Steve Swafford, Fire Chief
Celebrating a Century of Proud Service!
In 2007, the Murphysboro Fire Department proudly celebrated its 100th year of serving the residents of Murphysboro. The department averages 200 responses a year through its eleven full-time and three part-time employees. It maintains two fire stations: Station I, located at 218 North 10th Street, is manned 24 hours a day; and Station II, located at 1616 Pine Street, is unmanned. The department is dispatched from the city's 24-hour 911 dispatch center located at Station I.
A complete written and pictorial history of the department has been writted by department historian Ron Manwaring and is available for purchase here.
Fire Prevention Education – The department encourages all citizens to stop by or call the North 10th Street location anytime, 24/7, with questions about the department or fire prevention. Department personnel also provide tours to groups, as well as fire prevention education programs to schools or other organizations. Simply contact the department to make arrangements.
Emergency Planning & Response – In addition to structural fires, fire education, and arson investigations, the department also is responsible for extrication from vehicle accidents, hazardous materials response, and response to train derailments. Through it membership in the Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS), Division 45, it works with fire departments throughout Illinois to develop plans for mutual aid and sharing resources, as needed.
Through its efforts in disaster pre-planning, the department received federal grants to send three of its members to train to become part of the Technical Rescue Team involving 428 hours of hands-on training in trench rescue, collapsed and confined space rescue, and rope rescue. In addition two members were trained to serve as part of the Hazardous Materials Team.
Equipment - The department maintains the following equipment:
- Engine 11: 1998 HME/Towers Pumper (1250/750)
- Engine 10: 1991 GMC/Towers Pumper/Aerial Truck (1000/750/55')
- Engine 9: 1984 Ford/Towers Pumper (1000/750)
- Rescue 1: 2001 Dodge featuring extrication equipment for automobile accidents
- Car 1: 2003 GMC Yukon
- Former Murphysboro Engine #6 and Engine #8 have been restored and are part of the Apple City FD
Safety Education & Reminders
from the United States Fire Administration
Every day Americans experience the horror of fire. But most people don't understand fire. Only when we know the true nature of fire can we prepare ourselves and our families. Each year more than 4,000 Americans die and approximately 20,000 are injured in fires, many of which could be prevented. The United States Fire Administration (USFA) believes that fire deaths can be reduced by teaching people the basic facts about fire. Below are some simple facts that explain the particular characteristics of fire.
Fire is FAST! - There is little time!
In the event of a fire, remember time is the biggest enemy and every second counts!
Escape first, then call for help. Develop a home fire escape plan and designate a meeting place outside. Make sure everyone in the family knows two ways to escape from every room. Practice feeling your way out with your eyes closed. Never stand up in a fire, always crawl low under the smoke and try to keep your mouth covered. Never return to a burning building for any reason; it may cost you your life.
Finally, having a working smoke alarm dramatically increases your chances of surviving a fire. And remember to practice a home escape plan frequently with your family.
Other Stay-Safe Reminders
- Test your smoke detector once a month.
- Remember to have you furnace inspected before the cold winter months set in because with the cold weather often comes a rise in the number of fires.
- 911 Do's & Dont's
- Fire Safety & Burn Prevention from the Illinois Fire Safety Alliance
- Don’t Be Blinded by the Dangers of Fireworks from the Illinois Society for the prevention of Blindness