A native of Rock Falls, Chief Bradley Liggett graduated from Rock Falls Township High School in 1985. Following graduation, he attended Beloit College before serving in the United States Navy Reserves. Chief Liggett continued his education at Blackhawk Technical College, graduating with his Associates of Science Degree in Fire Science in 1998. Later graduating from Upper Iowa University – BTC achieving his Bachelor of Science in Public Administration Fire Science Emphasis (Graduated Cum Laude) in 2008.
Chief Liggett is the proud husband of Mary and father to Brandon, Ben, Nick, Kaitlyn, Mary, Holly and Ian. Outside of the fire service Chief Liggett has donated his time to Vets Roll as a member of the Medical and Homecoming Teams, volunteerED for Meals on Wheels, and served as chairperson of the Stateline United Way Campaign. His community involvement also includes President of the Kiwanis Club of Beloit, member of the Salvation Army Beloit Corps Advisory Board, and City of Beloit 4th Fireworks Committee member. Most recently Chief Liggett has joined the Lincoln-Douglas Kiwanis Club – Freeport.
Chief Liggett began his professional career as a steelworker in Sterling, Illinois in 1986. Two years later he joined the United States Navy Reserves where he served as a Hospital Corpsman for four years. Following his time in the Navy, Chief Liggett served IAFF Local 583 as Vice President and Executive Board Member. Chief Liggett served the Beloit Memorial Hospital for five years as the Assistant EMS Coordinator holding various responsibilities including quality assurance, program development & customer service. He also served the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Department of Criminal Investigation and Wisconsin Statewide Information Center representing the fire service for four years.
Most recently, Chief Liggett retired from his thirty-year career with the City of Beloit Fire Department. Starting as a firefighter in 1989, he quickly progressed through his fire service career. Achieving milestones including Paramedic (1991), Motor Pump Operator (1996), Acting Lieutenant (1998), Deputy Fire Chief (2000), Assistant Fire Chief (2001), Emergency Manager (2015) and Fire Chief (2003). Chief Liggett has also served as a Member of the Southwestern Wisconsin Incident Management Team since 2011. There he was a part of the Command and General Staff Incident Management Element for this Type 4 Incident Management Team.
Central Fire Station
1650 S. Walnut Avenue
Freeport, IL 61032
Mon – Fri 8:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m.
Central Fire Station; 1650 S. Walnut Ave.; 815-235-8220
Fire Station #1, 904 S. Park Blvd.;
Fire Station #2, 507 S Adams;
Fire Department Administrative Offices are located at 1650 S. Walnut Avenue, Freeport, IL 61032
To provide the Citizens of Freeport with a skilled and professional Fire Department; to save lives and protect property; to lessen the impact of fire, medical emergencies, and catastrophic events. Our mission is achieved through fire prevention, fire suppression, emergency medical service, hazardous materials response, technical rescue response, public education, and fire investigation.
The Freeport Fire Department currently employs 45 highly trained professionals located in three strategically located fire stations throughout the City of Freeport.
Our personnel are trained and certified as FFII and III, EMT and Paramedics, and Hazardous Materials and Technical Rescue Technicians.
Emergency apparatus includes two pumpers, one aerial, two ambulances, and three passenger vehicles. The Department currently maintains an ISO Public Protection Classification of 3.
Duties and Responsibilities
The following are services provided by the Fire Department:
- 911 Emergency Response
- Fire Suppression
- Advanced Life Support Emergency Medical Services
- Hazardous Materials Response
- Technical Rescue Response
- Fire Prevention
- Education Programs
- Blood Pressure Check Program
- Smoke Detector Program
- Fire Investigation
- Emergency Management /Disaster Preparedness Activities
Did you know?
Freeport Firefighters last year responded to 1,181 fire alarms and 3,722 emergency medical calls. This was a 7.97% increase in call volume from 2012. Fire alarms consist of fires in buildings, fires in vehicles, open burning, false alarms, auto extrication, and medical assists. Emergency medical calls vary but may include cardiac emergencies, asthma, diabetic emergencies and traumatic injuries.