The Oswego Fire Protection District has a rich history that spans over a century. The department’s origins can be traced back to the devastating fire that destroyed the Congregational Church in Oswego in 1893. In response to this tragedy, the village purchased a hose and hose cart in 1895, and by August of the same year, a fire company was formed. A hose house was added to the town council house in June of 1897, and in 1898, a bell was placed in a tower atop the house to signal the firemen for a call.
The department continued to grow and evolve over the years, and in 1936, the Oswego Fire Protection District was formed by voter referendum, covering all of Oswego Township and part of Will County. Andrew Pierce, Glenn Leigh, James Steward, and Wally Davis were appointed the first commissioners.
In 1986, the district began providing full-time advanced life support emergency medical services in addition to the traditional fire suppression services. The district continued to expand, adding Station 2 in 1998, Station 3 in 2004, and Station 4 in 2006. The district also shifted from contract paramedic/firefighters to full-time sworn district employees in June of 2008, swearing-in 51 district-employed paramedic/firefighters.
Today, the Oswego Fire Protection District is a career department operating out of four stations. These stations are open 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The district covers 52 square miles of the northeast portion of Kendall County and about 4 square miles of mostly unincorporated industrial parks in northwest Will County, protecting all of the Village of Oswego, unincorporated Boulder Hill, a large portion of the south side of the Village of Montgomery, approximately 1 ½ square miles of the Grande Park neighborhood in the Village of Plainfield, and a small neighborhood in the far northeast area of the United City of Yorkville.
The district’s population is estimated at approximately 75,000 residents, in addition to the daily visitors and workers along the retail centers of Rt. 34, Rt. 30/Douglas, and Orchard Road. Over the years, the district has seen a steady increase in the number of calls for service, with 6,763 calls in 2022 alone.
In addition to providing emergency services, the Oswego Fire Protection District also offers various community services, such as Fire Prevention and Safety Programs, New Construction Plan Reviews, Fire Cause and Origin Investigation, Public Education Programs, C.P.R. Classes, Community Block Parties, School Visits and Station Tours, and Certified Child Passenger Safety Seat Technician Services. The district also provides classroom and live fire training facilities available to neighboring fire departments and Waubonsee Community College’s fire science program.
The men and women of the Oswego Fire Protection District are committed to providing the highest quality of service and strive to challenge themselves to achieve the greatest potential for those they serve. The district’s mission is to provide professional fire prevention, fire suppression, and emergency medical services while maintaining the confidence and respect of the community. Through exemplary conduct, the district aims to foster and enhance the realization that the Oswego Fire Protection District is an important requisite to the well-being of the entire community. The district’s historic bell, once atop the hose house on Washington Street, now proudly displayed at the entrance of the Oswego Fire Protection District Central Fire Station on Woolley Road, serves as a constant reminder of the department’s rich history and ongoing commitment to serving the community.