The Operations Bureau includes Fire Suppression, Emergency Medical Care and Rescue Services. Our Emergency Medical Services include Advanced Life Support (ALS) Mobile Intensive Care Units, staffed with a minimum of one paramedic, and often times two paramedics. Our paramedics and emergency medical technicians receive proper training and licensing through Illinois Department of Public Health approve programs. The Fire District maintains two front line ALS equipped ambulances and a third reserve ambulance that can be staffed when necessary.
Each paramedic and emergency medical technician receives their training through various hospitals and community colleges. All education received by our staff is approved by the Illinois Department of Public Health. Minooka Fire District belongs to the Morris Hospital Emergency Medical System with Morris Hospital serving as our supervising hospital and providing our project medical director and emergency medical coordinator.
Within the Operations Bureau of the Fire District we maintain our own in-house Emergency Medical Coordinator. Brian Mellen coordinates the Emergency Medical Operations of the Fire District to ensure that continuing education is provided for paramedics and emergency medical technicians, reviews reports to ensure quality service delivery to the community and serves as an advisor to the Fire Chief in matters of medical service response and care.
Minooka Fire Protection District is strict about maintaining your privacy and complying with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Also, Minooka Fire Protection District does not charge residents of the Fire District for medical emergency services. If you have any questions about how we handle your medical information or if you received a bill in error, please contact our Administration Office at (815) 467-5637, Monday through Friday, 8am-4pm.
Lt. Brian Mellen, EMS Coordinator
The Minooka Fire Protection District provides emergency medical
ambulance service. Because our ambulances are requested for emergency
situation the Illinois Department of Public Health requires transportation of
patients to the nearest facility unless the emergency medical system
authorizes a by-pass. It is rare that a by-pass is granted in an emergency
Minooka Fire Protection District primarily transports to Morris Hospital in Morris Illinois. In addition due to the geographic size of our Fire District and location of the call we do on occasion transport patients to Provena St. Joseph in Joliet, Illinois
Sometimes, due to the critical status of patients, a helicopter will be requested to the scene of a vehicle crash or to a designated landing zone for specialized medical patients. In these specialized situations the helicopter medical staff will make a determination of the transport. Traumatic injury patients will be air evacuated to the nearest level one trauma center where the highest level of care is possible. Specialized patients will be transported to the nearest facility capable of providing specialized care. Helicopters are requested only by our on-scene medical supervisor and incident commander once the patient has been assessed.