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Prescott Fire Department

The Prescott Fire Department is the municipal fire department for the city of Prescott, Arizona. Additionally, the PFD provides aircraft rescue and firefighting for the Prescott Municipal Airport.[3] Founded in 1885, it is the oldest fire department in the state of Arizona.[1] With a coverage area of 41.5 square miles (107 km2) and serving a population of 39,843, the PFD consists of 92 career personnel, split among five fire stations.[1]

Prescott Fire Department
PrescottFireDepartmentLogo.jpg
Operational area
Country  United States
State  Arizona
City Prescott
Agency overview[1]
Established 1885
Annual calls 8737 (2012)
Employees 92
Staffing Career
EMS level ALS
IAFF 3066
Facilities and equipment[2]
Stations 5
Engines 7
Trucks 2
HAZMAT 1
Airport crash 1
Wildland 4 - Type 6
Website
Official website
IAFF website

Contents

HistoryEdit

Prior to 1884, Prescott had no water system for fire protection. Wells were sunk at the four corners of the courthouse plaza and double acting hand pumps were installed.[4] In 1884 the water system was installed and the Prescott Volunteer Fire Department was started with a single hose company using a two-wheeled cart hand drawn with 600 feet (180 m) of 2.5 inches (6.4 cm) hose. In 1954 the then four separate volunteer companies were merged into one and named Prescott Fire Department.[4]

Granite Mountain HotshotsEdit

The Granite Mountain Hotshots were a group within the department whose mission was to fight wildfires. Founded in 2002 as a fuels mitigation crew, it transitioned to a handcrew (Type 2 I/A) in 2004, and ultimately to a hotshot crew in 2008.[5] The crew had their own fire station, station 7, where equipment was housed including two 10-person crew carriers.[6] The 2017 film Only the Brave was based on the Granite Mountain Hotshots and the Yarnell Fire.

Yarnell Fire fatalitiesEdit

On June 30, 2013, 19 members of the group were killed fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire.[7][8] There were twenty members of the group, of which only one survived.[9] The firefighters had apparently deployed fire shelters, but not all of the bodies were found inside them.[10] According to the National Fire Protection Association, it was the greatest loss of life for firefighters in a wildfire since 1933, the deadliest wildfire of any kind since 1991, and the greatest loss of firefighters in the United States since the September 11 attacks.[11] Vice President Joe Biden attended the memorial and stated, "All men are created equal. But then, a few became firefighters."[12]

Stations and apparatusEdit

Address Engine Truck Wildland Other
71 333 White Spar Rd. Engine 71, Engine 711 Truck 71 Patrol 71 Utility 71 & Battalion 1 [13]
72 1700 Iron Springs Rd. Engine 72, Engine 722 Truck 72 Patrol 72 [14]
73 1980 Clubhouse Dr.
Prescott Municipal Airport
Engine 73 Patrol 73 Foam 73 [3]
74 2747 Smoketree Ln. Engine 74 Boat 74 [15]
75 315 Lee Blvd. Engine 75 Patrol 75 HazMat [16]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "About the Prescott Fire Department". Prescott Fire Department. Retrieved 2 February 2015. 
  2. ^ "Annual Report" (PDF). Prescott Fire Department. Retrieved 2 February 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "Station 73". Prescott Fire Department. Retrieved 2 February 2015. 
  4. ^ a b Connell, Robert. "History of the Prescott Fire Department". Prescott Fire Department. Retrieved 2 February 2015. 
  5. ^ "Granite Mountain Hotshots". Prescott Fire Department. Retrieved 1 July 2013. 
  6. ^ "Station 77". Prescott Fire Department. Retrieved 2 February 2015. 
  7. ^ "Multiple firefighter fatalities on the Yarnell Fire in Arizona". Wildfiretoday.org. Retrieved 1 July 2013. 
  8. ^ "19 firefighters working Yarnell Hill Fire confirmed dead". FOX 10. June 30, 2013. Retrieved June 30, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Yarnell Hill Fire: Wildfire grows to more than 2,000 acres, 19 firefighters killed". ABC15. June 30, 2013. Retrieved June 30, 2013. 
  10. ^ Harris, Craig (July 1, 2013). "Deadly Yarnell Hill Fire: Crews expect fire to be erratic". The Republic. Retrieved July 1, 2013. 
  11. ^ Anthony Castellano (July 1, 2013). "19 Firefighters Killed in Arizona Wildfire". Yahoo!. Retrieved July 1, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Members Of Elite Firefighting Unit Memorialized In Arizona". NPR.org. Retrieved 2016-03-08. 
  13. ^ "Station 71". Prescott Fire Department. Retrieved 2 February 2015. 
  14. ^ "Station 72". Prescott Fire Department. Retrieved 2 February 2015. 
  15. ^ "Station 74". Prescott Fire Department. Retrieved 2 February 2015. 
  16. ^ "Station 75". Prescott Fire Department. Retrieved 2 February 2015.