Fire Chief Andy Bacidore
LaSalle Fire Department is currently taking applications for Volunteer Firefighters and Volunteer EMTs. See application to the right. Minimal Requirements for these positions can be found in the Application Process document.
The Mission of LaSalle Fire and Emergency Services are to protect the lives and property of all residents and visitors of the City of LaSalle, Illinois. This shall be accomplished through fire prevention, public education, emergency medical services and full use of available resources in the mitigation of all disasters either natural or man-made. The members of LaSalle Fire and Emergency Services are committed to providing courteous, professional, well-prepared Fire/Rescue and EMS services, made possible through the commitment and dedication of our personnel. We strive to make the City of LaSalle a better and safer place to live, work and visit.
The LaSalle Fire and Emergency Services is a combination department consisting of four full time Firefighter/Emergency Medical Technicians, six full time Emergency Medical Techician-Paramedics and a compliment of paid on call Firefighter/Emergency Medical Technicians and Medical First Responder Professionals. We are licensed by the Illinois Department of Public Health as an Advance Life Support Emergency Medical Service. LaSalle Fire and Emergency Services works hard to always be prepared through training, staffing, and equipment to respond to emergencies and to control the situations found and minimize hazards to achieve a safe environment for our residents.
The Department has members trained and offer the following services to its residents and visitors through the department or in partnership with the local division of the Illinois Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS).
- Advance Life Support Emergency Medical Transport Services.
- Vehicle Extrication
- Hazardous Materials Response/ (MABAS) System.
- Technical Rescue/ (MABAS) system.
- Fire Investigation
- Cold Water Rescue
- Emergency Management
- Severe Weather training.
- Fire Prevention/Code Enforcement
- Public Education
- Ambulance Services
The LaSalle Fire and Emergency Services also has the responsibility of coordinating the emergency and disaster mitigation, as well as preparedness, planning, response and recovery efforts of the City in conjunction with other city departments, LaSalle County Emergency Management agency, State of Illinois, private organizations, buisnesses and the public. The Emergency Management responsibilities were transferred to the LaSalle Fire Department in October of 2000 when the city combined the LaSalle Civil Defense and Fire Department. The reason for this consolidation was the fire departments knowledge and abilities to plan for, respond to and manage all types of large scale incidents. The Fire Department along with participation from the other city departments has since developed a comprehensive city wide all hazards disaster response plan.
The City of LaSalle’s Fire Department was able to improve its urban rating from a 5 to a 4 in 2011, a testament to the hard work our FD has put in to make LaSalle as prepared a community as possible.
Benefits of the PPC™ Program for Communities
The PPC™ program recognizes the efforts of communities to provide fire-protection services for citizens and property owners. A community’s investment in fire mitigation is a proven and reliable predicator of future fire losses. So insurance companies use PPC information to help establish fair premiums for fire insurance — generally offering lower premiums in communities with better protection. By offering economic benefits for communities that invest in their firefighting services, the program provides a real incentive for improving and maintaining public fire protection.
The program also provides help for fire departments and other public officials as they plan for, budget, and justify improvements.
But the most significant benefit of the PPC program is its effect on losses. Statistical data on insurance losses bears out the relationship between excellent fire protection — as measured by the PPC program — and low fire losses. By helping communities prepare to fight fires effectively, ISO’s PPC program saves lives.
What is the PPC program?
ISO (Insurance Services Office) collects information on municipal fire-protection efforts in communities throughout the United States. In each of those communities, ISO analyzes the relevant data using our Fire Suppression Rating Schedule (FSRS). We then assign a Public Protection Classification from 1 to 10. Class 1 generally represents superior property fire protection, and Class 10 indicates that the area's fire-suppression program doesn't meet ISO’s minimum criteria.
By classifying communities' ability to suppress fires, ISO helps the communities evaluate their public fire-protection services. The program provides an objective, countrywide standard that helps fire departments in planning and budgeting for facilities, equipment, and training. And by securing lower fire insurance premiums for communities with better public protection, the PPC program provides incentives and rewards for communities that choose to improve their firefighting services.
ISO has extensive information on more than 47,000 fire-response jurisdictions.