On March 14, 2022, Scott re-joined the staff at the City of Freeport as Fire Chief. He previously held this position from 2013 through 2017. Scott moved out of state only to return to be near his family.
Scott has more than 30 years in the fire service having worked in nearly every fire service related discipline.
While residing out of state, Scott worked as a consultant for fire service related topics.
Prior to coming to Freeport as Chief, Scott was a member of the Elk Grove Village Fire Department in the Northwest Suburbs for nearly 28 years.
Scott holds a Bachelor’s degree from Southern Illinois University, Chief Fire Officer title from the Illinois Fire Chief’s Association, Associate degree from Wm. Rainey Harper College, and numerous other fire service certificates.
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?
In 2022, Freeport Firefighters responded to 6,455 incidents. Over 80.6% of these calls (5,209) were for Emergency Medical Services (EMS). Emergency medical calls vary but may include cardiac emergencies, asthma, diabetic emergencies and traumatic injuries. Fire alarms consist of fire in buildings, fire in vehicles, open burning, false alarms, auto extrication and medical assists.