Pierce-Polk Townships Volunteer Fire Department

The Town of Pekin is located 75 miles SSW of Indianapolis along State Road 60 in southeastern Washington County. Established in 1956, the 21 members of this all volunteer department respond with 7 apparatus from two stations. PPTVFD provides Fire, Rescue and Medical First-Responder protection to 7400 residents of Pierce and Polk Townships and the Town of Pekin.

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Pierce-Polk Fire Station 1 - Highway 60 - Pekin
Station 1 serves as the department's headquarters and is home to Quick Attack 901, Engine 903, Tanker 904, First-Response Vehicle 906 and Rescue 9. The Pierce-Polk Fire Department was founded in 1956 with a pumper and a former Army service jeep that pulled a water wagon. The department was housed in what is now station 2, which is owned by the Town of Pekin. The department shared quarters with Pekin Fire Department until 1984, when a local doctor sold the department the former town skating rink, which was converted into what is now Station 1. In 1992, the Pekin Fire Department disbanded and the Pierce-Polk Fire Department contracted with the Town for fire protection.

Quick Attack 901 - 2006 Chevy/1978 Pierce/2006 Simon - 250gpm/300 gal
This truck is normally first out on all fires because of its quickness and ease of operation.

Quick Attack 901 - 2006 Chevy/1978 Pierce/2006 Simon - 250gpm/300 gal


Engine 903 - 1990 Chevy Kodiak/1991 Simon Rescue Pumper - 500 gpm/1000gal
903 is the department’s first-due pumper for structure fires and automobile accidents. It is equipped with AMKUS Rescue Tools and a Thermal Imaging Camera. The rescue tools will be transferred to Rescue 9 in 2009.

Engine 903 - 1990 Chevy Kodiak/1991 Simon Rescue Pumper - 500 gpm/1000gal


Tanker 904, 1995 Chevy/2004 Dennis Mfg. Co. - 1600gal
904 one of 2 tankers that shuttle water to scenes to the far reaches of the townships, where water is usually not available.

Tanker 904, 1995 Chevy/2004 Dennis Mfg. Co. - 1600gal


EMS 906 - 1990 Chevy Suburban - First Response Vehicle
This vehicle responds to all EMS calls and is BLS Non-Transport Certified.

EMS 906 - 1990 Chevy Suburban - First Response Vehicle


Rescue 9 - 1994 Chevy Utility/FD Custom


Rescue 9 - 1994 Chevy Utility/FD Custom
This vehicle was donated to the department in 2008 by the local Telemedia Company. It will be placed into service in 2009.

Pierce-Polk Fire Station 2 - 210 Timber Boulevard
This is the former home of Pekin Fire Department and is quarters for Brush 905, Tanker 902, and the 2 antique vehiclesformerly owned by the town and townships.

Tanker 902 - 1993 Ford/ Local built tank, 1200 gal.
This truck is owned by the members of the fire department.

Brush 905 - 1975 Dodge DNR/ Darley 200 gpm/ 200 gal.
This is a Department of Natural Resources owned vehicle that was modified and painted by the department members for brush fire fighting. The pump was acquired through a 2005 DNR Grant.

Antique 1926 Ford Model T/ Howe 200 GPM.
This served as Pekin’s only firefighting apparatus from 1926 through 1953, when it was traded in for a new Chevrolet fire truck. The truck was later bought back from an antique dealer’s estate auction in 1998.

Special thanks to Fire Chief Jeff Miller and his father Scott Miller for their assistance in arranging the apparatusfor these pictures and for providing department background and history.