Fire Department and Prevention

The City of Carbondale is served by two Fire Stations located at 401 N. Glenview (618-457-3299) and 600 E. College (618-457-3298). The Department is staffed by 31 personnel and is a professional career department. All fire fighters are certified to the FF II Level or above by the Illinois State Fire Marshall’s Office. The main office is at the Carbondale Civic Center/City Hall. Contact information is as follows:

Chief John Michalesko
City Hall Office
Phone: 618-457-3234

All informational calls should be routed to this number

Fire Prevention Week 

Two Ways Out/Change your Clock, Change your Battery

Recreational Fire Checklist

Rescue Team
Emergency Management Division
Fire Investigation Unit
Arson Dog Program 
Sparky – the Dalmation Mascot
Map Your Neighborhood
Household Risk Analysis Checklist

Information on Job Postings


 The Carbondale Fire Department's organizational structure is as follows:

Fire Chief (1)
Assistant Fire Chiefs (3)
Fire Captains (3)
Fire Captain/Training Officer (1)
Fire Fighters (21)
Fire Secretary (1)
Fire Inspector (1)

The Department has a Fire Investigation Unit that consists of four Illinois State Certified Arson Investigators, six Illinois State Certified Fire Investigators and Pal, a Goldador K-9.

The Department has a full time Fire Inspector who is responsible for inspecting all commercial occupancies within the City as well as assisting with public education programs.

Services provided include education, prevention, inspection, investigation, suppression and. Emphasis is stressed on education and prevention to prevent fires and reduce the need for suppression response.

The Carbondale Fire Department is host to one of the first Regional Training Centers in downstate Illinois. A collaboration between the City of Carbondale, the University of Illinois, the Fire Service Institute and the Office of the State Fire Marshall. The Center will serve the career and volunteer fire fighter's professional development well into the twenty-first century. The Center has facilities for simulated burn building evolutions, hi-rise building evolutions, fire apparatus pumping evolutions and classroom environment learning.

The Carbondale Fire Department is equipped with the following apparatus and equipment:

1985 102' Grumman Platform Ladder (1500 gpm)
1988 FMC Engine (1250 gpm)
1994 Quality Engine (1500 gpm)
1996 Quality Engine (1500 gpm)
1988 Hazardous Materials Van
1995 Brush Truck
1994 Safety House Trailer
2001 75' Quint
1995 Rescue Trailer
Vertical Rescue Equipment
Confined Space Rescue Equipment
Trench Rescue Equipment
Extrication Equipment



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