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DIVISIONS

Fire Administration

The Fire Administration Division provides administrative and management services to ensure proper and adequate budgeting, program/policy research, and strategic planning to further the mission of the Peoria Fire Department.

Meet the Chief

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James “Jim” Bachman, Fire Chief
Office: 309-494-8731
Fax: 309-494-8777

E-mail: jbachman@peoriagov.org

Chief Bachman has been a member of the department since May 9, 1994.  He was promoted to Assistant Chief on November 30, 2019 and Chief on May 15, 2021He is a graduate of Northern Illinois University with a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice and also has an Associates Degree in Fire Science from John Wood Community College.  Chief Bachman has been a member of the Hazardous Materials Specialty Team since 2006. His previous position was Fire Division Chief of Operations.

Cortni Boulton, Administrative Specialist III

Office:  309-494-8729
Fax:  309-494-8783
E-mail:  cboulton@peoriagov.org

Melissa Buhl, Fiscal Technician II
Office:  309-494-8728
Fax:  309-494-8777
E-mail:  mbuhl@peoriagov.org

 

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Shawn Sollberger, Assistant Fire Chief
Office:  309-494-8730
Fax:  309-494-8777
E-mail: ssollberger@peoriagov.org

Chief Sollberger began his career with the department on April 3, 1998, and was promoted to Division Chief of Operations on November 30, 2019. He has served on the Local #50 Executive Board for 16 years. He was promoted to Assistant Fire Chief on May 15, 2021.

Chief Sollberger is a graduate of Peoria Public Schools and Illinois Central College with an Associate’s Degree in Fire Science.  Chief Sollberger has been a member of the Dive Team, Haz-Mat Team, and the TRT Team during his tenure with the department. His previous position was Fire Battalion Chief.

He and his wife, Angela, have three children.

Operations

Fire Operations is staffed by 200+ personnel and operates out of 12 fire stations. This division is the most visible in the Department; responding to over 20,000 calls per year. Personnel in this division are highly trained in firefighting and emergency medical care and have specialized training in hazardous material mitigation, auto extrication, high-angle rescue, confined space, trench rescue, cold water/warm water rescue, and dive team rescue and recovery tactics.

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Rick Morgan, Division Chief of Operations
Office:  309-494-8732
Fax:  309-494-8777
E-mail:  rmorgan@peoriagov.org

Chief Morgan has served with the Peoria Fire Department for 27 years, most recently as a Division Chief.  A graduate of Manual High School, Chief Morgan attended Illinois Central College and University of Central Missouri, graduating with his bachelor’s degree.  He and his wife, Erin “Nicky”, have three children and give grandchildren.  He enjoys spending time with family and attending his children’s sporting events.

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Cecilia Buckner, Administrative Specialist II
Office:  309-494-8727
Fax:  309-494-8777
E-mail:  cbuckner@peoriagov.org

Emergency Medical Services

The Office of Emergency Medical Services, under the supervision of Battalion Chief of EMS Roland Tenley, is assigned the responsibility of providing administrative support to the fire department’s EMS services.

The primary responsibilities of this office are as follows:

  • Maintain the records/reports of all PFD EMS personnel
  • Oversee the EMS upgrade/continuing education training
  • Implement the EMS quality assurance program
  • Provide logistical support for EMS operations
  • Liaison with the Peoria Area EMS office and the Project Medical Director

Roland Tenley, Battalion Chief of EMS
Office:  309-494-8794
Fax:  309-494-8777
E-mail:  rtenley@peoriagov.org

Fire Prevention

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Nathaniel “Nate” Rice , Division Chief of Fire Prevention
Office:  309-494-8733
Fax:  309-494-8787
E-mail:  nrice@peoriagov.org

The Fire Prevention Division implements its services through three distinct offices: fire/life safety prevention and mitigation, fire cause, determination and investigation, and hazardous materials training and inspections.

Chief Nate Rice has been a member of the Peoria Fire Department since 1999.  Chief Rice has been through the ranks of the department from Firefighter to Battalion Chief until being selected as the Division Chief of Prevention in June of 2021. Chief Rice has been involved with the  Hazardous Materials Incident Team since 2002 and was previously involved in the Hazardous Material Inspection program. He has also served on the Executive Board of Peoria Firefighters Local #50 for over 10 years and served as a Training Captain while in the Suppression Division.

Chief Rice has an Associates of Fire Science from Illinois Central College, a Bachelor of Science in Fire Investigation from Eastern Kentucky University and is currently enrolled in the National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer Program.

Chief Rice and his wife, Summer, have four children.

 

Fire Inspections

The mission of the Office of Fire Inspections is to pursue proactive avenues of fire and life safety hazard risk reduction through the enforcement of the adopted Codes. Its primary goal is the reduction of life loss, personal injury, and property damage from fire or explosions.

The Office of Fire Inspections has the following responsibilities.

  • Review new construction/remodel building plans for code compliance
  • Review installation plans for all fire protection systems
  • Conduct fire inspections to ensure code compliance in:
    • high rise buildings
    • large commercial buildings
    • theaters
    • hotel/motels
    • hospitals and medical centers
    • apartment complexes
    • public, private, and parochial schools
    • large condominium complexes
    • major shopping complexes
  • Conduct complaint inspections involving fire/life safety issues
  • Conduct permit site inspections for:
    • fireworks displays
    • tents or air supported structures
    • open burning/recreational fires (i.e. bonfires, campfires)
  • Certificate of Occupancies
  • Conduct training on evacuation procedures for the business community
  • Assist in all fire prevention/public education programs

Charles Perrin, Fire Engineer/Fire Inspector
Office:  309-494-8735
Fax: 309-494-8787
E-mail:  cperrin@peoriagov.org

Fire Investigations

The Mission of the Office of Fire Investigations is to provide a systematic and comprehensive approach to determine the cause and origin of fires in Peoria.

Office of Fire Investigations has the primary responsibilities to:

  • determine the cause and origin of all fires
  • collect and analyze fire scene evidence
  • interview suspects and witnesses
  • photograph and document fire scenes
  • assist in the prosecution of arsonists
  • spearhead the juvenile fire setters intervention program
  • conduct fire prevention inspections on issues concerning fire and life safety
  • conduct complaint inspections
  • conduct evacuation training for the business community
  • assist in all fire prevention/public education programs and initiatives

Bradley Pierson, Firefighter/Fire Investigator
Office:  309-494-8734
Fax:  309-494-8777
E-mail:  bpierson@peoriagov.org

Josh Harris, Fire Captain/Fire Investigator
Office: 309-494-8726
Fax:  309-494-8777
E-mail: jharris@peoriagov.org

Hazardous Materials

The Office of Hazardous Materials, under the supervision of the Hazardous Materials Coordinator, is responsible for all activities related to the management of the City’s hazardous materials ordinance, along with state and federal regulations.

Daily functions include the following:

  • Assign hazardous materials inspections to inspectors
  • Process and monitor the hazardous materials permits issued to local businesses
  • Assess and assign appropriate fees according to the city’s ordinance
  • Coordinate training for the hazardous materials response team
  • Conduct after action review of hazardous materials incidents
  • Initiate billing process for reimbursement activities after incidents

Scott Venzon, Fire Captain/Hazardous Materials Coordinator 
Office:  309-494-8773
Fax:  309-494-8787
E-mail:  svenzon@peoriagov.org

Tactical and Administrative Support

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Michael Morgan, Division Chief of Training
Office:  309-494-8755
Fax:  309-494-8724
E-mail:  mmorgan@peoriagov.org

Chief Morgan holds the position of Division Chief of Training and in this position he oversees the Peoria Fire Training Academy. He entered the fire service in 1987 and joined the Peoria Fire Department on April 23, 1990. Chief Morgan was promoted to his current position on January 2, 2018, after serving as a Firefighter, Engineer, Captain, and 8 years as a Battalion Chief on Shift 2. He has served as an original member of the Dive Rescue Team for 19 years and an original member of the Technical Rescue Team, overseeing both.

Chief Morgan is a graduate of Illinois Central College, earning two Associate Degrees; one in Business Management and one in Fire Science Technology. He holds several certifications from the University of Illinois, Illinois State Fire Marshall, FDIC, PADI and ERDI.

Chief Morgan is happily married to his wife Gwen of 27 years and is very proud of his four children.

Fire Training provides upgrade training and continuing education for members of the Peoria Fire Department in the following areas:

  • Fire suppression techniques
  • Emergency vehicle operations
  • Vehicle extrication practices
  • Cold water/warm water rescue
  • Underwater search and rescue
  • Water craft operations
  • Confined space
  • Trench rescue
  • High-angle/rope rescue
  • Hazardous materials operations
  • Homeland security/weapons of mass destruction awareness

In addition, the Peoria Fire Training Academy provides support services and assistance for site classes and meetings for outside agencies, maintains training records, offers facility rental and training for other departments, supplies supervision for the physical agility examination, and is the resource center for books, videos and training aids.

The Peoria Fire Training Academy is a regional training site for the Illinois Fire Service Institute (IFSI).

Fire Garage

The Peoria Fire Department Fire Garage is manned by two Emergency Vehicle Technicians that are responsible for the maintenance and repairs of all of the department’s emergency vehicles as well as other fire suppression equipment such as ladders, saws, and generators. These emergency vehicles are worth approximately four million dollars and must be well maintained and in good running condition at all times.
The fire garage is centrally located and is adjoined to Fire Station #8.

Colton Roberts, Crew Chief 
Office: 309-494-8709
E-mail:  croberts@peoriagov.org

Jake Sarver, Fire Mechanic
Office: 309-494-8709
E-mail: jsarver@peoriagov.org

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