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Property owners may obtain a copy of their report with proper photo identification. Fire report requests made by individuals other than the property owner, should complete a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) form and submit to the City Clerk’s office. Property owner or occupant requests are processed at the Administrative Offices at Fire Station 1 during normal business hours. If picking up the report in person, please call ahead at 815-895-4514 with your request, so that the report will be ready when you arrive at the fire station.
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Please direct all ambulance billing questions to Andres Medical Billing, which provides ambulance billing services on behalf of the City of Sycamore, by calling 847-305-5277 (local) or 877-618-0943 (toll-free).
The City of Sycamore charges a flat fee, plus a mileage (Transfer fee) for all levels of care given. The flat fee is $1,720 for City of Sycamore residents, Sycamore Fire Protection District residents and non-residents.
In addition to the ambulance transportation flat fee, a Transfer fee is also assessed as follows: Sycamore Resident and Sycamore Fire Protection District Transfer fees are $13 per loaded mile, from point of pick up to hospital destination. Non-Resident Transfer fees are $14 per loaded mile, from point of pick up to hospital destination.
The "Treat, No Transport Fee" is $200, when a patient does not requiring transport to the hospital, but treatment or service is necessary and provided, including the following: oxygen therapy, IV administration, 12-lead cardiac monitoring, inline nebulizer inhalation treatment, and/or administration of albuterol, oral glucose, glucagon and D-50.
Medical information by law is confidential. If the person requesting the report is the patient or the parent or legal guardian of the patient, a report may be given in person provided proper documentation is submitted. Requests are processed at the Administrative Offices at Fire Station 1 during normal business hours. If picking up the report in person, please call ahead at 815-895-4514 with your request, so that the report will be ready when you arrive at the fire station.
No, the burning of leaves, lawn rakings and landscape waste is prohibited. Such material shall be placed in approved yard waste bags at curbside, with a weight of less than 50 pounds. Branches and limbs shall be tied in bundles no more than 4 feet in length and 2 feet in diameter, not to exceed 50 pounds. The City contracts with a private hauler to collect such yard waste between April 1 and November 30. Recreational and food-related fires are allowed if conducted within commercial/approved containers such as grills. Bonfires require a special permit from the Fire Department.
Property owners in unincorporated DeKalb County should be aware that open burning is regulated in the State of Illinois (pursuant to Title 35: Environmental Protection, Subtitle B: Air Pollution, Chapter 1: Pollution Control Board, Subchapter i: Open Burning):
For additional information regarding DeKalb County burning regulations, please contact the DeKalb County Department of Planning, Zoning, and Building at 815-895-7188.
Call 911, a delay in response could have deadly consequences. Please let the 911 Dispatcher know if anyone in the home is ill. If you have questions about purchasing a CO detector, we realize the choices can be overwhelming. Make sure the detector you choose has the UL (Underwriter’s Laboratory) seal.
Our public education presentations include but are not limited to: fire safety tours at the Fire Station, fire safety presentations, and certain special events. Please contact the Sycamore Fire Department administrative office between 8 am and 5 pm on weekdays at 815-895-4514 to schedule a tour.
No. However, citizens may contact the Sycamore Police Department at 815-895-3435 to make arrangements to have their child seat inspected.
Yes. The Sycamore Fire Department has personnel that can offer assistance. For more information, call 815-895-4514 and ask for the Juvenile Fire Setters Fire Setters Program Coordinator.
The Sycamore Fire Department does not service or refill fire extinguishers. Professional fire extinguisher companies with the proper equipment may be found by searching the internet or phone book.
Information about becoming a firefighter can be obtained in the Employment section of this website.
Fire Department personnel work at the Fire Station for a 24-hour period. Due to this work schedule, they are responsible for buying their own groceries and cooking their own meals. Fire Department personnel have permission to perform brief shopping duties at City of Sycamore food establishments. During the shopping activity, they are in constant radio contact and immediately available to respond to emergency calls.
Emergency medical care is immediately initiated upon contact with a patient. Many times care is continued when the patient is moved to the ambulance so that the patient can be stabilized. The time spent in the back of the ambulance is used to administer medications, call the hospital and further stabilize injuries.
During a fire within a building, superheated air and toxic smoke are trapped within the building, making conditions even more dangerous for the occupants and firefighters. In a coordinated fashion, openings are made to the building to relieve this pressure and toxic air so that the fire attack and search and rescue crews can move quickly and safely to extinguish the fire and aid occupants. After the conditions are stabilized, the firefighters will typically place tarps on personal belongings and furniture to protect them from further damage.
In the City of Sycamore it is against City Ordinance to discharge or sell fireworks, unless special criteria outlined by state law apply and the proper permitting is obtained through the City of Sycamore. Each year, many people are injured or killed by recreational fireworks. The best way to prevent these injuries and deaths is to leave the fireworks to the professionals – attend the local fireworks display. The local fireworks display is conducted by licensed professionals that undergo training and pre-show inspections to ensure safety.
Initial contact regarding these matters can be made to the City of Sycamore Community Development Department. Additionally, the Fire Department may be contacted to obtain further information. Questions regarding Knox Boxes can be immediately directed to the Fire Department. Questions regarding water flow calculations, flushing/testing of water service lines, or other water system issues can be directed to the City of Sycamore Water Department.
A Knox Box is a case-hardened, tamper-proof steel box installed on the exterior of a building. The Fire Department is the only party with a unique key to open Knox Boxes and retrieve keys within to gain emergency access into a building. Use of a Knox Box helps prevent damage to locked doors or windows during normal operations. The City of Sycamore requires Knox Boxes in all new or remodeled commercial structures.
Commercial building owners can order Knox Boxes online. Please see the Fire Prevention page for more information. The Knox Company will not sell a product without authorization by the Fire Department to maintain the highest level of security for property owners.
A Residential Knox Box is a 4" x 5" safe-like device installed over the top of a front exterior entry door. The resident provides a home entrance key, which the Fire Department places securely inside the installed Knox Box. This secure rapid entry system is designed to allow Fire Department quick access into a home in case a fire breaks out or a medical emergency occurs.
The Sycamore Fire Department Residential Knox Box Loan Program is open only to residents of the City of Sycamore and the Sycamore Fire Protection District experiencing mobility challenges that could render them unable to open a locked door in an emergency. Limited quantities (25) of Knox Boxes are available and loaned out on a first-come, first-served basis. The City of Sycamore owns these Residential Knox Boxes, so if a participant no longer needs a borrowed Knox Box, please contact Sycamore Fire Department 815-895-4514 to remove it, so it can be reused.
To apply for the Residential Knox-Box Loan Program or for information about purchasing your own Residential Knox-Box, please contact Deputy Fire Chief Jim Ward at 815-895-4514.
Both the City of Sycamore Community Development Department and Fire Department can answer questions regarding fire alarm/fire sprinkler systems. The City of Sycamore enforces the 2015 International Codes with local amendments.