Welcome to the Clinton Fire Department
The Clinton Fire Department is a city department which contracts with the Clinton Fire Protection District for rural fire protection, and the Exelon/Clinton Nuclear Power Station for secondary fire protection. Clinton is located in DeWitt County, located in Central Illinois. We are centrally located between Chicago and St. Louis.
We operate out of one station that protects the city of Clinton and 70 square miles of primarily rural area with approximately 10,000 in population. Covered in the rural area are the villages of Lane and DeWitt, the Exelon/Clinton Nuclear Power Station, Weldon Springs State Park, Mascoutin State Park and the majority of Clinton Lake (4900+ acres). We cover portions of US Highway 51, IL Rt. 10 and IL Rt. 54.
We provide Fire, Rescue, Hazardous Materials Response, Fire Prevention/Safety Education, Basic Life Support - Non Transport EMS, and First Responder - Non Transport EMS Services to all communities we serve.
We provide automatic aid to Kenney, Wapella, and Maroa fire departments. We routinely provide Emergency Medical Services alongside DeWitt County EMS and Heyworth Ambulance. On occasion we will work with Logan County Paramedic Association, Decatur Ambulance and Arrow Ambulance.
Clinton Fire is a combination full-time/paid on call department. Three full-time employees provide 24/7 coverage at the fire station. Clinton Fire is currently setup for 1 Fire Chief, 2 Assistant Fire Chiefs, 2 Captains, 3 Lieutenants, 3 Full-Time Engineers, 17 Firefighters, 1 Probationary Firefighter, 4 Back Up/Reserve Engineers and 2 Junior Firefighters. The Fire Department answers to the Commissioner of Public Health and Safety, Dan Ballenger Sr. The department roster can hold up to 42 members.
The three full-time employees are members of the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 3069.
According to Clinton history, Clinton Fire Company, No. 1, was organized in 1874, with the total number of members of Engine Company 19, Hose Company 20. They have a fine hand engine and 500 feet of hose and hose-cart. The company are all well uniformed and excellently drilled for duty. The treasury is well supplied with funds sufficient to run the organization for a year or more.
The engine building is situated in the south-west corner of the Magill block, and is two stories high, 34x66 feet on the ground, and constructed of brick. The first floor is used for engine and hose room, with a portion cut off the north end for the purpose of a calaboose. The upper story is divided into two departments for Firemen's Hall and Council Room.
On January 8, 1889, nine fire chiefs and five other delegates met in Clinton, Illinois. They formed the Illinois Firemen's Association.
Today, The Clinton Fire Department is a city department which contracts with the Clinton Fire Protection District for rural fire protection. We have been recognized as a Nonprofit Organization 501(c)(3) since 2005. Having this status allows us to receive a substantial part of our support from the local government as well as recieve assistance from area residents and organizations.
The City of Clinton Fire Department provides many services to the community including but not limited to:
Life Safety & Public Education
Hazardous Materials Response - Only Awareness Level
Hazardous Materials Decontamination
Ice / Cold Water Rescue
Basic Life Support - Non Transport EMS Service
First Responder level EMS with Defibrillator Assistance
QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
"Why did so many trucks respond?"
This often asked at what appears to be a small fire, possible false alarms, or when the fire reported as being out already. A typical full response for the City of Clinton fire department would be at least 1-Engine, 1-Ladder, and 1-Squad. Mutual aid engines and personnel may also be called in as early as our initial page from the communications center to ensure proper personnel and equipment staffing--should the need arise. This may seem like many resources, but there are several reasons why:
We have to assume the worst-case scenario--we cannot take for granted that the fire is 'small' or 'out'. We must error on the side of safety.
All large fires start somewhere--as small ones. Should a fire thought to be out actually flare up or still be burning, wouldn't you rather have available resources there or on the way rather than have to wait and while more damage is being caused?
The arriving companies usually have a pre-assigned task--for example, initial attack, staffing backup lines, securing & setting up a water supply, provide breathing air, ventilation, search and rescue, establishing a Rapid Intervention Team (RIT) for firefighter rescue operations
We would like to have the Clinton Fire and Life Safety House education trailer for children at our event. How do we do that?
The Clinton Fire Department, mobile trailer provides excellent hands on learning tool for children to learn not only about fire safety but also about life safety in the home. A typical 'tour' through the house usually takes about 15 to 20 minutes. We prefer to have groups of about five (5) or six (6) kids going through. Children will learn safety tips relating to smoke alarms, keeping rooms clean, stoves to name a few. The big benefit of the unit (and the part the kids really like the best), is its ability to teach the kids the importance of 'two ways out of every room. Using a fog machine to 'smoke' the upstairs and have the children try to exit the main bedroom door only to find out it's hot so they need to exit the trailer through the window/patio door on and crawl down the ladder to safety. If you would like to reserve this unit for your function, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or at (217)935-3712.
What is "Mutual Aid" and "Automatic Aid"?
Automatic Aid is the automatic (non-requested) response of other agencies for assistance. For example, The Clinton Fire Department has an 'automatic aid agreement' with the Kenney Fire Protection District. Here is what it means. If the City gets a call for a possible structure fire in the area of the town or district, Kenney Fire will respond with an Engine automatically.
Mutual aid is the calling in of other agencies for assistance. The Clinton Fire Department also has signed onto a county wide mutual aid agreement with all departments. This means that if any department in the county calls for any of our apparatus or personnel, we will respond as needed. Likewise, if we call another department for apparatus or personnel, they would respond as well. The Clinton Fire Department will respond to any call in any jurisdiction, if a specific resource or piece of apparatus (example: jaws equipment, aerial, breathing air refill) is requested.
We are having a safety fair, or fire drill in our home or business. Could we have an apparatus & firefighters come out to show the truck or help with the drill?
The Clinton Fire Department has taken apparatus to safety fairs to show the residents and businesses of the community what we have to offer and to show them the equipment we have as well as answer any questions they have. We also go to fire drills if requested to observe the drill and offer suggestions we may have to make the drill go safer and easier. The Clinton Fire Department prides itself on its public relations and public education and look forward to working with you.