Fire Department & Ambulance
History & Mission
The Edwardsville Fire Department has proudly served the citizens of Edwardsville and surrounding communities since 1874. Our mission is to prepare, prevent and protect.
The Edwardsville Fire Department works hard to make sure both its members and the community are prepared for emergencies of all kinds. This is accomplished through a rigorous training schedule.
Edwardsville firefighters train on a daily basis to maintain exceptional skills in the following areas:
- Emergency Medical Services
- Fire Suppression
- Hazardous Materials Response
- High Angle Rescue
- Water Rescue
- Confined Space Resuce
Annually, firefighters re-certify their driving skills on fire apparatus and ambulances. Since preparation is first step in the chain of survival the fire department also works to help the community prepare for emergencies by offering CPR and First Aid classes, car seat installation training, smoke and carbon monoxide detector installation assistance, and home emergency preparedness advice.
Prevention is the most effective way to deal with an emergency. Preventing an emergency means damage is never done and the associated costs never occur, including:
- Property Damage
- Lost Business & Income
- Injury & Medical Bills
- Death & Emotional Stress
The Edwardsville Fire Department works to prevent emergencies with an active inspection program and public education program.
When prevention fails Edwardsville Firefighters are ready to jump into action. While fire protection is still the biggest mission of the fire department we also to provide paramedic level ambulance service, hazardous materials response, technical rescue services to the community.
Since each firefighter trains in several specialties and takes on many roles, the most efficient way for the fire department to operate is to respond in a Jump Company format. This means when a call comes in firefighters “jump” onto the right vehicle to respond to the call be it a fire, ambulance, hazardous materials spill or rescue call.