Fire Chief

A Message from Chief James Travis

As your fire chief, I am proud to introduce you to your Fire Department.

The Bradley Fire Department is a multi-faceted agency serving the residents of Bradley as well as those who visit or travel through our community. The Fire Department is staffed by seven full-time and 30 paid, on-call, dedicated men and women.

Emergency services provided include fire suppression, paramedic-level emergency medical service, specialized technical rescue, hazardous materials incident response, and a variety of other responses to meet the needs of the community.

The Fire Department also offers a variety of other services. The Fire Prevention Bureau works with local businesses and residents to help them keep their businesses and residences safe from fire. Smoke detector inspections are performed for new residents to make sure their new homes are properly protected. Our Public Education staff spends many hours with groups of all ages, teaching them proper fire safety techniques.

Many of our younger residents have had the opportunity to see the fire trucks when they come to visit the schools, parks, and summer camps. Visits by Freckles, the fire prevention robot dog, are always a delight for the youngsters as well as an educational opportunity geared to their level.

The National Fire Protection Association and your Fire Department offer these suggestions to keep your home safe from fire:

  • Make sure all of your electrical cords are not frayed, run under rugs or doorways, or are overloaded. If it feels warm, it’s carrying too much current and could start a fire.
  • The electrical system in the home or business should not be overloaded. Never replace a fuse or circuit breaker with a higher capacity one. The wiring may not be designed to carry the load.
  • Test your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors regularly. Change the batteries twice a year (change your clock, change your battery).
  • Have an escape plan and a designated meeting point outside the house in case of fire and practice it regularly!
  • Keep space heaters at least three feet away from any combustible surface and make sure drapes, curtains, towels, and other combustible items are kept away from the burners on your stove or range.
  • Prevent scalds and burns by keeping your pot handles turned in where little hands cannot reach them.
  • Clean your washer and dryer lint filters after each use and vacuum out dryer vent piping regularly.
  • Have your furnace cleaned and inspected annually. If you have a fireplace with a chimney, do the same for that.

The Fire Department is here to help you in any way we can. Remember; always call 9-1-1 if you have an emergency of any kind.

Please feel free to call our non-emergency office number (815-933-2401) Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. if you have any other comments, questions, or concerns.

James Travis
Fire Chief