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Peoria Fire Chief Ed Olehy is retiring. 

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The business community is offering its own suggestions for the city of Peoria’s 2020 budget. 

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The Peoria Fire Department is asking residents to keep an eye out for suspicious activity after several arson incidents this month.

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The Peoria Fire Department is moving forward on plans to construct a new fire station on the city's South Side.

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The City of Peoria should have a new fire station on the city’s South Side a year from now. 

The president of the Peoria firefighters’ union says he hopes the recent Illinois Labor Relations Board ruling in their favor coaxes the city to head to the bargaining table. 

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With no discussion, the Peoria City Council recently approved spending more than $47,000 to buy the city's firefighters and police officers some heavy-duty protective gear.

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Peoria firefighters rescued a man stuck in a storm drain in north Peoria on Thursday afternoon. 

Firefighters were called to 830 W. Trailcreek Drive just after 2 p.m. to find a man unable to get out of a storm drain. 

Crews used crowbars and rope to remove the drain cover, pulled the man out and administered medical care. The man was then taken to a local hospital by ambulance. 

It's unclear how the man became stuck in the storm drain. His current condition isn't known. 

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The Peoria Fire Department may receive body armor in the wake of recent mass shootings. 

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The Peoria Fire Department is investigating a blaze that heavily damaged multiple businesses Wednesday morning. 

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The Peoria Police and Fire Departments are not meeting their own goals for hiring more minorities. 

While approximately 30 percent of the city's residents are African-American, only 12 percent of fire department personnel are black. Of 175 personnel, there are 30 minorities and women. 

Peoria Fire Department Division Chief Tony Ardis said the issue is also evident when future promotions are considered. There are 11 African-American fire captains, but Ardis told city council members last night that retirements may come before promotions for many of the captains. 

Unattended food on a stove is likely to blame for a large fire at Koinonia House on Sunday evening.

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Peoria Fire Chief Ed Olehy  is working to craft policies to cut down on firefighter exposure to carcinogens.

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Three people were taken to the hospital after a rollover accident in Central Peoria early Thursday.

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An occupant inside a Peoria garage escaped injury early Monday morning when the structure caught fire.

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The Peoria Fire Department could respond to 2400 fewer calls a year. That’s according to a study by Fitch and Associates. Those calls are non-emergency medical calls like assistance in lifting a person who has fallen.

Peoria Weighs Fire Department Fees

Feb 13, 2019
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The Peoria city council will soon decide if the fire department should charge a fee for certain responses.

Peoria Fire Stations Hang Wreaths With Meaning

Nov 30, 2018
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  The Peoria Fire Department is using an annual campaign to remind people about holiday fire safety. The department is promoting its 23rd annual “Keep the Wreath Red” campaign.

Fire stations around the city switch the lights on their holiday wreaths from red to white for every fire they respond to between now and January 1st.

Peoria Evaluates Cost of 2019 Cuts and Fees

Nov 6, 2018

 

The City of Peoria could be making personnel cuts to its police and fire departments for the first time in years. Other areas will take cuts too and the city is considering new fees as it faces a $6 to $7-million deficit next year.

Peoria Continues to Negotiate Projected Deficit

Oct 24, 2018

  The City of Peoria will have fewer firefighters and policemen next year. But it will be through voluntary retirement, not city imposed layoffs.

The city council Tuesday night unanimously voted to establish a voluntary separation incentive. It allows older public safety employees to retire earlier than anticipated and still participate in the city’s healthcare plan for several years.

Peoria Fire Department Gives an "EPIC" Tour

Jun 11, 2018

It was EPIC Firefighter Day at the Peoria Fire Department’s Central House. Peoria firefighters and managers hosted 20 EPIC participants.

Some Worry PFD Money Saving Strategy Will Cost Safety

May 30, 2018
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  The Peoria Fire Department is on a path toward spending $22-million this year. That’s $1.5-million more than its annual budget.

Much of that deficit can be attributed to overtime pay because the department has operated with a turnover rate of 10 percent.

The department is currently down 10 positions. The agency has not been able to fill those positions in a timely manner because of lengthy training.

Elderly Peoria Man Dies in House Fire

Apr 30, 2018
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A man was killed in a house fire last night just before 10 P.M.. Peoria Firefighters and Paramedics responded to 952 S. Shelly St. to find the house fully engulfed. Extra manpower was necessary to knock down the fire.

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The Peoria Fire Department is reporting four arsons over a four-day period. Two car and two house fires since Saturday are being investigated, after it was determined they were intentionally set. Arson investigators say each fire involved a large amount of accelerant, and each was set in the middle of the night.

 

Emergency Advanced Life Support Expanded in Peoria

Jan 30, 2018

The Peoria Fire Department has an expanded advanced life support presence in the city. A new pilot program was authorized by Peoria Area Emergency Services. 

A New Voice Calls Peoria Firefighters Into Action

Dec 5, 2017
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The Peoria Fire Department has a new emergency alert system. It’s an automated voice that makes the initial pronouncement for EMS and fire calls. Peoria Public Radio’s Tanya Koonce reports on the voice teaming up with human 911 dispatchers:

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The Peoria City Council is close to approving its 2018 budget except for one contentious item -- the mothballing of a fire truck.

City of Peoria Eyes Budget Cut Options

Oct 25, 2017

In the face of declining revenue, Peoria city staff has proposed a net cut of 11 workers to help balance the 2018 budget.

Peoria Firefighters Lay To Rest One Of Their Own

Sep 29, 2017
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Peoria Firefighters, family and friends of 54-year-old Captain Gary Stauthammer are saying farewell and honoring his life and service.

Stauthammer was a 28-year member of the Peoria Fire Department. He started as a rookie firefighter in 1989.

Peoria Fire Chief Chuck Lauss says Captain Stauthammer spent a number of years working in the hazardous material division handling hazmat inspections.

Glen Oak Towers Fire Death Result of Lit Cigarette

May 10, 2017
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A man who died in the fire last month at Glen Oak Tower in Peoria was asleep, when a lit cigarette incinerated his couch and the rest of his one-bedroom apartment.

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