Fire Department

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Services Provided:

The Wheeling Fire Department is a full-service organization providing a variety of risk-reduction services to the community.

Services provided by the Fire Department include but are not limited to:

Service Area:

The Fire Department serves approximately 40,000 residents (approximately 75,000 daytime) in an area approximately 10 square miles in size. Aircraft rescue and fire fighting (ARFF), as well as emergency medical service are also provided to Chicago Executive Airport. In order to adequately serve the needs of the community, 3 fire stations are staffed on a 24-hour basis with full-time personnel:


The Wheeling Fire Department is professionally staffed with the following full-time and part-time personnel:
Wheeling Est. 1896 Fire Department Patch
Position Number of Personnel
Fire Chief
Deputy Chief
Executive Officer
Administrative Aide/Training Officer 1 (Part Time)
Battalion Chiefs (Shift Commander) 3
Lieutenant/Paramedics 6
Firefighter/Paramedics 39
Fire Inspectors
3 (1 Full Time and 2 Part Time)
Total Fire Department Staff
55 (52 Full Time and 3 Part Time)

Work Hours:

  • Administrative personnel are assigned to Fire Station 24 (Headquarters); Monday - Friday, 08:00 AM to 04:30 PM
  • Fire Prevention Bureau personnel are assigned to Village Hall; Monday - Friday, 08:00 AM to 04:30 PM
  • Shift personnel work a 24 hour "on", 48 hours "off" rotating schedule; 3 shifts of 16 personnel.
Fire Station 24 (Headquarters): 6 personnel per shift
Fire Station 23: 6 personnel per shift
Fire Station 42: 4 personnel per shift

Insurance Services Office (ISO) Rating:

The Wheeling Fire Department is independently evaluated on a regular basis by the Insurance Services Office (ISO). The purpose of this evaluation is to determine the overall emergency response capabilities of the Fire Department and its probable impact on fire insurance claims. A "Class 1" rating is the best and a "Class 9" rating is the worst. The Wheeling Fire Department is currently classified as a "Class 2" (effective November 1, 2017).  As a result, residents and local businesses enjoy relatively low fire insurance rates.  As a result of this Class 2 rating, this places the Wheeling Fire Department in the top 3.4% of all fire departments nationwide.