(20 ILCS 2905/1)
(from Ch. 127 1/2, par. 1)
There is hereby created the Office of the State Fire
Marshal, hereinafter referred to as the Office.
The Office shall be under an executive director who shall be
appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate.
The executive director of the Office shall be known as the State Fire
Marshal. For terms ending before December 31, 2019, the State Fire Marshal shall receive an annual salary as set by
Compensation Review Board.
For terms beginning after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 100th General Assembly, the State Fire Marshal's annual salary shall be an amount equal to 15% more than the State Fire Marshal's annual salary as of December 31, 2018. The calculation of the 2018 salary base for this adjustment shall not include any cost of living adjustments, as authorized by Senate Joint Resolution 192 of the 86th General Assembly, for the period beginning July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2019. Beginning July 1, 2019 and each July 1 thereafter, the State Fire Marshal shall receive an increase in salary based on a cost of living adjustment as authorized by Senate Joint Resolution 192 of the 86th General Assembly.
The Office of the State Fire Marshal shall have a division that shall assume the duties of the Division of Fire
Prevention, Department of Law Enforcement, and a division that shall assume the duties of Illinois Fire
Protection Personnel Standards and Education Commission. Each division
shall be headed by a division manager who shall be employed by the Fire Marshal, subject to the Personnel
Code, and shall be responsible to the Fire Marshal.
(Source: P.A. 100-1179, eff. 1-18-19.)
(20 ILCS 2905/2)
(from Ch. 127 1/2, par. 2)
The Office shall have the following powers and duties:
1. To exercise the rights, powers and duties which
have been vested by law in the Department of State Police as the successor of the Department of Public Safety, State Fire Marshal, inspectors, officers and employees of the State Fire Marshal, including arson investigation. Arson investigations conducted by the State Fire Marshal's Office shall be conducted by State Fire Marshal Arson Investigator Special Agents, who shall be peace officers as provided in the Peace Officer Fire Investigation Act.
2. To keep a record, as may be required by law, of
all fires occurring in the State, together with all facts, statistics and circumstances, including the origin of fires.
3. To exercise the rights, powers and duties which
have been vested in the Department of State Police by the "Boiler and Pressure Vessel Safety Act", approved August 7, 1951, as amended.
4. To administer the Illinois Fire Protection
5. To aid in the establishment and maintenance of the
training facilities and programs of the Illinois Fire Service Institute.
6. To disburse Federal grants for fire protection
purposes to units of local government.
7. To pay to or in behalf of the City of Chicago for
the maintenance, expenses, facilities and structures directly incident to the Chicago Fire Department training program. Such payments may be made either as reimbursements for expenditures previously made by the City, or as payments at the time the City has incurred an obligation which is then due and payable for such expenditures. Payments for the Chicago Fire Department training program shall be made only for those expenditures which are not claimable by the City under "An Act relating to fire protection training", certified November 9, 1971, as amended.
8. To administer grants to areas not located in a
fire protection district or in a municipality which provides fire protection services, to defray the organizational expenses of forming a fire protection district.
9. In cooperation with the Illinois Environmental
Protection Agency, to administer the Illinois Leaking Underground Storage Tank program in accordance with Section 4 of this Act and Section 22.12 of the Environmental Protection Act.
10. To expend state and federal funds as appropriated
11. To provide technical assistance, to areas not
located in a fire protection district or in a municipality which provides fire protection service, to form a fire protection district, to join an existing district, or to establish a municipal fire department, whichever is applicable.
12. To exercise such other powers and duties as may
be vested in the Office by law.
(Source: P.A. 100-67, eff. 8-11-17.)
(20 ILCS 2905/2.5)
Equipment exchange program.
(a) The Office shall create and maintain an
equipment exchange program under which fire departments, fire protection
districts, and township fire departments can donate or sell
equipment to, trade equipment with, or buy equipment from each other.
(b) Under this program, the Office, in consultation with the Department of Innovation and Technology, shall maintain a website that allows fire departments, fire protection
districts, and township fire departments to post information and photographs about needed equipment and equipment that is available for trade, donation, or sale. This website must be separate from, and not a part of, the Office's main website; however, the Office must post a hyperlink on its main website that points to the website established under this subsection (b).
(c) The Office or a fire department, fire protection district, or township fire department that
donates, trades, or sells fire protection equipment to another fire department, fire protection
district, or township fire department under this Section
not liable for any damage or injury caused by the donated, traded, or sold fire protection
equipment, except for damage or injury caused by its willful and wanton
if it discloses in writing to the recipient at the time of the
donation, trade, or sale any known damage to
or deficiencies in the equipment.
This Section does not relieve any fire department, fire protection district,
township fire department from liability, unless otherwise provided by law, for
damage or injury caused by donated, traded, or sold fire protection equipment that was received
through the equipment exchange program.
(d) The Office must promote the program to encourage the efficient exchange of equipment among local government entities.
(e) The Office must implement the changes to the equipment exchange program required under Public Act 94-175 no later than July 1, 2006.
(Source: P.A. 100-611, eff. 7-20-18; 101-81, eff. 7-12-19.)
(20 ILCS 2905/2.7)
Small Fire-fighting and Ambulance Service Equipment Grant Program.
(a) The Office shall establish and administer a Small Fire-fighting and Ambulance Service Equipment Grant Program to award grants to fire departments, fire protection districts, and volunteer, non-profit, stand alone ambulance services for the purchase of small fire-fighting and ambulance equipment.
(b-1) The Fire Service and Small Equipment Fund is dissolved. Any moneys remaining in the Fund on the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 97th General Assembly shall be transferred to the Fire Prevention Fund.
(c) As used in this Section, "small fire-fighting and ambulance equipment" includes, without limitation, turnout gear, air packs, thermal imaging cameras, jaws of life, defibrillators, communications equipment, including but not limited to pagers and radios, and other fire-fighting or life saving equipment, as determined by the State Fire Marshal.
(d) The Office shall adopt any rules necessary for the implementation and administration of this Section.
(Source: P.A. 96-386, eff. 8-13-09; 97-901, eff. 1-1-13.)
(20 ILCS 2905/3)
(from Ch. 127 1/2, par. 3)
There is created the Illinois Fire Advisory Commission which
shall advise the Office in the exercise of its powers and duties. The
Commission shall be appointed by the Governor as follows:
3 professional, fulltime paid firefighters;
one volunteer firefighter;
one Fire Protection Engineer who is registered in
one person who is a representative of the Fire
Insurance industry in Illinois;
one person who is a representative of a
registered United States Department of Labor
apprenticeship program primarily instructing
in the installation and repair of
fire extinguishing systems;
one a licensed operating or stationary engineer who
has an associate degree in facilities engineering
technology and has knowledge of the operation and
maintennce of fire alarm and fire extinguishing
systems primarily for the life safety of occupants
in a variety of commercial or residential
3 persons with an interest in and knowledgeable
about fire prevention methods.
In addition, the following shall serve as ex officio members of the
Commission: the Chicago Fire Commissioner, or his designee; the
executive officer, or his designee of each of the following
organizations: the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association, the Illinois Fire
Protection District Association, the Illinois Fire Inspectors
Association, the Illinois Professional Firefighters Association, the
Illinois Firemen's Association, the Associated Firefighters of Illinois,
the Illinois Society of Fire Service Instructors
and the Fire Service Institute, University of Illinois.
The Governor shall designate, at the time of appointment, 3 members
to serve terms expiring on the third Monday in January, 1979; 3 members
to serve terms expiring the third Monday in January, 1980; and 2 members
to serve terms expiring the third Monday in January, 1981. The
additional member appointed by the Governor pursuant to this amendatory Act
of 1987 shall serve for a term expiring the third Monday in January, 1990. Thereafter,
all terms shall be for 3 years. A member shall serve until his or her
successor is appointed and qualified. A vacancy shall be filled for the
The Governor shall designate one of the appointed members to be
chairman of the Commission.
Members shall serve without compensation but shall be reimbursed for
their actual reasonable expenses incurred in the performance of their
(Source: P.A. 101-234, eff. 8-9-19.)