Fire Prevention

The City of Elko Fire prevention refers to the set of measures and practices aimed at reducing the risk of fires and minimizing their potential damage to life, property, and the environment. Fire prevention is an ongoing effort that involves collaboration between individuals, communities, businesses, and government agencies. The goal is to reduce the occurrence of fires and mitigate their destructive impact on lives and property. Effective fire prevention strategies are essential for public safety, and they encompass a wide range of activities and initiatives. Here are some key aspects of fire prevention:

Education and Awareness: Public education plays a vital role in fire prevention. Fire departments and community organizations often conduct awareness campaigns to educate people about fire safety practices, including the importance of smoke alarms, fire extinguishers, and escape plans.  Educational programs utilized by the City of Elko Fire Department include:  Learn Not to Burn, Sparky's Boot Camp, Flush- a-nator, and Fire extinguisher use and types.

Home Fire Safety: Individuals and families can take steps to prevent fires in their homes. This includes proper storage of flammable materials, safe cooking practices, regular maintenance of heating systems, and ensuring that smoke alarms are in working order.

Building and Fire Codes: Enforcing and adhering to building and fire codes is essential for fire prevention in commercial and residential structures. These codes dictate requirements for fire-resistant materials, sprinkler systems, fire exits, and more. Elko currently uses the 2018 International Building and Fire Codes.

Firebreaks and Fuel Reduction: In forested and grassland areas, creating firebreaks and reducing excess fuel loads help prevent the rapid spread of wildfires. Controlled burns and mechanical clearing are common techniques.

Industrial and Workplace Safety: Businesses and industries are required to follow fire safety protocols and provide training for employees. This includes having fire extinguishers, emergency exits, and evacuation plans in place.

Arson Prevention: Fire prevention efforts also include strategies to deter arson, such as increasing security, reporting suspicious activity, and working with law enforcement to investigate and prosecute arson cases.

Community Planning: Local governments and communities can engage in urban planning and zoning practices that reduce the risk of fire, such as designing neighborhoods with fire-resistant building materials and proper spacing between structures.  The City of Elko Fire Department belongs to the following community organizations:   National Fire Protection Association * Nevada Fire Chief's Association * Nevada State Fire Fighter's Association * International Association of Building Officials* Nevada Chapter * International Association of Arson Investigations * Elko Area Juvenile Fire Setter Task Force * Elko Area Fire Investigation Task Force * Elko County Local Emergency Planning Committee * Nevada state Emergency Planning Committee

Emergency Services and Response: While not strictly preventive measures, having well-trained and equipped fire departments and emergency services is critical for containing and minimizing the impact of fires when they do occur.

Monitoring and Surveillance: Fire prevention efforts often involve monitoring weather conditions and fire danger levels. This information can help communities and agencies take proactive measures to prevent fires during periods of high fire risk.


  • Under construction flow tests, underground
  • Inspections of Commercial and residential facilities
  • Sprinkler system hydro testing and inspections
  • Hydrant flow and flush testing
  • Alarm system testing and verification
  • Solid fuel burning appliances inspections
  • Smoke detector installation program through schools and seniors
  • CO gas detection monitoring when requested
  • Special events inspections: circus', carnivals, tents, outdoor cooking, pyrotechnics etc.
  • Detailed Plans reviews of fire protection and alarm systems
  • Spring and Fall open burning permits
  • Weed abatement and open lot debris mitigation
  • Hazardous material storage and safety evaluations
  • Full Fire cause and origin investigations
  • School Drills, institutional drills
  • Emergency planning and evacuation planning