Founded in 1860, The Pekin Fire Department is a 49 member, career, multi - service emergency response and life safety organization, protecting a community of 34,000 citizens in an area of 14 square miles. In addition we protect two fire protection districts; Brush Hill to the east, 15 square miles, and Powerton to the southwest, 20 square miles, which add an additional population of approximately 5,000. In addition we provide water rescue/emergency medical service to nearby lakes and adjacent portions of the Illinois River. We provide fire suppression, fire prevention, rescue, safety education, and emergency medical services. All departmental personnel are trained to at least the Emergency Medical Technician- Basic -Defibrillator level, with 29 members trained to the EMT-Intermediate or Paramedic level. The department is the lead department of the Tazewell County Hazardous Materials and Technical Rescue Team, with numerous personnel, trained to both Operations and Technician Levels. The Pekin Fire Department is an ISO class 3 fire department.