Emergency Services

Fire Suppression

The Prescott Fire Department provides a high level of Fire Prevention, Fire Suppression and All-Hazard Response 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 3-6 minute response time to most areas within the City of Prescott on all emergencies.

The City of Prescott maintains an ISO rating of a 2 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 Arizona Fire and Medical Authority supplies water tenders for the urban areas around the City.

All frontline engines have pumps of 1000-1500 gallons per minute and carry 500-750 gallons of water onboard. Each engine carries a complete complement of ladders, forcible entry tools and vehicle extrication equipment (jaws of life) and is staffed with at least one certified emergency paramedic at all times.

The PFD has a very close working relationship with Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority. The CAFMA district is situated in the Prescott Basin and shares its borders with the city of Prescott. In addition, the Prescott National Forest surrounds our response areas on three sides. Our department also 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.

Hazardous Materials

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The Hazardous Materials Response Team responds to all Level I responses in district and Level II responses throughout Yavapai County. The Haz-Mat team uses national recognized standards to mitigate hazardous materials emergencies. The Haz-Mat team is trained 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 CAFMA personnel combine to make up the Prescott Area Hazardous Materials Response Team. The Haz-Mat team is made up of 13 State of Arizona Certified Hazardous Material Technicians that have each completed 200 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 certification.

The Team responds to any area in the County of Yavapai with the support of the Local Emergency Planning Committee.

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.

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 Indian Tribe



What is hazard mitigation planning?

Some Definitions…

A source of potential danger or adverse condition. Hazards include natural floods, earthquakes, winter, storms, landslides, wildfires, drought, etc.).

Any sustained action taken to reduce or eliminate the long-term risk to human life and property from hazards.

The act or process of making or carrying out plans; specifically, the establishment of goals,policies, and procedures for a social or economic unit.

Technical Rescue

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The purpose of a Technical Rescue Team (TRT) is to provide an organized rapid rescue that gathers information, deploys the appropriate rescuers and equipment to perform an effective search and rescue.

Prescott Fire Department (PFD) has 12 certified Technical Rescue Technicians which are members on the Prescott Area Regional Response Team. Each technician attended a 200 hour (five week) intensive class to receive their State TRT certification.

Team members are required to attend monthly training drills to maintain and further enhance their skills. Technical Rescue Technicians are trained in the use of specialized equipment and techniques to locate, remove and provide immediate medical treatment to victims utilizing their training in the following rescue procedures:

  • Rope Rescue
  • Water Rescue
  • Confined Space Rescue
  • Building Collapse Rescue
  • Trench Rescue

Emergency Medical Services

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 3-6 minute response time in most cases. This response time is very critical in those cases of severe injury or cardiac arrest.

Prescott Fire Department provides at least 1-2 Paramedic, or Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), 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 Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). All Firefighters are trained in CPR, and the use of an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED).

Airport Rescue & Fire Fighting (ARFF)

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Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF) is the terminology that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has dictated for the airport fire departments across the nation to use for all official communication and correspondence to the Federal government or any other official entity when speaking about airport fire fighting operations. The purpose of ARFF is to provide fire-fighting rescue operations and fire prevention services to air travelers and aviation users so they can be provided with acceptable emergency responses. Services of ARFF include:

  • Emergency assistance – aircraft accident response
  • General medical assistance
  • Inspection of airport fuel farms and fuel service equipment
  • Aircraft hangars and airport-owned buildings and fire sprinkler systems.

ARFF is staffed and operated by Prescott Fire Department personnel (Station 73) whose responsibilities are to respond to all airport incidents, and to respond to all aircraft accidents occurring on or in the immediate vicinity of the airport. ARFF personnel and equipment is funded by the Prescott Fire Department with the Airport contributing to annual ARFF-related training expenses and equipment purchases.