Category: Fire Department News

Fire Department Conducts Ice Rescue Training

The Fire Department conducted ice rescue training at Kaufman Lake January 20-22, 2016.  Fire crews participated in skill stations designed to prompt crews to observe ice conditions and make appropriate scene size-ups, perform surface rescues from the ice, and safely remove victims from the ice.

Update – Residential Fire – 908 S Oak Street

The Champaign Fire Department responded to 908 S Oak Street on January 22, 2016, for a report of a fire with people trapped. Initial reports were that several people were trapped inside.  Fortunately all the residents made it out and only one suffered minor burns.  There are many reasons why this fire didn’t turn into […]

Fire Department Responds to a Working Fire on Sheffield Road

The Champaign Fire Department responded to a report of a working fire at 1603 Sheffield Road on July 23, 2015 at 3:47 a.m. Upon arrival, fire crews found smoke and flames emanating from the roof and garage of the structure. Also upon arrival, fire crews found the occupants outside the structure awoken by the smoke […]

Champaign Residents Saved by Working Smoke Alarms

Over the last two nights, residents in the City of Champaign were awoken when their smoke alarms activated and indicated smoke and fire in the residence. After being awoken by the sounding smoke alarms, the residents found working fires and called 9-1-1 before evacuating the home. Commenting on the two incidents, Champaign Fire Chief Gary […]

Fire Department Responds to a Working Fire

  Champaign Fire Department responded to a report of a working fire at 609 Corey Lane on July 22, 2015 at 3:14 a.m.  Upon arrival, fire crews found smoke and flames emanating from the roof and South side of the structure. Fire crews deployed a single-hand line into the structure in an attempt to extinguish the […]

Champaign Fire Department Welcomes Pink Heals

  The Champaign Fire Department is excited to announce that tomorrow, July 21, 2015, the Pink Heals non-profit organization will visit Champaign as part of their cross-country road trip promoting awareness of women’s issues. The Champaign Fire Department is partnering with them on several activities throughout the day. The Pink Heals organization is known for their unique pink fire engines, turnout […]

News Release: Fire Department 1915 Seagrave Fire Engine Returns Home

The Champaign Fire Department is proud to announce that its first motorized fire engine, a 1915 Seagrave, has returned home! Dr. Francis Glenn, from Ontario Canada, returned the fire engine for its 100th birthday and the Fire Department’s 150th anniversary.  It will be featured in a parade and was also in the apparatus muster on Sunday, July 19. For […]

Commercial Permits Issued

The following commercial permits were issued this week with an estimated cost of construction of $250,000 or more. ADDRESS COST OF CONSTRUCTION DATE ISSUED OWNER OR DEVELOPER/ BUSINESS 905 S First $425,250.00 6-29-15 Gillespie Roland Prop, LLC 108 N Sixth $709,308.00 6-30-15 Illini North Development, LLC 608 E University $21,242,015.00 6-30-15 Illini North Development, LLC […]

Champaign Fire Department Turns 150 Years Old

Q: What had eight legs, ran on steam and will be 150 years old next month? A: The original Champaign Fire Department. Yes! The Champaign Fire Department turning 150 years old on July 8, 2015! Many things have certainly changed in Champaign’s modern fire department; fire engines aren’t horse drawn or steam driven today but dedicated […]

Media Release: CFD Promotional Ceremony

On June 18, 2015 the Champaign Fire Department will be holding a promotional ceremony to recognize two individuals who have been promoted to the ranks of Lieutenant and Engineer. A badge-pinning of three new probationary firefighters will also be held during the ceremony. The ceremony will be held at Champaign Fire Department Headquarters at 307 S. […]