Fire Department

The Pekin Fire Department is currently accepting applications
for original appointment to the fire department.  Please click
HERE for the application and requirements.

Mission Statement:

The Pekin Fire Department is here to protect and enhance the quality of life for our residents, employees and those who visit our community, through aggressive and comprehensive programs directed under Fire Prevention, Public Education, and Fire Code enforcement while providing the highest quality Emergency Service Management for Fire, Hazardous Materials, Emergency Medical Services and Disaster Emergencies.


61.normalAbout Our Department

The Pekin Fire Department is under the direction of Fire Chief Kurt Nelson, who plans, manages, supervises and directs operations of the Fire Department.  Through persistent training and situation-readiness, the Pekin Fire Department directs, plans, supervises and coordinates activities of firefighting, inspection and fire prevention, and emergency medical services. The department also coordinates inspection, fire code enforcement, fire prevention, community education, and fire and arson investigation. This ensures a safe and educated community. In 2018, the Fire Department responded to over 5550 incidents. The emergency incidents continue to increase for the department.
The Pekin Fire Department is a 52-member (with currently 51 positions filled) career, multi-service emergency response and life safety organization, protecting a community of 34,000 citizens in an area of 12.5 square miles. In addition, the Pekin Fire Department protects two fire protection districts: Brush Hill, a total coverage area of 15 square miles, to the east, and Powerton, 20 square miles, to the southwest, adding an additional 5,000 protected citizens.  The Pekin Fire Department also provides water rescue and emergency medical service to nearby lakes and adjacent portions of the Illinois River.

The Pekin Fire Department provides fire suppression, fire prevention, rescue, safety education and emergency medical services. All department personnel are trained in Emergency Medical Care, with 47 of the 50 are trained to the Emergency Medical Technician-Intermediate or Paramedic level. In addition, the department is the lead department of the Tazewell County Hazardous Materials and Technical Rescue Team, with numerous personnel trained in both the Operations and Technician levels.

The Pekin Fire Department is an ISO class 3 fire department with the last evaluation occurring in August of 2016. ISO classifications run from Class 1, representing an exemplary fire suppression program, to Class 10 which does not meet ISO’s minimum criteria. ISO is an independent company serving insurance companies, communities, fire departments, insurance regulators and others by providing information about risk.

The ISO’s public protection classification program evaluates communities using a uniform set of criteria, incorporating nationally recognized standards developed by the National Fire Protection Association and the American Water Works Association. Classifications are based on fire alarm and communication systems including telephone systems and lines, staffing and dispatching; the fire department including equipment, staffing, training and geographic distribution of fire companies; and the water supply system, including the condition and maintenance of hydrants, alternative water supply operations, and an evaluation of the amount of available water compared with the amount needed to suppress fires up to 3,500 gallons per minute.

Pekin Fire Department Business Office 309.477.2388 - 3232 Court Street, Pekin, IL  61554