Board of Trustees | Officers | Members
Board of Trustees
We are a unit of local government in the State of Illinois organized as a Fire Protection District. Our District has one fire department operating out of one fire station at 102 S Benson St, Lexington IL 61753 with an approximate yearly budget of $450,000.
The County of McLean appoints a three-member Board of Trustees to govern the District for three year terms. The BOT appoints a Treasurer and the Command Officers of the Lexington Fire Department.
The Board of Trustees regularly meet at 8pm on the first Wednesday of each month. Special meetings, agendas, and minutes are posted in the front window of the Fire Station.
Brian also serves as the FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) Officer
The public may access information by submitting a request pursuant to the Illinois Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) (5 ILCS 140). Lexington Community Fire Protection District public records may be requested, accessed, inspected, and duplicated. Your request for information must be submitted through the following means: through fax, the US mail, or special carrier. Fees that may be assessed will vary with the type of media and the quantity of records requested.
The Chief, Assistant Chief, and Captains are appointed by the Board of Trustees. Lieutenants are elected by the membership. Our officers collaborate with each other and the membership for most responsibilities.
Chief Jason Birkenbeil
The fire chief has overall responsibility for the operations and administration of the Department. Chief Birkenbeil strategizes with the Board of Trustees, Fire and Public Safety chiefs from the local, regional, and state level, and with other local government leaders and business owners.
Before becoming Chief in 2020, Birkenbeil served as Assistant Chief since 2006 and has also served as Training Officer.
Assistant Chief, EMS Logan Weseloh
The Assistant Chief, EMS, is a command officer responsible for guiding the Department’s Emergency Medical Services. Weseloh supervises our EMTs, conducts Quality Improvement efforts, and prepares billing and payroll.
Assistant Chief Eric Heuer
Chief Heuer is a command officer with additional responsibility for training. Heuer plans and conducts twice-monthly in-house training for our firefighters and coordinates outside programs and training records.
Captain Ian Bruckner
Capt. Bruckner is a command officer with additional responsibility for grant management, incident reporting, and public information.
Lieutenant Brian Talbott
Lt. Talbott is a company officer with additional responsibility for our small engine equipment and monthly crew meetings in which our firefighters inspect and maintain our fire apparatus and equipment.
28 total members
We’re what’s known as a “Combination Department”. We began, however, as a fully volunteer force and remain volunteer-led with all volunteer firefighters. As volunteerism declined and the need to staff an ambulance 24/7/365 surfaced however, we hired Emergency Medical Technicians to administer the emergency medical service, fill weekday daytime shifts, and to fill gaps in nighttime and weekend shifts. We do still have a cadre of volunteer EMTs who take night and weekend shifts and seek to expand that group in number.
🩺 Emergency Medical Responder
🚑 Emergency Medical Technician