The primary mission of the Chillicothe Fire Department is to protect and enhance the quality of life of the citizens of Chillicothe and Livingston county. This is done using comprehensive programs of service which are directed toward public education, prevention and control of fire, rescue, hazardous material mitigation and the answering of calls regarding emergency medical situations.
We are committed to serving our community and county with professionalism, excellence, and devotion to duty. We always strive to maintain and improve the skills of all of our personnel.
As of our last census, Chillicothe Fire Department protects approximately 14,592 resident in an area of 576 square miles. We have both urban and rural populations.
We are an all-paid / career fire department. Currently, we staff 26 career firefighters and 11 firefighter who are available on call. We use a Berkley schedule consisting of 24- hour shifts. Most staff is currently trained as Firefighter/Paramedics.
Chillicothe Fire Department personnel have completed hazardous material or "hazmat" technical classes. The fire department received about $120,000 in grants to cover the cost of the training, a truck, a specialized trailer and the equipment that would be used if a spill occurs. The department took 40 hours of training from an instructor from the University of Missouri who set up situations the department could face in the future with hazardous materials. Seventeen Chillicothe Fire Department members took part in the class as well as others from area departments.