Within a time frame of less than an hour and a half emergency responders in the Virgin Valley area responded to 2 medical calls, 3 brush fires and 1 structure fire all within the City of Mesquite.
2:48 pm Mesquite Fire and Rescue responded with 2 ambulances to a person with severe difficulty breathing. They were able to administer medications to help them improve and get the patient to a local hospital. While attending to and transporting this patient to the hospital, dispatch began receiving multiple calls reporting brush fires along southbound I-15.
3:00 pm Mesquite Fire and Rescue responded to the reported brush fires and called out for assistance from local agencies. Mesquite Fire and Rescue was able to take command of all three fires and began initial attack. Littlefield Beaver Dam Fire Department responded and was able to assist along with Clark County Station 71 (Bunkerville). Mesquite Police Department responded to assist with traffic control making it safe for the fire crews to work. Due to the wide coverage of each fire, Clark County sent 2 units from their Wildland Division. As crews began initial attack on the brush fires, another serious medical call was dispatched for Mesquite Fire.
3:13 pm A call for a person who had fallen on the street and had serious bleeding was dispatched. One of the ambulances from Mesquite Fire and Rescue cleared from the hospital after transporting the patient from the previous medical call. This occurred while the second ambulance that had been at the hospital went back to the fire station to get additional fire apparatus to assist with the I-15 fires. The first ambulance arrived and was able to control the bleeding and transport this person to a local hospital. After they had transferred patient care to the hospital they went to assist the other agencies on I-15. Clark County Wildland Division arrived and took command of 2 of the brush fires. During this transition a structure fire was dispatched.
4:15 pm Units were dispatched to a structure fire of a business in Mesquite. Mesquite Fire Rescue units cleared from the I-15 brush fires and responded to the reported structure fire. When crews arrived they found a 2 story business with large amounts of smoke and fire coming from the second floor. Crews also found employees in the process of evacuating the animals that were housed inside. This facility had many animals and most were evacuated safely. Mesquite Police Department and Animal Control assisted with some of the displaced animals that came out of the fire. One tenant of the building was treated on scene for smoke inhalation.
The success of this day is largely due to the great relationships that these agencies have one with another. To ensure that all are given due credit in no particular order here are the agencies that responded to the call this day:
Mesquite Fire and Rescue
Mesquite Police Department; Patrol and Animal Control
Littlefield Beaver Dam Fire Department with fire apparatus and ambulance
Clark County Station 71 (Bunkerville)
Clark County Wildland Division
As it was today the City of Mesquite was the grounds for all of these calls. Thankfully the other agencies that assisted were able to respond in a timely manner and were not tied up in emergencies in their own jurisdiction.