The Winnetka Fire Department maintains a full-time professional staff of 25 members composed of 24 sworn fire personnel and a public safety analyst. The Department also employs four part-time fire inspectors.
In 2020, the Department responded to 1,981 calls for service. This includes the Department's main service area of the Village of Winnetka, the Village of Kenilworth, and unincorporated Cook County, and mutual aid calls to neighboring communities.
Fire Sprinkler Ordinance
In 1977, the Winnetka Village Council passed an ordinance that required any business or multifamily occupancy that changes its occupancy use to install an automatic fire sprinkler system. A “Change of Use” is defined as any space whose proposed use is different than the previous tenant’s use based upon the International Building Code’s occupancy classifications. This ordinance has been in effect for many years. In an effort to promote economic development, the Village Council made three significant changes in 2016 to the Ordinance (MC-3-2016) (PDF).
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