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
Operational area
Country United States
State Arizona
Agency overview[1]
Annual calls8737 (2012)
EMS levelALS
Facilities and equipment[2]
Airport crash1
Wildland4 - Type 6
Official website
IAFF website

History edit

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 Hotshots edit

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, including two 10-person crew carriers, was housed.[6] The 2017 film Only the Brave was based on the Granite Mountain Hotshots and the Yarnell Hill Fire.

Yarnell Fire fatalities edit

On June 30, 2013, 19 members of the 20-man group died fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire.[7][8] Only Brendan McDonough 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 one of the greatest losses of firefighters in the United States next to the September 11 attacks.[11]

Stations and apparatus edit

Fire Station Number Address Engine Companies Truck Companies Wildland Units Special units
71 333 White Spar Rd. Engine 71, Engine 711 Truck 71 Patrol 71 Utility 71 & Battalion 1
72 1700 Iron Springs Rd. Engine 72, Engine 722 Truck 72 Patrol 72
73 1980 Clubhouse Dr.
Prescott Municipal Airport
Engine 73 Patrol 73 Foam 73
74 2747 Smoke Tree Lane Engine 74 Boat 74
75 315 Lee Blvd. Engine 75 Patrol 75 Haz-Mat Unit

References edit

  1. ^ a b c "About the Prescott Fire Department". Prescott Fire Department. Retrieved February 2, 2015.
  2. ^ "Annual Report" (PDF). Prescott Fire Department. Retrieved February 2, 2015.
  3. ^ "Station 73". Prescott Fire Department. Retrieved February 2, 2015.
  4. ^ a b Connell, Robert. "History of the Prescott Fire Department". Prescott Fire Department. Retrieved February 2, 2015.
  5. ^ "Granite Mountain Hotshots". Prescott Fire Department. Retrieved July 1, 2013.
  6. ^ "Station 77". Prescott Fire Department. Retrieved February 2, 2015.
  7. ^ "Multiple firefighter fatalities on the Yarnell Fire in Arizona". Retrieved July 1, 2013.
  8. ^ "19 firefighters working Yarnell Hill Fire confirmed dead". FOX 10. June 30, 2013. Archived from the original on July 1, 2013. Retrieved June 30, 2013.
  9. ^ "Yarnell Hill Fire: Wildfire grows to more than 2,000 acres, 19 firefighters killed". ABC15. June 30, 2013. Archived from the original on July 2, 2013. Retrieved June 30, 2013.
  10. ^ Harris, Craig (July 1, 2013). "Deadly Yarnell Hill Fire: Crews expect fire to be erratic". The Arizona Republic. Retrieved July 1, 2013.
  11. ^ Castellano, Anthony (July 1, 2013). "19 Firefighters Killed in Arizona Wildfire". Yahoo!. Retrieved July 1, 2012.