Recent Calls
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.
Thu. Nov 5th 2020
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PFD was paged as mutual aid for a garage fire off Central Drive at Chautauqua in rural Petersburg. The fire was extinguished before it caused further property damage and no injuries were reported.
Wed. Jun 10th 2020
PFD and multiple other agencies responded to Athens to assist with a structure fire which resulted in a fatality.
News Headlines
Thu. Jan 7th 2021
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This year PFD ran an all time record of 313 calls for service. We appreciate all of the support from the community, sponsors and our members throughout the year. The members of PFD would like to wish ...
Sat. Jan 2nd 2021
Please join us in celebrating our members as the new year gets started with our 2020 department awards! Although this year was unconventional, PFD ran a record 313 calls for service.Incentive Awards -...
Tue. Nov 17th 2020
The members of PFD would like to send our sincere thanks to the America’s Farmers Grow Communities Bayer Fund for their most generous donation. We are very grateful to have the opportunity to ev...
Sat. Oct 24th 2020
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PFD was on scene handing out candy to all the trick or treaters at the Petersburg Halloween parade.
Wed. Aug 26th 2020
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PFD held a multiagency training last night hosted by IFSI and sponsored by Prairieland FS covering LP Gas. This course covered many aspects of working with the product and it’s characteristics a...
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How do I know when to dial 911?
Anytime you find yourself in a situation that requires an emergency response from a law enforcement agency, a fire department, or an ambulance service you should call 911. As a general rule, if you face a situation where you are trying to decide whether to dial 911 or not, DIAL 911. It is always better to be safe than risk the chance of not getting the help you need, when you need it.

If you have a situation that you need to report, but the incident is a past event and non-threatening (not in progress, suspects are unknown or not seen), i.e., theft of personal property, past criminal mischief/vandalism, a theft from an auto that occurred during the night, then you may want to contact the law enforcement agency to report the incident by calling in to the Menard County Jail at (217) 632-2273. Again, anytime you are unsure of when to dial 911, it is always better to dial 911 than risk not getting help when you need it. 
 
What can I expect when I call 911?
When you dial 911, your call will be answered by an 911 Dispatcher. The dispatcher will conduct an interview to determine the type of emergency service needed. Questions generally asked fall into key questions of WHO, WHAT, WHERE, WHEN, and depending on the situation, WHY. It's important to listen to the dispatcher and answer the questions asked. The dispatcher must ask you specific questions in order to ensure you receive the kind of help needed. It may seem that you are asked a lot of questions and that a lot of time has passed,however trained dispatchers will only ask questions that are necessary in getting you the proper help you need. This generally takes less than 30-45 seconds. Often times the dispatcher will start emergency response units and will return to ask the follow-up questions.) The main objective is to remain calm and listen to the dispatcher's instructions...help is on the way.

What happens if I accidentally dial 911?
Misdials are sometimes experienced on 911. Often many misdials are realized after the number is dialed and the caller will immediately disconnect the line. This is what is commonly referred to as a "911 hangup". If a connection was made, regardless if the line was not answered by the 911 operator, the PSAP will still receive the call. It is very important to remain on the line, even if you realize you misdialed. If you disconnect the line, the 911 operator must process the call as an unknown emergency, until otherwise determined.


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