Applications are being accepted for Part time Firefighter / Paramedics. Applications can be picked up at the Hampshire Fire Protection District (202 Washington Ave.) Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Part time Firefighter / Paramedic starting pay is $15.40 an hour and increases with additional certifications.
For more information, you can contact the station and speak with Deputy Chief Herrmann 847-683-2629.
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The Hampshire Fire Department was chartered in 1931 with 30 volunteers after the Great Hampshire Fire of 1929 in which a large portion of the downtown was destroyed. A 1931 Model A fire truck was purchased at that time and remains with the district for show.
The Hampshire Fire Protection District was created in 1961 which encompasses 42 square miles that includes most of Hampshire Township and one square mile in DeKalb County including unincorporated New Lebanon. The district currently has a population of 7,500 and also protects 11 miles of Interstate 90 in addition to the 42 square miles. We have one fire station located at 202 Washington Street that became staffed 24 hours a day on January 21st, 2007. We currently own land for a second station at the corner of Harmony and Melms Roads.
Our department personnel spend almost 6,000 hours annually training so we may continue to provide the best services possible to our community. Our firefighters conduct inspections of all businesses annually to ensure the safety of
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the people occupying those buildings and to ensure we keep property loss from fire to a minimum (see fire prevention link for more information). We provide numerous public education opportunities such as CPR, first aid, fire extinguisher training, business fire drills, fire station tours and residential smoke detector inspections just to name a few (see public education link for more information). Besides responding to emergencies our firefighters are responsible for apparatus / equipment inspection, inventory and maintenance, station maintenance and housekeeping, training, teaching public education classes, business fire inspections and other assigned duties.
We are a very proud organization that will continue to strive to provide the best services to our district. We encourage you to stop by the station for a tour or to have any questions you may have answered.
Deputy Chief Trevor Herrmann
I would like to take a moment and give you just a few words about our organization. We have 8 fulltime employees including the Deputy Chief and myself. We staff the station with two fulltime employees and two part time employees 24 hours a day 365 days a year. We have approximately 30 part time employees most of which work elsewhere at another fire department.
All of our members are certified by the Office of the State Fire Marshal and the Illinois Department of Public Health. They then go on to receive many hours of additional training that is constantly ongoing. We respond to approximately 1000 calls per year most of which are medical.
When we are not responding to calls we are constantly training, conducting fire inspections at local businesses, holding CPR classes and other public educational classes. We are very public oriented and at any time you have a question, please feel free to call or stop by the station.
Chief Bill Robinson