The Peoria Heights Fire Department is dedicated to the protection of life and property of all persons who live, work, visit, or travel through the Village of Peoria Heights. We accomplish this mission by providing professional service delivery in fire suppression, rescue, fire prevention and education, fire investigations, and emergency medical services. We maintain a high standard of training and education, act and perform in a safe, courteous, and professional manner, sustain and reinforce a strong bond with our community, provide the highest level of customer service and interact professionally with surrounding area departments. As members of this department, we have chosen to be part of a team that takes pride in this mission through dedication and integrity.Peoria Heights FD Mission Statement
The Peoria Heights Fire Department was originally chartered in 1917 to provide fire suppression services for the village. Over the years, the fire department has grown to now provide fire suppression response, fire prevention education, technical rescue response (vehicle accidents, elevator rescues), and emergency medical services to all citizens within the Village of Peoria Heights. The department runs approximately 850 calls per year, which on average equates to approximately 2.3 calls per day.
Our department consists of two fire stations (one above and one below Forest Park Hill, for those familiar with the area) that are staffed by trained volunteer/paid-per-call personnel. The difference between our volunteer/paid-per-call staffing versus the staffing of most career departments is that firefighters are not at the fire station 24 hours a day, but rather response from their private residence to the fire station when emergencies occur. It takes a large amount of dedicated personnel to answer those calls, and we are continually recruiting new members in order to ensure that we have adequate staffing that best protects the village.
The Peoria Heights Fire Department is rated as a “Class 4” agency by the Insurance Services Office. The Insurance Services Office rates the fire suppression and fire prevention capabilities of communities against the recommendations of standards organizations like the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the American Water Works Association (AWWA), and the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International. Based upon these standards, fire departments and fire protection districts are provided a rating that can (and usually does) directly correlate to the homeowners insurance rates offered in an area. These ratings range from Class 10 to Class 1, with Class 1 being the highest rating available. More information regarding these ratings and the Insurance Services Office can be found here.
The Peoria Heights Fire Department is also certified with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Peoria Area EMS System (PAEMS) as a First Responder-Defibrillator (FR-D) non-transporting medical services provider with the option to upgrade services to the Emergency Medical Technician-Basic (EMT-B) non-transporting level if an EMT-B is present. First Responder-Defibrillator Services are a preliminary level of pre-hospital emergency care and include: CPR, the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED), monitoring vital signs, administration of oxygen, basic first aid, and bleeding control. Emergency Medical Technician-Basic Services expand upon the First Responder scope and include: basic airway management (including use of the KING LTS-D or iGel LMA airways), treatment of certain medical conditions with medications and interventions, control of shock, and splinting of fractures. Since the fire department does not transport patients, the village utilizes the services of Advanced Medical Transport of Central Illinois to provide emergency transport for sick and injured persons within the village.
The Peoria Heights Fire Department is always looking for dedicated individuals to serve their community. If you are interested in pursuing a position with our fire department, please fill out one of our online applications!