Category: Fire Department Press Releases

Champaign Fire Department Receives Coveted ISO Class 1 Rating

The City of Champaign is proud to announce that the Champaign Fire Department was awarded a Class 1 Public Protection Classification (PPC) rating today by the Insurance Services Office (ISO). ISO is an organization that independently evaluates fire-protection efforts in communities across the United States. An ISO Class 1 rating is the highest rating possible […]

Champaign Fire Department Awarded $1.3 Million SAFER Grant

The City of Champaign is proud to announce the Champaign Fire Department has been awarded a $1,322,828 SAFER (Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response) grant from the US Department of Homeland Security. Acceptance of the grant funds must first be approved by the City Council, and would be used to hire six additional firefighters […]

Champaign City Council Approves the Assistance to Firefighters Grant

For Immediate Release The Champaign Fire Department has been awarded $183,478 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Assistance to Firefighters Grant for technical rescue training. This grant has a City match of $18,347 for a total of $201,825 for continued training. In January 2016, the Champaign Fire Department applied for the FEMA Assistance to […]

UPDATED: Champaign Fire Department Will Be Conducting a Victim Rescue Drill

UPDATED: The training sessions on June 29 and 30 have had their start times changed to 7:30 a.m. and 9:45 a.m. each day. The June 28 session times at 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. remain unchanged. Media is encouraged to attend and requested to call in advance of this updated schedule. The Champaign Fire Department […]

City Officials Provide Apartment Building Fire Update and Encourage Fireworks Safety

Media Contact: Deputy Fire Marshal Randy Smith | 217-403-7212, 840-9434 | randy.smith@champaignil.gov The Champaign Fire Department responded to a working fire at 2411 N. Neil Street, May 30, 2016, at 4:54 p.m.  The fire caused heavy damage to the apartment building.  Residents of the ten (10) occupied apartments were forced from their homes and have been unable to return. […]

Apartment Building Fire – 2411 N. Neil Street

The Champaign Fire Department responded to a working fire at 2411 N. Neil Street, May 30, 2016, at 4:54 p.m. Upon arrival on the scene, fire crews reported heavy smoke coming from the rear of the structure. Rescue and suppression efforts began immediately. Sixteen (16) pieces of Fire/Rescue/EMS equipment and approximately thirty-five (35) emergency response […]

Residential Fire – 203 E. Washington Street

The Champaign Fire Department responded to a working fire at 203 E. Washington Street, May 30, 2016, at 6:27 a.m. Upon arrival on the scene, fire crews reported smoke coming from the front of the structure with one occupant on the roof. Rescue efforts began immediately. Twelve (12) pieces of Fire/Rescue/EMS equipment and approximately twenty-six […]

Commercial Fire – 1606 Rion Drive – EpiWorks

The Champaign Fire Department responded to a working fire at 1606 Rion Drive on May 28, 2016, at 5:46 p.m. Upon arrival on the scene, fire crews found a small fire contained to a laboratory clean room. Eleven (11) pieces of Fire/Rescue/EMS equipment and approximately twenty-five (25) emergency response personnel responded from Champaign Fire and […]

Commercial Fire – 1700 W. Washington Street – WIRCO, Foundry Division

The Champaign Fire Department responded to a working fire at 1700 W. Washington Street, Friday, May 20, 2016, at 8:48 p.m. Upon arrival on the scene, fire crews reported moderate smoke coming from this commercial structure. Suppression efforts began immediately. Fire crews responded to this third-alarm fire from Champaign, Urbana, and Savoy. Crews battled this […]

Fire Investigation Update – 1802 Cypress Drive

On March 26, 2016, the Champaign Fire Department responded to a working house fire at 1802 Cypress Drive. The fire tragically claimed the lives of two of the home’s occupants. Champaign Fire Chief Gary Ludwig said, “Our hearts and sympathies go out to all the families affected by this tragic event. Investigating the cause of […]