The Hurricane Valley Fire District was established by the Washington County Commission on December 18, 2007. Its purpose was to increase fiscal and operational efficiencies of several smaller fire departments. It has now grown to include the cities of Hurricane, La Verkin, Toquerville, Virgin, Leeds and the associated unincorporated Washington County. The roughly 563 square miles within our boundaries covers nearly 1/3 of the county and is an area larger or equivalent to Davis, Weber, and Morgan counties and slightly smaller than Daggett, Salt Lake and Piute Counties. In addition, our State Issued EMS license covers an additional 96 square miles outside the District boundaries.
Our service area demographics include Zion National Park Back County, Washington County Regional Sports Park, Quail Creek State Park, Sand Hollow State Park, Kolob Reservoir, Babylon Mills Recreation Area, Gooseberry Mesa Recreation Trail, Del Webb Scout Camp, Marion D. Hanks Scout Camp, Oak Valley Girls Camp, South-Eastern Nevada Region Girls camp, Sand Mountain Recreation Area, Red Cliffs Recreation Area, Red Cliffs Desert Reserve, Warner Valley Recreation Area, and the Pine Valley Oak Grove Recreational Area.
Our service area draws numerous annual local and international events including; Ironman St. George, Red Bull Rampage, 25 Hours Frog Hollow, Kokopelli Triathlon, Utah Sumer Games, St. George Triathlon, Washington County Fair, Worx Off Road Racing, Sand Hollow Board Fest, Sand Hollow Pro Water Cross, Dixie Downs Horse Races, Sand Hollow Marathon and numerous other smaller events. We routinely provide emergency staffing for an excess of 54 events annually.
Our service area presents unique manning and coverage challenges as it ranges in elevation from approximately 3100 to over 8100 feet along the Hurricane Earthquake Fault Zone and is impacted by the addition of over 12,000 “resident snow birds” each winter, over 2,300 additional weekly residents to Kolob Mountain, and an additional four million annual visitors which come to our area to enjoy Zion’s National Park.
We are home to 68% of the county’s water storage and treatment, the regional jail, juvenile detention complex, electrical corridor for the Eastern side of the county, sewer district treatment facility, County landfill, two major isolated transportation corridors, I-15 the ONLY North/South transportation corridor through Utah connecting California to much of the nation and Hwy-59 connecting the Southwest to the Southeast portion of the state, and other critical infrastructures.
Our dedicated combination department personnel provide fire protection and HAZMAT
mitigation, licensed Advanced Life Support (ALS) emergency medical services, search and
rescue operations, and Swift Water Rescue. Our community has seen rapid growth and
development in the past few years with call volumes increasing each year as shown as follows: