Fire Department Head: Ken Morse
429 Gardner Street
About the South Beloit Fire Department
The S.B.F.D. is a 36 member Department consisting of 4 full time and 32 paid on call personnel. The S.B.F.D. operates out of 1 station and operates 3 Engines, 1 Quint, 1Engine/Squad, 2 Ambulances, 2 Rescue Boats and 1 Command Vehicle. The department responds to approximately 1,100 runs annually with 60% E.M.S. and 40% Fire and other responses.
The S.B.F.D. is a full service department providing Fire Suppression, Prevention, Education, Paramedic Ambulance Service and full range of Technical rescue. i.e. water, high & low angle, confined space, trench, building collapse and extrication. The department is a member of 2 Tech Rescue Teams (MABAS division 8 Tech Rescue and State Line Tech Rescue) with a response area of 5,000 square miles. The department covers an area of approximately 6.5 square miles with a population of 8,000. The community is a mix of residential, commercial and light & heavy industrial. The department presently holds an ISO rating of 5. The department also maintains a 24 hour dispatch handled with 3 full time and 4 part time personnel.
In February 2007, the South Beloit Fire Department went to a full time dispatch center. Dispatch is located right in the fire department. Rhonda Cleveland was hired in February 2007 as the Dispatch Coordinator. Rhonda worked on creating policies & procedures and establishing how dispatch would be handled and got the necessary equipment. New resource manuals were created along with new updated map books for the apparatus. Once all the policies and procedures were set, 2 full time dispatchers were hired along with 2 part time dispatchers. We are up and running full time 24/7. We have several residents and businesses who are taking advantage of calling us direct for any emergencies they may have.