Ever vigilant while preparing for the future
The Salem Fire Protection District is located at the intersection of Interstate 57 and US Route 50, Marion County Illinois, 60 miles east of St Louis Missouri and 265 miles south of Chicago, Illinois.
District Facts: The Salem Fire Protection District encompassing 125 square miles in the middle of Marion County. The SFPD is the largest fire district in the county based on the number of exposures, district population and personnel roster. Salem FPD’s primary responsibility of fire/rescue service encompasses the welfare of its 12,000 residents, 13 miles of interstate, many, many square miles of agribusiness and agricultural activities, not to mention the 16 square miles of oilfield.
- The Salem Fire District has an ISO class 4 for the City of Salem.
Personnel: In addition to the Chief Officer, staff the District is composed of a District Fire Marshall, a Captains, six Lieutenants and thirty one firefighters, all paid-on-call. Apparatus and station management duties are taken care of by four career Engineers working 24 hours on and 48 hours off.
Dispatch: Dispatch duties are handled by Marion County 911/ Salem Police Department. In addition to the Salem Fire District the dispatch center dispatches four additional fire departments, local EMS, the City of Salem Police Department and serves as a backup PSAP for the remainder of Marion and Clay Counties.
Facilities: Fire Operations are conducted from the main fire station at 203 S Broadway, Salem. The station is the home of nine pieces of firefighting apparatus and support equipment in addition to being the home for the on duty engineer. The station also has a state of the art training facility used by the district and many different Public Safety Agencies from the area.
Apparatus: The Fire District apparatus consist of three Engine/Tenders with 2000 gallon tank capacities and pumps ranging from 1250 gpm to 2000 gpm. A 95 foot Aerial Platform, four apparatus used for grass/brush/wild land fires, a Heavy Rescue, and a reserve engine. Support vehicles included a pick up used for various duties, hazardous materials operations level response trailer, used as county response and staffed by various HazMat Operations trained firefighters from the county and a 35 foot, 4000 watt light tower.
Training: Firefighting training and safety are of utmost importance to the members of the Salem Fire Protection District. Weekly fire drills are conducted throughout the year. The fire District offers Firefighter II classes in addition to the weekly drills at various times throughout the year to any firefighter in the immediate area, with no charge made except for the purchase of the required book. The fire District also maintains a Regional Training Facility in cooperation with the Illinois Fire Service Institute. 2007 was a very productive year for the training center with IFSI classes offered in Oil Well Firefighting, Pump and Aerial Operations, Fire Apparatus Engineer, Agricultural/Grain Bin rescue, Hazardous Materials Incident Command, Advanced Auto Extrication and several other classes. Class hours totaled 5,268 hours and were attended by 469 firefighters from throughout the area.