Bloomington in McLean County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Bloomington Fire Department
Dedicated to Our Community, Our Profession, and Each Other.
On June 19, 1900, the department responded to a wind-driven fire at the Model Laundry on East Monroe Street. For the next eight hours - hampered by low water pressure and outdated Bloomington fire equipment - members of the Bloomington, Peoria and Springfield fire departments battled the fire which destroyed much of the downtown business district. In the aftermath of the fire, four new fire stations - including a new Central Station on East Front Street with the bell purchased in 1868 - were constructed and two new steam engines were purchased. Horses were gradually replaced by motorized fire engines beginning in 1911. The last horses were retired to Forest Park in 1920.
The department took over ambulance duties in 1953 from the police department using a converted panel truck. Considered state-of-the-art for the time, the department's first ambulance was no match for today's paramedic - staffed mobile intensive care units.
Today the Bloomington Fire Department is an all hazards organization whose highly-trained members proudly respond to fires, emergency medical incidents, automobile accidents, aircraft emergencies and hazardous materials releases.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Heroes.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1020 S Morris Avenue, Bloomington IL 61701, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Bloomington Fire Fighters IAFF Local #49 (here, next to this marker); Rhodes Mill Stones (within shouting distance of this marker); Train Whistle Monument (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Dome (approx. ¼ mile away); Miller Park's Segregated Beaches (approx. 0.3 miles away); John M. Scott (approx. 0.6 miles away); Plane Crash Memorial (approx. 0.6 miles away); Angeline Strode Turner Lamon (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bloomington.
Credits. This page was last revised on December 26, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 26, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 41 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on December 26, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.