Fire and Rescue

Fire Chief David LaBelle

David LaBelle,
Fire Chief

Welcome to the City Of Zion

Fire and Rescue Department

Chief's Welcome

City of Zion Fire Department

Welcome to the Zion Fire Rescue Department Web page. The information contained in our site should be helpful in introducing you to services provided by the officers and members
of the Zion Fire Rescue Department.

The Zion Fire Rescue Department consists of 26 sworn personnel, including three Battalion Chief/Paramedics, three lieutenant/Paramedics, 18 Firefighter/Paramedics, one Battalion Chief/Fire Inspector and a Fire Chief. There are 24 shift personnel, working 24 hours on duty and 48 hours off duty, and 3 daytime personnel. The 24 shift personnel consists of 3 shifts each with a Battalion Chief/Paramedic who serves as the shift commander, a Lieutenant/Paramedic who serves as the Assistant Shift Commander and 6 Firefighter/Paramedics. In addition there are 3 daytime personnel consisting of the Fire Chief, Battalion Chief / Fire Marshal, and an Administrative Assistant.

The Fire Chief is responsible for the daily administration within the Fire Department as well as the planning for future needs of the department and the city.
The Administrative Assistance works with the Chief to maintain all of the records of the department and also works with the Fire Marshal in the Fire Prevention Bureau.
The Battalion Chief / Fire Marshall is in charge of the Fire Prevention Bureau and responsible for all inspections and plan reviews within the city

The Zion Fire Rescue Department provides emergency services for fire suppression, emergency care and transport, and specialized rescue. Our department is also part of the Lake County Specialized Response Team which consists of 5 separate disciplines: Confined Space rescue, High Angle rescue, Structural Collapse, Trench rescue, and Tunnel rescue. Members of our department and have received training and serve on these technical rescue response teams. In addition we also have an Underwater Rescue Team for any type of water rescue operation. All divers on our team are qualified rescue divers through Dive Rescue International. Each person maintains a standard training regime consisting of safety checks, pool and open water dives. Advanced divers on the Zion Fire Rescue Department Dive Team are trained as Medical Divers, Advanced Rescue Divers, and Ice Divers qualified in operations during winter rescue operations.

In addition to all of the above mentioned emergency services our department also
provides extensive public education in many areas. We offer training in Fire Extinguishers, Fire Safety including E.D.I.T.H. and Stop-Drop-Roll, and special programs every year during Fire Prevention Week.

The Zion Fire Rescue Department is pleased to be able to provide these services to our citizens and always welcome questions and comments at any time. Please feel free to contact me at any time either by phone at 847-746-4042 or send an email to

The Zion Fire Rescue Department is an equal opportunity employer and provides its employees with competitive pay, benefits and a high level of career training.


Chief David M. LaBelle

Zion Fire Rescue Department

City of Zion, Illinois