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The Prescott Fire Department provides a high level of Fire Prevention, Fire Control and Emergency Services, to the residents of the City of Prescott and its surrounding communities.

The area that is protected by the PFD covers large portions of wildland and wildland/urban interface. The department strives to maintain a 3-4 minute response time to most areas within the City of Prescott on all emergencies.

The City of Prescott maintains an ISO rating of a 4 with 1 being the best. The average fire hydrant has a 1000-gallon per minute rating. The City has its own water supply for hydrants and Central Yavapai Fire District supplies water tenders for the urban areas around the City.

Photo of the Ladder 72 fire engine
Ladder 72

All frontline engines have pumps of 500-1500 gallons per minute and carry 500 gallons of water onboard. Each engine carries a complete complement of ladders, forcible entry tools and vehicle extrication equipment and is staffed with at least one certified emergency paramedic.

The PFD has a very close working relationship with both Central Yavapai Fire District, and Chino Valley Fire District both of these Districts border the Prescott basin. Prescott National Forest surrounds the City of Prescott on 3 sides of our response areas. Our department has a very close working relationship with the Prescott National Forest Fire crews. Station 71 houses a Forest Service Type 3 engine manned with 4-7 personnel. The PFD has several engines specifically for wildland/urban interface fire suppression.

Emergency Medical Services (EMS)

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Prescott Fire Department provides Emergency Medical Services throughout the City and surrounding area. Paramedics and EMT's respond from each of Prescott's five fire stations to the emergency scene. The strategic location of the fire stations allows Engine Companies to have an approximate 3-4 minute response time in most cases. This response time is very critical in those cases of severe injury or cardiac arrest.

Personnel transport a worker from the site of an industrial accident.
Personnel transport a worker from
the site of an industrial accident.

Prescott Fire Department provides at least 1-2 Paramedics (ACLS) Advanced Cardiac Life Support personnel on every Fire Engine. Each Engine is equipped to handle life threatening emergencies including cardiac arrest, stroke, gunshots, traumatic injuries, difficulty breathing, seizures, heat and cold emergencies, and many more.

Each Firefighter must obtain and maintain a minimum certification level of (EMT) Emergency Medical Technician Basic. All Firefighters are trained in CPR, and the use of a (AED) Automatic External Defibrillator.

Paramedic Bike Team

Bike team members at a recent event.
Bike team members at a recent event.

A Paramedic Bike Team maximizes patient care in high-density crowds at special events. Access to the sick and injured at special events has long been a dilemma. While responding to a medical emergency, emergency vehicles may be held up by traffic, physical barriers, or be delayed by a mass of pedestrians attempting to move out of the way. Many cities in the United States have found that with the innovation of a Paramedic bike Unit, this problem can be dealt with efficiently. Large public gatherings such as parades, marathons, fireworks and other special events demand a medical presence.

Our mission is to be highly visible at large public gatherings, provide for an opportunity for the public to meet and interact with the Firefighter/Paramedics. We want to demonstrate to the community an innovative way to provide rapid emergency response and patient care.

Hazardous Materials Response Team

The Hazardous Materials Response Team responds to all Level I responses in district and Level II responses throughout Yavapai County. The Haz. Mat. Team use national recognized standards to mitigate hazardous materials emergencies. The Team is in the business to identify, isolate, and stabilize the Hazardous Material Incident. It is not in the Hazardous Waste clean up business, though it maintains a list of Arizona Department of Environmental Quality approved clean-up contractors and support local organized household hazardous waste clean-up days.

Prescott Fire Department and Central Yavapai Fire District personnel combined make up the Prescott Area Hazardous Materials Response Team. The Haz. Mat. Team is made up of State of Arizona Certified Hazardous Material Technicians that have each completed 260 hours of training subject matters ranging from College chemistry to wearing Level “A” entry suits (moon suit). Team members must take continuing education training throughout the year, with at least 2 major drills to maintain their certitification.

Hazardous Materials team members secure top on drum.
Hazardous Materials team
members secure top on drum.

The Team responds to any area in the County of Yavapai with the support of the Local Emergency Planning Committee. They are trained and equipped to handle transportation spills and fixed facility incidents.

When the team goes to an incident they bring the Haz. Mat. Unit. This truck can act as a mobile command post and research platform. It also carries all the specialized equipment that could be used on an incident scene. This truck is supported by a fire engine, which provides additional hazardous material monitors and detectors and with a 500 gallon water tank and a ready delivery system.

The Prescott Area Hazardous Materials Response Team is here not only to serve the citizens of Prescott, but also to serve all the residents of Yavapai County.

For more information see the contact list and Links for Emergency Response to Hazardous Materials.

Yavapai County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Planning Project

The following cities and Indian tribes are currently participating with Yavapai County to develop a multi-jurisdictional all-hazard mitigation plan for each community.

  • Camp Verde
  • Chino Valley
  • Clarkdale
  • Cottonwood
  • Jerome
  • Prescott
  • Prescott Valley
  • Sedona
  • Yavapai Prescott Tribe

What is hazard mitigation planning?

Some Definitions...

  • HAZARD
    A source of potential danger or adverse condition. Hazards include both natural floods,earthquakes,winter,storms,landslides,wildfires,drought,etc.).
  • HAZARD MITIGATION
    Any sustained action taken to reduce or eliminate the long-term risk to human life and property from hazards.
  • PLANNING
    The act or process of making or carrying out plans; specifically, the establishment of goals,policies, and procedures for a social or economic unit.

Why are communities doing this hazard mitigation planning?

The process of hazard mitigation planning is a very important part of any community's planning program for sustainability. For most communities, mitigation programs for hazards that occur infrequently are usually funded and initiated on a post-disaster basis with solutions that are generally reactionary to the most recent event. This form of hazard mitigation programming is typically morecostly, both in property and human losses, on a long-termbasis. Congress recognized the deficiency of the current system and in October 2000, passed the DisasterMitigation Act of 2000 (DMA2K). The overall purpose of DMA2K was to establish a national program for pre-disaster mitigation, streamline administration of disaster relief at both the fedeeral and state levels, and control federal costs of disaster assistance. In general, the DMA2K legislation requiresall local, county, and tribal governments to develop a hazard mitigation plan for their respective community in order to be eligible to receive federal pre-and post-disaster mitigation assistance funds. Each community's hazard mitigation plan must be submitted to and approved by State of Arizonaand FEMA. After November 1, 2004, communities areineligible to receive certainfederal hazard mitigation funds until they comlpete their plan. The City of Cottonwood and Yavapai County have been working diligently to complete their plans as soon as possible.

How is the plan being developed?

A planning team comprised of planning and engineering representatives from the cities, tribes, and county, as well as public utilities, hospitals, police, fire, and sheriff's departments, and other public and private entities, are meeting regularly to work through a hazard mitigation planning process that involves the following tasks:

  • Identify hazards that may impact or have impacted the community
  • Develop a profile of the most relevant events
  • Assess Vunerability to Hazards
  • Assess the communities capability to mitigate hazards
  • Establish hazard mitigation activity goals andobjectives for the community
  • Develop hazard mitigation actions and/or projects
  • Develop an implementation strategy for the plan
  • Write and officially adopt plan

How can I get involved or obtain more information?

For more information on this hazard mitigation planning process, please contact Darrell Willis, Prescott Fire Department at (928) 777-1700.

Wildland Fire Suppression Team

The Wildland Fire Suppression Team is made up of 4-5 teams with 3,4 and 5 members per team with no more than 2 teams off district at one time. Teams respond anywhere in the nation to wildland fires and wildland urban interface fires, or disasters when called upon.

The Prescott Fire Department works very closely with the U.S. Forest Service and State Lands Department.These agencies will request certain types of apparatus (Engine, Patrol, Water Tenders or Structure Protection Trailer) and travel in groups, called Task Forces or Strike Teams. A task force is a multi functional group made up of different types of apparatus Engines, Patrols or Water Tenders. With a particular tactical need, a common communications system and a Leader, pre-established before responding to an incident or assembled at the incident. A Strike Team is made up same kind and type of resource as in a group of engines or group of patrols etc. with a single purpose common communications and Leader. Or as single resources traveling to incidents and put onto teams when the resource is at the incident. Often the agencies making the request for assistance will request specified Overhead personnel such as a Task Force Leader, Structure Protection Specialists, Division Supervisors, or Strike Team Leaders. The Prescott Fire Department has trained personnel that are qualified in all of these specialty field positions.

Wildland firefighter puts a wet line around fire for fire extinguishment.
Wildland firefighter puts a wet
line around fire for fire extinguishment.

Recently, Department personnel and others from the Forest Service have made a Structure Protection Trailer, equipped with hoses, special made nozzles, saws, pumps, special water holding tanks and other equipment for rapid deployment into areas where homes or subdivisions need to be protected from wildfires and can be left at scene or unmanned.

All of these teams or single resources are trained, organized and equipped to respond "off district" out of the Prescott Basin area within an hour of dispatch. These teams work on fire lines or structure protection during major wildfires. Teams spend up to 2 weeks off district with 2 days off then back on the fire line 2 more weeks. Crews change personnel if fires continue to burn or if teams are called to another fire or fires for an extended period of time. Crew members sleep on the ground in tents or motels depending on the size and location of fire. Usually if fires are large a camp is set up and they become the size of a city within itself with thousands of fire personnel.

Prescott Fire Department has a contract with Federal and State agencies when responding to other areas outside the City limits, these agencies pay the PFD for personnel, apparatus and equipment time.

 

Prescott Explorers Post 7927

Explorer extinguishing fire during training exercise
Explorer extinguishing fire
during training exercise

This Fire Department sponsored and Boy Scouts affiliated program is designed to develop firefighting skills of young men and ladies ages 14 to 20. Participants meet twice monthly and train with Prescott Fire Department personnel, learning both textual materials and hands-on skills related to the profession. As each Explorer’s skills advance, they are provided the opportunity to conduct Ride Alongs on Prescott Fire Engines, furthering their skills and helping them determine if the firefighting profession is a good fit for them. The most advanced Explorers further advance themselves by assisting in the teaching of the newest members. Present members range in age from 14 to 18 and hail from across the quad city area.

The Prescott Explorers Post was established in the early 1990s by Firefighter Gary Pederson, with various firefighters serving as coordinator over its twenty year history. Since its establishment, the Explorers have been an active component within the department, partaking in PFD events such as the annual hose carts races and housing ceremonies. Numerous members of the Explorers Post 7927 have since advanced to full time firefighting positions in the region. The program is presently coordinated by Firefighter Conrad Jackson.