Official website for the City of Aurora, Illinois. Mayor Robert J. O'Connor

Aurora Fire Department

Mission Statement

AFD Fire Chief Gary Krienitz

Fire Chief Gary Krienitz

To provide essential fire suppression, special operations, and emergency medical services to the citizens of the City of Aurora with an elevated level of expertise.

To provide a unified professional response to life and property incidents affecting the City of Aurora and its citizens.

To maintain and enforce an updated and continuing inspections program to enforce adopted codes and to supply quality fire prevention and education programs to the citizens of Aurora. To provide the greatest quality of service to the public through a comprehensive training program that seeks to sharpen existing skills and develop new technologies to meet future demands and to provide a safe and healthy work environment for our employees.

The Aurora Fire Department wants to remind you to change your smoke detector batteries when you change your clocks.

A properly installed and tested home fire alarm with a fresh battery is one of the simplest and most effective things you can do to protect yourself and your family from a home fire. According to the National Fire Protection Association, minimum protection requires a smoke detector outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home. Because smoke rises, mount detectors high on a wall or on the ceiling. Wall-mounted units should be hung 4 to 12 inches from the ceiling. A ceiling-mounted unit should be attached at least 4 inches from the nearest wall. In rooms with pitched ceilings, mount the detector at or near the ceiling's highest point.

Only a functioning smoke detector can protect you. Never disable a detector by borrowing its battery for another use. Smoke detectors "chirp" or give some other audible signal when their batteries need to be replaced, but monthly testing and replacing the batteries when you change your clocks for daylight savings time will ensure proper function.

For more information on smoke detectors or any fire safety topics please visit or or contact the Aurora Fire Department at (630)256-4000.