Welcome to the Wood River Fire Department. Here you can find information about your fire department and the services we offer to the citizens of our community and area. The City of Wood River, Illinois is located on the Mississippi River and is approximately 15 minutes Northeast of downtown St. Louis. We cover around 8 square miles and serve a population of 10,657 people.
Our Fire Department is a combination department with both Full-Time Firefighters and Paid-On-Call Firefighters.
1 Fire Chief
3 Shift Captains
14 Paid-on-Call Firefighters
Our Current ISO Rating is a 4 on a scale of one (being the best) to ten (being the worst)
The Wood River Fire Department responds to numerous emergencies besides fires. In additions to residential or commercial fire type calls we are also trained in the following:
Emergency Medical Service - Providing Advanced Life Support (ALS)
Industrial Fire Training
Confined Space Rescue
High Angle Rescue
The Wood River Fire Department responded to 1,505 calls in 2015. The department also responds to Mutual Aid calls with neighboring communities as well has receives Mutual Aid from neighboring communities. Wood River is a member of the Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS) Division 35.
The Wood River Fire Department is an Advance Life Support (ALS) provider for emergency medical calls. Our Rescue/Pumpers carry a full complement of ALS drugs that our trained Paramedics are allowed to administer in our EMS Region. The department currently has 7 Licensed Paramedics.
Due to the nature of our business, it is imperative that you call for an appointment. Please call 259-0984, Option 2, to make an appointment.
The Wood River Fire Department is a paramilitary structured organization, operating under an established Chain of Command. The department mission is to protect the lives and property of the citizens of Wood River. Henceforth, the prevention of fires and other unsafe condition in the community shall be considered the primary tactic toward achieving that goal. To this end, personnel shall perform inspections as necessary, prevent illegal or unsafe burning, educate the public on fire safety, and carry out any other assigned task that is productive to these goals.
Personnel of this department shall further respond to any request for emergency assistance for which they have knowledge and training, or when the objective shall serve the betterment of the community. Said request for assistance may include, but shall not be limited to: fires, explosions, rescues, Emergency Medical Calls, Hazardous Materials Incidents, service calls, lock-outs, unusual smoke or odors, and assistance to police.
The Wood River fire station is located at 501 E. Edwardsville Rd. Originally, Wood River had two fire stations. In 1987, the State of Illinois replaced one of our stations due to the widening and relocation of State Route 143 through our community. As a result, Wood River consolidated into one centrally located station at that time. The station was built for 1.1 million dollars (with over 90% being paid by the State of Illinois). The move put Wood River in an updated fire station capable of lasting into the foreseeable future. It boasts a 3 double engine bay and one single engine bay design as well as a large community / training room. In addition to serving as the fire department training facility, it hosts a number of civic organizations. It also acts as an off-site training facility for Lewis & Clark Community College for Fire Science classes.