Proudly Serving Unincorporated Joliet Township for 76 years
Congratulations James Diaz!!!. Jim worked his last shift March 30, 2015 as a full-time firefighter/paramedic at East Joliet. He will be starting the Chicago Fire Department Academy on the EMS side next month. Best of luck to him and his family as he starts a new chapter in his life.
In October, East Joliet crews attended a foam pit extrication class put on by Flip Star Gymnastics Academy at 1697 New Lenox Rd. The class educated crews on the safe and timely removal of a patient in the event of responding to a medical emergency inside the pit. The Department would like to thank the Flip Star Gymnastics Academy for allowing crews to come out and train at their facility. We would also like to give a special thanks to Doug from Flip Star for taking the time to put on a class for all three shifts.
Open House 2016
Thank you to everyone that came out!!
Pre-Filing Notice to the public for District Trustee
New Ambulance Delivered
At the end of May, we received delivery of a new Ford F-450/Horton ALS Ambulance. The new Ambulance replaced our reserve Ambulance, a 2002 Freightliner/Road Rescue. New Ambulance 52 was placed in service on July 1, 2016 at our Station 52 at 102 E Zarley. The Ambulance that was serving as Ambulance 52, a 2007 Ford F-450/Medtec, was moved into a reserve role as Ambulance 53.
East Joliet awarded 2014 FEMA Grant
On July 8, 2015, The East Joliet Fire Protection District recieved an Operations and Safety Grant from FEMA totaling $216,667. The Operations and Safety Grant will be used to purchase 35 new Scott air packs, to replace the old, damaged, and obsolete air packs purchased in 2002. The East Joliet Fire Protection District initiated the process for air packs in 2013. In order to be eligible for a grant, FEMA requires critical information such as department history, budget, call volume, mutual aid responses, and cost for repairing old equipment outlined and detailed in a narrative form. In 2013, our grant submission made it throught the first round, but was ultimatley denied. With the help of our grant writer, "Vicker's Consulting" changes were made to our proposal and the grant was resubmitted to FEMA in 2014. In July of 2015, we were notified by FEMA that we were awarded the grant for air packs. Firefighter Scott Hanson came up with specifications for new air packs and sent a request for purchase forms to dealers.The dealer that came in at $190,045 was awarded the bid. An addendum to the grant was made for the remainder of the awarded money for a new cascade system to fill air bottles. The addendum was approved by FEMA and the Cascade will be purchased in the near future.
Through professionalism, dedication, duty, pride and tradition the members of the East Joliet Fire Protection District work to safeguard the lives, property and enhance the quality of life for residents and visitors of the district. This is accomplished by implementing comprehensive training and strategies in fire prevention, fire suppression, EMS, emergency preparedness and community based fire services.
East Joliet Fire District is located 45 miles southwest from Chicago's Loop. Currently the department is a member of M.A.B.A.S 19 along with Frankfort, Homer Township, Manhattan, Mokena, New Lenox, Orland Park, Lockport Township, Palos, Palos Heights and Peotone Fire Districts. The district is 17 square miles and covers areas of Ridgewood, Ingalls Park,Sugar Creek and Preston Heights with an average of 1900 calls a year.