The goal of the Elk Grove Village Fire Department Emergency Medical Services Division is to provide the highest quality Mobile Intensive Care Ambulance and Rescue Service within the traditional and required parameters of Elk Grove Village, the State of Illinois, and the Northwest Community Hospital Emergency Medical Services System. Emergency Medical calls account for approximately 70% of the annual incidents responded to by the Elk Grove Village Fire Department.
Emergency Medical Services are delivered to the residents and businesses of Elk Grove Village, as well as to anyone passing through our community, using three (3) 24-hour Advanced Life Support (ALS) ambulances. During peak hours, a fourth ambulance is available at the Biesterfield Fire Station. Five (5) front-line units, two (2), engines and a squad also provide ALS care. Through partnership with the Northwest Community Emergency Medical Services System (NWCEMSS) and under the direction of the EMS System Medical Director, Dr. Matthew Jordan, the Elk Grove Village Fire Department continues to provide the citizens of Elk Grove Village and the surrounding community with skilled paramedics that provide the highest level of care.
The Department is currently staffed with (72) state certified paramedics, (15) EMT-B’s, and (1) First Responder. Fire department non-transport vehicles (quints, engines, and squad) and ambulances respond together to provide the necessary level of support needed at incidents of a serious nature. The Fire Department requires all applicants for firefighter to be state certified paramedics prior to being hired.
The EMS Battalion Chief provides direction to the Emergency Medical Services Division by ensuring that equipment, training and daily operations with its personnel are at its best. This position also serves as the lead Designated Infection Control Officer (DICO) for the Village. The DICO is responsible for confidential communication between employees and healthcare workers in the event of an occupational exposure to blood-borne pathogens (i.e. needle stick and other sharps injuries). Various EMS staff participate as liaisons to committees through the hospital system, which is invaluable to the success of the department as it ensures that the department has a voice in the decisions made which impact the care we provide to our citizens.