The Hanover Park Fire Department operates from two fire stations with shift personnel working a 24/48 schedule. On-duty personnel begin shift at 7 a.m. each morning and are on-duty until relieved by the oncoming shift at 7 a.m. the next day. Shift personnel then have 48 hours off before they are required to report for their next 24 hour shift.
Shift personnel are divided into three battalions with each shift being led by a Battalion Chief. Each shift also has a Lieutenant assigned to the engine company at both Station 15 and Station 16. On-duty personnel staff two engine companies, two ambulance companies, and a command car or “buggy.”
The department's Tower Ladder is staffed as a 'jump company" with firefighter/paramedics from the Station 15 ambulance.
Overall operation of the Fire Department is under the command of the Fire Chief who reports to the Village Manager. The Deputy Chief is second in the chain of command.
The Hanover Park Fire Department employs a staff of part-time firefighters who are used to fill full time vacancies due to vacation, Kelly Days, sick leave and leave for training. Part-time personnel are required to possess certification as a Firefighter II and Emergency Medical Technician – Basic. Many part-time personnel are Licensed Paramedics as well as Haz Mat Technicians, Fire Apparatus Engineers, and Technical Rescue Specialists.
Part time firefighters are required to bid two 12-hour shifts per week and are assigned based on departmental needs. Part time shifts run from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Shifts can be joined together to allow a part time employee to work a 24-hour shift.
Function Flow Chart
Administrative management of the department is broken into four divisions consisting of EMS, Fire Operations, Inspectional Services, Training and Emergency Management. See the Fire Department Functional Flow Chart below.
Each "Chief Officer" is assigned a division in addition to their shift assignments. As the division head they are responsible to the Fire Chief for the administrative control of all aspects of the division including budget preparation and management as well as strategic planning. Lieutenants and Coordinators further subdivide divisional responsibilities and report directly to the division head.