The Mount Prospect Fire Department began as a volunteer organization in 1913. Unlike many area fire departments Mount Prospect still maintains this volunteer group, now called Paid-On-Call (POC) since they receive a nominal amount for their service. The Department currently has 16 residents serving as POC members who meet every week to train and run drills. POC firefighters support the Department during major incidents and volunteer their time at public education events such as the Children’s Fire Safety Festival, Open House and 4th of July parade/fireworks. No additional POC members are currently needed.
For more information, contact POC Deputy Chief Mark Fedor via e-mail.
BOARD OF FIRE & POLICE COMMISSIONERS
In Mount Prospect, as in many communities across the nation, hiring firefighters is the responsibility of the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners (BOFPC), not the Fire Department. Commissioners are residents of Mount Prospect who volunteer their time to oversee the testing process and interview potential candidates. Current Commission members are James Powers (Chairperson), Charles Bennett, Mark Busse , Jackie Hinaber and Rockne Bork.
COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM
The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is a group of primarily resident volunteers trained to “aid and assist Mount Prospect Village departments when professional emergency resources become overwhelmed.” CERT members have gone through a 20-hour emergency preparedness training course and continue to participate in monthly training sessions. CERT members also participate in Village events and assist the Fire Department in educating the public about emergency preparedness. In 2011, CERT expanded its membership from 25 to 35 members and began creating specialized response teams to assist the Village and community during local disasters.
For more information, contact Emergency Management Coordinator, Jim Miller via e-mail or at 847/818-5254.