Fire Prevention Bureau
The Fire Prevention Bureau is responsible for inspecting commercial and industrial occupancies for compliance with the Village's fire prevention codes. Each occupancy is formally inspected approximately once every 3 years. Occupancies of a higher risk potential are inspected more frequently. All new commercial/industrial/multifamily occupancies are required to be inspected, prior to opening for business.and/or occupancy.
By ordinance, the 2012 International Fire Code with local amendments is adopted as the standard for the Village of Wheeling. These local amendments can be found in Title 14 - Fire, of the Wheeling Municipal Code.
Under a special agreement with the local school districts (District 21 and District 214), each school within the community is inspected bi-annually. All licensed day cares and pre-schools are also inspected annually. Routine fire drills are monitored by Fire Department personnel to ensure that proper evacuation techniques are utilized by all occupants.
In addition to fire prevention inspections, the Fire Prevention Bureau is responsible for reviewing and monitoring various life safety and fire detection/suppression related items associated with all new construction.
These include, but are not limited to:
- Emergency lighting
- Exiting requirements
- Fire alarm systems
- Fire Department access to the site
- Fire hydrant placement
- Fire sprinkler systems
- Chemical storage and handling
- Restaurant hood & duct suppression systems
- Explosion venting systems
Fire sprinkler systems are required in all new construction regardless of its square footage. Existing commercial, industrial, and multi-family occupancies are required to be retrofitted with fire sprinkler systems if the structure is increased in square footage and/or the degree of fire hazard is increased as defined by the Village of Wheeling Building Code. Additional conditions apply. Please see our page on Fire Sprinkler Installation Requirements for more details.
All fires resulting in property loss are investigated by the Wheeling Fire Department. The Fire Department has 8 members who are specially trained and certified by the State of Illinois and/or the National Fire Academy as “Fire Investigators” or “Fire/Arson Investigators”. These members are responsible for:
- Determining the point of origin
- Determining the probable cause of the fire
- Working closely with the Wheeling Police Department in seeking conviction of responsible parties in criminally caused fires
- Assisting property owners in dealing with their insurance companies in post-fire claim resolution
More Information/Scheduling Inspections
The Fire Prevention Bureau may be contacted at 847-459-2669, Monday through Friday, from 08:00 AM to 04:30 PM.