Welcome to Monmouth Firefighters Union Local #1702 Web Site.

Honor Guard:

AFFI Honor Guard LogoMonmouth Local #1702 Members participate in various Honor Guard ceremonies around the state, such as the IL Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial.



MDAMonmouth Local #1702 participates in the local MDA Drives.  You may see us out filling the boot to help local families who are affected by MDA.


AFFIWe will list upcoming fundraiser information for you to help support Monmouth Local #1702 here.





Welcome to our new web site.

demoMonmouth Local 1702 would like to welcome you to our new web site. As we grow, more information will be made available, so please come back and visit us.



demoAs summer weather approaches, please be prepared for the dangers from lightening strikes to flooded basements.  If you see water in your basement that is above electical outlets, do NOT walk in it. In severe weather, seek
appropriate shelter & listen for alerts on the TV or radio.  Have a safe & fun summer!

In Loving Memory:

Never Forget

Assistant Chief Dennis Ray Olson
March 6, 1993



The Monmouth Firefighters Union Local #1702 welcome you to our web site. The Monmouth Firefighters Union was formed in 1987. Our Organization represents all full-time Firefighters and employed by the City of Monmouth. Our primary objectives are to protect our members' rights, ensure a safe work environment, and foster a cooperative Labor/Management atmosphere.

The Monmouth Firefighters are members of the International Association of Fire Fighters, and the Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois. 


As Monmouth fire truck fleet ages, no replacements in sight

A 14-year-old engine truck and an 18-year-old ladder truck are two of the Monmouth Fire Department’s most used vehicles. - Submitted photo By Andy Bell-Baltaci Review Atlas Posted Jul 17, 2018 at 6:22 PM

By Andy Bell-Baltaci Review Atlas Posted Jul 17, 2018 at 6:22 PM

MONMOUTH — With the exception of a reserve truck bought in 1998, the Monmouth Fire Department has depended on grants to purchase its fleet, which includes the reserve engine truck, two other engines that are used regularly, a ladder truck, a tanker truck used for facing water, a brush truck used for extinguishing brush fires, and an ambulance. Their three most used trucks, two 14-year-old engine trucks and an 18-year-old ladder truck, cost more to maintain with each passing year and Fire Chief Casey Rexroat says there hasn’t been any luck recently getting the grant funding needed to purchase new vehicles.

“This biggest grant we apply for is the Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) federal grant through FEMA,” Rexroat said. “It’s a very competitive grant and there is usually over $300 million available in it for fire departments across the U.S. ... (But) there’s only so much money for apparatuses.”

Rexroat said many of the grants go to trucks that are around 26 years old, but most ladder trucks have a lifespan of around 20 to 25 years old, with the lifespan for engine trucks at an even shorter 15 to 20 years. He said that with the age of the trucks, the department is spending around $20,000 per year on maintenance. “We spend around $20,000 a year to maintain the whole fleet,” Rexroat said. “That includes annual tests and inspections and preventative maintenance. It’s one of the bigger categories in our budget. You can tell from looking over the past few years that the maintenance on our trucks has started to increase gradually.”

City Administrator Lew Steinbrecher said the issue of replacing the fire trucks should be taken into the city’s hands, rather than hoping for grant money every year. He said the money used to buy a new fire truck “within the next couple of years” would likely be combined with loans.

“We will have to find a way to finance the purchase of a new fire truck,” Steinbrecher said. “Otherwise, the fleet will get to the point where it’s unreliable. One thing I want to avoid is having a fire truck break down on the way to an emergency. We will have to figure out a way and have conversations with the mayor and council on how to finance a replacement.”



The Monmouth Fire Department was formed in 1855 making us one of the oldest operating Fire Departments in the State. Currently Monmouth Firefighters operate out of two Stations. We respond to all emergencies with in the City limits of Monmouth including Fire, EMS, Hazmat, and specialized rescue. Our local also responds to fires within a 2 mile radius which falls under our paid protection area.


Stations & Contact Info:

Non-emergency: 309-734-8427

Fax: 309-734-2619

North Fire Station (Station #1)

Fire Station 1

601 Industrial Park Road


South Fire Station (Station #2)

Fire Station 2

1100 South Main Street


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