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

Fire Prevention, Investigation, and Public Education

Through its Fire Prevention Bureau, the District provides a balanced approach to fire protection and application of the five Es – Education, Engineering, Enforcement, Early Warning & Early Suppression. This is accomplished with five key strategies:

  • Educate the public on fire safety practices
  • Building plan review to assure compliance with approved codes
  • Inspections to assure compliance with applicable codes and standards
  • Thorough fire cause & origin investigations to implement fire prevention action plans
  • Hydrant tests to assure adequate suppression water supply

The Bureau is staffed with four full-time personnel that work Monday through Friday during normal business hours. While primarily assigned to the Bureau, these personnel maintain certification as firefighters and paramedics, regularly respond to emergency calls, and participate in regular training with shift personnel. Bureau activity also includes multiple inspection of over 1,200 commercial, educational, and multi-family occupancies, building plan reviews, fire investigations, counseling sessions with juvenile firesetters and their parents, and hydrant inspections.

Building & Fire Codes

For information on building and fire codes in use for a specific area within the District, contact the following:

Jurisdiction Contact Information
Village of Vernon Hills Building Division (847) 367-3704 http://www.vernonhills.org/departments/BuildingDivision.asp
Village of Long Grove Building & Permitting (847) 634-9440 http://www.longgrove.net/Building_and_Permitting.htm
Village of Hawthorn Woods Building Department (847) 438-5500 http://www.vhw.org/index.aspx?nid=79
Village of Kildeer Building Department (847) 438-6000 http://www.villageofkildeer.com/building-division
Indian Creek & Unincorporated Lake County Lake County Planning, Building & Development (847) 377-2600 http://www.lakecountyil.gov/Planning/Default.htm

Additionally, the District’s Board of Trustees has adopted an amended version of the 2009 International Fire Code through Ordinance 12-O-12.

Public Education

Part of the Fire Prevention Bureau, the Public Education Division is responsible for communicating Countryside’s fire safety message to all of its customers from pre-school age through senior citizens. This is accomplished through community programs including block parties, CPR & first aid classes, the annual open house, and special events as well as through school programs reaching all grades from pre-school through eighth as well as high school students. The Public Education Division also provides safety education content for this website.


Stanley Olson – PT Inspector

Serving Since 2022

Joel Severin – Firemedic/Inspector

Serving Since 2005
Firefighter 2/Paramedic
AAS Emergency Medical
Fire Apparatus Engineer
Wildland Firefighter
Hazmat Technician
Swiftwater Rescue 2
BLS Instructor
Car Seat Technician

Wildland Equipment
Turnout Gear
Facility Supplies
Lake & McHenry County
Fire Departments
Hazmat Team
Lake & McHenry County
Fire Departments
Wildland Team

Ron Cielek – Lieutenant – Division Chief of Fire Prevention

Serving Since 1993
Fire Officer 2/Paramedic
AAS Fire Science Technology
Blue Card Command
Fire Apparatus Engineer
Fire Prevention Officer 1
Fire Investigator
Juvenile Firesetter
Intervention Specialist
Carseat Technician
Secretary, Northern Illinois
Fire Inspectors

Fire Alarms
Water Supply
Evacuation Planning
Plans Examiner

Tony Rodkey – Lieutenant – Fire & Life Safety Director

Serving Since 2000
Fire Officer 2/Paramedic
MS Health & Physical
BS Sociology
Blue Card Command
Fire Apparatus Engineer
Fire Investigator
Fire Prevention Officer 1
Juvenile Firesetter
Intervention Specialist
Hazmat Technician
BLS Instructor
Member, National Fire &
Life Safety Educators

Public Education Programs
Car Seat Inspections
CPR Program
Lake & McHenry County Fire Departments
Hazmat Team

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