Wilmette Fire Chief, Brian Lambel, spoke to us about the many services that the Fire Department provides besides fire-fighting.  These include emergency medical services, technical rescue, underwater and surface water rescue, hazardous materials incident mitigation, fire prevention, public education and fire investigation.  The Department is part of MABAS Division 3 which is a partnership of 17 North Shore fire departments, and can collectively provide service from 35 stations and over 750 firefighters if needed.  Chief Lambel also spoke about the difficulty of hiring and retaining staff.  There are strict requirements, both mental and physical, that must be met by new recruits.