Message from the Chief
The City of Joliet Fire Department is here 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to serve our citizens and visitors alike. We provide a wide variety of services to our community of nearly 150,000 citizens.
Our calls for services number over 19,000 responses annually, or about 52 runs per day. About 15,000 of those are Emergency Medical Service calls. To address this, we provide an Advanced Life Support Ambulance and Fire Engine in each of our 9 operating fire stations. The Joliet Fire Department currently has 209 firefighters, 204 are state certified paramedics and the rest are first responders. All new hires to the Joliet Fire Department must possess their paramedic certification prior to being appointed.
Regardless of your emergency, be it fire, medical, hazmat, water rescue, or any other, we are prepared to respond. We are here for you. Please practice your Exit Drill In The Home (EDITH) plan with your family members and check your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors monthly.
Criteria for Commercial Fire Pit Use Within the Joliet City Limits
The Joliet Fire Department would like to remind residents of the criteria for using a commercial fire pit within the Joliet City Limits:
- Commercially sold steel outdoor fire pits that are on legs attached to a steel bottom, wire mesh sides and a top are approved.
- A fire extinguisher or garden hose must be at least 15 feet away from any structure or fence.
- Approved outdoor pits shall be at least 15 feet away from any structure or fence.
- Fuel (wooden logs, or artificial logs) shall fit inside the confines of the wire mesh, and the top shall be in place to be legal. Wooden pallets, treated deck wood, leaves, dimensional lumber, or garbage, shall not be used as fuel in an outdoor fire pit.
- Beware that although it is legal to burn in an approved outdoor fire pit, it is believed to be offensive or objectionable by the complainant due to smoke, flames, sparks, or odor omissions, then the homeowner shall extinguish the fire immediately. In addition, a police officer on the scene may issue a compliance ticket to the homeowner for creating a public nuisance or being in violation of the International Fire Code 2003 Section 307.2.2 "Prohibited Open Burning" which states: "Open burning that will be offensive or objectionable because of smoke or odor emissions when atmospheric conditions or local circumstances make such fires hazardous shall be prohibited. The fire code official is authorized to order the extinguishment by the homeowner of the Fire Department of open burning which creates or adds to a hazardous or objectionable situation."
- Residents are also reminded to verify any restrictions or guidelines with their Home Owners Association, if applicable, because the use of fire pits may be forbidden.
Printable Version City of Joliet Commercial Fire Pit Policy (Click on below .pdf file to print)
The Joliet Fire Department application process for Entry Level Firefighter positions has now been closed as of the Wednesday May 13, 2015 @ 4:00pm Central Time. Thank you to all who participated.
Please click on the Recruitment section under Fire Department for additional information.