Las Vegas Fire & Rescue Department

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Las Vegas Fire & Rescue Department
Las Vegas Fire Department.jpg
Striving for a safer community
Operational area
Country  United States
State  Nevada
City Las Vegas
Agency overview[1]
Annual calls 100,821 (2013)
Employees 664
Staffing Career
Fire chief William McDonald
EMS level ALS
IAFF 1285
Facilities and equipment[1]
Battalions 3
Stations 20
Engines 20
Trucks 6
Rescues 1
Ambulances 23
Tenders 1
HAZMAT 1
Light and air 1
Website
Official website
IAFF website

The Las Vegas Fire & Rescue Department (LVFRD) provides fire protection and emergency medical services to the city of Las Vegas, Nevada. It is the third largest fire department in the state of Nevada after the Clark County Fire Department and the Reno Fire Department. The Las Vegas Fire & Rescue Department is responsible for preserving life and property for a population over 600,000 in an area totaling 133.25 square miles (345.1 km2).[1] Since 2009, the LVFRD has been one of only 9 fire departments the United States that is accredited by both Insurance Services Office (ISO) and Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI).[2]

History[edit]

The department began in 1906 as the Las Vegas Volunteer Fire Department. As the city grew, so did the need for a full time department. In August 1942, the department added its first full-time employees, a chief and 12 firefighters.[3] In 1999 a city ordinance changed the name of the department from Las Vegas Fire Department to Las Vegas Fire & Rescue Department.[1]

USAR Task Force[edit]

The NLVFD is a 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.

MGM Grand Fire[edit]

Main article: 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 LVFRD was one of the agencies to respond to fire which remains the worst disaster in Nevada history, and the third-worst hotel fire in modern U.S. history.

Stations & Apparatus[edit]

LVFRD Fire Station # 5
LVFRD Fire Station # 7

The LVFRD is currently made up of over 660 firefighters and paramedics and operates out of 20 Fire Stations, located throughout the city under the command of 3 Battalion Chiefs in 3 Battalions per shift.[1]

Address Engine Truck EMS Other
1 500 N. Casino Center Blvd Engine 1, Engine 201 Truck 1 Rescue 1, Rescue 201, Rescue 301 Battalion 1
2 900 S. Durango Dr Engine 2 Rescue 2 Battalion 10
3 2645 W. Washington Ave Engine 3 Rescue 3 HazMat 3 CBRNE 3
4 421 S. 15th St Engine 4 Truck 4 Rescue 4, Rescue 204
5 1020 Hinson St Engine 5 Rescue 5, EMS 1
6 1680 S. Torrey Pines Dr Engine 6 Truck 6 Rescue 6
7 10101 Banburry Cross Dr Truck 7 Rescue 7 Mobile Command Unit
8 805 N. Mojave Rd Engine 8 Truck 8 Rescue 8
9 4747 N. Rainbow Blvd Engine 9 Rescue 9 Water Tender 9
10 1501 S. Martin L. King Blvd Engine 10 Rescue 10
41 6989 N. Buffalo Dr Engine 41 Rescue 41
42 7331 W. Cheyenne Ave Engine 42 Rescue 42 Battalion 4
43 6420 Smoke Ranch Rd Engine 43 Truck 43 Rescue 43
44 7701 W. Washington Ave Engine 44 Rescue 44 Heavy Rescue 44
45 3821 N. Fort Apache Rd Engine 45 Rescue 45
47 91 Pine Ridge St Engine 47 Rescue 47
48 9133 W. Elkhorn Rd Engine 48 Truck 48 Rescue 48
106 1888 Stella Lake St Engine 106 Rescue 106
107 9398 Sundial Dr Engine 107 Rescue 107
108 4555 E. Bonanza Rd Engine 108 Rescue 108

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "General Info" (PDF). Las Vegas Fire & Rescue. Retrieved 26 January 2015. 
  2. ^ "A New Opportunity in Public –Public Partnerships" (PDF). November 1, 2009. Retrieved 2010-08-26. 
  3. ^ "City’s Fire & Rescue Department Celebrates 65 Years" (Press release). Las Vegas, Nevada. August 20, 2007. Retrieved 2010-08-26. 
  4. ^ "About Task Force". Nevada Task Force 1. Retrieved 26 January 2015. 
  5. ^ "MGM Fire Investigation Report" (PDF). Clark County Fire Department. Retrieved August 17, 2014.