Welcome to the Godfrey Fire Protection District Website. We hope that you find the site informative and enjoyable. GFPD is an ISO rated 4/9 combination department employing 20 full time and 10 paid-on-call staff. The district proudly protects 36 square miles and 18,000 people. We operate out of two stations and have a variety of apparatus to provide first class fire protection and emergency medical services. Thank you for visiting our website and please do not hesitate to visit us in person.
Fire Academy Graduation
Probationary Firefighters Luke Warner and Chris Stratton recently graduated from the state fire academy at the Illinois Fire Service Institute in Champaign-Urbana. The academy is a rigorous seven week course that molds recruits into functioning members of a fire company. PFF Warner has been assigned to shift 1 and PFF Stratton has been assigned to shift 3. They will be busy over the next year tackling additional training within the department to complete their probationary period.
GFPD Receives Grant
For the third straight year, Illinois American Water Company has awarded the Godfrey Fire Protection District with a grant of $1,000. The grant will be used to purchase new nozzles for pre-connected 2.5 inch attack lines on the district's three pumpers. The new nozzles will allow firefighters to flow a substantial amount of water at a manageable pressure.
Recent Retirements and Promotions
Please check out the "Chief's Corner" for information on several retirements and promotions within the department. Pictured is Chief Sowders with retired Assistant Chief Mike Kasten.
Madison County now uses CODE RED, a high speed emergency communication service. This system can notify residents and business owners of potentially life threatening emergencies. The system is much more effective and informative than traditional tornado and civil defense sirens. Please take a minute and click on the CODE RED picture to the left. It will take you to a separate window that will allow you to sign up for the FREE service. Those without Internet access may call the Madison County Emergency Management office (618-692-0537), Monday through Friday, (8:30AM-4:30PM) to register over the phone.
The Village of Godfrey has an ordinance regulating the burning of leaves and other landscape waste. Godfrey Fire District is often called to extinguish fires set by residents that are not familiar with the ordinance. If you live within the Village of Godfrey, please take a minute and familiarize yourself with the burn regulations. A violation of this ordinance often will result in a citation from the Madison County Sheriff's Office. For your convenience, the entire ordinance can be viewed and printed by clicking on the picture to the left.
Madison County Emergency Management
Madison County Emergency Management has a website full of important information and links. The Emergency Management Agency coordinates response and recovery in declared disasters when more than one department is responding to a threat; the disaster extends beyond the normal mutual aid boundaries of the affected community, or when several communities are involved. The County EMA provides guidance, planning models, and workshops on emergency management to local communities and their own EMA staff. Click on the Madison County seal to the left to go to the website.