Community Risk Reduction 2019 Highlights

Fire Inspections

  • The fire inspectors completed 669 total inspections, including 448 annual inspections and 61 re-inspections. 2019 marks the second year in a row where all occupancies were inspected at least once.  We continue to develop relationships with building and business owners as well as contractors by being more on site while work is being done.

Public education

  • The Fire Department continued our Knox Home Box procedure, loaning out residential Knox Boxes to residents who may be in more need on EMS and unable to get to the door. We received two back from former residents and also placed 11 more in 2019.  To date there are 21 homes with a Home Box on the front door.  All residents whom have a Home Box are visited semiannually so we can monitor their needs.  All inspections include a home safety check.
  • The Department continues to find ways to be more present at Hillside School. We were present at their back to school picnic, Fire Prevention Week, served meals at their music department’s fundraiser and delivered Santa Clause to the school’s Polar Express.
  • We started our Adopt a Firefighter program which allows the first-grade classes to “adopt” one of our members to come teach them about fire safety four times throughout the school year.
  • Our department also implemented our shop with the firefighters program.  In this program students draw a picture involving fire safety.  The winners received a $75 gift card to Target, was taken to Target by the shifts and our members escorted the students around while they shopped.  It was a great experience for all.
  • The Department assisted with the Back to School Health Fair at Proviso West in July and attended health fairs at Crossroads Church and Proviso Township Senior Services.
  • Early in the year we initiated our MyID medical bracelet program. We sought partnerships with some of our vendors and received $1400 toward the program.  The program is growing slowly, mostly through social media and visiting senior meetings as well as the PD’s community Awareness meetings.  I’m confident as word gets out more, we will be providing more of this product to more of our residents.
  • Our department joined forces with the American Red Cross in September to install 90 smoke detectors in 33 homes. Besides that day we have documentation that we installed another 48 detectors in 23 more homes for a total for the year of 138 smoke detectors installed in 56 homes.
  • Our CPR instructors instructed approximately 110-120 individuals in CPR. Included in this number are staff from Hillside School and West 40 school, and employees of Easter Seals, Dynamic Torque and MTH Industries.
  • Our members who are certified to install child safety seats installed approximately 40 car seats.
  • We provided instruction in the use of fire extinguishers to employees of Dynamic Torque, RTS Packaging and High Point Plaza.
  • Our open house in October allowed us the opportunity to showcase our talents and services. We gave tours, held demonstrations and gave out 30-40 MyIDs, signed up one person for a Home Box and several for CPR classes.
  • Our newest educational opportunity, Stop the Bleed teaches lay people how they can assist another person who has experienced a life-threatening injury by stopping the bleed. We provided the education to six members of Hillside School’s staff and have begun talks with Proviso West High School to do the same.  Once the schools have staff members trained, they receive more Stop the Bleed kits from the State of Illinois.  We also will offer the training to any Village employees or residents.
  • Our Community Paramedicine program is going well, the Village will receive a detailed report, as soon as it becomes available.