Henderson Fire Department
The City of Henderson’s Fire Department has been serving the area’s residents and
businesses for 75 years, 11 years before the incorporation of the city. To mark
the occasion, Fire Department staff would like to share some of the highlights
in the department’s history.
Henderson’s first two fire stations are completed: Plant Fire
Station 2 on Atlantic – north of Lake Mead Parkway – which was
demolished in the early 1980s, and Townsite Fire Station 1 (old
station 1) on Atlantic in the Basic Townsite business district.
The City of Las Vegas paid fire department is created from the
existing volunteer system. The federal government names the
Basic Townsite Post Office to Henderson, honoring U.S. Senator
Charles Belknap Henderson. Newspapers begin to refer to the
local fire service as the Henderson Fire Department. Six young
Henderson men participate in the first fire department
In preparation for a possible shortage of blood, all Henderson
children were blood-typed at the Townsite Fire Station during the
Korean War. The Fire Department hosts Red Cross first-aid
courses that continued through the summer. On June 8, the
City of Henderson is incorporated. Fire protection continues to
be provided by Basic Magnesium Incorporated (BMI) through a
private fire brigade consisting of paid and volunteer firefighters.
On June 15, BMI gives 24 men and both fire stations of the plant
fire protection department to the city as a gift for $1. Henderson’s
first mayor, Dr. J.B. French, stops by the Townsite Fire Station to
warn firefighters against skinning deer in the station.
Henderson’s population reaches 12,525 in 1960.