The Highland Park, Illinois, Fire Department proudly protects 31,365 people living in an area of 12.5 square miles. We operate out of 3 stations that protect a primarily residential area. Our department is a public department whose members are on a paid status. The Highland Park Fire Department has been in existence since 1889. Its 58 members provide service to the population of this suburb located 26 miles north of downtown Chicago on the shore of Lake Michigan. The City has a Council-Manager form of government. There is a Board of Fire and Police Commissioners for Fire Department hiring, promotion, and discipline. The Department received accreditation as a fire service agency by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International in 2002.