We are the emergency response personnel of Central Lyon County Fire District, located in Central Lyon County in Northern Nevada. Our response area includes 630 square miles and serves a population of over 25,000 residents. We run an average of 3,500 emergency calls per year. We have a line staff of 15 full-time firefighters, out of which 13 are paramedics and 2 are EMTs. We respond to “all-risk” emergencies; including structure fires, wildland fires, motor vehicle accidents, hazardous materials incidents, water, rope, trench, and confined space rescues, and of course medical calls. We serve the area along the Hwy 50 corridor east of Carson City to East of Silver Springs at the Churchill County line. The agency is a combination of volunteer and professional firefighters working out of 7 fire stations, 2 of which house the professional staff. The agency also has a fuels management division that employs 1 additional employee, also a trained firefighter and EMT. The agency has a district fire chief, an assistant fire chief, and 3 battalion chiefs.
In addition to public safety protection, we also engage in community projects. The members of the local union as well as the members of the fire district; both administrative and volunteer, participate in an annual pancake breakfast which is a fundraiser for the Carson Tahoe Cancer Resource Center. We also adopt a family in need in the community during the holiday season. We also run a food drive during the holiday season to gather donations of food for our community food banks. In addition, we have a toy drive to help needy children of the community during the holiday season. We have hosted fundraising for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. We also make monetary donations through the local union for a variety of causes.
We also participate in community education for safety and health by doing car seat checks and installations, CPR classes for the public and businesses in our community. Public education presentations at the local schools, including a dramatization of a drunk driving motor vehicle accident presented at the local high schools, called “Every 15 minutes”, where we have participation from other local agencies.