The St. Elmo-Irvington VFD has been protecting the St. Elmo-Irvington community since 1979. Started by volunteers living right here in the community, the tradition continues with our current volunteers under the command of Chief McKeever. St. Elmo-Irvington VFD operates 365 days a year to protect lives and property from the destruction of fire, hazards, and natural disasters. With the philosophy prevention is the best line of defense, St. Elmo-Irvington VFD offers public safety education for schools, senior centers, and community events throughout the year.
St. Elmo-Irvington VFD has a fleet of 8 vehicles including 1 tanker, 2 engines/rescue, 1 ladder truck, 3 brush trucks, 1 rapid response vehicle, plus a self contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) mobile cascade trailer. All of these are maintained by professional mechanics and checked regularly by trained volunteers to assure they are ready to go at all times.
We operate out of two fire stations conveniently located to give us good coverage to both the north and south side of the train tracks. Station 1 is located on Half Mile Road and Station 2 is located on Dodge Road, next to the community walking track.
In 2017 St. Elmo-Irvington VFD was dispatched to over 1,500 calls. Our firefighters responded to 39 structure fires, 15 vehicle fires, 77 trash/vegetation fires, 24 smoke investigations (non-fire), 21 false or malfunctioning fire alarms, 169 motor vehicle collisions, and numerous other calls to assist the public.