Fire Department

The Elmhurst Fire Department remains focused on its core mission, which is the protection of life and property in the Elmhurst community. The Elmhurst Fire Department is and continues to be rated one of the best fire departments throughout the nation.

With the support of the Mayor, City Council, City Manager and other City Departments, we continue to be an organization that prides itself on being proactive, efficient, and effective in our delivery of public safety services.

A Message from the Fire Chief

To the Residents of the City of Elmhurst, and our new friends visiting our Web Site - Welcome and Glad to Meet You!

All of us at the Elmhurst Fire Department, on behalf of the Mayor, Manager and City Council / Elected Officials, are pleased that you are taking the time from your day to visit with the Fire Department. Thank you for your support. 

Our charge is to provide the highest skilled response to our residents and users in a time of need. We are ever challenged with the task of improving upon the Fire, Emergency Medical Services and Specialized Rescue that we provide, and work to be there whenever the need arises. The Elmhurst Fire Department continues to meet the challenges of change. That within itself is a great accomplishment. But, the real accomplishment is the positive attitude and the sheer determination of our personnel to make this Fire Department the benchmark of quality service in the Fire and Emergency Medical Services arena. Our continued promise is a doctrine to be a professional, well-prepared Emergency Services Provider, made possible through the commitment of the nation’s greatest firefighters. We continue to make the Elmhurst Fire Department a better and safer place in which to live, work, and recreate.

On behalf of our Officers, Firefighters and Administrative Staff, thank you for the privilege of serving you! If I can be of any additional service to you on behalf of the Elmhurst Fire Department, please contact me. 


Thomas K. Freeman, Fire Chief

Mission & Value Statement

Mission Statement

The Elmhurst Fire Department consists of competent and valued professionals dedicated to providing life safety, emergency services, and educational programs for the protection of life and property in our community. The mission is accomplished by holding devotion to duty above personal safety and comfort, and continually challenging our members to enhance the quality of services provided.

Value Statement

The City of Elmhurst Fire Department is a team of professionals that serve with excellence, dedication, and pride; who are committed to saving lives, protecting property, and improving the quality of life for our residents and visitors; by providing rapid and reliable services in all emergency and non emergency activities. The City of Elmhurst Fire Department personnel will accomplish our mission by participating in this community, providing progressive and comprehensive services, and striving to efficiently utilize all resources to meet the needs of our community.

Department Personnel

Elmhurst Fire Department Personnel is used to provide 24-hour service manning two engines, two ladder trucks, and two advanced life support ambulances. Our manpower includes the following:

    Fire Chief                                        6 Lieutenants

    Deputy Fire Chief                           33 Firefighters

    3 Battalion Chiefs                           12 Contract Paramedics