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Fire Department

It is the mission of the Canton Fire Department to protect the lives and preserve the property of all citizens of Canton, their guests, and travelers coming through our community. We are a Full-service Fire Department which is concerned with the safety and well-being of our citizens.

The Fire Department is located at 101 East Spruce Street.

If you have an emergency, please dial 911. For general non-emergency questions call (309)647-0040. Fax: (309)649-9722. The non-emergency line may not be staffed at all times.

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CFD Announcements

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic…

The Canton Fire Department building is temporarily not accessible to the public. Please continue to practice social distancing, wear a mask when appropriate, wash hands often, and stay safe.

Hiring List: The current hiring list will expire on October 16, 2022.

Our Department

The Fire Department consist of 15 sworn personnel and 1 civilian. The Department is broken down as follows:

Sworn personnel:

  • 3 Assistant Chiefs
  • 3 Lieutenants
  • 9 Firefighters

Civilian Employees:

  • 1 Administrative Assistant

The Administrative Assistant works a 40-hour work week. Assistant Chiefs, Lieutenants and Firefighters work a schedule of 24-hours on-duty then 48 hours off-duty. Each shift consists of 5 personnel. The shifts start and end their day at 7:00a.m.

Special Operations

The Canton Fire Department Special Operations consist of the Fulton County Hazardous Materials Team, the Water Response Team, and the Technical Rescue Team (TRT).

The Technical Rescue and Hazardous Materials teams are staffed by members of other regional fire departments in order to make a full team. This concept promotes community interaction between departments for training, then when a large-scale event occurs, our communities can all work together for successful mitigation of the incident.

The Fulton County Hazardous Materials Team consists of Hazardous Materials Technicians from the Canton Fire Department and Copperas Creek Fire Protection District. This team responds to requests for help from fire departments anywhere in Fulton County and is a part of a regional hazardous material response team with the Macomb Fire Department.

The Canton Fire Department Water Response Team is comprised of firefighters who have certifications in open water, advanced open water, rescue diver, cold water rescue, and dry suit diver. We respond primarily within the city limits of Canton, but also to requests of mutual aid to other fire departments in the area who are in need of assistance with emergencies in the water. 

The Technical Rescue Team is made up of firefighters from the Canton, Monmouth, Macomb and Galesburg Fire Departments. Each department and city contributes personnel and equipment to the team. The team trailer is housed here at CFD.

Team members must undergo 360 hours of initial training and then monthly in-house skills retention training, along with quarterly regional team training. The subject areas included are Trench Rescue, Rope/High Angle Rescue, Vehicle Rescue, Structural Collapse and Confined Space Rescue. The members of the team are trained to the Technician level in all of these specialties.

Public Education & Relations

Fire Prevention: The Canton Fire Department provides a wide variety of information to people both in order to prevent property damage, injury and loss of life from the ravages of fire, and to educate our citizens about what we do.

Fire Safe House: The Canton Fire Department Safe House is utilized in teaching proper fire prevention throughout the year at the Canton elementary schools, the Friendship Festival, and at the Canton Fire Department.

Canton Fire Fighter Local 1897

Canton Fire Fighters Local 1897 strives to raise money and support the Strube Scholarship, which is awarded to a high school senior going to college.  We also support local participants in Boys State, Girls State, Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA fill the boot), Canton High School After Prom, and the CHS Halloween Parade.  We firmly believe in providing opportunity and helping people as much possible. To learn more and to follow us on Facebook visit the links below.

Fire Department History

The Canton Fire Department has a rich history dating back into the 1800s. Early records show a hook and ladder purchased in 1885 for the volunteer fire department which served Canton. The first paid Canton Fire Department was established in 1906 with its location at 49 South 1st Avenue.

To learn more about the history of the Fire Department visit the link below.

In Memoriam: Firefighter Howard Strube was a member of the Canton Fire Department when he was killed in the line of duty on September 7th, 1997. The memory of Firefighter Strube’s service to the citizens of Canton and the friendship with his fellow firefighters lives on. He will not be forgotten! (Icon link that links to the In Memoriam page.)