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 $600,000.
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 Command Officers 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.
Before becoming Chief in 2020, Birkenbeil served as Assistant Chief since 2006 and has also served as Training Officer.
Assistant Chief Eric Heuer
Assistant Chief Heuer has responsibility for training and assists the Chief with the operations and administration of the department.
Before becoming Chief in 2020, Heuer served as Captain and Training Officer
EMS Supervisor Bobby Kelly
The EMS Supervisor, is responsible for guiding the Department’s Emergency Medical Services such as supervision of our EMTs, Quality Improvement efforts, and prepares billing and payroll.
Captain Ian Bruckner
Capt. Bruckner assists the other command officers with their duties and has direct responsibility for grant management, incident reporting, information technology assets, 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. Talbott also has direct responsibility for our small engine equipment.
Lieutenant Bobby Hardman
Lt. Hardman is a company officer with additional responsibility for our apparatus and monthly crew meetings in which our firefighters inspect and maintain our fire apparatus and equipment. Hardman also has direct responsibility for our apparatus.
32 total members
We’re what’s known as a “Combination Department”, having both volunteer and career members. 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