Prevention Division

About the Champaign Fire Department Prevention Division

The Champaign Fire Department 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, Start Safe with Safe Kids, USA, Home Safety Council Network, and Fire Factor. These partnership initiatives allow our community to work together and share like messages as we strive to lower deaths and injuries for target audiences of preschoolers through college. Risk Watch, an unintentional injury prevention curriculum adopted by Champaign Unit 4 in the mid 1990’s provides age-appropriate and nationally agreed upon safety messages to children from Kindergarten to fifth grade. Stakeholder partnerships share knowledgeable risk experts from Champaign Police Department, Champaign Fire Department, American Red Cross, Illinois Poison Center, Carle Foundation Hospital, and Champaign Park District into the classrooms to deliver life saving messages focused upon the number one way young people are dying—fire safety, bike safety, water safety, pedestrian safety, motor vehicle safety, poison safety, choking, suffocation, and gun safety.

Other preventative and protection-oriented opportunities to practice fire and life safety skills are delivered through business seminars, community events, and activities including Juvenile Fire Setter intervention/ education programming; and community fire extinguisher training; a Community Fire Safety House; Residential Knox Box program, Remembering When, Seniors Fire and Fall Safety, and a smoke alarm-needs program. At their best, these initiatives reduce the risk of injury or death to Champaign’s most at-risk citizens: preschoolers and seniors. Fire and Life Safety programs are designed to modify behavior and create a safer environment for all.

Fire Investigations

The Champaign Fire Department Fire Investigations Unit was established to comply with an Illinois State Fire Marshal’s mandate to determine origin and cause of fires occurring within the City of Champaign. This unit is within the Life Safety Division and is lead by Fire Marshal John Koller.

Fire Safety Education and Inspections

The Prevention Division of the Life Safety Division provides fire inspection and fire safety education services to the City of Champaign community and the University of Illinois campus.

Youthful Fire Setter

Champaign Fire Department’s (CFD) Youthful Firesetter (YFS) Program provides opportunity for intervention and education for youth and caretakers when a child begins to engage in fire play and or unsafe fire behaviors.

Fire Prevention Community Services

The Fire Prevention Division offers many services to residents and property owners of Champaign.

Fire Prevention Links

Fire prevention information around the internet.

Safety Tips in Our Changing World

Actions Champaign residents may take to keep themselves and their community aware and safe.

Firefighter Gear Role Play Kit Checkout

Firefighter role-play kits available for check-out to classroom teachers.

Fire Prevention Week 2011 Information and Fact Sheets