The Galesburg Fire Department was established as a career, paid department by City Ordinance in 1858. Today the department continues to serve the City of Galesburg by providing fire, emergency medical, rescue, hazardous material, risk management, and disaster response services. Our risk management program includes commercial inspections, residential rental unit inspections, public education, fire safety training, fire investigations, and juvenile firesetter intervention.
The Galesburg Fire Department employs 43 paid staff. The staff consists of 46 uniform personnel including 1 Fire Chief, 4 Battalion Chiefs, 10 Fire Captains and 28 Firefighter/EMTs. One civilian staff person provides administrative and secretarial support to the department. Firefighters respond out of 3 fire stations strategically located in the City. The Fire Department also has a training facility which also serves as a regional training center for the Fire Service Institute, University of Illinois.
- #1 — 150 South Broad Street
- #2 — 1575 East Brooks Street
- #3 — 1455 West Fremont Street
- Training Site — 2233 Veterans Drive Galesburg, IL 61401
Live Burn Test of Residential Fire Sprinklers - Lake Storey Pavilion August 6, 2008
The Galesburg Fire Department recommends fire safety sprinklers in all residences. These videos compare the results of a bedroom fire with and without Residential Fire Sprinklers. Both are set up with ordinary bedroom furnishings and a fire lit in a corner waste basket filled with paper. In 90 seconds with NO SPINKLER in the bedroom is fully engulfed in fire, unsurvivalble with all furnishings destroyed. One the second video, with ONE FIRE SPRINKLER head in 20 seconds the fire is controlled giving plenty of time to escape and minimal damage to the home. "It is like having a firefighter in your house 24/7 365 days a year, ready to put out a fire," says Fire Marshal Dan Foley. For more inforamtion see www.homefiresprinkler.org .