Engine Program Overview
The Southern Nevada District has three Type 3 fire engines, two Type 6 fire engines, and one interagency Type 6 fire engine. Each engine is staffed with between three and five firefighters depending on the season, training needs, and other factors. The engines are led by a Captain and Engine Operator or Lead Firefighter. The additional firefighter positions per engine are seasonal.
Southern Nevada District strives to provide as many training, detail, and off district opportunities as conditions and funding allow to improve the knowledge and diversity of individuals within the program. In addition to local fire initial attack opportunities, engine modules may be assigned for up to 30 days at a time supporting incidents nationally. While assigned to fires, firefighters often live in primitive conditions and will work up to 16 hours a day in a hot and smoky environment.
All crew members are expected to commence each fire season in top physical condition. Southern Nevada District firefighters participate in the BLM Fitness Challenge and each firefighter will be required to pass the work capacity pack test. (45lb pack carried for three miles on flat smooth surface in less than 45 minutes.) Southern Nevada District firefighters strive to attain very high levels of physical fitness due to the extreme heat and physically demanding nature of the job.