WELCOME to the UINTAH CITY FIRE DEPARTMENT
Nestled against the mouth of the Weber Canyon and along the Weber River, the City of Uintah was established in 1850 and named after the Weber Ute Band of the Shoshone Indians that inhabited the area at the time. With views of the Uintah Bench, and the Wasatch Mountains which provide the City's North and Eastern Borders the City occupies approximately 3 square miles.
Founded in 1973 the Uintah City Fire Department began operations with a donated pickup converted into a brush truck, to cut down response times from the County Fire Station located several miles away at the time.
Today the department has grown into a high performance full service fire department providing: fire suppression, rescue services, Hazardous Materials Response, fire prevention, and emergency medical response to the City and surrounding communities.
Our City has a confluence of high hazard areas requiring our Firefighter/EMT's to receive advanced continuing education in fire, rescue, hazardous materials and emergency medical arenas so that we may respond to any of the potential hazards in our city such as:
- High Risk/High-Probability/Severe-Consequence earthquake threat along the Weber Fault line which the USGS has designated as the most active fault zone in the state of Utah. This fault line runs right through our city.
- The City has two major east-west transcontinental railroad lines, one running along the northern border of the city, while the other bisects through the center of town. UPRR averages approximately 40 trains per day through the city, with on average 38,500 gallons per train of chemicals such as ethanol, chlorine, and oxidizers. Having had a train derailment in 2014, this is a high-risk/severe-consequence threat specific to our City.
- The Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands has rated the Uintah Wildland-Urban Interface as a 10 on a scale of 1 to 12 (12 being extreme risk) for major wildland fire behavior potential. The only thing mitigating this score from being a 12 is the Uintah City Fire Department.
- The city has a 12 inch natural gas pipeline installed through the center of town, which in the event of an evacuation would affect over 30% of the city.
- The city is adjacent to Hill Air Force Base and is part of the final approach path for the base, and as such the city has been identified as a Accident Potential Zone. A military fighter aircraft crashed into the city in 1992.
- State Route 89's section that passes through the city has an average daily traffic count of 48,000 vehicles, making it the highest average daily traffic count in the entire state of Utah. Additionally the City is bordered by Interstate 84, which through the section within our jurisdiction has an average daily traffic count of 18,000 vehicles (many of which are interstate hazardous cargo carriers). Both SR89 and I84 have significant grades and bends in the road as well as a cloverleaf interchange between the two highways, all of which increases in hazard during inclement weather.
- The City's southern border is the Weber River, which is a FEMA Designated flood zone and rated as high-risk by the State of Utah. Nearly annually torrential rainfall and/or melting snow pack have created flooding in the City. This problem is also exasperated by the elevated roadways providing water runoff from the roadways into the river basin area.