Our Mission

The primary responsibility of the Warrenville Fire Protection District is the protection of life and property. With this thought in mind we must have thorough training and drills, to keep developing our intelligence, knowledge and skills so that we continue to be competent and responsible paramedics and firefighters.

The image of this department is to reflect service, goodwill, helping hands, a spirit that "a firefighter is your friend", someone to turn to for help no matter what the occasion or emergency.

With these thoughts in mind, here are some reasons why our department especially, the Fire Prevention Bureau must sometimes flex its muscles in order to correct problems both residentially and commercially.

Even though the United States is the most technologically advanced country in the world, we still lead the western world in fires, fatalities, injuries and property destruction from the ravages of fire.

Here is an idea of the scope of the problems today in the United States. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), in 2012, the 2,795 fire departments that participated in their fire experience survey responded to 1,375,000 fires. Of these, an estimated 480,500 were structure fires, approximately the same number as in 2011. 365,000 fires, or 76 percent of all structure fires, occurred in one- and two-family homes and apartments.

The 1,375,000 fires reported to NFPA resulted in an estimated 2,855 civilian deaths in 2012. Of these 2,855 deaths, an estimated 2405 died in residential fires in 2012, with the vast majority (approximately 2000) occurring in one and two family homes.

The bottom line is every 23 seconds, a fire department in the United States responded to a fire somewhere in the nation. A fire occurred in a structure every 66 seconds, and a home fire occurred every 85 seconds. Every 156 seconds, a vehicle caught fire, and every 46 seconds there was a fire in an outside property.

What these statistics point out is that even with the fire prevention and building codes we have and even with the tremendous technology we have, it will take great personal commitment to reduce these terrible numbers, commitment by everyone. The feeling that it can't or won't happen here is a fallacy. So when the inspectors come into businesses or if you call for a voluntary home inspection – remember they are trying to help by pointing out discrepancies. The sooner you remedy the problem, the safer you and your family, customers or employees will be.