NS Great Lakes Community

NS Great Lakes
Department of Public Safety

Department of Public Safety

The Department of Public Safety provides security, firefighting and safety for the installation and includes the Great Lakes Naval Security Force, the Great Lakes Safety Department and Great Lakes Fire and Emergency Services. The investigation section of the Naval Security Force is responsible for investigating suspect thefts, drug abuse, and other related offenses.

Badge and Pass

Private automobiles may be operated on the installation only if they meet minimum insurance requirements with an approved company.

The Naval Station Great Lakes Visitor Center, near the main gate, issues base decals. You must have a current valid registration, valid proof of insurance, a current valid state driver’s license, and a military or civilian ID card. For more information, call (847) 688-5648. For passes after hours, vehicles may pull up to the Main gate with the above listed requirements. One-day passes will be issued for access. Patrons must visit the Badge and Pass office for permanent/extended passes during normal working hours.

Naval Station Great Lakes
Fire and Emergency Services

Fire Station 1, Building 106
Fire Station 2, Building 2801
(847) 688-2135

To be a responsive and efficient organization providing quality fire protection and emergency services. To continually improve delivery of our services in fire suppression, fire prevention and fire education. To provide all services in the most cost-effective manner and to protect the lives and property of personnel assigned to, operating in, or located within Naval Station Great Lakes.

Emergency Management Office
Building 1
(847) 688-6486

Prevent or minimize (mitigation strategies), prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies or disasters that threaten life, property, and the environment within Naval Station Great Lakes Area of Responsibility. Maintain situational awareness and provide command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (C4ISR) to the Commanding Officer for his/her Area of Operation. Manage all hazards from pre-incident through response and recovery. Facilitate effective intergovernmental operations by closely coordinating efforts of Federal, State and local agencies.

Safety and Health
Building 3400, Room 230
(847) 688-2035

The Safety Department provides NAVOSH support to the Commanding Officer, Naval Station Great Lakes and tenant commands as appropriate. Areas of responsibility include mishap investigation, reporting and record keeping, workplace inspections, oversight for hazardous material control and management, employee reports of unsafe/unhealthful working conditions, relations with federal OSHA officials, and training. Our customers’ satisfaction is our primary focus and we continuously seek creative and cost-effective solutions with our customers to increase service excellence.


Naval Station Great Lakes requires a motorcycle decal to gain access to the base. To obtain the decal, installation employees—including Department of Defense (DoD), Department of the Navy (DoN) and all contractors—must complete the safety foundation rider course. The decals must be permanently affixed and displayed in a prominent position on the motorcycle (no removable or hand-held placards).

Motorcyclists must also wear basic safety gear, such as sturdy over-the-ankle footwear, long-sleeved shirt or jacket, long trousers, full-fingered gloves or mittens designed for use on a motorcycle, a DOT or Snell Memorial Foundation certified helmet and eye protection designed for motorcycle operators. Reflective outer garments or vest shall be worn during nighttime hours.

Motorcycle training certification expires three years from completion of required certification course. Base decal expiration will coincide with motorcycle training certificate expiration date.

For dates and more information please visit our website at www.cnic.navy.mil/GreatLakes/ or www.navymotorcyclerider.com or call the Naval Station Great Lakes Safety Department.

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