Clark County Fire Department (Nevada)

The Clark County Fire Department (CCFD) provides fire protection and emergency medical services for the unincorporated areas of Clark County, Nevada. The cities of Las Vegas, Boulder City, North Las Vegas, Henderson and Mesquite each have their own fire department, but emergency management is provided by the county government.

Clark County Fire Department
Operational area
Country United States
State Nevada
CountyClark
Agency overview[1][2]
EstablishedNovember 23, 1953
Annual calls143,263 (2013)
Employees706
StaffingCareer & Volunteer
Fire chiefGregory D. Cassell
EMS levelALS
IAFF1908
Facilities and equipment[1]
Battalions4
Stations42 (29 Career, 13 Volunteer)
Engines40
Trucks5
Squads11
Rescues1
Ambulances33
Tenders9
HAZMAT1 (OOS)
Airport crash5
Wildland2
Light and air1
Website
Official website
IAFF website

History

In 1953, Las Vegas was growing rapidly with a growth from 8,422 residents in 1940 to over 64,000 in 1960. Meanwhile, Clark County had reached a population of 127,016. The unprecedented growth created a greater need for fire protection. The Clark County Fire Department was formally created on November 23, 1953. The revenues from the towns of Winchester and Paradise provided funds for the construction of the first station.[3]

Fire Administration

The CCFD is headed by a Fire Chief, currently Gregory D. Cassell, who replaced former Fire Chief Bertral T. Washington on Feb. 17, 2015.

The CCFD organization consists of six bureaus. Each bureau is commanded by a Deputy Fire Chief. These bureaus include:

  • Bureau of Finance Administration
  • Office of Emergency Management
  • Bureau of Support Services
  • Bureau of Emergency Medical Services
  • Bureau of Operations Training
  • Bureau of Homeland Security


Deputy Chiefs

Senior StaffTitle & Job
John C. Steinbeck Deputy Fire Chief - Emergency Manager
Roy Session Deputy Fire Chief
Kelly Blackmon Deputy Fire Chief
Jeff Buchanan Deputy Fire Chief - Support Services Division
Jon Wiercinski Deputy Fire Chief - Training Division
Larry Haydu Assistant Fire Chief - Rural Division
Dan Heenan Assistant Fire Chief - Fire Investigation Division

USAR Task Force

The CCFD is the founding member of Nevada Task Force 1 (NVTF-1), one of 28 Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Urban Search and Rescue Task Forces (USAR-TF) that are prepared to respond to state or federal disasters throughout the United States.[4] The task force team is deployed by FEMA for the rescue of victims of structural collapses due to man-made or natural disasters.

Notable fires

MGM Grand Fire

On November 21, 1980 the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino (now Bally's Las Vegas) in Paradise, Nevada suffered a major fire. The fire killed 85 people, most through smoke inhalation.[5] The CCFD was the first agency to respond, and thus was in command at the scene of the fire, which remains the worst disaster in Nevada history, and the third-worst hotel fire in modern U.S. history.[6]

PEPCON Disaster

The PEPCON disaster was an industrial disaster that occurred in Henderson on May 4, 1988 at the Pacific Engineering and Production Company of Nevada (PEPCON) plant. The fire and subsequent explosions claimed two lives, injured 372 people, and caused an estimated US$100 million of damage. A large portion of the Las Vegas Valley within a 10 miles (16 km) radius of the plant was affected, and several agencies activated disaster plans.[7]

Stations & Apparatus

The CCFD is spread out throughout the unincorporated areas of the county in 42 separate fire stations, including one located at McCarran International Airport.[8][1]

Fire Station Number Address Engine Company Truck Company Emergency Medical Services Rescue Unit Other units
11 5150 S Las Vegas BlvdEngine 11Truck 11Rescue 11
12 3050 Industrial RdEngine 12Rescue 12
13 McCarran International AirportEngine 13Rescue 13Battalion 40,Foam 41, 42, 43 & 44
14 3260 Topaz StEngine 14Rescue 14Air Resource 14
15 3480 S Valley View BlvdEngine 15Rescue 15
16 6131 E. Washington Ave.Engine 16
17 5110 Andover DrEngine 17Truck 17Rescue 17
18 575 E Flamingo RdEngine 18Truck 18Rescue 18, Rescue 218Battalion 2
19 5575 Spencer StEngine 19Rescue 19
20 5865 Judson AveEngine 20Rescue 20
21 5015 W Oquendo RdEngine 21Rescue 21Heavy Rescue 21
22 6745 W Flamingo RdEngine 22Truck 22Rescue 22
23 4250 E Alexander RdEngine 23Rescue 23
24 7525 Dean Martin DrEngine 24Hazmat 24[9]
25 5210 S Pecos RdEngine 25Rescue 25
26 4030 S El Capitan WayEngine 26Rescue 26
27 4695 Vegas Valley DrEngine 27Rescue 27 & Rescue 227Battalion 3
28 10820 W Sahara AveEngine 28Rescue 28
29 7530 Paradise RdEngine 29
31 2190 S Hollywood BlvdEngine 31
32 2550 W Harmon AveEngine 32Rescue 32Squad 32
33 865 E Desert Inn RdEngine 33Rescue 33MCI 33
34 8675 W Oquendo RdEngine 34Rescue 34
38 1755 Silver Hawk AveEngine 38Rescue 38
61 150 N. Nellis StreetTruck 61Rescue 61
65 3825 W Starr AveEngine 65Rescue 65Water Tender 65
66 7929 Mountains Edge PkyEngine 66
71 200 W Virgin StEngine 71Rescue 71Squad 71 & Water Tender 71
72 22 E State Route 168Engine 72Rescue 72Squad 72 & Water Tender 72
73 3570 Lyman StEngine 73Rescue 73Squad 73, Brush 73 & Water Tender 73
74 310 N Moapa Valley BlvdEngine 74Rescue 74Squad 74, Brush 74 & Water Tender 74
75 255 S Nevada StEngine 75Rescue 75Squad 75 & Water Tender 75
76 50 Laughlin Civic DrEngine 76Rescue 76Technical Rescue 76
77 650 W Quartz AveEngine 77Rescue 77Squad 77 & Water Tender 77
78 375 N Beacon StEngine 78Squad 78 & Water Tender 78
79 0 State Route 160Engine 79Squad 79
80 28 Cottonwood DrEngine 80Squad 80 & Water Tender 80
81 25 Ski Chalet PlEngine 81Rescue 81Squad 81
82 0 Camp Bonanza RdEngine 82Rescue 82Squad 82
83 715 W Gretta LnEngine 83Rescue 83Squad 83
84 Apache RdEngine 84Rescue 84Squad 84 & Water Tender 84
85 3770 S James Bilbray PkyEngine 85
87 20400 S Las Vegas BlvdRescue 87

References

  1. "2013 Summary" (PDF). Clark County Fire Department.
  2. "2013 Annual Report" (PDF). Clark County Fire Department. Retrieved 27 January 2015.
  3. "Department History". Retrieved 27 January 2015.
  4. "About Task Force". Nevada Task Force 1. Retrieved 26 January 2015.
  5. "MGM Fire Investigation Report" (PDF). Clark County Fire Department. Archived from the original (PDF) on November 9, 2013. Retrieved August 17, 2014.
  6. "MGM Hotel Fire". Retrieved 27 January 2015.
  7. Reed, Jack W. "Analysis of the Accidental Explosion at Pepcon, Henderson, Nevada, May 4, 1988" (PDF): 62. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  8. "Complete List Of Fire Stations". Retrieved 27 January 2015.
  9. "Clark County Fire Department to bring back high-risk rescue unit". Las Vegas Review-Journal. 2018-03-08. Retrieved 2018-03-12.

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