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.
East Joliet Orders New ALS Ambulance
Here are some photos of our new Ambulance 52 being built by Horton Emergency Vehicles through Foster Coach Sales Inc. out of Sterling, IL. The new ambulance will be delivered sometime in late May or early June. It will be replacing our reserve Ambulance 53, a 2002 International/Road Rescue. The current Ambulance 52, a 2007 FordF450/Medtec, will move to reserve status as Ambulance 53. Photos are from January 22, 2016.
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.
East Joliet promotes new Lieutenant
On October 1, 2015, The East Joliet Fire Protection District promoted full-time Firefighter/Paramedic Lou Helis to Lieutenant. Lou has been with the East Joliet Fire Protection District since 2007. Prior to East Joliet, Lou served many years with the New Lenox Fire Protection District. Starting January 1, 2016, Lou will be heading the department's new training progam as the department's Training Officer. The entire department wishes Lou the best of luck in his new position and our continued support is always with him, his wife and their two son's.
East Joliet recieves delivery of new Brush Truck
In November of 2014, East Joliet Fire Protection District, recieved delivery of a brand new 2015 Ford F350 4x4 extended cab pick up to be used for fighting brush fires. The new Brush Truck will be replacing the former 1994 Chevy 2500 Brush Truck. It will be equipped with a Darley Fast Attack unit that will hold 300 gallons of water and 10 gallons of foam. It also features a 100' 1" booster hose and space to hold a 200' foot 1-3/4 hose line. The new Brush Truck will also serve as the department plow vehicle during winter months.
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.