Skokie Fire Department

Message from the Chief

On May 6th, 1881, the community of Niles Centre (renamed to Skokie in 1940) voted to form the Niles Centre Volunteer Fire Company and in 1947 the first full-time Skokie Fire Chief and full-time firefighters were hired.  The Skokie Fire Department celebrates the 137th year of fire protection to the 65,000 residents of the Village of Skokie through the service of 122 highly trained men and women from three fire stations that house 3 engines, two trucks, a heavy rescue, a squad, and three ALS ambulances.  The Skokie Fire Department first received accreditation through the Commission on Fire Accreditation International in 2001 and has achieved the prestigious Class 1 rating from the Insurance Services Office, Inc. (ISO), which is the highest achievable rating from ISO. Skokie first received this designation of exemplary public protection in 1995, and has retained the distinction in each subsequent ISO evaluation.

The Skokie fire Department is a member of MABAS Division 3, a partnership of 17 north suburban Illinois fire departments organized to provide mutual aid, specialized response, unique resources, and combined training.  This collaboration provides cost-effective specialized teams for fire investigations, hazardous material incidents, dive and water rescue, technical rescue involving high-angle, trench, and collapse incidents. 

The Skokie Fire Department strives for excellence in customer care with professionalism and dedication to the community.  According to the 2015 National Citizens’ Survey, the Skokie Fire Department received an approval rating of 97%.  Our mission is to provide fire suppression, quality medical service, environmental protection, community preparedness, and fire prevention and public education.  The Skokie Fire Department is committed to ensuring the safety of all the people that live, work and visit our community.  

I want to express my gratitude to Village Manager John Lockerby, Mayor George Van Dusen, the Skokie Village Board, and the residents of Skokie for their continued support of the Skokie Fire Department in our effort to deliver the highest level of services.


Jason Brandt
Fire Chief

Sign Up for the Emergency Telephone Notification System

The Village has an emergency telephone notification system to contact residents and businesses quickly in the case of an emergency.  Through the CodeRED system, the Village can send out automated telephone messages quickly and efficiently in the event of an emergency.  The brief message will provide information on the emergency situation and any important instructions.

Mission Statement
We, the members of the Skokie Fire Department, are dedicated professionals committed to safely serving our community by protecting life, property and the environment through prevention, education and emergency services.

Communicating During an Emergency
During emergencies the importance of communications systems becomes clear. The Village has an extensive network of communication avenues to employ during an emergency.  Depending on the emergency some of the communication systems may temporarily be unavailable. To address this concern the Village has developed multiple communication avenues.  To see a full list of emergency communication sources in the Village of Skokie, please click here.

Fire Department 125th Anniversary Book 
Fire Department's 2017 Annual Report
Fire Department's 2016 Annual Report

Fire Department's 2015 Annual Report

Fire Department's 2014 Annual Report

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