In 1859, William E. Smith was appointed the 1st fire warden for the Village of Fox Lake. Smith ordered all residences and businesses to have a ladder and two leather buckets to haul water and sand to aid in fighting fires. This was the beginning.
In 1870, the first fire engine was purchased for $250. At a village board meeting dated November 10, 1892 it was suggested that a fire company be organized for the purpose of having trained men to operate the engine. J.C. Davis was appointed to solicit volunteers.
December 1, 1892, a No. 3 Fire Engine, 55 feet of hose and 20 feet of suction hose were purchased for $750 from the Howell Pump and Fire Engine Company of Indianapolis.
On August 14, 1893 a list of 33 volunteer members for the Fox Lake Fire Company was filed with the village clerk.
The Fox Lake Fire Department was reorganized in 1914 with 40 members. Martin Doornek served as chief from 1914 to 1920. Later years found Stan Glish, Henry Ring, M.M. Stenzel, Herbert Rabehl and Jack Betz, in that order, at the helm. Chief Betz retired in December 1981 after putting in 33 years. He was succeeded by Jack Rabehl, son of Herbert Rabehl. Jack Rabehl retired in November 1996 and was succeeded by Darrell Pollesch who was chief until his retirement on December 31, 2000. Bill Frank took over as chief on January 1, 2001 and retired December 31, 2013. Aaron Paul is our current chief since 2014.
Fireman's Park was purchased at the city limit edge and a community building was erected there in 1931. In spring of 1995, the community building was torn down and this land is now the site of Fox Lake's Community Center, City Hall and Fire Station.
At present, the department has 28 active Firefighters and 15 EMT's.
The department's equipment includes a 2003 Ford F550 mini pumper; a 1997 Freightliner 4,000 gallon tender; a 2000 Pierce Dash 1500 gpm pumper ; a 2008 Freightliner tender / Pumper, 3000 gal w/1250 gpm pump, a 2009 Kubota Utility Vehicle for off-road firefighting , a 2004 Yukon, and a 1936 Pirsch Pumper (retired). Ambulance 1852 is a International- Road Rescue on a medium duty chassis and 1851 is a Freightliner-Horton and is our back up ambulance.
The Fox Lake Fire Department serves the City of Fox Lake and the Townships of Fox Lake, Trenton and Westford.