The Hinckley Fire District is a separate entity from the Village. It is governed by a Board of Trustees who oversee all aspects of the operation. These trustees, who are appointed by the County Board are: Alan Bark, President; Bruce Thorp, Treasurer; and Charlie Harris, Secretary.
The Department consists of one full-time Chief, and 28 "Paid-on-Call" firefighters and Emergency Medical Technicians. This means that there is not necessarily anyone on-duty at the station at any given time. All firefighters and EMTs carry a pager with Them at all times, and are alerted to an emergency call by that device.
Emergency calls that are made by the "911" number are answered by the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office, who then handles dispatching personnel and equipment.
The Department operates two engines or pumpers, one aerial truck, one support squad, one brush truck, one tender for rural water supply, one ALS ambulance, one BLS upgradable ambulance, and a rescue squad.
The ambulance service has been provided by the Fire District since the mid-70's. In 2001, the ambulance service was upgraded to provide Advanced Life Support or ALS. This allows paramedics to administer life-saving drugs and IV therapy at the scene of the emergency, instead of waiting the additional 10-20 minutes until the patient arrives at the hospital. It also allows paramedics to administer advanced cardiac therapy, and medication to alleviate pain.
We meet on Tuesday nights for training at 7 pm as follows:
1st Tuesday: EMS continuing Education
2nd Tuesday: Business Meeting
3rd Tuesday: Fire Training (starts at 6:30 pm)
4th Tuesday: Officer's Meeting
Persons interested in joining the Hinckley Fire District are encouraged to stop by the station on Tuesday nights; or may call 286-7711 or click here for an application. No experience is necessary, we will train you. It is a rewarding and exciting way of supporting your community.
Fire Chief-Jay VanLanduyt