Fire & Rescue Department

The Monticello Fire and Rescue Department is a public department made up of up to 14 volunteer fire professionals, with the majority achieving certified Fire Fighter II status. The department is lead by Chief John Rupkey, who was appointed to the position in January of 2020.

The department protects over 5,500 people in a seven square mile area. Due in part to the excellent job of the fire department, the ISO rating was lowered to a 4 in 2012. For citizens and businesses, this could mean lower insurance rates than other cities of similar size.


ChiefJohn Rupkey
Assistant Chief, Safety/Training OfficerTim Clifton
CaptainCole Hunt
CaptainAdam Kownacki
LieutenantDennis Sebens
LieutenantJeremy Dunlap
LieutenantJohn Mullin
LieutenantBrandon Dubson


The members of the Monticello Fire & Rescue Department are trained and able to provide the following services:

  • Firefighting
  • Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
  • Hazardous Material (Haz-Mat) Incidents
  • Search and Rescue
  • Extrication of Victims


 The Monticello Fire & Rescue Department is a member of:

  • Piatt County Firefighters Association
  • Illinois Firefighters Association
  • National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)