Welcome from the ChiefGary Gula

On behalf of the 130 professional men and women that serve the residents, students, and visitors to the City of Champaign, I welcome you to the Champaign Fire Department web page. Here you will find both statistical as well as anecdotal information regarding the Department. The City of Champaign Fire Department is a full service fire department providing services ranging from fire prevention and suppression, to emergency medical services, to technical rescue and hazardous materials mitigation.  The Champaign Fire Department serves as Regional Hazardous Material Response Team for Region 28 under the Illinois MABAS (Mutual Aid Box Alarm System).

Operating from six strategically located fire stations, the Champaign Fire Department provides the highest quality of service. We responded to over 10,600 calls in 2022.  Our Building Safety Division processes and inspects millions of dollars of new construction each year, reaching $213 million in 2022.  We also proudly serve the University of Illinois and its approximately 55,000 students.

The Champaign Fire Department’s Mission is:

Our mission is to protect life, property, and the environment through professional services delivered with compassion and integrity

Since 1865, the members of the Champaign Fire Department have served the community 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, responding to all types of emergencies to keep the public and its members safe.  We continue these traditions today and strive for continuous improvement in all that we do to provide the best possible services to our community.

I hope you find this page easy to navigate and that you come away with a sense of what the Champaign Fire Department is about. As always, if you see ways we can make your experience here on our page better; please do not hesitate to let us know by contacting any of the members of the Department.

Yours in service

Gary Gula

Interim Fire Chief