Fire Department

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Fire Department Work 107 N. Maple Street Benton IL 62812
Work Phone: 618-439-2511 Work Phone: Call 911 for Emergency Email this office here.

Fire Chief Shane Cockrum


“An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Ton of Water”  Benton Fire Department

Benton firefighters take this motto to heart, and we teach this philosophy through our excellent fire prevention programs. Benton firefighters have an outstanding structural response time with an average of three minutes, and an ISO rating of 4.

The Benton Fire Department is a combination department with six full time firefighters including the Chief, and sixteen paid on call firefighters. The fire station is manned 24-7.

Chief Cockrum’ s primary goal for the Benton Fire Department is to reduce the number of fires and fire related injuries and deaths in the community. He believes this can be accomplished by:

  • Analyzing response data to identify those that are at greater risk
  • Providing a quality life safety education program to our citizens
  • Enforcing State and local fire prevention codes
  • Responding with the resources necessary to quickly and safely perform operations at the scene of an emergency incident

Benton Fire Department is proud to be member of M.A.B.A.S. Division 68. Benton firefighters also have specialized training and equipment to respond to complex auto accidents rescue, hazardous materials releases, still water rescue, dive team rescue, aircraft rescue, high angle rescue, first responder EMS, and structural collapse rescue.

We’re bustin’ ours to save yours . . .” – unknown

Full Time Fire Fighters:
Cockrum, Shane – since 2004 / Chief since 2015
Coleman, Jeff – since 1997
Davis, Eric – since 2009
Melvin, Alex – since 2015
Shew, Jeff – since 1999

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John Owens, Volunteer Firefighter with the City of Benton since 1993 is featured in a short video about how loss prevention professionals from Barnes and Noble, Kroger and L Brands share how they dedicate their time to make the communities they work in  better places.

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