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 Paid on Call Firefighter / EMT

The Village of Lyons is seeking applicants for the appointed position of “Paid on Call” Firefighter / EMT.

(This is not a full time position)

Applicants shall :


Live within five (5) miles of the village at time of appointment.

Be able to obtain a CPAT card (Candidate Physical Ability Test) or pass department physical ability test, prior to appointment.

Be required to obtain OSFM FF II (Basic) and IDPH EMT B during the two year probation period.

Be at least 18 years of age.

Attend orientation meeting and oral interview.

Successfully pass medical examination, drug screening and background check.

Possess a high school diploma and valid Illinois driver’s license.


Applicants to pick up applications at the Lyons Fire Department, 4043 Joliet Avenue, in the Village of Lyons, Illinois,   between the hours of 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM, until March 10, 2015.


The Village of Lyons is an equal opportunity employer.





Chief Gordon J. Nord Jr., and Firefighters Keag, Sherwin, and Wollenburg all attended a large scale, hands on flammable liquid fire training class at the the CITGO Refinery in Lemont, IL. on July 22nd, 2010.  Training components included classroom instructional activity and hands on foam application drills featuring large amounts of flammable liquids.  As seen below, the hands on training with flammable liquids was highly beneficial to all attendees.






The Lyons Fire Department took part in a hands on foam operations class sponsored and paid for by MABAS Division 10, of which the Village of Lyons is a proud member.  Held in the Village of McCook, this class was attended by the entire department and covered the basics of foam operations as well as the principles involved with foam operations.  The class provided valuable instruction and hands on training to each and every attendee from the department at no cost to the Village. 





Every five (5) years Germany hosts the INTERSCHUTZ conference, the largest of it's kind in the world, with more than 1,350 exhibitors from 46 nations and over 90,000 square meters of display.  INTERSCHUTZ is attended by firefighters from all nations and features apparatus, equipment displays, classroom style events and demonstrations from around the globe.  This year's event was was held in Leipzig, Germany and was attended by Fire Chief Gordon Nord Jr., funded at his own expense.  Chief Nord spent six (6) days at INTERSCHUTZ gaining enormously beneficial knowledge which would otherwise be unavailable to the Village of Lyons Fire Department.  Chief Nord also spent two (2) days in Berlin, Germany with the Berlin Fire Department, and was able to visit their repair shops, fireboat training center and airport for additional insight on global emergency response tactics.





The annual FDIC (Fire Department Instructors Conference) occurred in April of 2010 in Indianapolis, IN. and was attended by Fire Chief Gordon J. Nord, Jr.  This annual event is attended by thousands of firefighters from around the world and features classroom activities as well as one of the most extensive displays of apparatus and equipment in the United States.




Lyons firefighters along with firefighters from the adjoining communities, attended a MABAS Division Drill on Wednesday, July 8 and 9, 2009.   The special drill entitled "Power Saws and Forcible Entry" was presented by the Brotherhood of Instructors and provided both classroom and hands on instructional training.   This drill was very well attended and provided an excellent learning opportunity to our firefighters in the safe and proper operation of power saws.





On July 3RD 2011, the Village of Lyons held their annual fireworks show at 4200 Lawndale Avenue.   The event that is very well attended by area residents and families requires many hours of planning and preparation in order to ensure a safe event.   This years display went very well with no reports of any injuries to those setting off the display or to those watching the display.   The Lyons Fire Department would like to thank all of those in attendance for adhering to the seating distances and for their part in ensuring that the event was as safe as possible.




In March of 2008, the Public Protection Classification Department of the Insurance Services performed an inspection of our fire department utilizing the Fire Suppression Rating Schedule (FSRS that reviews the firefighting capabilities of individual communities.   This schedule measures the major elements of a community’s fire-suppression system and develops a numerical grading called a Public Protection Classification.   The last inspection performed in our department, was in 1998 when we received a Public Protection Classification number of 5.  


The FSRS incorporates nationally accepted standards developed by such organizations as the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the American Water Works Association (AWWA).   When those organizations update their standards, the ISO evaluation changes as well.   So, the public protection classification program always provides a useful benchmark that helps fire departments and other public officials measure the effectiveness of their efforts and plan for improvements.

How the FSRS works:


The FSRS lists a large number of items (facilities and practices) a community should have to fight fires effectively.   The Schedule assigns credit points for each item.   Using those credit points and various formulas, ISO calculates a total score on a scale of 0 to 100.


To receive certain PPC ratings, a community must meet minimum criteria.   After a community meets those criteria, the PPC rating depends on the community’s score on the 100-point scale.

The Fire Department received notice of its new Public Protection Classification number of 4, on September 18, 2008.  The new classification number becomes effective November 01, 2008.

This is a huge accomplishment and for the first time in the history of our fire department that we have had our grade improved to a Public Protection Classification number of 4.


All residents and businesses in our community are urged to contact their insurance agents with this updated valuable information, so that any savings can be passed along to you.   The savings will be based upon your specific insurance company and how they utilize this ISO classification number.   In general businesses usually see a greater benefit than single family homes.


If any further information is requested, or if we can assist you in any way, please contact Fire Chief Gordon J. Nord Jr. at 708-447-6655.



The Lyons Fire Department received a request from Global Fire Equipment / TEMCO to display its new Pierce fire engine at the annual Illinois Fire Chiefs Convention in Peoria, Illinois from October 19 – 22, 2008.  The invitation was graciously accepted and our new engine embarked on its voyage on Saturday October 18, 2008.  Once our apparatus arrived it was given a detail job to further enhance its appearance.


On Sunday October 19, 2008 our detailed apparatus was taken into the Peoria Civic Center where it was prominently displayed beneath an American flag that was suspended from two Pierce aerial ladder fire apparatus.  Our apparatus was at the center of much discussion and many praises and accolades were received about our apparatus.

Fire Chief Gordon J. Nord Jr. was present as the apparatus was on display in the Civic Center and was able to answer many questions from visiting Illinois Fire Chiefs and the departments represented at the convention.


The opportunity to display our new “state of the art” fire apparatus was once again a chance for the Village of Lyons and its Fire Department, to shine in the spotlight and receive praise from the firefighting community and the many visitors at the conference.



Fire Chief Gordon J. Nord Jr. was very happy to have been able to purchase a fire / rescue boat for his department last year, however he had no idea how quickly it would be put through extensive use in his department.  Although this is certainly not the first time the boat was used since its purchase, this is the first time that it was put through several days of continuous use.


On September 13, 2008 our department and other village agencies began the notification process to inform residents in potential flood areas of the impending high quantities of water that were expected to reach our area.  Notices were delivered door to door to inform residents of the flood potential as well as to identify the locations of sand depots being set up in our village, for the purpose of filling sand bags.


As the day progressed the water rose at a incredible rate causing wide spread high water situations within our village, immediately putting our new fire / rescue boat through its most strenuous test to date.


I am happy to report that our boat performed flawlessly for three straight days, enabling our department to float down flooded streets to continuously check on our residents,   assist our residents in safe evacuations and to assess hazardous conditions associated with the flood.

The insight of the need for a fire / rescue boat in our department paid huge dividends during the most recent flooding and was a major contributing factor in the successful mitigation of this emergency incident.




The new Pierce Fire Apparatus that has been recently ordered by the Village of Lyons is complete. 

The new apparatus features a Pierce Arrow XT chassis, a 2000 GPM pump, a 750 gallon water tank, 120 gallon class B foam tank, a 30 gallon class A foam tank, a Husky 12 automatic foam system, 6000 watt light tower, 10 KW generator, hydraulic ladder rack, and seating for six (6) firefighters.  This will provide many benefits to our village including the upgrade to our village’s fire suppression vehicle fleet and will greatly enhance our firefighting capabilities in our community.


The Lyons Fire Department spent many hours designing, inspecting, and assuring that the new apparatus will provide many years of useful service to our village.




After many hours of work, the specifications for the new apparatus purchase under the Northwest   Municipal Conference program, is near completion.   The new apparatus will feature a 2000 gpm pump, 750gallon water tank, 120 gallon class B foam tank and a 30 gallon class A foam tank.  The apparatus will additionally feature a 10 KW generator, hydraulic light tower, overhead ladder rack and high side compartments on both sides of the apparatus.  This apparatus was designed with much thought and preparation in order to assure that the vehicle is well suited to handle emergencies for the next 20 years.  This apparatus will replace one of the 1989 Pierce Lance pumpers we currently own.  We hope to have the apparatus delivered by late September 2008.



The Lyons Cub Scout Pack 79 has donated a planted a flower garden at the Lyons Fire Department this month.  The hard working group of Scouts and their Scout Masters, assembled at the firehouse and planted a fantastic flower garden along the southside of the fire station earlier this month.  This has become a much anticipated annual event at our fire station.



Probationary members of the Lyons Fire Departmnt participated in a day long training excercise earlier this month, that was focussed on extrication procedures in vehicles.  While most of our community enjoy their weekends off, our department often participates in training excercises to better prepare ourselves to serve our community.