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Message from the Chief

On behalf of the men and women of the Rochester Fire Protection District (RFPD), I welcome you to our website. The RFPD has a proud tradition of delivering outstanding customer service. The most profound evidence of our existence to the citizens of the RFPD is that we show up when a citizen calls for help. Being a member of the RFPD involves making a promise to the citizens of the district to respond to their calls for assistance and to do our very best to provide services as needed.

Members of the department spend hundreds of hours every year developing their skills and knowledge in training sessions and education courses. We offer structural firefighting, emergency medical services, and limited rescue services

Thanks to the support of the Board of Trustees of the RFPD we are equipped to achieve our goal of providing great customer service.

I am proud of the fact that we consider ourselves an integral part of the Rochester Community. Members of the department spend countless hours volunteering in the community. It is our sense of community that enables us to respond to our community needs with empathy and compassion. Giving back to the community is our way of saying thanks.

If you are interested in working for your community as a member with the RFPD, please contact me as soon as possible. I know that volunteering as a member, firefighter, paramedic or emergency medical technician is hard work. I guarantee you the opportunity to train and develop yourself to do something important and meet the challenges of a difficult job for our community.

I hope you enjoy the website. Thank you for allowing us to be of service.

Mark Poffenberger, EMTP, FFII
Chief RFPD

Mission statement

The RFPD membership is comprised of men and women from Rochester, Illinois and nearby areas, who volunteer their time and efforts to ensure the safety of others.

The volunteers provide the manpower, leadership, and management functions under the direction of the Trustees, of the RFPD. The District is a unit of local government as provided in the Illinois Compiled Statutes (ILCS). The District provides all equipment and funds necessary for the operation of the fire department through its taxing powers and is administered by a Board of Trustees elected by the citizens of the Rochester Fire Protection District.

The primary mission of the RFPD is to provide fire protection, fire prevention, rescue and emergency medical services to all residents of the RFPD.

The mission includes Advance Life Support non‑transport medical services to all persons within the geographical boundaries of the District; providing rescue when required and supporting the community in times of natural and man‑made disasters.

About our station

The Rochester Fire Station Number One represents a first step towards the future for the RFPD. Built in 2003 at a cost of 1.4 million dollars, the station is designed to provide for public service for the next sixty years. There is room for public use, education, training, administration, and facilities for housing full time fire fighters. The RFPD station has sixteen bays to allow storage of district apparatus, a communications room, a shop, and a utility room to support fire, emergency medical services, and rescue missions. The station is a public building that is available for meetings related to civic organizations and public tours.

In 1999 the Village of Rochester initiated actions to join The Rochester Rescue Squad into the RFPD. As the two emergency services organizations were being merged, a new vision developed for the RFPD. As a part of this new vision, The RFPD Board of Trustees and the citizens working to join the two agencies realized that a new fire station was needed. The end result of this forward thinking vision is the station located at 700 East Main Street in the Village of Rochester.

The station includes a public, north end with a training room, administrative offices, kitchen and a main entrance featuring a historical presentation of the RFPD. The private south end of the station includes female and male quarters, a day room, kitchen, communications room, utility room and shop. The aim of the private south end of the station is to support twenty-four hour, seven days of the week firefighters. The majority of the stations floor space is reserved for bays that house RFPD apparatus. The modern well functioning apparatus housed in the station’s bays are key components to the successful delivery of emergency services to the RFPD.