Fire and Rescue

Fire Chief John Lewis

John Lewis,
Fire Chief

Welcome to the City Of Zion

Fire and Rescue Department

Education of Personnel

City of Zion Fire Department

Education Requirements of Fire Fighters

  • State Certified Fire Fighter II
  • State Certification includes knowledge in 23 Subject areas including:
  • Fire Department Orientation
  • Ladders
  • Self Contained Breathing Apparatus
  • Building Construction
  • Hose
  • Communications
  • Public Education
  • Fire Cause
  • Hazardous Materials

It includes classroom as well as hands on, practical training. The student must pass
a state-administered test to receive certification from the Office of the State Fire Marshal.

Continuing Education

  • We do monthly training on fire related subjects:
  • The College of Lake County offers an Associates Degree in Fire Science Technology
  • Our personnel also take state certified training in many fire-related subjects
  • Fire Apparatus Engineer
  • Fire Instructor
  • Fire Officer
  • Fire Investigator
  • Hazardous Materials Technician
  • Public Safety Diver
  • Roadway Extrication Specialist

Education Requirements of Paramedics

State Licensed by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

All personnel must first attend Emergency Medical Technician-Basic (EMT-B) training and become state certified. Training in our area is provided at Zion Fire Rescue Department, Victory Memorial Hospital, or St. Therese Medical Center.

After certification as and EMT-B personnel must then attend Emergency Medical
Tecchnician-Paramedic training and become state certified. Victory Memorial Hospital is our resource hospital and provides paramedic training for our department.
This includes such subjects as:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Cardiac Monitoring
  • Medications
  • Intravenous Therapy
  • CPR
  • Basic Trauma Life Support

Continuing Education

  • Our department trains monthly on paramedic skills
  • In addition, Victory Memorial Hospital provides Continuing Education classes every other month. This helps us meet the state requirement of 30 hours of continuing education per year.
  • We are also required to keep a current CPR card.

City of Zion, Illinois