Fire & Rescue Department

The Monticello Fire and Rescue Department is a public department made up of up to 18 volunteer fire professionals, with the majority achieving certified Fire Fighter II status. The department is lead by Chief Rick Dubson, who joined the department in April of 1981.

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.


ChiefRick Dubson
Assistant Chief, Safety/Training OfficerJohn Rupkey
CaptainTim Clifton
CaptainBryce Dubson
LieutenantDennis Sebens
LieutenantJeremy Dunlap
LieutenantBrad Hettinger
Secretary, 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)