Southern Nevada BLM Engines

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Engine Program Overview

prescribed fire with Red Rock in backgroundThe 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.

Physical Fitness

All crew members are expected to commence each fire season in top physical conditifireline constructionon. 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.


BLM Fire Stations in Southern Nevada

fire stationBLM has three fire stations strategically located in the Southern Nevada District: Logandale, Pahrump, and Red Rock. All three stations consist of an engine bay, a small office/classroom area, helispot, supply storage, and living quarters. 

The fire stations, which opened in 2004, were constructed to better ensure that BLM wildland fire personnel are located closer to potential fire ignitions and were funded by appropriated funds, BLM National Funding, and Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act funds.
 
Pahrump Fire Station
The Pahrump fire station sits on a slope between the town of Pahrump and the Spring Mountain range. The station has a commanding view of most of its response area. One Type 3 engine is stationed in Pahrump during the fire season.
 
Pahrump fire station’s primary response area is BLM lands in the Pahrump Valley, Amargosa Valley, the west side of Spring Mountains National Recreation Area, and Pahrump (when requested to assist Nye County and the Town of Pahrump). Resources from this station are the closest BLM resource to respond to the Nevada Test Site and Nevada Test & Training Range when requested for wildland fire suppression.
 
Logandale Fire Station
Logandale Fire Station is located off Interstate I-15 at Exit 93. It is just west of the Glendale Nevada Department of Transportation and Highway Patrol facility. One Type 3 Engine and one interagency Type 6 engine are stationed in Logandale during fire season.
 
The primary response area for Logandale fire station is Northeast Clark County including Gold Butte, the Sheep Range, Arrow Canyon, and southern Ely District BLM. The station’s helispot supports fires for both Southern Nevada and Ely Districts, and provids a safe landing spot for local volunteer fire department ambulance crews to transfer patients to air ambulances.
 
Red Rock Fire Station
Red Rock is the largest station in the district. The engine bay at Red Rock is capable of housing six engines. Located off State Route 159 near the Red Rock Campground, it is only minutes away from the 215 Beltway and Las Vegas. One Type 3 engine and two Type 6 engines are stationed in Red Rock during the fire season.

The primary response area for the Red Rock fire station is Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area, east side of Spring Mountains National Recreation Area, and Sandy Valley.

Application Process

Interested applicants should expect vacancies to be listed on USAJOBS during the month of December. Thefirefighters cold trailing hiring lists should close around the first part of January and the lists of candidates will be forwarded to the hiring official.

For further information on the program or application process, or to begin establishing contact with the Fire Operations Specialist during the fall months please refer to the contact information below.

Clay Stephens, Fire Operations Specialist, 702-515-5121, cstephen@blm.gov.