Chillicothe Fire Department

Fire Chief Jim Benisch was appointed as the Chillicothe Fire Chief at the January 8, 2018 Council meeting.

    217 W. Chestnut
   Chillicothe, IL 61523

   (309) 274-3567

  For emergencies call 911

 It is the mission of the Chillicothe Fire Department to provide programs and expertise to Prevent accidents from occurring, and to Protect and Preserve life and/or property during an incident using trained personnel and quality fire and rescue equipment.

Both the Chillicothe Fire Department and Chillicothe Community Fire Department have agreements that support the operation of the two organizations as one.  They are both responsible for fire prevention and suppression activities.  The departments respond to the following calls:

Any Fire Situations

EMS Calls                                                                                                                                     

Auto Accidents – Heavy Duty Extraction

All Types of Rescue Calls

River Fire & Rescue

In addition, the CFD/CCFD conduct the following prevention activities

Property Maintenance

Liquor License Inspections

School Fire Drills and Building Inspections

Commercial and Industrial Plan Reviews for Building Permits

Rental Inspection

The CFD/CCFD operate under a part-time paid Chief, a group of volunteer firefighters and a volunteer Administrative Staff.  Automatic mutual aid, where specific departments automatically respond to calls, is provided by the fire department between Dunlap and Lacon/Sparland. The fire department is a member of MABAS, a statewide mutual aid agreement in which fire departments voluntarily agree to send predetermined resources to other members of their division(s) in the case of an extreme emergency.  This occurs when a community is struck by disaster and the resources of that community do not suffice for recovery.  The CFD/CCFD is a member of MABAS Division #36 (Peoria County).

The current ISO rating within Chillicothe’s city limits is 4.