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Bachman James
Chief’s Welcome

As the Fire Chief of the Peoria Fire Department, I am so proud to say that the citizens and stakeholders of the city of Peoria are well served by a highly trained and professional fire department. The citizens are protected with a fire and emergency service department that is equipped with trained staffing, vital equipment, response teams and plans that have been developed to handle the risks identified within our community and our region.

The title, “Peoria Fire Department”, although rich in history and tradition, by no means is a thorough reflection of the robust services provided to the City of Peoria. The Peoria Fire Department not only responds to structure fires of all types, but also provides services in hazardous materials response, technical rescue response (both high and low angle rescue), confined space rescue, and structural collapse rescue. The Department also provides a Dive Team that is highly trained in underwater, swift water, and ice rescues to the community and surrounding areas.

Our emergency medical services account for a large amount of the services we provide to the City of Peoria. The Peoria Fire Department is equipped with 9 Advanced Life Support Engines that are staffed with at least one (1) paramedic per shift. All 11 stations and all 14 front-line emergency vehicles are staffed with highly trained personnel who are poised to respond immediately to any emergency when called upon.

The Peoria Fire Department also provides a Fire Prevention Bureau which offers programs in public education, working in conjunction with the District 150 Schools, as well as Parochial Schools, the hospitals, community civic organizations, senior groups, and assisted living communities. The Bureau also provides services in fire plan review, fire safety inspections, hazardous materials inspections, fire/arson investigations, and emergency medical education.

Every member of our Department is required to train for more than 200 hours per year in order to maintain the high standards set by the Office of the State Fire Marshall, the Illinois Department of Labor, the Illinois Department of Public Health, the Peoria Area Emergency Medical Services Office, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, and the I.S.O. (Insurance Safety Office).

Our Department has its own training academy, the Vernon “Butch” Gudat Training Academy located at 7130 N. Galena Road. The Academy provides training to all 174 Peoria Firefighters as well as working with many industrial partners to accommodate their training requirements.

The Peoria Fire Department is staffed with 174 sworn firefighters and 5 civilian personnel. We respond out of 11 fire stations that are strategically located throughout the City of Peoria to meet the needs of our community. The firefighters work a 24-hour shift (7:00am to 7:00am) and their shift days consist of fire prevention activities, training requirements, and public education along with responding to 20,000 + emergency calls throughout the year, resulting in the 14 front line fire apparatus running a total of 30,500 times a year to these emergency calls.

The men and women of the Peoria Fire Department are dedicated to the City of Peoria. We are committed to giving our community the highest level of service in the utmost professional manner. Being a Peoria Firefighter is much more than a job – serving our community is what we are. We are truly proud to serve the citizens of Peoria in everything we do every day.



James “Jim” Bachman
Fire Chief


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