2022 Incidents
Fire EMS Total
JAN 53 179 232
FEB 54 149 203
MAR 58 114 172
APR 52 155 207
Total 217 597 814

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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
2021 1770 645 2415

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Two new Firefighter/Paramedics Appointed to the PHFD

PHFD staff, April 22

The Prospect Heights Fire Protection District is pleased to announce the appointment of two new firefighter/paramedics, Vanessa Kieres and Michael Borkowski.

On Thursday evening, April 21 a small group of family and friends were present as the Oath of Office was administered by Fire Chief Drew Smith to Firefighter/Paramedics Vanessa Kieres and Michael Borkowski. Also in attendance was Trustee Shawn ... (Full Story & Photos)

Chief Smith (R) administering the oath to Kieres (L) and Borkowski
Chief Smith (R) administering the oath to Kieres (L) and Borkowski

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Fire Chief Drew Smith, April 14

In honor of National Telecommunicator Week this April 10-16 member of the PHFD prepared a lunch of Mexican-style food for Wednesday's day shift at our Regional Emergency Dispatch (RED) Center. We wanted to show our appreciation for all they do to answer the 9-1-1 calls for help and ensure the proper resources are dispatched. They also ensure that when an incident rapidly expandds or unfolds that we ... (Full Story & Photos)

Prospect Heights Firefighters Aid AHFD at Fierce, Fast-Moving Fire on Euclid Ave

Fire Chief Drew Smith, March 29

The Arlington Heights Fire Department responded about 2:10 a.m. Sunday, March 27, 2022 to a report of a house fire near Euclid Avenue and Prindle Avenue in Arlington Heights. This is across the street from the Methodist church. A neighbor reported seeing flames from a house nearby. Firefighters also received a report, before they arrived, that a second-story balcony had already collapsed from the ... (Full Story & Photos)

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Fire Chief Drew Smith, March 21

Our newest firefighter paramedic Michael Borkowski graduated from the nine-week NIPSTA Fire Academy on Friday March 11. Mike is now working shifts for us. Congratulations, Mike, and welcome aboard!

The NIPSTA Fire Academy is a nine-week course. The academy runs Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Students generally arrive on campus an hour before class to prepare their equipment, ... (Full Story & Photos)

Prospect Heights Firefighters Practice Ice Rescue

Fire Chief Drew Smith, February 07

Last week firefighter/paramedics from the Prospect Heights and Wheeling fire departments used the pond at a local apartment complex to practice rescuing people from icy waters. After breaking a hole through the ice, one firefighter portrayed a victim while others used a variety of techniques and equipment to reach the victim, removed them from the frigid waters and move them over the ice to the shore. ... (Full Story & Photos)

Use of rapid deployment craft ("banana boat") to reach victims in icy water
Use of rapid deployment craft ("banana boat") to reach victims in icy water

No Caption Lieutenant Jason Hardy Named PHFD 2021 Firefighter of the Year

Fire Chief Drew Smith, December 21

The Prospect Heights Fire Protection District is pleased to announce that Lieutenant Jason Hardy has been named its 2021 Firefighter of the Year. Fire Chief Drew Smith presented Lieutenant Hardy with the award.

This year three members each nominated one of their peers for the honor with Lieutenant Hardy receiving the most votes. Here is what the nominating member had to say:

“My nomination for ... (Full Story & Photos)

PH Firefighters Handle Aircraft Mishap at Chicago Executive Airport

Fire Chief Drew Smith, November 21

The Prospect Heights and Wheeling fire departments were called to Chicago Executive Airport at 11:01 a.m. for an incident involving a small aircraft. Specialized Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting apparatus responded along with other fire apparatus and ambulances.

The aircraft registration number is N99715 and is a Cessna 172P Skyhawk II. During a takeoff or landing, the single-engine plane left ... (Full Story & Photos)

Larry Shapiro photo
Larry Shapiro photo

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)

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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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