Peoria Fire Department

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The Peoria Fire Department is investigating a major fire Thursday evening at the OSF Cardiovascular Institute.

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Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis said the civil unrest in the wake of George Floyd's murder could make the city council reconsider its budget considerations in terms of police and fire cuts.

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The Peoria Fire Department has stayed busy this week, putting out fires set to businesses, homes, cars and dumpsters. At least 15 arson fires have been reported during the overnight hours this week.

Several members of the Peoria city council want to hold off on drastic cuts in hopes of a new federal stimulus package coming. And Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis says the city is "toast" without it.

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Unionized Peoria city employees were notified Wednesday of potential layoffs as the city seeks to plug a $31 million hole in this year's budget created by COVID-19's economic fallout.

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The Peoria Fire Department will start charging a fee when care facilities call for lift assistance. The department has determined that the approximate cost of each lift assist incident is $1,250.

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The city of Peoria is preparing for what happens if it doesn't receive state revenues for its firefighters' pension fund on time due to the COVID-19 money flow crunch.

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The Peoria Fire Department may eliminate low-priority medical calls from its response roster.

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The new year marks new leadership at the helm at the Peoria Fire Department.

A badge pinning ceremony Tuesday made official Tony Ardis' promotion to fire chief. Also honored were Assistant Fire Chief Jim Bachman, Division Chief Shawn Sollberger, Battalion Chief Stephen Rada and Captain Bobby Anderson.

Ardis, who assumed the position after Ed Olehy, retired in December said more public education and outreach are among his top priorities.

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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.

New Fire Station Coming to Peoria's South Side

Sep 11, 2019
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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.

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