Riverwoods is served by the Lincolnshire-Riverwoods Fire Protection District, formerly known as the Vernon Fire Protection District. The Lincolnshire-Riverwoods Fire Protection District is led by Fire Chief Fred Kruger, who oversees a staff of 46 sworn, 5 civilian, 34 members are State Licensed Paramedics.
The district operates out of two stations:
Station 1 at 115 Schelter Road, Lincolnshire
Station 2 at 855 Saunders Road, Riverwoods
Various programs are offered to district residents at no charge; they include:
- Lifeline Emergency medical information cards
- Residential fire safety surveys
- Smoke detector surveys
- Child safety seat inspections and installation instruction
- CPR classes are also offered by the district every month for a fee, available to in and out of district residents.
Fire Department Offers Free Lifeline Packets
By Battalion Chief Duane Christensen
Lincolnshire-Riverwoods FD The Lincolnshire-Riverwoods Fire Department wants to remind all residents in the Village of Riverwoods that the Lifeline Program is still available at no cost. A Lifeline is a form that we use to record your medical information before it is needed. The Lifeline form is then stored in a small plastic pouch that is affixed to your refrigerator so that it is easy to locate in an emergency. We also provide a Lifeline Alert sticker for your front door.
The real value of the Lifeline program is that when our paramedics arrive at a home where a patient is unconscious or unable to communicate for any reason, a medical history is already waiting. It is useful for residents of any age and can be extremely valuable for children with in-home childcare (baby sitters, Au Pairs etc.). The Lifeline Packet is also a good place to store important healthcare documents like DNRs (Do Not Resuscitate orders from Doctors) for residents who have terminal illnesses and have decided they do not wish to be resuscitated in specific situations.
If you are interested in participating it is quite easy. Just call us at 847-634-2512 and request an appointment for a Lifeline packet. Our staff will be happy to work with you to find a convenient time when one of our Engine or Ambulance Companies can stop by. Please Note that we always try to keep our appointments but this same crew must stay available for emergencies which at times can delay our arrival. Please do not hesitate to call for an update if this occurs.
Keep Your Fire Hydrant and Address Visible
By Battalion Chief Duane Christensen
Lincolnshire-Riverwoods FD As the fire district liaison to the Village of Riverwoods for the past two years, I have come to genuinely appreciate how important woodlands preservation is to the community and its residents. Although the many narrow and winding streets with trees and boulders at every turn make our job more difficult, we understand and respect that this is the nature of Riverwoods. As a result, we have learned to cope with these factors.
Still, there are times when prioritizing woodland growth over safety is not a good idea. Our fire apparatus are tall and the low hanging branches can cause damage. Bushes sometimes overgrow addresses so they are not easily seen. And more recently we have begun to note that fire hydrants are becoming harder to find in the warm months as they are becoming obscured by the new growth where they were installed.
As a result, I am writing this article to request your help. Locating fire hydrants quickly when they are most needed is vitally important to our fire fighting operations. When a home is on fire, we cannot afford to waste valuable time and resources looking for the nearest hydrant. Please prioritize the safety of your family and home by making sure the fire hydrants as well as your addresses are easily visible at all times of the year.
Thanks for helping us to help you!