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General Information

Cary is located in McHenry County in northern Illinois, approximately 45 miles NW of Chicago.  The village was named for its founder, William Cary, in 1841.

Cary Fire Protection District is a separate entity from the Village of Cary, and provides Fire, Rescue and Advanced Life Support Ambulance Services to over 35,000 residents in the Cary area, including Trout Valley, Oakwood Hills and small portions of Algonquin and Lake in the Hills.  CFPD also protects the surrounding unincorporated areas in both McHenry and Lake counties.

CFPD staffs over 60 part-time/paid-on-call (POC) members and 6 full-time career members in 2 Cary stations.  A minimum of 9 members are on-duty 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days per year, providing the Cary area with the fastest response times possible.  CFPD also has 2 civilian staff members, one full-time and one part-time.

All members are trained through the Illinois Office of State Fire Marshall (OSFM) and through the McHenry/Western Lake County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) System.  All personnel are required to achieve and maintain Certified Firefighter Level II and Emergency Medical Technician-basic (EMT) status.  In addition to CFPD's 34 EMT's, there are 25 licensed paramedics.

Cary Fire Protection District responds to over 1900 emergency incidents each year.


I.S.O. stands for Insurance Services Office. The I.S.O. inspects fire protection in cities and counties across the United States. Cary's I.S.O. rating is 3 for the Cary Fire Protection District.

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