Fire Chief's Message

"As a member of the Edwardsville Fire Department, I am proud to wear a uniform that represents both the rich history of the Department and the responsibility given to us as servants of public safety. Often, when going about my daily activities, I will come across citizens who are kind enough to express their appreciation for the work the Fire Department does in our community. When blessed with a direct “Thank you for your service,” I respond with all sincerity, “Thank you for the opportunity to serve.”

Service is truly the key to what we do as public safety officers. I believe the services we provide are some of the basic tenets of governance: fire prevention and suppression, rescue services, preparedness and emergency medical response. We recognize that each member of the Department is entrusted by you, the citizens of Edwardsville, to be prepared - physically and mentally - to handle situations which may very well be the worst day in the lives of those who call for our help. We meet that challenge through regular review of our policies, daily training, exercise, and study in a constantly evolving environment.

To serve you is a privilege that will never be taken for granted. We must remain prepared while exercising stewardship of public funds. The expectation you have when you pick up the phone and dial 9-1-1 is that help is on the way. It is my assurance to you that the Edwardsville Fire Department will do its part to make that happen.

Respectfully in your service,

R. W. Welle, Edwardsville Fire Chief"