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SERVICES

Fire Suppression and Fire Protection
Twenty-four hours a day the York Center Fire Protection District provides fire suppression and protection to its residents and neighboring communities. Each day there are six Firefighters who provide service, four Firefighters/Paramedics staff the Engine or Heavy Rescue Squad and two Firefighters/Paramedics staff the ambulance.

Each day we check each vehicle to make sure it is in good working order and to make sure all the equipment on the vehicle is working properly. Vehicle checks are very important, we want to make sure everything is working and available when a call comes in so we are ready to work. We train daily as well. Training can include anything from reviewing tactics on fighting fire, practice tying knots, practice using ladders, or putting out training fires.

On any given day you can expect us to respond to calls with two Engines (71 / 75), two Ambulances (72 / 74), a Heavy Rescue Squad (77), a Tender (76), a Technical Rescue Trailer (73), a Special Duty Squad (78).

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Between calls we work around the Firehouse. Work at the Firehouse varies day to day. There are different chores and tasks to be done each day. They include: vacuuming, mopping, dusting and cleaning the entire Firehouse between emergency calls. Emergency calls can be either fire or medical related. A dispatch agency called DuComm receives all the 911 calls made from the York Center Fire Protection District. DuComm is a dispatch service and is used by most of the surrounding communities. DuComm dispatches fire calls, emergency medical calls, and police calls. When you call 911, in the District, the call is routed to a call center where a dispatcher takes your information then notifies the appropriate agency - fire, ambulance, or police. When calling 911 on a cellular phone in DuPage County, your call is routed to a call center at the DuPage County Sheriffs office. The dispatcher then needs to ask you your location to route you again to the appropriate city or dispatch service. Some municipalities do not use Ducomm, they choose to use a different agency or use their own.

Most of our Firefighters work on specialized teams. These teams meet and train monthly, preparing themselves for different kinds of emergencies. Emergencies can include, but not limited to, explosions, toxic spills, rescue off high structures, fire investigations, water rescue, ice rescue, and extricating victims from entrapment.

Our department also has specialized teams to respond for certain incidents in and around the York Center Fire Protection District:

Hazardous Material Team
This team responds to situations where a hazardous material has been discovered, spilled, set on fire, found burning, or used improperly.

Technical Rescue Team
This team responds to many different situations. These can include any situation where someone is hurt or injured and is trapped in a hole, trench, or other confined space. The team is also trained to rescue victims from tall building or other high structures.

Fire Investigation Team
This team responds to every fire to investigate the cause of the fire and to determine if the fire was accidental or arson.

EMS
Ambulances and other rescue equipment make up the Emergency Medical System (EMS System). Both of our ambulances respond to all emergency medical calls and most fire calls. The ambulance is staffed each day by two Firefighters/Paramedics. All of the Paramedics employed by the District are licensed by the Illinois Department of Public Health and are trained by Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove. Each month, our Paramedics go though training to maintain their skills and to further their education.

The ambulance responds to all kinds of emergency medical calls. Calls include: chest pain, car accidents, heart attacks, broken bones and other injuries. We provide Advanced Life Support (ALS), the highest level of care allowed by the Illinois Department of Public Health. We are allowed to administer oxygen as well as many other drugs to help someone who maybe having chest pain, difficulty breathing, allergic reactions, poisonings diabetic reactions or other medical emergencies. We also carry specialized equipment that assists patients breathing, heart rate, and other equipment that helps support life. When we have a patient we are required to transport the patient to the closest hospital. The hospitals we transport to most are Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove and Elmhurst Memorial Hospital in Elmhurst.

We respond to all calls in the Fire District as well as assist other communities. When there is a incident in a near by community that involves many patients and more then one ambulance is required that community can request our ambulance. The same communities assist us as well.

WHEN TO CALL 911:
There are many reasons to call 911. If you have a fire, or someone you know is hurt or injured you should call 911. If you are not able to wake someone up or if someone is not acting normal, call 911. Also, if you feel in danger or unsafe call 911. When you call 911 in the District it is routed to DuComm. DuComm is a dispatch agency used by most of the surrounding communities. DuComm dispatches fire calls, emergency medical calls, and police calls. When you call 911 in the District, the call is routed to a call center where a dispatcher takes your information and notifies the appropriate agency - fire, ambulance, or police. If you call 911 from your cellular phone in DuPage County, your call is routed to a call center at the DuPage County Sheriffs office. The dispatcher then needs to ask you your location to route you again to the appropriate city or dispatch service. Some municipalities do not use Ducomm, they choose to use a different agency or use their own.