The McCook Fire Department was established in 1926 with volunteer firefighters. Today, the 10 full-time members provide fire suppression, emergency medical care and other emergency services to approximately 250 residents and thousands who work and travel through its jurisdiction. McCook Fire Department is a member of the Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS) Division 10. The MABAS system allows the Department to be included in a cooperative, systematic method of sharing resources and personnel with other Fire Departments throughout Illinois.
The Firefighter/Paramedics train continuously to ensure proficiency in all areas. Members of the department are certified firefighters through the Office of the State Fire Marshal and are licensed paramedics through the Illinois Department of Public Health. The Department's EMS Division is operated under the guidance of the Loyola Hospital Emergency Medical System.
The Fire Department operates 1 Engine Company, 1 Advanced Life Support (ALS) Ambulance, 1 Tower Ladder, 1 ALS Rescue Vehicle, and 1 Command SUV. In addition, the department has 1 ALS Ambulance in reserve.