Eric Hicks, Fire Chief
DeKalb Fire Department

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Hello and welcome to the City of DeKalb Illinois Fire Department Web Site. I would like to personally invite you to browse through our site. I think you will find it both informative and entertaining. Many of the answers to the questions you have about the City of DeKalb Fire Department may be found on our site. If you should happen to need further information, or require clarification on any fire safety related issues, or if you have a comment about our service or a suggestion about how we can better serve the citizens of the City of DeKalb, please feel free to contact me at our non-emergency phone number (815) 748-8460 and my staff and I will make sure we do everything we can to give you the answer to your questions or concerns.

The DeKalb Fire Department consists of 58 sworn and 1 civilian employees and is divided into two divisions; an administrative division and an operations division.  We provide Fire Suppression, Rescue, Emergency Medical Services, Hazardous Materials First Responder, Fire Prevention, and Public Education services to approximately 45,000 people.  This service area includes the City of DeKalb, Northern Illinois University, and the DeKalb Fire Protection District.  Overall, we service an area of approximately 55 square miles.  The Insurance Services Organization (ISO) rating for the City of DeKalb is a Class 4 and the ISO rating for the DeKalb Fire Protection District (unincorporated area outside the city) is a Class 6.

Once again, thank you for visiting our site, and we invite you to return often.

    Eric Hicks, Fire Chief