In February 1927, there was a bond issue to remodel City Hall, which included the establishment of a fire department and purchase of fire equipment. The first group of volunteers met in fall of 1927 and with the help of Beloit firemen, they learned how to use the equipment and effectively to fight fires. The first fire truck was a W.S. Knott, manufactured in Minneapolis and delivered in February 1928 by Clare Hillman, who was familiar with its operation and became the first fire chief of the South Beloit Fire Department. The first uniformed department was made up of twelve members, plus Chief Hillman.
Located in one station on Gardner Street/Highway 75, the South Beloit Fire Department is a municipal agency servicing 6.5 square miles and a population of about 8000 citizens of South Beloit, Illinois. The community is a mix of residential, commercial, and light & heavy industrial. The department presently holds a ISO rating of 5.
The number of residents, community size, and alarms are increasing every year. The department responds to about 1100 calls per calendar year with 70% Medical and 30% Fire, Rescue, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Water Rescues, Technical Rescues, Public Assist, and other calls.
The fire department currently has 4 full-time and 20 part-time members. The department operators a Duty Shift with 3 Firefighters on duty at all times.
The department operates: 2 Engines, 1 Ladder Truck, 1 Rescue/Engine, 2 Paramedic Ambulances, 2 Command Vehicles, 1 Rescue Boats, 1 Water Rescue Truck, 1 Technical Rescue Trailer, and 2 Utility Vehicles.
The South Beloit Fire Department is a full service department providing Fire Protection/Suppression, Emergency Medical Services, HAZ-MAT, Water Rescue and Recover, and Technical Rescue Responses. The department also has an aggressive Fire Prevention / Public Education Division.
The EMT-Basics and EMT-Paramedics operator under the OSF Northern Region EMS System Protocols.
The South Beloit Fire Department has auto-aid agreements with the following fire departments: Rockton Fire Protection District and Harlem-Roscoe Fire Protection District.
There is a joint Water Rescue Team that has members from both the South Beloit Fire Department and the Beloit City Fire Department.
The department is part of MABAS Division 8 (Winnebago County) and MABAS Division 104 (Rock County, Wis).
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