|Position Type||Volunteer w/ Call Stipend|
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. 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.
New members enter the department on a probationary status, which lasts a minimum of 6 months. During this time, probationary firefighters are introduced to every facet of the fire department. An extensive training program gives the probationary member the skills needed to function as a full member of the fire department. Training includes radio communications, structural firefighting tactics, fire apparatus engineering and operation, auto extrication, rescue operations, first responder medical training, and many other topics. All members are required to attend at least 12 monthly drills and respond to a minimum of 25% of calls during the calendar year. Veteran members assess the attitude, personality, and skills of the probationary member during all phases of training and probation. After a minimum of 6 months, the supervisory staff of the department views the progress of the probationary member and decides whether to promote that member to the position of Firefighter, extend his/her probation, or recommend removal from the department.
Your probationary period will require a major commitment in time and effort. Initially, you will be performing a limited amount of duties on the fireground and may not be responding on first-out apparatus. As time goes on and your knowledge grows, these restrictions will slowly be lifted. While this period is difficult and sometimes boring, the department is looking hard at the intensity of your commitment. You will be a part of a team of highly trained individuals that depend on each other. You will be providing a service to the community that few people are prepared to undertake. You could make a real difference in people’s lives. You will know that you are doing something that really matters.
Requirements for Membership
If you would prefer to fill out a written application, it can be found here.