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city of Alton, Illinois
City of Alton, il
101 E 3rd Street Alton, IL 62002
(618) 463-3500
 

Fire Chief Bernie Sebold

Bernie Sebold

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Fire Chief
333 E 20th Street
Alton, IL  62002
PH:   618.463.3565
FAX: 618.463.3539

Mark Harris

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Deputy Fire Chief
333 E 20th Street
Alton, IL  62002
PH:   618.463.3565
FAX: 618.463.3539

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Office Hours

Monday - Friday
8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M

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Description of the Fire Department

The mission of the Alton Fire Department is to protect the lives and property of its stakeholders through risk management and mitigation of hazardous materials.


The Alton Fire Department consists of 43 uniformed personnel and one secretary.  In addition to fire prevention and extinguishment, the Department also provides Advanced Life Support (A.L.S.), medical service, technical rescue, mitigation of hazardous conditions response, and other types of community service. 

The Department operates out of two modern fire stations strategically located on each side of town.  All members are certified by the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal and the Illinois Department of Public Health. 



Personnel

Organization

(1) Fire Chief (2) Stations
(1) Deputy Chief (2) Engine Companies - 3 men 
(4) Battalion Chiefs (1) Aerial/Platform  - 3 men 
(12) Captains  (1) Command Vehicle
(11) Firefighters 
(13) Engineers
(1) Secretary



Run Statistics for 2015

Structure Fire 81 Vehicle Fire & Boat Fire 20
Grass Fires Other 23 Open Burning 4
Emergency Medical Calls 1,513 False Alarm 215
Mutual Aid 21 Hazardous Materials 63

TOTAL

2,467

Insurance Services Office (ISO) Rating Class 2


The ISO conducted a re-evaluation of the Department and water system in May 2014.  Through the efforts of Chief Sebold and his Department, the City's ISO Rating was subsequently reduced from 4 to 2, effective April 1, 2015.  In the United States there are 48,855 departments with only 917 departments that are a CLASS 2. Class 10 areas have no fire protection while a Class 1 rating is the best fire protection and water supply available.  Insurance companies combine this information with other factors, such as actual fire losses, to set premiums for homes and businesses.  The rating is a reflection of how well the department protects its buildings and cannot be used to compare fire departments.  ISO is only concerned with property losses.  As such, EMS, auto extrication, trench rescue, rope rescue, and other important activities are not rated.  More information can be found at www.isomitigation.com.

Leaf Burning Regulations

1.  Hours, Months, and Days Permitted:  Outdoor leaf burning in the City shall be permitted only onWednesdays and Saturdays of each week during the months of OctoberNovember, andDecember, and from April 15 through May 30 and only between the hours of ten o'clock (10:00) A.M. and six o'clock (6:00) P.M. of each day.  Outdoor leaf burning shall not be permitted at any other time other than those set forth in this Section.  This Section shall not apply to the Park and Recreation Department of the City or to any cemetery located in the City. (Ord. 65168-9-2000).

2.  Containers:  Such burning shall be permitted only in containers located not less than fifteen feet (15') from any building or structure on private property only, except that the Park Department of the City may conduct such outdoor leaf burning on publicly owned property, which burning shall be under direct Park Department supervision, and cemeteries may conduct such outdoor leaf burning under direct and continuous supervision.  A "container" is defined as a metal burning barrel not to exceed fifty-five (55) gallon capacity or a mesh barrel approximately the same size.

3.  Burning On Public Streets Prohibited:  Outdoor leaf burning shall be prohibited at all times on or in any public street or alley in the City.
4.  Burning Of Leaves Only:  Outdoor leaf burning shall include only leaves fallen from trees, plants, and shrubs.  It shall not include burning of any trash, garbage, or other disposables or any other material of any nature whatsoever.  The burning of anything other than leaves, plants, or shrubs is a violation of City ordinance.  The Police Department tickets violators



Lawn Burning

A bona fide property owner or tenant may conduct lawn burning any day of the year during daylight hours.  Such burning shall require the tenant or owner to remain on said property until all burning has ceased and have a readily available method to control or extinguish such burning. 



Recreational Fires

Definition:  An outdoor fire burning materials other than rubbish where the fuel being burned is not contained in an incinerator, outdoor fireplace, portable outdoor fireplace, barbeque grill or barbeque pit and has a total fuel area of three feet (3') or less in diameter and two feet (2') or less in height for pleasure, religious, ceremonial, cooking, warmth, or similar purposes. 

Recreational fires shall not be conducted within twenty-five feet (25') of a structure or combustible material.  Conditions which could cause a fire to spread within twenty-five feet (25') of a structure shall be eliminated prior to ignition. 



Portable Outdoor Fireplaces

Definition:  A portable, outdoor, solid-fuel-burning fireplace that may be constructed of steel, concrete, clay or other non-combustible material.  A portable outdoor fireplace may be open in design, or may be equipped with a small hearth opening and a short chimney or chimney opening in the top. 

Portable outdoor fireplaces shall be used in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions and shall not be operated within fifteen feet (15') of a structure or combustible material.



Bonfires

Definition:  An outdoor fire utilized for ceremonial purposes with a size not to exceed five feet (5') high, by five feet (5') long, by five feet (5') wide.

A bonfire shall not be conducted within fifty feet (50') of a structure or combustible material.

*A bonfire permit must be obtained from the Alton Fire Department and signed by the Fire Chief or his designee no later than seven (7) days prior to the bonfire event.  The permit shall only be issued to the owner of the land upon which the fire is to be kindled.  The burn site will also be inspected for compliance with the restrictions.  Please call the Department to request a permit.*

Wood

Only seasoned, dried fire wood is to be used for recreational fires, portable outdoor fireplaces, and bonfires.

Prohibited Open Burning

Open burning that is offensive or objectionable because of smoke emissions or when atmospheric conditions or local circumstances make such fires hazardous shall be prohibited.  If these conditions are present the fire department may order the extinguishment of the fire.

Flammable and/or Combustible liquids are NOT allowed to ignite or maintain open burning



Attendance

Leaf and lawn burning, recreational fires, portable outdoor fireplaces, and bonfires shall be constantly attended until the fire is extinguished.  A minimum of one portable fire extinguisher with a minimum of a 4A rating, garden hose, water barrel, or water truck, shall be available for immediate utilization. 

Fire Reports

Fire reports are required by insurance companies and relief organizations such as Red Cross.  A copy of fire or other incident report can be obtained from the secretary during normal business hours for a $10.00 fee.

Obtaining an EMS report

Records requests : Andres Medical Billing at 1-800-244-2345 ext. 205 or email at msantoscoy@andresmedical.com.  Unfortunately due to privacy laws, we must follow the established procedure.  If you are not the actual patient, we cannot provide you with a copy of the report unless you are the patient’s legal guardian or Power of Attorney.

If you are working through an attorney, your attorney will explain that process as the above process will not apply.
You can download a copy of the report request form HERE. 



Building and Event Inspection

The Fire Department conducts a free fire and life safety inspection of every business annually.  Inspections are done by the fire companies between emergency calls.  New businesses are inspected by the Building and Zoning Department prior to opening.  The Fire Department also inspects tents and booths at fairs, circuses, and other events.  For information regarding the requirements, please call the secretary.



CPR Classes

NOTE: CPR class that is normally on the 2nd Tuesday of the month will be changed just for the month of November to the 3rd Wednesday (the 15th) - Due to the  training room is a polling place and the 2nd Tuesday of November is election day.

CPR classes are offered to the public the second Tuesday of each month at 6:00 P.M. at Station One on 20th Street. The curriculum is American Heart Association Heartsaver. You must call to reserve a spot.  This class is aimed toward the everyday citizen that wants to be ready to assist someone having sudden heart failure.  First aid is not included.  The class fee is $10.00 for residents and $40.00 for non-residents. Drivers license or state ID card will be required to prove residency and must be paid in advance.



Child Car Seats

The Fire Department has a limited number of certified car seat installers.  Please call the secretary to find out when the next installer is on duty. 



City of Alton Emergency Operations Synopsis

Click here for the City of Alton Emergency Operations Plan Synopsis



Tornado Sirens

The City of Alton doesn't have any tornado sirens and people that live or work in Alton are encouraged to register with CodeRed. 

Click here to Register for Code Red Alerts



Commerical Structures

Per City Ordinance #6605 any commercial structures in the City of Alton with Fire Alarms are required by City ordinance to have a Knox Box rapid entry system for fire department use. Also, The fire department performs plan reviews and inspections on Fixed fire suppression systems including: Fire Sprinkler, Standpipe,Private fire hydrants and underground water mains, Kitchen hood systems and Fire alarms. The fire department performs business public safety inspections in all commercial occupancies annually. This task is performed to  better prepare our firefighters to respond to emergencies as well as assisting to maintain a low ISO rating. 

Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT)

If interested in becoming an Alton Firefighter Click Here.

Firefighter applicants should click here to view a video to learn what to expect for physical testing.

Safety Links

Department of Homeland Security (DHS)           Federal Emergency Mangement Agency (FEMA)

Emergency Mangement Institute (EMI)              FEMA Independent Study

Illinois Emergency Mangement Agency (IEMA) Madison County Emergency Agency

United States Fire Administration (USFA)              National Fire Academy (NFA)

National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)        Illinois Fire Chiefs Association (IFCA)

International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF)   Illinois Fire Service Institute (IFSI)

Illinois Department of Labor (IDOL)                     Occupational Safety and Health Administration
                                                                              (OSHA)                                                                          


                                                                                                                                                  

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