Chief James Angell has over 27 years of fire department service to the City of Chicago Heights. He served 2 years as a member of the Paid-On-Call Division and is now serving 25+ years as a full-time firefighter. Assistant Chief Angell is a certified Fire Investigator and a Hazardous Materials Specialist. He is also an Adjunct Professor with Prairie State College.
Assistant Chief Steven Kozlowski has 19 years of fire department service to the City of Chicago Heights. He is a certified Hazardous Materials Technician. The Assistant Chief is responsible for overseeing the daily operations of the fire department, including management of apparatus and equipment.
For over 100 years, the Chicago Heights Fire Department has been providing the citizens of our community the best in Fire and Emergency services. Besides Fire protection, the department also administers the City’s Emergency Medical Service and Emergency Management Agency.
Effective May 1, 2012, the Chicago Heights Fire Department will begin providing EMS and fire protection to the Village of Olympia Fields.
In 2011 the men and women of the CHFD responded to approximately 5,600 requests for aid. As the needs of the community have changed over the years the Department has developed capabilities to respond to a multitude of hazards. The Department has 64 Career Full Time and 25 Paid-On-Call Firefighters operate out of 5 stations throughout the City. The CHFD also serves the Olympia Gardens community under a contract with the Olympia Gardens Fire Protection District. The Department functions under specific Divisions addressing a variety of Emergency Response situations.
The Department operates 5 Engine Companies, 2 Truck Companies,
1 Rescue/Haz Mat Company and 5 Ambulances out of 5 stations.
Station #3 (Headquarters - North End)
83 East Joe Orr Road
Home to Engine Company #653, Ambulance #683, Ambulance #685, and Tower #673
Captain Kush (A-shift)
Captain Shander (B-shift)
Captain Gromala (C-shift)
Each Captain command their respective shift and all 5 stations from this location.
Station #3 is the largest of the stations and is also the Department Headquarters. The Chief and Assistant Chief offices is at this location, as well as the Administrative Secretary for the Chief’s office, Phyllis Petrongelli.
Station #2 (East Side)
State and 16th Street
Home to Engine Company #652, Ambulance #682, and Truck #672
Lieutenant A. Moscolino (A-shift)
Lieutenant Kinder (B-shift)
Lieutenant Weir (C-shift)
The 2nd largest of our stations, #2 also houses our Maintenance Division and Department Mechanic Matt Smith. Department training activities are held at this location utilizing a dedicated classroom and fire practice tower.
Station #4 (West Side)
Division and 16th Street
Home to Engine Company #654 and Ambulance #684
Lieutenant K. Lueder (A-shift)
Lieutenant Iurillo (B-shift)
Lieutenant Manuel (C-shift)
Station #5 (The Hill)
22nd and Butler
Home to Engine Company #655 and Rescue/HazMat #665
Lieutenant Ewers (B-shift)
Lieutenant Fewkes (C-shift)
Station #1 (The Downtown Area)
91 East 19th Street
The Department’s Paid-On-Call Division operates an Engine #651 and Ambulance #681. The Paid-On-Call Division trains in this facility every Wednesday evening. Otherwise, this station is not manned unless call volume or severity necessitates the activation of the Paid-On-Call Division. Besides giving citizens the opportunity to volunteer service to the City, the Paid-On-Call Division has proved to be a training ground for future CHFD full-time personnel. Over half of our full-time staff spent time on our Paid-On-Call Division.
Emergency Medical Services
Along with paramedics and EMTs on our Paid-On-Call Division, we are able to staff 5 Advanced Life Support Ambulances. 47 of our 64 Career Firefighters are licensed paramedics. This capability is unmatched by any community in the Southland. This Division also runs continuous Emergency Medical Education for our own personnel, personnel from surrounding departments, and students from around the world. Nearly 300 Doctors, Nurses, Firefighters and Technicians from 30 countries have trained with our Department over the past decade. The EMS Division classroom is located on the lower level of City Hall.