The Henderson Professional Fire Fighters serve over 276,000
residents and operate from nine stations comprised of 209
full-time employees. They are nationally accredited by the
Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services (CAAS)
and Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI),
and they are a full-service fire and rescue department.
The Henderson Professional Fire Fighters take great pride in
their premier level of service in the community and are proud
to have exceptional rates of service. In fact, 96% of those
they have served rated them as Outstanding or Excellent.
By providing a hazard response system that includes fire
response, advanced life support, emergency medical
treatment and transportation, the City of Henderson Fire
Department has maintained the City of HendersonŐs lowest
cost per capita in the region.
Training for the Henderson Professional Fire Fighters is
extensive and has led them to achieve a cardiac survivability
rate that is three times the national average. Each crew
member is assigned specific responsibilities and receives
the highest level of training. Additionally, the Henderson Fire
Department charges an average of 5% less than private
companies to transport, returning over $4.5 million to the City
of Henderson, rather than to out-of-state corporations. Every
resident receives consistent quality of care.
The Henderson Professional Fire Fighters have a costeffective
staffing model, of 24-hour shifts and 56-hour
work weeks, which provides the lowest cost operation. The
Henderson Professional Fire Fighters work with the City to
ensure that there are additional personnel in each rank to
address fire fighter safety and to contain overtime costs.
They work regularly with the City of Henderson to ensure that
the use of sick leave is strictly defined and enforced. When
necessary, changes are made and they are always looking
for best practices to ensure that there is no abuse, and that
citizens are receiving the best return for their investment.
As the residents of Henderson already know, the recession
has really hit our economy. What they may not know, however,
is that it has also affected the Henderson Professional
Fire Fighters. When this recession began, the Henderson
Professional Fire Fighters voluntarily opened up their contracts
and took a pay cut, deferring raises until the economy
improved. As the recession worsened, the Henderson
Professional Fire Fighters gave their raises back and reduced
the cost of their medical benefits at the end of their contract.
These sacrifices resulted in upwards of $3 million in savings
for the City of Henderson.
Their service does not end at the end of a shift. Community
service remains a key component of the Henderson
Professional Fire Fighters, and they continue to fundraise
and donate directly to nonprofit organizations throughout
the valley. They have raised $523,985 since 2007 for the
Muscular Dystrophy Association with their "Fill the Boot"
Campaign. In addition, they have donated their time and
thousands of dollars to the American Red Cross, Safe Kids
Clark County, Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth, Public
Education Foundation, Henderson Boys and Girls Club,
Safe Nest and the Southern Nevada Burn Foundation. The
Henderson Professional Fire Fighters remain committed to
their communities, not only with their level of service, but with
their numerous community outreach efforts.