Recent Calls
Thu. Jul 15th 2021
PFD was paged for an outlet smoking in a residence. Upon arrival PFD crews found an outlet smoking but no fire present. PFD crews did some further investigation and deemed the structure safe. PFD repo...
Sat. Jul 3rd 2021
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PFD responded to a fully involved garage fire in Petersburg. PFD and multiple surrounding departments were able to contain the fire to the building of origin without any fire spread. The cause of fire...
Wed. Feb 17th 2021
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PFD was on scene to extinguish a structure fire this morning of a vacant home. The residence was considered a total loss and there were no injuries reported.
Mon. Nov 16th 2020
PFD has been paged to 5 grass/field fires in the last week. No injuries or property damage occurred.
Sat. Nov 7th 2020
PFD was paged for mutual aid by Tallula Fire for a machine shed fire off of Knoles Road in rural Petersburg. Tallula and Petersburg Fire extinguished the fire and no injuries were reported.
News Headlines
Tue. Jun 29th 2021
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Huge congratulations goes out to one of our own members, Captain Tyler Britton for graduating from the Macon County Law Enforcement Training Center Recruit Class 21-12! Tyler is currently employed at ...
Thu. Jun 3rd 2021
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Please join us in congratulating Firefighter Jeremy Schoby and his wife Amy on their newest addition to the family!Everyone welcome miss Stella Grey to the world! Stella was born at 8:33 this morning ...
Wed. Jun 2nd 2021
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Please join us in welcoming our newest member to the PFD family. Jordan Nicolls was unanimously voted on to the department last night by the Petersburg City Council.Jordan married his wife, Alyssa in ...
Sun. May 23rd 2021
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Please join us in congratulating Probationary Firefighter Justin Luft on completing all certifications for the Basic Firefighter course with the Sherman Fire Department instructed by IFSI. The graduat...
Fri. May 21st 2021
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PFD was on hand today at the Petersburg Elementary School to read to Mrs. Garner’s class! We were grateful for the opportunity as this year’s school year comes to an end!!!
Maltese Cross History

When a courageous band of crusaders known as the Knights of St. John, fought the Saracens for possession of the holy land, they encountered a new weapon unknown to European warriors. It was a simple, but a horrible device of war, it wrought excruciating pain and agonizing death upon the brave fighters for the cross. The Saracen's weapon was, fire.

As the crusaders advanced on the walls of the city, they were struck by glass bombs containing naphtha. When they became saturated with the highly flammable liquid, the Saracens hurled a flaming torch into their midst. Hundreds of the knights were burned alive; others risked their lives to save their brothers-in-arms from dying painful, fiery deaths.

Thus, these men became our first firefighter and the first of a long list of courageous firefighters. Their heroic efforts were recognized by fellow crusaders who awarded each here a badge of honor - a cross similar to the one firefighter's wear today. Since the Knights of St. John lived for close to four centuries on a little island in the Mediterranean Sea named Malta, the cross came to be known as the Maltese Cross.

The Maltese Cross is your symbol of protection. It means that the firefighter who wears this cross is willing to lay down his life for you just as the crusaders sacrificed their lives for their fellow man so many years ago. The Maltese Cross is a firefighter's badge of honor, signifying that he works in courage - a ladder rung away from death.


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