Fire-Rescue Department

Village of Northfield, IL FY2023-24 Approved Budget


The Northfield Fire-Rescue Department provides emergency fire, rescue, and paramedic services. The Department functions as the first-line response to a variety of situations including fires, accidents, medical emergencies, hazardous material incidents, technical and below-ground rescue, underwater rescue and recovery, and acts of terrorism. The Department is also actively involved with the education of the public in matters of life safety and property conservation and accident prevention.

Significant Goals & Objectives

  • Foster a culture of compliance with local codes to ensure the protection of the public health, safety, and welfare of our citizens.
  • Foster a culture of accountability, efficiency, and transparency.
  • Explore innovative programs to maintain current service levels at reduced costs.
  • Ensure proper training of all department members.
  • Monitor staffing levels to ensure adequate and qualified personnel are sufficient to ensure full shift coverage.

Staffing Summary

Performance Indicators

Fiscal Year 2023-24 Highlights

The Fire-Rescue Department budget contains the following notable items:

  • The Department's "Salaries" and "Benefits" increased dramatically to reflect the new hourly rates outlined in the attached Fire-Rescue hourly-rate pay plan. The overall result is a $600,000 increase that covers fire shifts, EMS shifts, and our Public Works employee fire participation stipends. These hourly rates were reviewed in great detail in FY2022/23. That study showed that our rates had fallen well below our regional comparable communities. The proposed new rates, bring our members' pay back in line with the average hourly rates of our comparable communities (Winnetka, Glencoe, Wilmette, Northbrook, and Glenview).
  • The Department changed back from a part-time administrative assistant to a full-time administrative assistant. To reflect this, the budget line items for "Salaries" and "Benefits" increased. This position is shared with the Public Works Department.
  • Squad 29 was scheduled to be replaced in FY2023/24. We still plan to order that apparatus in that fiscal year but do not anticipate delivery and payment until 2024/25 or even possibly 2025/26.
  • In FY2022/23, a portion of certain Departmental expenses had been planned to be split and paid for with Foreign Fire Insurance Fund (FFIF) revenue. However, effective May 1, 2022, a new Foreign Fire Insurance Board took effect, and they changed what they wanted to spend these funds on. As a result, the Department budget line items for "Uniforms", "Schools and Seminars", "Fire Facility", and "Sundry" were impacted both in FY2022/23 and will continue to be moving forward. The overall impact is a departmental increase in expenses of about $38,000.

Fire-Rescue Expenditures

Fire-Rescue Expenditures for Fund/Dept 01-04)