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Wood River Fire Department


Fire Chief - Wade Stahlhut

Wade StahlhutThe Fire Department provides fire protection for the community with 9 full-time fireman and approximately 15 paid-on-call (POC) volunteers.  The department exceeds area standards for training with 100% of the fire personnel being state certified to the Firefighter II level.  The Department continuously trains under a variety of fire scenarios and emergency situations so that they are prepared to protect all residential, commercial and industrial property.

Because of the water system, equipment and other requirements, the City has achieved  an ISO rating of 4.  This rating is another benefit to business owners and residents because it can potentially provide lower insurance rates than those in a community with a higher ISO rating.

The Department not only protects the community by fighting fires but also tries to educate residents and especially children on how to prevent fires.  Throughout the year, the Department visits local schools to teach fire prevention and safety.  Demonstrations, such as the smoke house, provide children a valuable hands on experience on what to do in an emergency.

Prevention and education programs are not limited to the children but are also provided to local businesses.  The Department can  provide valuable CPR, First Aid and fire extinguisher training to employees so they can react in emergency situations where every second counts.  Businesses can also request a free business inspection so that potential dangers can be identified and possibly prevented.

The Department has numerous educational, service and fund raising programs throughout the year.  For more information, please contact the Fire Department at (618) 259-0984.

The firehouse is located at 501 E. Edwardsville Road.

To report a fire call 911.

Requests for a smoke detector or home fire inspection may be secured by dialing (618) 259-0984.  The station is manned 24 hours a day.

E-mail the Fire Chief



Parade Route

The Wood River Halloween Parade is held annually on the Saturday before Halloween @10:30AM. The Parade begins at Emerick Park on Sixth St, proceeds south on Sixth to Ferguson Ave, west on Ferguson to Wood River Ave, then north on Wood River Ave ending at Central Park.

Please remember, the parade is for the children. All entries should be in the Halloween theme. Any advertising should be secondary to decorations and costumes. This does not apply to antique and emergency vehicles.

We request that no campaign materials be distributed, any group doing so may be asked to exit the parade route. 

Please register on-line by clicking on the link above.