Frequently Asked Questions

 What is the burning policy in Granite City?
 How can I obtain a permit for a recreational fire?
 How can I get a copy of a fire report?
 How can I schedule a fire truck or firefighter at my function?
 Do you offer tours of the fire stations?
 When an emergency vehicle is approaching that is displaying emergency lights and sirens, what should I do?
 Do you offer fire extinguisher training?
 How much will it cost if I call an ambulance?
 Who should I call with questions about my ambulance bill?
 How can I obtain a copy of my medical records?
 Why do firefighters respond to medical calls?
 What are the qualifications of the Granite City EMS personnel?
 Do I have to be transported to the nearest hospital?
 Do dispatchers provide medical care instructions before the arrival of emergency services?

What is the burning policy in Granite City?
All burning is banned by city ordinance within the City of Granite City. Recreational fires, bon fires, and outdoor fireplaces are permitted with a written permit obtained from the Fire Chief’s office.

How can I obtain a permit for a recreational fire?
A 4 hour permit can be obtained from the Fire Chief’s office during normal business hours. Ten days advanced notice must be given prior to the open burning and the permit must be signed by the Chief or Assistant Chief. Along with the permit you will be given a copy of the ordinance, which states:

ONLY DRY SEASONED WOOD CAN BE USED
CAN NOT USE GASOLINE
TOTAL FIRE AREA CAN NOT EXCEED 3 FEET BY 3 FEET
MUST BE 50 FEET FROM ANY STRUCTURE
PROVISIONS SHALL BE MADE TO PREVENT SPREADING
SHALL BE CONSTANTLY ATTENDED
MUST HAVE ON SITE EXTINGUISHMENT EQUIPMENT

The Granite City Fire Department reserves the right to revoke the issued permit at any time.

How can I get a copy of a fire report?
Call the Granite City Fire Department (618) 877-6114 ext3 and ask for Lynda; all reports are $5.00.

How can I schedule a fire truck or firefighter at my function?
Call Lynda at the number above, and she will let you know what is available.

Do you offer tours of the fire stations?
Yes. Once again call Lynda; she will set one up for your group.

When an emergency vehicle is approaching that is displaying emergency lights and sirens, what should I do?
By law, you should pull to the right. This allows emergency vehicles adequate and clear lanes to safely and quickly continue their emergency response.

Do you offer fire extinguisher training?
Yes. We offer fire extinguisher training to service groups, companies, and other organizations. Call Lynda at the number provided above, and she will set up a training session with one or more of our firefighters.

EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES


How much will it cost if I call an ambulance?
The fees for the service are set by City Ordinance #7851.

Who should I call with questions about my ambulance bill?
Please refer all questions to Fire Chief Vince Martinez at (618) 877-6114 ext. 5 

How can I obtain a copy of my medical records?
To obtain a copy of your own medical records, you must come in person, with photo identification, and fill out and sign an Authorization to Release Specific Protected Health Information form. If you have Power of Attorney, or are an Executor of Estate, or an attorney representing a client, you must have written proof and have the form notarized. Copies of ambulance reports may be obtained at the Granite City Fire Department, Monday through Friday 8 am to 4pm.

Why do firefighters respond to medical calls?
The Granite City Fire Department firefighters are also trained first responders. We carry basic medical equipment on our trucks and we assist the paramedics when needed. When we arrive first, we are able to begin a patient history, take vitals and evaluate the scene to transfer the care of the patient quickly.

What are the qualifications of the Granite City EMS personnel?
All EMS personnel are State of Illinois Licensed Paramedics or higher. We have 39 licensed paramedics and 15 engineers and captains that are State of Illinois registered First Responders. With constant training and continuing education classes, we strive to provide the most up-to-date, advanced pre-hospital care possible.

Do I have to be transported to the nearest hospital?
In a serious emergency situation the answer is usually yes. This is state law and also protocol for the EMS personnel. In non-life threatening situations, the EMS crew has to request from medical control to by pass the closest facility. In most non-life threatening incidents, permission is usually granted to be transferred to the hospital of your choice.

Do dispatchers provide medical care instructions before the arrival of emergency services?
All Granite City dispatchers are trained and certified as Emergency Medical Dispatchers. This training provides them with the knowledge and skills to talk callers through life saving techniques while emergency equipment is en route. But, you must stay on the phone, listen to instructions, and remain calm. Remember, the dispatcher is not only providing instructions to you, but is also ensuring that emergency help is on the way.