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The Rockford Fire Department is under the direction of Fire Chief Derek Bergsten who heads a staff of more than 282 uniformed and administrative personnel. Additionally, there are 53 employees associated directly with the 911 Telecommunications Center.

The Rockford Fire Department provides firefighting, emergency medical service, hazardous materials mitigation, extrication, and technical rescue services to the 150,000 city residents.  Annually, the department responds to over 24,000 emergency incidents and maintains an ISO Class 2 rating.  The city is protected by nine engine companies, three quint companies, one ladder company, and seven ALS ambulances housed at fire stations strategically located throughout Rockford.


 

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Rockford Fire 911 3K Run

Saturday, June 6th, 2015

3K Race - 9:11 a.m. Start

 

Fee: $25 pre-registration, $30 on race day

 

Race shirt and breakfast included!

 

Awards given for 1st-5th place in each age division

 

New Race Location - Just south of Fire Station 5 at 391 N Trainer Rd (parking will be available at Target)

 

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP!

 


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Click HERE to learn more about this exciting opportunity for Rockford area high school students!


 

Click on the link below for the Rockford Fire Department 2013 Annual Report

 

Annual Report 2013

 

 

 For more Department statistics, click here.


 


 

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Mission Statement:

The mission of the Rockford Fire Department is to protect the lives and property of our community through fire, emergency medical, and life safety services.

 

Vision Statement:

The members of the Rockford Fire Department are professionals dedicated to provide services that are innovative and progressive, ensuring the safest environment for our community.

 

Department Summary:

The Rockford Fire Department is under the direction of Fire Chief Derek Bergsten who reports to the Mayor, the City Council, and the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners. The department operates under four distinct divisions: Administration, Operations, Fire Prevention and Training, and the 911 Center, each under the direction of a Division Chief or Administrator.

The department is budgeted for 282 people including secretarial staff, mechanics, inspectors, trainers, administrative staff, and 258 company personnel (firefighters and paramedics).  Additionally, there are 53 employees associated directly with the 911 Center, which falls under the authority of the Fire Department per intergovernmental agreements.  Chief Bergsten serves as the Winnebago County E-911 system Board President, and the department also directs and takes charge of this operation.

The Rockford Fire Department is a "full service" department in that it does everything from firefighting to emergency medical services, hazardous materials mitigations and extrications to inspections and pre-plans of buildings, hydrant testing to confined space rescue and high angle rescue.  With the operation of the 911 Center, we also take responsibility for dispatching the department's fire and ambulance calls, as well as incidents for the Rockford Police Department,  and volunteer fire departments in the county.


Operating in a city of over 150,000 residents, we are rated by ISO as a Class 2 City.  In 2014, we responded to over 26,000 calls for assistance.  The city is served by 11 fire stations with a total of 13 pieces of fire apparatus including 9 engines, 3 quints, and 1 ladder company, as well as 7 paramedic ambulances.  We divide the city into two districts for management and response purposes with a District Chief in charge of each side of the city.

 

 

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Special thanks to Jason Rotello and Tamika Jones for contributing images for the City of Rockford website.