Specialty Teams Division
Haz Mat Response
The Bullhead City Fire Department Hazardous Materials response is part of the Mohave County Hazmat Regional Response Unit. The unit covers all areas of Mohave County, incorporated and unincorporated, with technician level trained personnel and enhanced by specially trained local operational personnel. The unit responds to a variety of hazardous chemical, biological and unknown substance calls, from simple odor investigations to potential weapons of mass destruction events. Members are actively involved in hazardous materials training, practicing at least monthly. Training includes maintaining specialized skills and testing operational personnel to affirm or enhance their level of preparedness and to keep them aware of the dangers of the materials they encounter daily. Training also includes anti-terrorism preparedness for all response personnel.
The Bullhead City Fire Department has recognized the tremendous growth in awareness of the need to respond effectively to water emergencies. Our community demands preparedness from their public safety officials. Bullhead City Fire Department Dive/Rescue Teams approach to aquatic preparedness ensures public safety officials respond effectively to water-incident scenes. We combine state of the art knowledge of rescue and recovery, a network of experienced professionals who also work in the field and field exercises with operational standards that ensure sustainable performance. This approach supports national preparedness goals and provides training tailored to enhance our departmental operations. The Bullhead City Fire Department Dive Team is comprised of ten members and is led by Engineer Jimmy Smith.
The Bullhead City Fire Department Boat Operations Division consists of 22 certified boat operators and two watercraft. We have a 23 foot Jetcraft and a 26 foot Munson landing craft equipped with a 500 gallon per minute fire pump. Both watercraft are equipped with a Hamilton jet drive and are capable of operating in shallow water. The watercraft respond to marine emergencies including dive rescue operations, boat and personal watercraft accidents, boat and shore line fires, and medical emergencies. The boat operations division is headed by Captain Rob Woodford.