Engine and Ladder Companies
Our seven engine companies provide fire suppression and Advanced Life Support (ALS)/Paramedic services, offering a full range of pre-hospital medical and trauma care to the citizens and visitors of Peoria. An engine company includes four personnel; one Captain, one Engineer, and two Firefighters. Two of these personnel are paramedics and two are emergency medical technicians (EMTs).
Our ladder companies provide fire suppression, forcible entry, ventilation, extrication, and basic life support (BLS) for emergency medical calls. The ladder company is also staffed with four personnel including a Captain, Engineer and two Firefighters, all of which are EMT's.
The Peoria Fire Department is part of a 20+ agency system in which the fire departments are dispatched by a central dispatch location (the Phoenix Fire Department). The system is designed to assure that the closest fire unit is sent to your emergency, no matter what municipality the fire department is from. All of the engines in the system are equipped with AVL (automatic vehicle locator) so the dispatch center knows exactly where each unit is and can send the closest available one.
The Peoria Fire Department has been rated by the Insurance Service Organization as a Fire Class Three community (a class one is the highest and a class ten the lowest). The department provides a save factor of 91.5 percent (this represents the amount of property saved which was directly exposed to the risk of fire). The average response time of the Peoria Fire Department is four minutes and thirty-seven seconds. This meets the National Fire Protection Association recommendation of a response goal of five minutes or less. Some rural locations within the city may experience delayed response times due to the current roadways and station locations.