Belleville Fire Department

Belleville Fire Department Mission and Vision Graphic 2023

Mission Statement

Deliver fire prevention services and protection to Belleville’s people, resources, and environment by dispatching community-based full-spectrum emergency response services.


Build and sustain a culture of trust, transparency, and accountability to develop a highly skilled, flexible, and innovative team delivering first-rate fire and emergency services to the city of Belleville, IL.

Our Priorities

Focused on our people

  • Personal-Organizational: Continuously focus on our “WHY”
  • Occupational-Functional-Developmental: Invest in professional & personnel development
  • Develop and sustain a culture of Trust-Transparency-Accountability

Focused on our mission

  • Readiness: Trained and capable fire fighters who can deliver services anytime, anywhere
  • Sustain high standards: Job knowledge, Job execution, Community Ambassadors
  • Talent Management/Development: Focused training on command & control
    • Develop KSAs: target accountability / communication
    • Provide experience opportunities

Department History

Belleville's first fire department was organized in 1841 as a volunteer department with two fire stations. By 1878, the city council authorized a pay schedule for its firefighters. In 1918, Belleville's firefighters unionized and became charter members of the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF). Belleville Firefighters Local 53, as a charter member of the IAFF, is very active in the community and surrounding area.

By the 1920's, Belleville was a growing community with two engine houses. In 1932, a third engine house was opened in the west end of Belleville at 6200 W. Main Street. This engine house gave the city three strategically located engine houses with thirty-three firefighters in the department. A fourth engine house was opened on January 12, 2009 to keep up with the increasing population and growth of the city.

In the 1950's, The Belleville Fire Department had changed its work week from a 72 hour week to a 56 hour week. In 1971, the department changed to a 42 hour work week.

BFD Historic Photos

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Fire Plan Review Permit Package 

View the Fire Plan Review Package which includes requirements, an application form, instructions, and a fee schedule.