Fire Department - Activities and Services
The Skokie Fire Department provides a wide variety of community services and activities in addition to the regular suppression and prevention programs. Included in these are CPR classes, Open House, station visits, and demonstrations at public events and block parties. For more information, please contact the Skokie Fire Department at 847/982-5340.
CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation)
Special Note: For the February 21 class only, the location has been changed to Oakton Park Community Center, 4701 Oakton Street, Skokie, Illinois. In March, classes will resume at the regular location, Station 17, 8157 Central Park Avenue. If you have any questions, please call 847/982-5340.
CPR classes are held the third Tuesday of each month from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Station 17, 8157 Central Park Avenue (there are no classes in December). Class size is limited to 12 people per session. Our CPR class is the American Heart Association, Heart Saver CPR course which is geared to the lay person and not the Health Care provider. The class covers CPR, A.E.D. (automated external defibrillator), and foreign airway obstruction (choking) for infants, children and adults. After successfully completing the course you will receive a certification card good for two years.
Advanced registration is required and interested individuals may enroll by mail or in person at Fire Station 16, 7424 Niles Center Road, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. A $20 refundable deposit for Skokie residents is required (this deposit is refunded upon completion of the course), and a $20 non-refundable deposit is required for non-residents.
The Skokie Fire Department Citizens' Fire Academy
The Village of Skokie Fire Department offers this 10-week program for residents and employees of businesses in the Village of Skokie as part of their community education program. The Citizens' Fire Academy is designed to provide a working and hands-on knowledge of the fire department. The academy provides an overview of the department's history, fire prevention/education, CPR, fire tactics, emergency medical services, specialty teams and fire suppression. Through the combination of education, demonstration and participation, students will understand who, what, where, how and why the fire department works the way it does. The Skokie Citizens' Fire Academy is free and is available to those who live or work in Skokie. Participants must be 18 years or older.
For more information, please contact the Fire Prevention Bureau at 847/982-5340.
Pharmaceutical and Sharps Disposal
Recent research by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Geological Survey revealed that there are a substantial amount of antibiotics and steroidal hormones in rivers, lakes and wells caused by people flushing their medications down the toilet or putting them down the sink. Additionally, sharps can cause needle-sticks and health issues if thrown away in the garbage or put in the water system.
For a list of Pharmaceutical and Sharps Disposal sites, please click here.