Fire & Rescue Department

The Monticello Fire and Rescue Department is a public department made up of up to 20 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 ChiefJohn Rupkey
CaptainTim Clifton
Safety/Training OfficerJohn Rupkey
LieutenantBryce Dubson
LieutenantBart Baker
TreasurerBrett Baker
SecretaryBrandon 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)