Champaign Fire Department’s Mission

The mission of the Champaign Fire Department is to protect life and property through professional services delivered with compassion and integrity. Read the Champaign Fire Department’s Mission Statement and Organizational Values.

For over 150 years, the Champaign Fire Department, a full-service career organization, has provided quality fire service to the Champaign community. The department enjoys an Insurance Services Office classification of Class One.

The Department employs 123 people, including 101 fire operations personnel. Together they:

  • Provide support for fire operations.
  • Offer emergency medical services.
  • Provide code reviews and code enforcement to community business and University of Illinois campus.
  • Provide fire and life safety education to targeted groups including preschool, campus and older adults.
  • Supply hazardous materials response, rescue services, and emergency management oversight for the City.

Over 84,000 people call Champaign home, with an additional 40,000 students residing in Champaign’s response areas covering over 20 square miles. Prepared and dedicated firefighters respond to Champaign neighborhoods from six strategically-located fire stations.

The City of Champaign Fire Department stands ready to respond.  Take a look at the video below for a preview of the Champaign Fire Department and the services we proudly provide to those living, working and traveling through our vibrant community.


Firefighter Recruitment

The Champaign Fire Department will accept applications for the position of probationary firefighter from October 10 – November 12, 2016. Visit the Firefighter Recruitment page for more information.


Fire Department Divisions

Administrative Division

The Administration Division provides leadership, management, direction, supervision, coordination and general support to all Champaign Fire Department operations.

Building Safety Division

The Building Safety Division is responsible for ensuring the enforcement of City codes relating to new building construction. Responsibilities include receipt of all building permit applications, review for compliance with codes and inspection of all new construction. Services are provided in accordance with goals established by the Development Services Task Force.

Life Safety Division

The Life Safety Division provides important leadership to community fire and life safety initiatives. This commitment includes directing a number of initiatives at a national, state, county and local level with programs including Risk Watch, Vision 20/20, Youth Fire Stoppers, Home Safety Council Network, and Fire Factor. Fire Inspections, Fire Investigations and Emergency Management are also managed within the Life Safety Division.

Operations Division

The Operations Division personnel operate from six stations with six engines, two trucks, one heavy rescue unit and one incident command vehicle. Additionally, CFD responds to Hazardous Materials (HAZMAT) emergencies within the City of Champaign and a 50-mile radius of Champaign through the Illinois Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS) Division 28.

CFD has mutual or automatic aid agreements with all 32 fire departments (both career and volunteer) within Champaign County. In 1998, CFD entered into a joint intergovernmental agreement with the University of Illinois (U of I) and Urbana Fire and Rescue Services (UFRS) to provide emergency response on the University of Illinois campus. CFD and UFRS are jointly responsible for fire, HAZMAT, emergency medical and specialized technical rescue responses to U of I.

This division ensures a fire-safe environment for citizens and employees by minimizing the loss of life and property and trauma impact through effective and innovative emergency response programs. This includes compliance with state and federal regulations pertaining to the storage, use and handling of hazardous materials. The suppression division participates in the delivery of a wide range of public fire education programs throughout the community.

Training and Professional Development Division

The Training and Professional Development Division focuses on providing quality and progressive education for personnel to safely and effectively deliver service in all risk-related disciplines. Only through education and training can the department ensure that those delivering service are competent in their duties and safe in their actions during the varied emergency operations faced each day. Career development encourages professional growth and increases the department’s leadership abilities.


Additional Community Support Programs