Technical Rescue Teams (TRT)
The Peoria Fire Department also deploys two Technical Rescue Teams (TRT). These teams respond to incidents requiring rope rescue, swift water rescue, confined space rescue, trench rescue, structural collapse, and helicopter rescue. One team staffs a fire engine, the other staffs the ladder or ladder tender, both are accompanied by a TRT support truck. These units are equipped with specialty rescue equipment ranging from swift water rescue tools (for plucking people from flash-flooded washes), to new extrication tools such as power rams, power spreaders and power cutters (for getting people out of burning or collapsed buildings, or cars mangled in wrecks).
Peoria Fire provides emergency medical and fire suppression response to Lake Pleasant. We staff two paramedics and an ALS brush truck to respond in and around the lake, 10 hours per day, 7 days per week. We expect as growth continues to occur around the lake, to expand service to 24/7.
Thermal Imaging Cameras
All of our units are equipped with the latest technology in thermal imaging cameras, which allow firefighters to see through smoke and darkness and rescue victims more quickly, thus saving lives.
Twenty-five of the Peoria Fire Department members are also trained to staff paramedic bike teams. These teams provide highly mobile advanced life support services and are deployed for parades, sporting events, and other special events where normal access of fire apparatus is difficult.