Why does a fire engine come when I call for an ambulance?
The fire department and the ambulance company both respond to a 9-1-1 emergency medical call. The ambulance company is the agency authorized to provide transportation to the hospital. The fire department is the primary first responding agency and the fire stations are geographically located throughout the city for prompt response. The fire department paramedics are usually able to begin the earliest pre-hospital treatment of a patient. For continuity in care, many times our paramedics will ride along with the patient in the ambulance.
Do I get billed when the fire department responds?
For incidents inside the city limits there is no charge for the fire department to respond to medical or fire incidents. A private ambulance company is authorized to provide transportation to the hospital for the Kingman area. The ambulance company does charge for this service.
National Safety Council:
Jared Nichols: (928)753-8991
American Red Cross CPR and First Aid:
City of Kingman Parks and Recreation: (928)757-7919
Why do so many vehicles respond when the fire department gets called to certain incidents?
Certain incidents require more than the two personnel working on an engine to effectively handle the emergency. Each incident will respond at least one fire engine, some require two engines, and many calls for service require additional personnel. This additional manpower may include any of the following arriving in separate vehicles; shift commander, chief officers or other administrative staff, off duty career personnel and volunteer personnel responding from home or work in their private vehicles.
The appropriate level of response is determined by the type of incident. Incidents that are expected to get a large number of vehicles responding are any type of fire and motor vehicle accident with multiple patients.
What happens when I call 9-1-1?
Any time you have a medical or fire emergency you should call 9-1-1. Unless you are calling from a cell phone, the telephone system indicates the address you are calling from. The dispatcher will ask you what type of emergency you have and confirm your location. Using radio contact they will send the appropriate units to your location. The dispatchers have received training on how to instruct citizens to perform CPR and various first aid activities until the fire department paramedic arrives.
If you place a call from a cell phone, a dispatcher from Mohave County Sheriff's office will answer your call and transfer to the appropriate dispatching center. Dispatching for Kingman Fire Department is done by the Kingman Police and Fire Dispatch center which is located at the Kingman Police Department.
How do I check my smoke detector?
Each smoke detector has a test button, usually in the center of the detector. Press the test button and hold for a few seconds. If it is working correctly, the alarm will sound and will automatically stop after a few more seconds. You should test your detectors at least once per month and if they are battery powered, change the battery once each year. All types of smoke detectors should be cleaned once each month. To clean, open the cover and vacuum or blow out the dust to ensure property operation and to avoid nuisance alarms.
How do I get rid of bees swarming in my yard?
The fire department does not remove bee swarms unless they pose an immediate hazard to the public or firefighters. For non-emergency bee removal, call the fire department at (928)753-2891 for a current list of bee keepers in the area who will provide bee removal services. When the fire administration office is closed, contact the Kingman Police Department (928) 753-2191 for this list.
How do I request a presentation from the fire department?
A simple phone call to fire department, (928)753-2891, to let them know the subject to be presented and a tentative date and time is all you need. The administrative staff will relay your request to the appropriate person. We welcome the opportunity to present fire safety programs or answer questions about fire department operations.
How do I become a firefighter?
You may come into the fire administration office, call us, or send an email to us to complete an interest card. All persons with an interest card on file will be contacted when the next recruitment process is organized.