South Jacksonville Fire and Rescue

Fire Department Biography

Chief Rich Evans Jr. heads the Village of South Jacksonville, IL volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad — located at 1810 Sequoia Drive, South Jacksonville 62650. The Fire and Rescue Department can be reached via and, for non-emergencies, at 217-243-1913 (though a volunteer member of the fire department staff is rarely available to answer the phone).

For Emergencies, Dial 911 (or 217-245-5105).

Fire Department Updates

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Rural Fire Protection

If you have any questions regarding rural fire protection, please contact 217-245-4803 or for more information.

Persons living outside the corporate limits of the Village may be eligible to subscribe to our Rural Fire Service. There is an annual fee of $75.00 for rural fire protection, and proof of insurance is required.

‘Be Alarmed’ Smoke Detector Program

The SJFD is currently enrolled in a free smoke detector installation program. This program is funded through the Illinois Fire Safety alliance and the Illinois State Fire Marshal’s Office. The SJFD will come to your home, upon request, inspect your current smoke detector and install new detectors if needed, free of charge.

Eligible citizens: must live in South Jacksonville and must be the home owner of the residence. To Request an installation/inspection appointment please call the SJFD at 217-243-1913 and leave a message.

Carbon Monoxide Safety

Often called the silent killer, carbon monoxide is an invisible, odorless, colorless gas created when fuels (such as gasoline, wood, coal, natural gas, propane, oil, and methane) burn incompletely. In the home, heating and cooking equipment that burn fuel can be sources of carbon monoxide.

Safety tips CO alarms should be installed in a central location outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home and in other locations where required by applicable laws, codes or standards. For the best protection, interconnect all CO alarms throughout the home. When one sounds, they
all sound.


  • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for placement and mounting height.
  • Choose a CO alarm that has the label of a recognized testing laboratory.
  • Call your local fire department’s non-emergency number to find out what number to call if the CO alarm sounds.
  • Test CO alarms at least once a month; replace them according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • If the audible trouble signal sounds, check for low batteries. If the battery is low, replace it. If it still sounds, call the fire department.
    If the CO alarm sounds, immediately move to a fresh air location outdoors or by an open window or door.
  • Make sure everyone inside the home is accounted for. Call for help from a fresh air location and stay there until emergency personnel.
  • If you need to warm a vehicle, remove it from the garage immediately after starting it.
  • Do not run a vehicle or other fueled engine or motor indoors, even if garage doors are open.
  • Make sure the exhaust pipe of a running vehicle is not covered with snow.
  • During and after a snowstorm, make sure vents for the dryer, furnace, stove, and fireplace are clear of snow build-up.
  • A generator should be used in a well-ventilated location outdoors away from windows, doors and vent openings.
  • Gas or charcoal grills can produce CO — only use outside.