John C. Steinbeck
John C. Steinbeck was promoted to Fire Chief on Feb. 6, 2020. He has been with the Clark County Fire Department since 1990. He moved to Clark County from Southern California in 1980 and has been proud to be a resident ever since.
Prior to being promoted to Fire Chief, Steinbeck held the rank of deputy fire chief, battalion chief, captain, fire engineer and firefighter. For a large portion of his career, he specialized in technical rescue including; high angle, confined space, swift water, trench, vehicle and machinery extrication, and structural collapse. Chief Steinbeck has also been with Southern Nevada's FEMA Urban Search and Rescue team since 1993. His deployments for search and rescue missions included New York City shortly after 9-11 and New Orleans for the aftermath caused by Hurricane Katrina. He also is a Structural Collapse Technician Instructor for FEMA.
Currently, Chief Steinbeck serves as the Emergency Manager for Clark County and is in charge of the Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security. In addition, he serves as the chair for the Las Vegas Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) Working Group and Co-Chair of the Nevada Homeland Security Working Group. Following the shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival on October 1st, 2017, Chief Steinbeck served as the incident commander for the Family Assistance Center, coordinates efforts at the Vegas Strong Resiliency Center, and continues to serve as the recovery officer for the incident.
Chief Steinbeck is an active board member of Nevada Child Seekers, which is an organization dedicated to protecting children in Nevada.
Chief Blackmon moved to Las Vegas in 1977 from Southern California. She holds a bachelor's degree in English and a master's degree in public administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Chief Blackmon began her career with the Clark County Fire Department in 1995 in the Administration Division where she worked with the Communications, Life Support, and Rural Divisions of the department. During this time, she also assisted with human resources and recruitments. In 1999, she was promoted into the Fire Prevention Division where she served as a Fire Inspector Trainee, Fire Inspector, and was a member of the Hazardous Materials Inspection Team.
During her tenure as a Fire Inspector, she attained NFPA Certified Fire Inspector I and II, ICC Uniform Fire Code Inspector and Fire Inspector II, and Nevada State Fire Marshal Fire Inspector I certifications. She graduated from the Clark County Leadership Forum Class of 2001/2002. In 2003, she was promoted to Senior Management Analyst where she managed the department's budget and grant financial activities. She also attended the National Fire Academy focusing on Fire Service Financial Management and Executive Planning. In 2010, she was promoted to Deputy Fire Chief over the Fire Prevention Division during which she was fortunate to serve for two years as the Fire Marshal for Clark County. Since 2012, Chief Blackmon has directed the Administration Division of the department.
In April, 2020, Chief Blackmon was promoted to Senior Deputy Fire Chief where she will continue to oversee Clark County Fire Administration, including finance, human resources, employee assistance, peer support, infection control, and worker's compensation.
Kelly has proudly served the citizens of Clark County and the Clark County Fire Department for over 25 years. She has been married to John, a native Las Vegan, for 28 years and has two children, Nicholas who is married to Jessica, and her daughter Kristen. She recently became a first-time grandmother to a beautiful grandson, Wyatt.
Deputy Chief Thomas Touchstone is a Las Vegas native who was hired on with the Clark County Fire Department as a firefighter in September of 1996. He promoted through the ranks of engineer ('99), captain ('06), battalion chief ('14) and deputy fire chief ('19). He is currently the Deputy Chief of Operations.
Chief Touchstone has contributed to the organization and its employees in various capacities throughout his career. Most notably, he served as the Vice-President of Clark County Firefighters, IAFF Local 1908 from 2001-2013. During his tenure with Local 1908, he focused his efforts on grievances, discipline, worker's compensation, arbitrations and legal proceedings, and negotiations. He also has a passion for training and has supervised the training of CCFD members and five recruit academies as both a fire captain and battalion chief in the Training Division. He served as a fire captain at Station 18, which at the time was the busiest firehouse in the nation and serves the Las Vegas Strip, McCarran Airport, UNLV, and various apartment complexes and residential neighborhoods in what may be the most diverse first-due area in the nation. Chief Touchstone also worked on the technical rescue team from 2001 through 2006 under the supervision of Fire Chief John Steinbeck (then Captain Steinbeck). Chief Touchstone recently earned a bachelor's degree in Public and Fire Administration from Colorado State University.
Growing up in Southern Nevada, Chief Touchstone learned to love hiking, hunting, fishing, camping, mountain biking, and boating in Nevada's great outdoors. He tries to share his love for outdoor recreation whenever possible with his wife, Kristal, his three children and their extended family and friends.
Emergency Medical Services
Chief Jennifer Wyatt began her career in EMS as an employee for EG&G, a government contractor for the Department of Defense. Chief Wyatt's career with the Clark County Fire Department began in 2001 when she was hired as a firefighter. After 2 years, she attended UMC's Paramedic School. In 2005, Chief Wyatt was promoted to Fire Engineer where she remained for over 10 years. During this time, she taught several Engineer Academies and proctored Engineer exams. She also served on the FEMA team in Medical Logistics. Chief Wyatt also dedicated her time and abilities to work for the Clark County Firefighters Local 1908 union. She started as an E-board member and then was voted to represent the membership as a Vice President. While serving in this capacity, she was the Chair of the EMS Committee, Staffing committee and various other committees.
In 2016, she was promoted to Fire Captain. During her time as a Captain she served at the the Fusion Center, which is a position within the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department's MACTAC division. While there she worked to continue the relationships and polices created to further integrate the police/fire relationship. The division trained firefighters to perform Tactical Emergency Casualty Care under the escort of police to treat life threatening injuries and rapid extraction out of the warm zone to save lives. Chief Wyatt then applied for the of Assistant Fire Chief of EMS and Special Events and was selected and promoted in 2019. Shortly thereafter, Chief Wyatt was promoted in 2020 to the position of Deputy Fire Chief of Emergency Medical Services.
Chief Wyatt's hobbies include playing and coaching youth volleyball, hiking and many other outdoor activities. She is married to Nate and has a daughter, Taylor as well as 4 dogs.
Office of Emergency Management
Deputy Fire Chief Billy Samuels was born and raised in Las Vegas, graduated from Valley High School in 1993, received a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from the University of Nevada, Reno and a Master’s of Science in Crisis and Emergency Management from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He began his career as a firefighter with Clark County Fire in 2001, paramedic in 2003, engineer in 2005, captain 2011, battalion chief 2019, deputy chief 2020. Billy was also a member of the Clark County Honor Guard. Chief Samuels ran the Operations of the Family Assistance Center after 1Oct, under the direction of then Deputy Chief Steinbeck. Chief Samuels’ hobbies include skiing, hiking and anything that includes the outdoors. Billy is married to Amanda, and they are a blended family with 5 children.
Warren D. Whitney was promoted to Deputy Fire Chief on March 21, 2020. He has been with the Clark County Fire Department since 1995. He was born and raised here in the Las Vegas Valley. He is a graduate of Bonanza High School and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He also has degrees in fire science management and urban firefighting from CSN.
Prior to being promoted to Deputy Fire Chief, Whitney held the rank of captain (‘07), fire engineer(’99) and firefighter and has been a paramedic for 22 of his 25 years with CCFD. For a large portion of his career, he specialized in technical rescue and just prior to being promoted, was the captain at CCFD’s Training Center. Chief Whitney is also a member of Southern Nevada FEMA Urban Search and Rescue. Outside of his duties associated with each rank held, Chief Whitney has dedicated much of his time to giving back to the community and the fire department. He was a fire academy instructor (1996) He was a founding member of CCFD Honor Guard and Honor Guard Commander from 1996-2003.
Chief Whitney was also the president of Firefighters of Southern Nevada Burn Foundation 2009 – 2016, which is a non-profit organization that coordinates volunteers from all the valley fire departments every year for a toy drive that distributes gifts to thousands of disadvantaged kids through local charities and government organizations. Through the Burn Survivor Initiative, the FFSNBF also sends kids and teens that are burn survivors from the Las Vegas Valley to seasonal burn camps, receive counseling and attend school reintegration programs.
Chief Larry Haydu began his Fire Service career in 1980 with the Lockheed Aircraft Fire Department as a firefighter, and promoted to Captain before leaving the department when the department closed in 1991. He joined the Burbank Airport Fire Department in 1991 as a Captain and promoted to Assistant Fire Chief before leaving that department in 1997 to join the Air Force Plant 42 Fire Department. Larry served that department for 15 years in the capacity of Crew Chief/Captain on the department’s Heavy Rescue.
Chief Haydu began his career with the Clark County Fire Department in 2010 as a training instructor and Rural Division Training Coordinator. On August 18, 2014, Chief Haydu was promoted to assistant fire chief over the Rural Division. The Rural Division consists of 10 volunteer fire stations that provide services outside of the urban area known as Las Vegas, but within Clark County. Chief Haydu is a member of the Southern Nevada Unified Command Type 3 Incident Management Team and serves as an Incident Commander and Planning Section Chief. Chief Haydu is an instructor of Fire Science courses at the College of Southern Nevada and teaches Wild Land Firefighting and Introduction to Emergency Services. Chief Haydu was named the Nevada State Fire fighters Association “Instructor of the Year” in 2014 and again in 2019.
Chief Larry Haydu has a degree in fire science from Columbia Southern University, and is a National Fire Protection Association certified Chief Officer. Chief Haydu resides in Northwest Las Vegas with his wife of 24 years, Kathy, and son, Craig, and Daughter, Breann.
Investigations & Arson
Dan Heenan was appointed Assistant Fire Chief on Jan 15, 2018, and is responsible for the Fire Investigation Division. A graduate of Rancho High School, Chief Heenan was hired as an ATF Special Agent in 1988 and served for 30 years with that agency before retiring. Chief Heenan began his ATF career in San Francisco where he was responsible for firearms, narcotics, explosives and arson investigations for nine years. During this time, he was a member of the ATF Special Response Team for seven years, the last four of which were as the team sniper. For the next twenty plus years, he worked in the Las Vegas office as the ATF's Certified Fire Investigator for the State of Nevada. He traveled throughout the United States and foreign countries assisting in the origin and cause determination of fires as well as teaching the fire investigation community regarding origin and cause investigations.
Chief Heenan was a member of the ATF National Response Team for the eighteen years and was selected as the Team Leader for the NRT in 2013. Chief Heenan served as the President for the International Association of Arson Investigators in 2015; was on the Board of Directors for ten year; has served as Chairman of the IAAI Training and Education Committee for six years; and currently serves as the co-chairman for the CFITrainer.net committee. He also is a member on the NFPA 1033 committee. He is an IAAI-CFI and an IAAI- CI as well as a Member of the Forensic Science Society of London.
Assistant Chief Carnahan began his career in the State of Washington in 1990 as a fire fighter with the City of Sumner and transferred to the Port of Seattle Fire Department, which services Seattle/Tacoma International Airport, in 1998. During this time, he has held the rank of Firefighter, Captain, Battalion Chief and Assistant Chief of Operations for the Organization. Chief Carnahan joined the Clark County Fire Department on June 1st, 2019 to assume the role of Assistant Chief overseeing the Aviation division within the Fire Department. Together with the Department of Aviation he provides Emergency response and assistance to the five airports that make up the Clark County Aviation system. As a new resident of Nevada, he is adjusting to the “dry heat’ and enjoys spending time with his dog Libby and has recently become a grandfather to his granddaughter Josie.
Emergency Medical Services
Since 1997, Pat has been a paramedic serving the community as a member of the Clark County Fire Department. Pat relentlessly pursues excellence in his commitment to providing community health support with compassion. Pat’s diverse background in EMS includes his experience with private EMS, rotor-wing air medical transport, and fire-based EMS. Each different challenge has afforded Pat various opportunities for professional as well as personal development and growth. Pat’s experiences during his twenty three years of service and as a 2020 graduate of University of Southern California have taught him to remain flexible and open-minded to new innovative ideas in EMS service.