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ROSELLE FIRE DEPARTMENT(RFD) provides Fire/Rescue, Emergency Medical, and Fire Prevention Services for the Village of Roselle, an area of Medinah (unincorporated DuPage County), and Itasca (unincorporated Cook County). The area covered is approximately 12.0 square miles and includes approximately 35,000 residents. The RFD responds to more than 2,500 calls each year with approximately 75% of those calls being emergency medical service (EMS) calls. The Department is comprised of full time, part time and contract firefighter / paramedics.
Fire Department Response:
- Responses to Structure Fires, Fire Alarms, Vehicle Fires, Outside Fires, Vehicle Accidents, etc.
- Provide Advanced Life Support (ALS) response to Medical Emergencies with two staffed ambulances. Additionally, if staffing allows, ALS response can be provided by two fire apparatus and a third ambulance.
- Rescue and specialized responses including hazardous materials, water rescue, technical rescue and fire investigation
- Homeland Security preparedness and response Fire Prevention and Public Education
- Fire & Life Safety inspections, fire alarm system testing, Local, State and Federal Code enforcement and plan reviews
- Public fire safety education, Annual Open House, Youth Poster Contest
- Fire Alarm & Evacuation Drills
- CPR/AED training
- Fire extinguisher training
- Pre-incident planning
Department personnel are typically all State Certified Firefighters, Certified EMT-Basic and/or EMT-Paramedics.
While all Roselle Fire Department firefighter/paramedics are certified to varying levels to handle these types of incidents, sometimes these incidents require additional skill sets that only certain firefighters have obtained. The additional costs of training and supplying these types of teams makes it cost prohibitive to train and outfit every firefighter paramedic of our Fire District to be on these Specialty Response Teams. The Roselle Fire Department maintains a sufficient number of personnel on these teams to handle most incidents that occur using trained firefighter/paramedic personnel on-duty working their normal duty shifts.
When an incident occurs in these areas that is larger or more complex, assistance from surrounding emergency agencies automatically occurs and Roselle Fire Department Specialty Response Team members combine with other similarly trained Specialty Response Team members from other agencies to form an even bigger team. This system of team growth is expandable to just bringing in a few other surrounding fire departments to being able to bring in trained personnel from the entire State of Illinois, the entire Midwest or personnel from all over the United States. The Department is a member of the:
West Suburban Fire Rescue Alliance
Through functional cooperation, our training, standard operating guidelines, and emergency responses have provided improved service deliver to our residents in the following communities:
Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS) MABAS ~ Division 12 is comprised of municipal fire departments and fire protection districts located mainly in DuPage County which has been in existence since the late 1960’s. MABAS includes approximately 35,000 of Illinois’ 40,000 firefighters who staff emergency response units including more than 1,500 fire stations, 2,495 engine companies, 469 ladder trucks, 1,100 ambulances, 297 heavy rescue squads and 788 water tenders. Fire/EMS reserve (back-up) units account for more than 1,000 additional emergency vehicles. Division XII also supports teams specializing in response to hazardous materials, water rescue and technical rescue incidents. The mission of MABAS Division 12 is to coordinate automatically the effective and efficient response of mutual aid fire, EMS and specialty team personnel and equipment during emergencies and disasters and to support member agencies in achieving these goals.
DuPage County Fire Investigations
DuPage County Fire Investigations Task Force which was established in 1999 to assist local municipalities in processing and investigating significant fires of questionable origin. The Task Force is comprised of Federal, State & Local investigators from 36 fire service and law enforcement agencies in DuPage County. Teams of Task Force investigators are available to respond to assist in origin and cause investigations. Task Force resources include: ATF, FBI, DuPage County Sheriff’s Office Forensic Investigations Unit, Hazardous Devices Unit, Crime Laboratory, Office of the State Fire Marshal, DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office, accelerant detection K-9’s, electrical engineers, and demolition and shoring.
- When I call for an ambulance, why do I sometimes see an ambulance from another town?
- Why do I see emergency vehicles going through intersections with lights flashing, and then turning the lights off? Are they just in a hurry to go somewhere?
- When I see an emergency vehicle approaching while I am driving, should I always pull over to the right and stop?