Fire Department News

Donations Needed for New Fire Safety Trailer

The Dixon Fire Department needs your help in funding the purchase of a new Fire Safety Trailer.  This trailer would be used for Fire Prevention Education in area schools, fairs, festivals and civic organizations.

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New Tower Ladder Truck Arrives

On Friday, June 15th, the City of Dixon Fire Department welcomed the arrival of a new truck.  The truck, a 2011 Alexis 104 foot tower ladder truck, was purchased from Alexis Fire Equipment in Alexis, Illinois.

Members of the City and Rural Fire Departments were present as well as Mayor Burke, Commissioner Jeff Kuhn, and several family members and friends.

It is a tradition for fire fighters to push the truck into the bay for the first time.

Enjoy the photos!

Keep the Wreath Red Campaign a Success


The Keep the Wreath Red campaign, now ended its 17th year, a success. This year's campaign began on November 30, 2009 and ended January 4, 2010. Even though there were four structure fires during this time, none of these fires were holiday related. The campaign is over, but we still hope everybody continues to practice fire safety, by testing smoke detectors monthly and replacing batteries at least yearly. We continue to provide free smoke detector batteries and a free smoke detector and installation for the elderly. For more fire safety tips, please check our safety tips page.

Fire leaves Dixon family homeless: Fire department official says cause of blaze was accidental

By Sauk Valley Newspapers

DIXON – A house fire Saturday evening left a Dixon family of five homeless, and two teenage girls were treated at KSB Hospital for smoke inhalation and released. Mike and Tonya Litts are owners of the home at 606 Good St. They lived at the home with their three children, two sons and a daughter.

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Train for the worst

firewaterBy Joseph Bustos - photo by Alex Paschal, Sauk Valley Newspapers

DIXON - Doug Kitson didn't fall through the ice Saturday, but he was fished out of the water a few times.  The paid-on-call firefighter played the role of accident victim Saturday while wearing a red cold-water suit to keep him warm in the frigid water.

Members of the Dixon City and Rural fire departments rehearsed the drill repeatedly for about an hour at Humphrey's Pond during their annual practice for ice rescue scenarios.

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Firefighters raise more than $2,500 for Toys for Tots

dix-tots-logoBy SVN Staff, Sauk Valley Newspapers

DIXON - The Dixon Fire Department Charitable Association's first pancake breakfast likely will not be its last.

Firefighters flipped flapjacks for nearly 550 people Sunday, and collected more than $2,500 for Toys for Tots, Chief Tim Shipman.

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Five-alarm pizza, Fire Prevention Week

dix-news-firealarmBy Sarah Owen, Sauk Valley Newspapers

Dixon delivers smoke detectors, safety message with pizza

DIXON - Firefighters navigated Engine 6 down narrow residential streets Wednesday night not to put out fires, but to prevent them. They gave away a few free pizzas, too.

During Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 5 through Oct. 11, firefighters are following local pizza delivery drivers as they hand out pies. Customers with working smoke detectors on all levels of their homes can score a $10 gift certificate, good for their next pizza. Those without working detectors get free 9-volt batteries and, if needed, a new smoke detector.

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Shipman takes the helm at Dixon Fire Department

By SVN Staff,

DIXON - A changing of the guard at the Dixon Fire Department took place at Monday's City Council meeting, when Tim Shipman was sworn in as chief.

Shipman replaces Dean Rhodes, who was honored at the meeting for 22 years of service with the city.

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Historic bronze bell comes home to fire station

dix-news-firebell.jpgBY MALINDA OSBORNE, SVN REPORTER, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

A half-ton piece of history found a new home Thursday.

A cast bronze bell that once sent the Dixon Fire Department racing toward disaster was towed to the Dixon Public Safety Building by volunteers from Varga's Collision Center.

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