- Fire Department
Protecting Our Community
The Oak Forest Fire Department was founded in 1945 and provides 24-hour fire protection, paramedic service, and emergency response to the residents and businesses of Oak Forest. We are dedicated to serving the community with pride, honor, and a true sense of service. We responded to 3,911 calls in 2021.
The department consists of a fire chief, a deputy chief, three captains, three lieutenants, 18 firefighters, and two administrative assistants as well as part-time firefighters. With the exception of the administrative assistants, all member are paramedics. Two fire stations serve the community. Fire Station 1 is located at 5620 James Drive and houses two advanced life support ambulances, two engines, and a service vehicle. Fire Station 2 is located at 4907 167th Street and houses one advanced life support ambulance, one engine, one truck, and a service vehicle. One of the ambulances and one of the engines at Station 1 are reserve vehicles in case we have to take a front line vehicle out of service.
Mutual Aid Box Alarm System
The city participates in Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (M.A.B.A.S.) Division 24, an organized system designed to systematically provide and receive additional emergency assistance when needed within the region. This intergovernmental agreement provides an extra layer of protection to our citizens and business community.
Serving Surrounding Communities
Our personnel are active members of various south suburban emergency response groups, including the Arson Task Force, Dive Team, and Technical Rescue and Hazardous Materials Teams. These specialized teams work across the area to provide fire investigations, skills and equipment to confront the unique challenges presented by these types of rescues/recoveries and to mitigate hazardous materials incidents. A high level of training and commitment is necessary to operate effective specialized teams. Due to the inability of any one department to handle the potential magnitude of emergency incidents, it is important for neighboring departments to work together to provide these services to our citizens and business community.
Notice of Privacy Practices
This notice applies to the information and records we have about your health, health status, and the health care and services you receive at this Fire Department EMS Division. We are required by law to give you this notice. It will tell you about the ways in which we may use and disclose health information about you and describes your rights and our obligations regarding the use and disclosure of that information.