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Fire Department Overview

Fire Chief Lamb
Larry Lamb,
Fire Chief

The year was 1859. The citizens of Niles formed an official fire department. It was a time of leather hoses, horse drawn carts and bucket brigades. There were almost 200 men whose only job was to extinguish fires. In 1923, we saw our first motorized fire engine with pumping ability. In 1950 an aerial ladder truck was added.

My how things have changed. We now have two engine/pumpers and one in reserve, a 100-foot aerial ladder, a rescue van, four water rescue craft, a utility vehicle and three operations vehicles.

In 1982, our full-time department status was changed to a combination department for a 14 man full-time and 17 on-call personnel status.

Our services have changed also. We no longer do just fires. We are now a full service Fire Department offering 24 hour around the clock protection with a staff of trained professionals who meet the needs of the community. Our capabilities are not limited to residential. We are trained and ready to meet all of the communities' needs from industrial and commercial to mercantile. Our desire is to please the customer, you the citizens and guests of the City of Niles. So if you are in need of any of our services, do not hesitate to call. Our number is simple to remember, 911. You don't need an appointment and we do make house calls! To send a message to the City of Niles Fire Chief, click here.

Old Fire Engine

Our expanded services include:

  • All fire emergencies
  • Fire Station TrucksArea rescue services including
    • high angle and rope rescue
    • confined space rescue
    • auto extraction rescue
    • river rescue
  • Hazardous material operations
  • Ordinance enforcement
  • Fire inspections
  • First aid and CPR
  • Public education programs
    • in-class education programs
    • "Pokey & Captain Murphy" children's education program
    • elderly citizens' safety education program
    • industrial safety and extinguisher training program
  • Complete equipment and building maintenance program
  • Certified fire cause investigation team
  • 4 certified training instructors for all service operations from FFI to hazardous materials

Additional Information

Click here to see River Rescue in Action!

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