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Fire Department Open House is Oct. 14

The St. Charles Fire Department is hosting an open house at Fire Station #1, 112 N. Riverside Avenue on Saturday, October 14, from Noon to 3 p.m. for Fire Prevention Week. The theme this year is “Cooking safety starts with YOU. Pay attention to fire prevention”. The campaign works to educate everyone about simple but important actions they can take when cooking to keep themselves and those around them safe. 

Stop by the Open House, talk with the firefighters, and learn about fire safety. Several activities will be held throughout the day including:

St. Charles Police Release Labor Day Traffic Grant Numbers

The St. Charles Police Department conducted additional traffic enforcement over the course of the weekend preceding and including Labor Day. These extra patrols were held in conjunction with the nationwide Click It or Ticket/Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement effort. The St. Charles Police joined other state and local law enforcement agencies across Illinois with their effort.

Fire Extinguisher Safety

A portable fire extinguisher can save lives and property by putting out a small fire or containing it until the fire department arrives. But they do have limitations. Because fire grows and spreads so rapidly, the #1 priority for residents is to get out safely. Here is what you need to know about choosing and using a fire extinguisher.

Remember to Check Your Fire Extinguisher for:

Main Street to Close 12:45 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday

For St. Charles East High School Homecoming Parade

The 2023 St. Charles East High School Homecoming Parade will be held on Main Street (Illinois Rt. 64) this Thursday, August 31.  Main Street will be closed between 5th Ave. (IL Rt. 25) east of the river to 7th Street on the west side of the river for the parade. Police will implement a detour route beginning at 12:45 p.m. through approximately 1:30 p.m.

Detour Routes

St. Charles Police Increased Patrols During Upcoming Labor Day Weekend

As Labor Day and the unofficial end of summer near, the St. Charles Police Department is partnering with law enforcement throughout the state to stop impaired driving and help save lives.  

The high-visibility “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” enforcement campaign will run between August 16th and September 5th.   During this period, motorists in St. Charles can expect to see stepped-up impaired driver patrols and seat-belt enforcement.  Officers will also be looking for distracted drivers and those speeding.

Structure Fire at 4051 E. Main St. - Pheasant Run

At 7:22 p.m. on Saturday, August 19, 2023, the St. Charles Fire Department responded to the report of a structure fire at 4051 East Main Street, in a building located on the grounds of Pheasant Run Resort. The first unit arrived on scene five minutes later and reported an active fire on the second floor. The building was searched which confirmed there were no occupants. The fire was extinguished by the first on-scene fire companies within 15 minutes of their arrival. The firefighters then completed extinguishment, checked for any fire extension, and performed overhaul operations.