About the Elgin Fire Department


On June 2, 2019, the Elgin Fire Department will be conducting a memorial service for Captain Stan Balsis and Firefighter Michael Whalen. These fire department members gave their lives 45 years ago during a heroic rescue effort at the Kimball Street dam. We invite everyone to stop down at 4:45 pm on June 2, 2019 at the bike path just south of the dam. Parking is available in the City lot south of Kimball at the dam. The ceremony will last approximately 30 minutes including a ceremonial dispatch at 5:01 pm and the laying of two wreaths in the river. 

2019 Balsis / Whalen Memorial Announcement

The Elgin Fire Department is dedicated to providing a safe community through
prevention and mitigation of emergencies in a professional and caring manner.  


  • The Elgin Fire Department has 133 sworn firefighters who provide a full range of coverage to 38.8 square miles and serves a population of over 108,000 people.
  • The coverage area includes the historic downtown area, two major medical facilities, two college campuses, multiple industrial and office parks, Illinois largest gaming facility, a growing commercial segment, as well as single and multi-family homes.
  • Services are also provided along main transportation routes that include sections of Interstate 90, routes 20, 31 and 25, the Randall Road corridor, the Northwest METRA rail line, and two major freight lines.

Message from Chief Schmidt

Welcome to the home page of the Elgin Fire Department. My name is David Schmidt and I have been the Fire Chief since November 2016. I have been a member of the Department for more than 28 years and most recently served for 5 years as the Assistant Chief of Operations.

I am excited about where we are as an emergency preparedness and response organization as well as where we are looking to go. The Elgin Fire Department is an all-hazards emergency response agency which means we respond to a wide array of incidents including fire, medical and rescue situations. Our department puts a strong emphasis on training and as Chief, I am proud of the knowledge, skills and abilities our personnel exhibit every day.

I have set goals to enhance participation in our Fire Explorer program, build a framework to assist in enhancing diversity during future hiring processes and enhance our social media interaction in an effort to provide greater outreach to the community. I look forward to interacting with the members of our community regularly.

Should you ever have any questions regarding the activities of the Elgin Fire Department please feel free to contact me directly by phone at 847-931-6180 or by email. You can also interact with us on our Facebook page or on Twitter (@ElginFD). If you are interested in getting more information on our Fire Explorer program you can check out the Elgin Fire Explorers Facebook page.

 - Chief David Schmidt

Phone Number
 Ambulance (TDD & Voice)
 Non-Emergency (TDD & Voice)
 Fire Prevention Bureau
 Public Education
 Training Division

Reports & Statistics

Reports on fires are prepared by the Fire Department and are available after completion. There is no charge for reports. If the fire is under investigation, the final report will take longer to process.

A Freedom of Information Act Request is necessary for a copy of all requests (also available at the Information Desk at City Hall). For any other questions regarding Freedom of Information, you may call 3-1-1.