Administrative Headquarters 

Fire Prevention Division,

including Station One


Hours Contact Information Resources

Main headquarters-1st floor

Building Safety Division-2nd floor

307 S Randolph St.

Champaign, IL 61820

24 hours

7 days a week 


(217) 403-7201


Web Site

The Champaign Fire Department is the headquarters of six fire stations located in the City of Champaign. The fire department operates 24 hours a day and employs 101 firefights and 22 full-time staff. Each year, Champaign firefighters and volunteers respond to over 6,000 emergencies, of which 60% are medical or rescue in nature. [1] According to City Council policy, a four minute response time must be given to allow for immediate access to the emergency site.

The Champaign Fire Personnel are dedicated "to protect life and property through professional services delivered with compassion and integrity." [1] Their services go beyond "fighting fires"; its many divisions (see below) provide many specialized safety and protection services to Champaign and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. One such service assists individuals who have suffered loss from a fire or another disaster in cooperation with the American Red Cross; other services assist individuals with emergency planning and education. 

Station locations

Station Two, South Station Three, North Station Four, West Station Five, Northwest Station Six, Southwest

1901 S. Prospect Ave.


702 W. Bradley Ave.


2315 W. John St.


1810 N. Mattis Ave.


3911 Windsor Rd.



The history of the Champaign Fire Department is closely connected to the history of Champaign city government. The City of Champaign had its beginnings in the first meeting of the Village Board on April 28th, 1857. On February 21st, 1861, what was “West Urbana” received full legal sanction from the state legislature and formally became the City of Champaign. (

On January 7, 1890, the Building Committee reported that “all the fire apparatus has been moved into the new building.” As far as the committee could judge, “the Fire Department of Champaign is now complete, and will compare favorably with any in Illinois outside of Chicago.”

By 1935, after only 45 years of service, the floor and the structure of the City Building appeared generally run down. Fire Chief John Ely, sent a letter to Mayor James D. Flynn, saying, “[W]e have realized that it would take a considerable expenditure of money to build (new) quarters and care for the fire equipment as it should be cared for, but since President Roosevelt has seen fit to grant monies to cities and towns for the purpose of erecting public buildings, we urge upon you this necessity.”

After a vote the construction of a new City Building began and the City Council had to provide temporary space for city operations. City offices and the Police Department shifted to the Walter Stern Building at 322–324 North Hickory Street. The Fire Department remained behind, but prepared to move “on a moment’s notice” to 202 E. University Avenue. On January 2nd, 1936, the Fire Department moved to its temporary quarters.

On May 28th, 1967, a more important event took place—the Champaign Fire Department moved out of the first and second floors of the east wing to the new central fire station located at 207 W. White Street.

In the 1980s, Administrators and fire officers communicated with each other either via phone, radar, or paperwork. Federal law mandated that they record every fire call service, making for a lot of paperwork. Later, around 1993, the fire department started to use computers to record fire reports. The turning point seemed to be that one day a fire chief came to the office and asked the secretary about some fire events. He wanted to see the reports. The secretary told him that she could find those reports for him, but that it might take a week to go through all the paper files and put them together. This made the fire chief realize that something had to be done to improve efficiency. At that point computers were brought in to be used for creating the reports.

Firefights Park, located outside of headquarters

Other services:

The Administration Division (217-403-7200)

The Administration Division is "responsible for all aspects of fire, rescue, EMS and operations including current implementation and strategic forward planning." [1]

This division:

  • manages the budget of $11.7 million
  • overseas emergency management
  • provides mutual aid locally and within the state through the Mutual Aid Box Alarm System
  • fulfills community requests for fire reports, firework permits and burn permits 

Life Safety Division (217-403-6100)

The Life Safety Division provides life safety and fire protection plan reviews, conducts construction inspections, and issues building permits. In 2010, this division conducted 1,820 reviews and 8,100 inspections.

Permits are required for the following:

  • new buildings;
  • additions and renovations;
  • residential work, such as decks, garages, fireplaces, pools, water heaters;
  • electrical systems, 
  • plumbing systems
  • heating, ventilation, air conditioning (HVAC)

Fire Operations Division (217-403-7200)

The Fire Operations Division strives to minimize loss of life and property through professional, innovative, and caring emergency service. The department has six engines, two ladder trucks, one heavy rescue squad and one incident command vehicle.

Services include:

  • emergency medical services
  • firefighting
  • hazardous material response team
  • heavy rescue squad
  • technical rescue

Training and Professional Development Division (217-403-7203)

The Training and Professional Development Division enhances the expertise of fire personnel and prepares them to respond to citizen calls for help. 15,000 hours annually are spent for training purposes.

Training areas include:

  • firefighting
  • emergency medical services
  • hazardous materials
  • emergency management
  • community education


[1] "Champaign Fire Department: Dedicated to Excellence."  (n. d.). Pamplet.


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