About Us

Message from the Chief

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Welcome to the Village of Midlothian website. As the fire chief, I take pride in our employees as they carry out our mission: to serve the public and safeguard the community from the impact of fire, medical and environmental emergencies through education, emergency services and enforcement.

Our fire department strives towards attributes such as Honor, Courage, Pride and Duty. We take each of these attributes seriously. We believe that serving the community is an honor and we hold ourselves to the highest standards. We take pride in our professionalism, whether we're utilizing our training or offering a simple gesture of comfort to those we serve. We understand that our service is our duty to our community and that we carry it out in the finest tradition of the fire service.

Information in the fire department portion of this website has been designed to help you learn more about how our department operates, how to prevent fires and hot to protect your family. We hope that you will find it easy to use and the information beneficial. Please let us know if you have any further questions or suggestions to improve it.

Stephen M. Hotwagner, Fire Chief


The Midlothian Fire Department is a combination fire department that employs 19 full time personnel and approximately 7 part-time personnel. We respond to fire and emergency medical incidents in the Village of Midlothian 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Midlothian Fire Department responds to just over 2,500 fire / rescue and medical emergencies each year. 

The Midlothian Fire Department has just recently upgraded their ambulances to transport residents and visitors by Advanced Life Support. The fire department currently has 3 ALS ambulances that transport to 5 area hospitals including Metro South Medical Center (Blue Island), Ingalls Hospital (Harvey), Advocate South Suburban (Hazel Crest), Palos Community Hospital (Palos Park) and Christ Hospital (Oak Lawn). 

Our Firefighters / Paramedics attend regular training as well as continuing education in accordance to state training standards . All of our members have extensive firefighter training and certification through the Illinois Office of the State Fire Marshal including many specialized areas.