The Clark County Fire Department (CCFD) is temporarily taking up to 12 suppression units out of rotation since they are experiencing a significant reduction in calls for service, particularly in the Las Vegas Strip resort area, effective today.
The department will still be able to appropriately respond to fire and EMS calls and that public safety remains the highest priority. The stay-at-home orders along with the closures of the resort properties has resulted in a 34-percent reduction in overall calls for service.
The 12 units that are being taken out of rotation include 5 rescue units, 4 engine companies, 1 ladder truck, 1 rescue squad and 1 battalion chief.
The temporary shutdown is said to save the department a significant amount of money, but a figure is difficult to predict since the length of the shutdown will be dependent upon the return of our visitor volume and increased demands of emergency services.
Clark County officials estimate that tax revenues will drop $1.1 billion for the 16 months leading up to June 30, 2021. The effect upon the County’s General Fund is an estimated $342.9 million.