The Zion Fire Rescue Department currently serves just under 25,000 residents in an approximate 8.2 square mile area. A major function of the Zion Fire Rescue Department is to extinguish accidental or destructive fires occurring in the city. To ensure this goal the Zion Fire Rescue Department employs 24 full-time supplemented by paid on premise personnel split between three shifts. Each Shift has a minimum staffing of 6 personnel on duty 24 hours a day, 4 at Station One and 2 at Station Two.
The Zion Fire Rescue Department has two (2) Engines, one (1) Quint with a 105 ft Ladder, and three (3) MICU Ambulances. Each report of a fire in the city receives a response of the duty crew personnel, one (1) engine, one (1) Quint and one (1) MICU unit. In addition to our on duty personnel, our off duty personnel respond to the stations when needed.
The Zion Fire Rescue Department also participates in an automatic response program with the three fire departments that surround Zion. The Quad One response includes Beach Park Fire Department, Newport Fire Department, and the Winthrop Harbor Fire Department. This gives us immediate access to additional equipment and personnel.
For major emergencies the Zion Fire Rescue Department is part of the statewide MABAS box alarm system that makes available equipment and personnel from all departments in Lake County as well as other counties in the state if needed.