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About the Knollwood Fire Department

The Knollwood Fire Department is responsible for responding to approximately 535 emergency calls annually. Our Fire Protection District is composed of residential, commercial, manufacturing, and two large-scale skilled nursing facilities. Our responsibilities for emergency responses include, but are not limited to:

  • Fire
  • Hazardous materials
  • Specialized rescue teams
  • Water rescue

We are an all-volunteer fire department, 50 men and women strong, and we take pride in the quick and efficient service we provide. We operate from one fire station located on the east side of the District. The District operates under the unified command structure with a Fire Chief, a Deputy Chief, six Lieutenants, and 42 Firefighters.

We are located 37 miles north of Chicago in Lake County, Illinois. Our District is bordered by the Great Lakes Naval Training Center and Abbott Laboratories. These two entities are the largest employers in Lake County, employing over 30,000 people daily. We provide automatic aid agreements to both these areas as well as the four municipalities of Lake Bluff, Lake Forest, North Chicago, and Libertyville that border our district. This increases our response area to approximately 30 square miles, and approximately 50,000 citizens. Two major railway lines and two major highways run through our community. As a member of MABAS Division IV, we respond to municipalities in Lake County, Cook County, McHenry County, and Kenosha County in Wisconsin for mutual aid during emergencies if called upon.

The Fire Station has a small conference room and a large classroom that are available for community use by reservation. For more information, please call 847-234-0219.

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