Public Safety & Education



Fire Extinguisher Training

Participants are given a classroom lecture/video concerning the proper use and selection of fire extinguishers. The participants then perform in a "hands on" simulation and actually operate an extinguisher on a live fire. The classes are generally taught on site at your facility to enable the greatest participation. If you need more information or would like to schedule fire extinguisher training for your business or organization, call 708-447-1981.



Fire Safety House

Learning is best accomplished by hands-on experiences. The residents of North Riverside have the opportunity to experience a simulated fire without the heat and toxic smoke produced by a real fire. The Children's Fire Safety House travels to prime locations several times a year to assist in this learning experience. Elementary schools are scheduled and the children and teachers are treated to fun and education at the same time. The two-story trailer provides the setting of a typical home and enables the educator to provide an interactive lecture on fire safety in the home. At the end of the lecture a nontoxic smoke is pumped into the trailer and the participants practice E.D.I.T.H. (Exit Drills In The Home). This learning tool may be visited during North Riverside Day in September.




This is a great way to meet your local firefighters as well as learn how a fire station operates. Any community group or individual is welcome to arrange a tour of North Riverside Fire Station. The tour will focus primarily on the observation of the fire station's living quarters and fire engines. Guests will also be introduced to the many types of fire-fighting and rescue equipment that is carried on a modern-day fire truck. In addition to viewing the station, fire prevention and safety tips will also be discussed.

Age Group: All ages
Audience Size: 6 - 20 people
Time: 30 minutes
Cost: No cost
Resources Required: One adult supervisor for every five children under the age of 10 who will be participating in the tour.

To Schedule This Program:

  1. Please contact Chief John Kiser at 708-447-1981 for scheduling information.
  2. Please provide us with a minimum of 15 days advance notice. In order to accommodate possible scheduling conflicts, several alternative dates should be supplied.
  3. Please be aware that the fire station is on 24 hour call. Even with booked tours, the possibility exists that the crew could be called out and the station will be closed when you arrive. If the crew is not at the station for the scheduled tour, wait for 15 minutes. If the crew does not return in that time frame, please contact the fire prevention bureau to reschedule.
  4. Station tours are available to Village residents only.




Can you find the fire hydrant in the left picture? If you had trouble, imagine what the driver of an emergency vehicle might miss in the dark during a snowstorm. Hydrants must be clearly marked and cleared of snow.

If you have a fire hydrant on or near your property, please help keep it free of snow and debris. Remember that snow blowers and plows can bury or damage hydrants. Hydrants are only useful when they are accessible. Also, avoid planting shrubs or bushes next to fire hydrants. Landscaping can easily grow large enough to hide the fire hydrant. The fire department has recently initiated a program of installing reflective hydrant flags on the Village's hydrants. Thank you for helping keep our community safe.

If you should have any concerns or questions regarding the fire hydrants, please contact the fire prevention bureau at 708-447-1981. If you are calling to report a damaged or leaking fire hydrant, please contact the Department of Public Works at 708-762-5885.