Category: Fire Department News

Adult Fire Explorer Program Mock Interviews

On August 15, 2020, staff from the Fire and Human Resources Departments hosted virtual mock interviews for participants in the 2020 Adult Fire Explorers Program. In this voluntary component of the Adult Fire Explorers Program, participants were provided the opportunity to experience and practice the oral interview step of the firefighter hiring process. Mock interviewers […]


Firefighter Recruitment Opens

Staff from the Fire and Human Resources Departments have collaborated to launch the 2020 Firefighter recruitment process. Applications are being accepted at NationalTestingNetwork.com through October 2, 2020. The testing process will culminate with the 2021-2023 Eligibility List that is scheduled to be approved by the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners in February 2021. In […]


The 2020 Fire Engineer Promotional Assessment Center Practical Exam is Complete!

The 2020 Fire Engineer Promotional Assessment Center Practical Exam is Complete! Every three years, the Human Resources and Fire Departments coordinate the Fire Promotional Testing Processes for each rank pursuant to the Board of Fire and Police Commissioner Rules, the 50 ILCS 742 Fire Department Promotions Act and the IAFF Collective Bargaining agreement. The Fire […]


2020 Adult Fire Explorers Kickoff Meeting

2020 Adult Fire Explorers Kickoff Meeting    On Thursday, July 16, the Champaign Fire Department hosted a virtual kickoff meeting for the 2020 Adult Fire Explorers Program. The program is a partnership with the Champaign County Regional Planning Commission to increase the diversity of qualified applicants for the testing process for the 2021-2023 Entry-Level Firefighter […]


Building Permit Issued

The Champaign Fire Department’s Building Safety Division recently issued the following building permit for a project with an estimated construction value of $250,000 or more. Address Value of Construction Date Issued Type Use 30 Main $3,154,446 7-7-20 Alteration Ko-Fusion and multi-family       2020 Overall Construction Value to Date: $136,658,931


City of Champaign Firefighter Tests Positive for COVID-19

The City of Champaign has confirmed a Champaign Firefighter has tested positive for COVID-19. The employee is currently recovering at home in isolation. To protect the individual’s privacy, the employee’s identity will not be released, nor will the City comment on their medical condition. The City has consulted with the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (C-UPHD) […]


Keeping Construction Workers and City Inspectors Safe during COVID-19

The March 20, 2020, stay-at-home order issued by Governor Pritzker identified activity that was considered “essential.” Included on this list is “Construction” which is interpreted to mean both private and public construction projects. The continuance of construction during the COVID-19 outbreak means City of Champaign employees must continue to serve that industry by reviewing building […]


Large Development Projects to Submit COVID-19 Jobsite Safety Plan

Under the Governor’s Executive “Stay at Home” Order, construction is listed as an essential service. As such, many private and public construction projects in Champaign continue to move forward. In compliance with the order, the City of Champaign continues to accept building permits and perform inspections of active construction projects. To best protect the health […]


Residential Fire – 1618 W Union St.

The Champaign Fire Department responded to a fire in a duplex at 1618 W Union St., Wednesday, April 1, 2020, at 12:56 a.m. Fire crews quickly extinguished the fire in the residence. Firefighters responded to a report from a neighbor of a fire in the single-story duplex. Once on the scene, fire crews reported smoke […]


VIDEO MESSAGE: Fire Chief Addresses COVID-19

Please click HERE to watch the Fire Chief addressing the state of Champaign’s fire services following Champaign County’s first confirmed case of COVID-19. TRANSCRIPT FOLLOWS: Hello, I am Champaign Fire Chief Gary Ludwig. As many of you are aware, the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District announced that Champaign County has had its first confirmed case of […]