Fire EMS Total
JAN 34 132 166
FEB 62 147 209
MAR 43 126 169
APR 48 153 201
MAY 42 157 199
JUN 55 138 193
JUL 60 150 210
AUG 58 173 231
SEP 63 138 201
Total 465 1314 1779

Annual Call Stats
Year EMS Fire Total
2009 1688
2010 1659
2011 1768
2012 1238 592 1830
2013 1231 623 1854
2014 1359 697 2056
2015 1317 629 1946
2016 1427 636 2063
2017 1518 623 2141
2018 1715 678 2390
2019 1698 698 2396
2020 1643 554 2197

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The application period for the full time firefighter/paramedic eligibility list has closed.

Testing will proceed as scheduled in the May 25, 2021 announcement. 

The next application period will open in 2023 unless the eligibility list created by the current process is exhausted before then.  

Subject to change in the future,  the general criteria for full time employment as a firefighter paramedic with the Prospect Heights Fire Protection District may be found under the EMPLOYMENT link on the navigation bar to the left.


Must be Certified FF and Paramedic to be hired as part time

If not both, use the APPRENTICE application 

Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety video

PHFD staff, September 24

Here is a 90 second video on the different sounds alarms make.
Know the difference!... (Full Story)

National Fire Prevention Week is Oct. 3-9

PHFD staff, September 24

The theme of this year’s Fire Prevention Week is “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety,” focusing on educating the public on the different sounds smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms make.

Attached is a Safety Tip Sheet, "Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety," highlighting both smoke alarms and CO alarms.

There is a version is also available for those who are deaf or hard of hearing on teh NFPA webiste. ... (Full Story)

IL Dept. of Public Health Launches Online ‘Vax Verify’ System

Fire Chief Drew Smith, August 12

IDPH Launches Online ‘Vax Verify’ System

Check your COVID-19 vaccination record on new immunization portal

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is launching a new immunization portal, Vax Verify, that will allow Illinois residents 18 years and older to check their COVID-19 vaccination record. Vax Verify can be accessed at https://idphportal.illinois.gov.

“As more businesses, ... (Full Story & Photos)

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No Caption PH Paramedic/Firefighters Respond to Helicopter Crash

Fire Chief Drew Smith, August 11

Earlier this morning Prospect Heights and Wheeling Paramedic/Firefighters were dispatched to an aircraft crash. A helicopter that presumably just took off from Chicago Executive (Palwaukee) Airport crashed into the intersection ot Milwaukee Avenue and Apple Drive. This is south of Palatine Road and north of the intersection with River Road. The only soul on board was the pilot and he experienced non-life ... (Full Story & Photos)

PH Firefighter/Paramedics Review Auto Extrication Skills

Fire Chief Drew Smith, May 28

Much has changed in auto occupant protection over the past 30 years. Cars react to protect the occupants rather than contribute to injuries. In many cases we arrive to find a mangled, destroyed auto but the occupants are not trapped and injuries are not severe. As such, we use our skills less but keeping them sharp and ready is no less important. Whether we rescue one or 100 people, each time are ... (Full Story & Photos)

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LT Hardy receiving his new helmet from Chief Smith
LT Hardy receiving his new helmet from Chief Smith

Firefighter Promoted and two new Firefighter/Paramedics Appointed to the PHFD

Fire Chief Drew Smith, May 16

Firefighter Promoted and two new Firefighter/Paramedics Appointed to the PHFD

The Prospect Heights Fire Protection District is pleased to announce the promotion of Firefighter Jason Hardy to the rank of lieutenant and the appointment of two new firefighter/paramedics, Omar Acevedo and Mark Martinelli.

On Wednesday evening, April 28 a small group of family and friends were present as the Oath of ... (Full Story & Photos)

Prospect Heights and Wheeling Firefighters Handle Multi-Vehicle Crash with Fire, Persons Possibly Trapped

Fire Chief Drew Smith, May 02

At 05:07 on Saturday, May 1 Prospect Heights and Wheeling firefighter/paramedics were dispatched to an auto accident with preports of persons possibly trapped on eastbound Palatine Road near Wolf. First arriving units found a minivan on fire and at least two other cars involved. The fire and other vehicles were located just east of the Canadian National rail road bridge. A Superior ambulance traveling ... (Full Story & Photos)

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Fire Chief Drew Smith, April 18

All this month the PHFD firefighters are performing annual hose testing. Every piece of fire hose, some nearly nearly four miles worth of hose, is taken off the fire trucks, filled with water, and pressure tested to insure it does not leak or have bad couplings.

As part of this process we are training ten newer members to be able to operate the fire pumps on our trucks. There is no point in being ... (Full Story & Photos)

Quick Work by PH and Wheeling Firefighters Prevents Garage Fire From Spreading

Fire Chief Drew Smith, March 19

Prospect Heights responded with Wheeling firefighters to a reported garage fire in Wheeling shortly after 2PM. On arrival the first engine reported the garage engulfed in flames. The garage was separated from the home and had not spread to it. Two hose lines were used to extinguish the fire. Several propane tanks were removed from the fire area. One was leaking propane which firefighters controlled. ... (Full Story & Photos)

Firefighters work to control the leaking propane
Firefighters work to control the leaking propane

8 Mutual Aid Responses to Structure Fires Since New Year’s Day

Fire Chief Drew Smith, February 22

Since the first of the year Prospect Heights’ firefighter/paramedics have assisted several neighboring fire departments at large fires, three of which resulted in the combined loss of nine lives.

January 5 assisted Buffalo Grove at house fire
January 22 assisted Arlington Heights at house fire
January 27 assisted Des Plaines at house fire that claimed five lives
January 31 assisted the Palatine ... (Full Story)


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