The Mission of the Sycamore Fire Department is to deliver quality
emergency services, respond to disasters,
create prevention programs that save life
and property, selflessly serve our customers and create excellence
through education, training and community involvement.
Dedication. Since 1879, The Sycamore Fire Department has been serving our community.
The sole purpose of the organization is service, a dedication
to the community, the department and to the profession.
Honor. Firefighters are sworn to an oath of sacred honor.
Firefighters would risk their lives for that of a stranger –
and often do. When given
a job to do, our creed is to accomplish the mission – to adapt, to
overcome and to improvise a solution.
Teamwork. Sycamore Firefighters work together for the common purpose of protecting
their community. They
are individuals who form a group out of friendship and mutual
respect. The team is led
by Officers who manage and direct the team by example, competence,
Trust. Community trust has been handed to the Fire Department.
The Fire Department trusts the community to provide them with
the resources they need for their mission.
The Community trusts the Fire Department to be good stewards
of their resources, to provide quality trained personnel and to
answer the call. The
firefighters trust each other to be there for one another in good
times and bad.
Firefighting is a profession of selfless service, not selfless
sacrifice. The Fire
Department will insure the safety of the community through
education, prevention, and timely response to emergencies.
The firefighters will work safely, be mindful of the ver
present dangers and minimize risk to themselves and to others.
administration division performs the functions necessary to support
the delivery of emergency services to the community. These functions
include training, clerical support and data processing, and budget
preparation and administration. Also included under the
administration division are fire prevention and public education
The fire prevention
section the Sycamore Fire Department has many functions ranging
from fire and life safety inspections to plan review.
The Fire Department works
closely with the Sycamore Building and Zoning Department in
enforcing city fire codes and ordinances.
The City of Sycamore uses the 2006 version of the
International Building Code, International Fire Code, and International
Property Maintenance Code.
The operations division is the
service delivery part of the organization.
The operation division is responsible for emergency medical
services, fire suppression,
hazardous materials first response activities.
The Fire Department provides Emergency
Medical Services to residents in Sycamore and the Sycamore Fire
Protection District. The Department operates three paramedic ambulances 24 hours per
day. In addition, all front line fire engines and staff vehicles
are equipped with first response medical equipment to ensure
medical procedures can be provided within 4-6 minutes of the
request for services. The Department has 27 State of Illinois
Licensed Paramedics who also function as Firefighters.
response to fires is a coordinated effort that can vary from a
single fire truck responding to a car fire to multiple pieces of
equipment responding to a structure fire. The initial response
to a reported structure fire (General Alarm) is 2 engine
companies and a Chief Officer, along with a mutual aid ladder
truck and engine. Off duty career and paid on call firefighters are recalled to
staff reserve equipment.
Fire suppression vehicles will also at times supplement
staffing needs on emergency medical calls and are equipped to
remove trapped victims of motor vehicle collisions.
Two of our front line fire
engines are equipped with specialized rescue equipment to assist
in the removal of victims trapped in vehicles or equipment.
Hazardous Materials first
majority of Sycamore Fire Department response personnel are
trained to the Hazardous Materials Operations level.
In addition, six firefighters are specially trained to
the Technician level and serve as part of the MABAS Division #6
Hazardous Materials Response team.
Hazardous Materials incidents can result from airborne
releases, leaking containers, and roadway accidents involving
the transportation of hazardous materials. Every member of the
Sycamore Fire Department is trained to handle small spills and
leaks, and has the training needed to support the Hazardous
Materials Response team at more complex incidents.
Special monitoring equipment and tools are stored in a trailer
that responds with the team when needed. Through participation
in the Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS), this team is
available to respond to HazMat incidents in DeKalb
County, and may be deployed Statewide
following a disaster declaration.
Technical Rescue first
Sycamore Fire Department has a small team of four firefighters
that are specially trained to respond to rescue incidents that
require a high level of skill and special equipment. These
incidents include the rescue of victims trapped in high places,
trenches, confined spaces, or collapsed buildings. Four
firefighters are specially trained to the Technical Rescue
Technician level and serve as part of the MABAS Division #6
Technical Rescue Response team.
The Sycamore Fire Department is
responsible for determining cause and origin for fires in the
City of Sycamore. The group consists of 3 fire investigators.
The Sycamore Fire Department works closesly with the Sycamore
Police Department and may also uses outside agencies such as the
Illinois State Fire Marshal or the Department of Alcohol,
Tobbacco, and Firearms.
ADDITIONAL DEPARTMENT INFORMATION
Department Organizational Chart
Map of Reponse Areas