Sunday, November 23, 2014
The Clovis Fire Department

Chief Micheal DespainWelcome to the Clovis Fire Department web site. We are excited about the service we provide to our community and we want to share that enthusiasm with you. 

Like most fire departments, we provide a range of services within our mission of providing for the fire and life safety of our community. Proactively we do this with our Life Safety and Enforcement Bureau. We provide public education programs, work with contractors and developers to help plan a safe and effective community, conduct investigations into origin and cause of fires, work with juveniles and their families to determine potential of firesetting recidivisms, work to prevent and minimize effects related to weeds and similar abatement issues, and manage our emergency preparedness activity. Our Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is very active and involved in our community. 

On the reactive side of the house, our Emergency Services Bureau manages four divisions: Operations, Training, Communications and Support Services. Our Technical Rescue Team is part of a regional response team. Our Hazardous Materials Response Team is listed by the State as a Type I resource. Our response activity is typical of fire departments across the nation. We respond to fires of all kind, medical aid requests due to illness or injury, technical rescue and hazardous material incidents. We also respond to any number of special calls for service to meet the needs of our community as well as responding to neighboring jurisdictions through automatic and mutual aid agreements. 

All of the men and women of the Clovis Fire Department are dedicated to providing a high level of quality service to the people we serve. Please take the time to view items of interest to you in our web site. It is designed to give you a sample of our activity and the passion with which we provide “Service with Pride” to our community. 


Micheal Despain, Fire Chief

Organizational Vision

The Clovis Fire Department is dedicated to serving the people of our community and we will work to continue to exceed community expectations. We will provide leadership locally, regionally and nationally. We will establish and strengthen partnerships and cooperate with allied agencies to enhance our service. We will provide the best service possible within the fiscal opportunities available. We will exercise foresight in planning, preparing and auditing for the safety and wellbeing of the community. We will promote confidence, trust and self-reliance through personal and professional growth. We will support our workforce to maintain a healthy lifestyle and perform duties in a safe and responsible manner. 

Value Statements

We Value the Clovis Way of Life Through… 

  • Teamwork – empowerment of our personnel to provide quality customer service 
  • Traditions – remembering the past 
  • Innovation – always seeking to acquire knowledge and skill 
  • Integrity – adherence to moral and ethical principles 
  • Honor – integrity in one’s beliefs and actions 
  • Respect – deference to the rights or opinions of others 
  • Creativity – transcending traditional ideas or patterns to create meaningful new ideas 
  • Courage – facing difficulty without fear
Mission Statement

The Mission of the Clovis Fire Department is to provide for the fire and life safety of the community in the most professional, courteous and efficient manner possible.

10 Tips to Save Lives

The National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA’s) new report on home fires shows that U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated annual average of 366,600 home structure fires from 2007-2011. Seven people died each day in U.S. home fires. To help reduce these numbers, we offer the top ten fire safety tips from NFPA:

  1. Watch your cooking – Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling or broiling food. If you must leave, even for a short time, turn off the stove. If you are simmering, baking, roasting or boiling food, check it regularly, remain in the home while food is cooking and use a timer.
  2. Give space heaters space – Keep fixed and portable space heaters at least three feet (3’) from anything that can burn. Turn off heaters when you leave the room or go to sleep.
  3. Smoke outside – Ask smokers to smoke outside. Have sturdy, deep ashtrays for smokers.
  4. Keep matches and lighters out of reach – Keep matches and lighters up high, out of the reach of children, preferably in a cabinet with a child lock.
  5. Inspect electrical cords – Replace cords that are cracked, damaged, have broken plugs or loose connections.
  6. Be careful when using candles – Keep candles at least one foot (1’) from anything that can burn. Blow out candles when you leave the room or go to sleep.
  7. Have a home fire escape plan – Make a home fire escape plan and practice it at least twice a year.
  8. Install smoke alarms – Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas. Interconnect smoke alarms throughout the home. When one sounds, they all sound. For the best protection, both ionization and photoelectric alarms or combination ionization and photoelectric alarms (also known as dual sensor alarms) are recommended.
  9. Test smoke alarms – Test smoke alarms at least once a month and replace conventional batteries once a year or when the alarm “chirps” to tell you the battery is low. Replace any smoke alarm that is more than 10 years old.
  10. Install sprinklers – If you are building or remodeling your home, install residential fire sprinklers. Sprinklers can contain, and may even extinguish, a fire in less time than it would take the fire department to arrive.
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