600 N. Deerpath Drive Vernon Hills, IL 60061
Phone: (847) 367-5511 Fax: (847) 367-5521

District History

1939 – Countryside Fire Protection District incorporated on July 14. Contracted with the Mundelein Fire Department to provide service to the District.

1959 – Station 1 opened on Midlothian Road on January 1 with on-call, volunteer firefighter/first responders.



1975 – Started providing paramedic level ambulance service.

1976 – Opened Station 2 in Vernon Hills and began providing full-time firemedic (firefighter/paramedic) coverage and reduced response times to the eastern portion of the District.

1981 – Second floor addition built on Station 1 to provide living quarters for 24-hour firemedic staffing at Station 1.

1992 – Remodeled Station 2 to provide space for administrative offices making it the District’s new headquarters.

1998 – Became the first fire district to be recognized as an internationally accredited fire agency by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International.

1999 – Achieved additional accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services.

2003 – Reaccredited by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International for another five years.

2004 – Remodeled Station 2 again to provide much needed additional space for Countryside’s growing operations.

2006 – Station 1 demolished to accomodate construction of a new, state-of-the art fire station to better serve the western portion of the District. During the construction, Countryside’s “Station 1” personnel and apparatus relocated to Mundelein’s two stations.


2007 – The new Station 1 opens providing more space for apparatus, personnel, and most notably, a new dispatch center.


2008 – Reaccredited again by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International for another five years.

2013 – Reaccredited by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International for 4th time.

CFAI 2013 Photo 2

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