State Representative David Harris presented House Resolution 619 to the Mount Prospect Fire Department on October 29. Rep. Harris introduced HR 619 in the Illinois House of Representatives to recognize and honor the Mount Prospect Fire Department on its 100th Anniversary.
When the MPFD was created in 1913, its all-volunteer force served the town's 300 residents with only ladders, buckets, and a hand pump. The Department constructed its first permanent building in 1946, and purchased its first ambulance in 1960.
In 1972, the MPFD partnered with Northwest Community Hospital to create one of the first paramedic programs in the country, and later that year teamed up with Arlington Heights, Elk Grove Village, and Des Plaines to create the first centralized emergency dispatch center in the Chicagoland area.
Today, the MPFD has three stations, four fire engines, three ambulances, and 88 personnel on hand to respond to the nearly-6,000 calls it receives each year.
State Rep. David Harris (center) presents House Resolution 619 to Mount Prospect Fire Chief John Malcolm (right) and Mount Prospect Mayor Arlene Juracek (left). Standing in front of Tower Truck 13,a number of Firefighters and other FD personnel joined in the presentation.