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.
SENIOR DEPUTY FIRE CHIEF/FIRE MARSHAL
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 continues to oversee Clark County Fire Administration, including finance, human resources, employee assistance, peer support, infection control and worker's compensation.
Chief Blackmon has proudly served the citizens of Clark County and the Clark County Fire Department for more than 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 FIRE CHIEF
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.
DEPUTY FIRE CHIEF
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 two 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, Staffing 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.
DEPUTY FIRE CHIEF
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, became a paramedic in 2003, transitioned to engineer in 2005, and promoted to captain in 2011, battalion chief in 2019, and deputy chief in 2020. Chief Samuels also was a member of the Clark County Honor Guard. Chief Samuels ran the Operations of the Family Assistance Center after 1 October, under the direction of then Deputy Chief Steinbeck. Chief Samuels’ hobbies include skiing, hiking and anything outdoors. He is married to Amanda and they are a blended family with five children.
DEPUTY FIRE CHIEF
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 in Las Vegas. 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 the College of Southern Nevada. 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 the CCFD Honor Guard and Honor Guard Commander from 1996-2003. Chief Whitney also was the president of the Firefighters of Southern Nevada Burn Foundation 2009 – 2016, which is a nonprofit 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.
DEPUTY FIRE CHIEF
Rian Glassford is a Deputy Chief for the Clark County Fire Department (Las Vegas, NV). He has been with the CCFD for over 23 years. Rian earned his Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University, and his B.S. degree in Political Science from Pepperdine University. In addition, he completed the Executive Fire Officer Program (EFO) from the National Fire Academy and teaches officer development for new Company Officers. Clark County currently has 16 of the 20 largest hotels in the world located in its jurisdiction (The Las Vegas Strip). Rian is a charter member of the Southern Nevada Fire Operation (SNFO) High-Rise Committee and is intimately involved in all high-rise related areas including: writing and maintaining response plans, pre-planning, hose pack deployment and EMS response.
In 2017, Rian was the Deputy Incident Commander of the Family Assistance Center (FAC) after the 1-October mass casualty shooting that took the lives of 58 people. In 2020, Rian designed and implemented the first mass testing site in Southern Nevada in response to the Covid19 pandemic. In 2020 he assisted his community by becoming the Multiagency Coordination Group (MAC) Operations Section Chief whose primary mission was to coordinate the vaccination efforts in Southern Nevada. During his time as the MAC Section Chief Clark County distributed over a million vaccines.
Rian has been married to his wife Beth for over 20 years. They have two beautiful children and two drooling Saint Bernard's.
ASSISTANT FIRE CHIEF
Chief Danny Horvat began his career in the fire service in 1997 while serving as a firefighter in the US Air Force. He served for four years followed by another four years as a firefighter with a Department of Defense contractor. Danny began his career with Clark County Fire Department in 2006 as a fire inspector. He promoted to the rank of fire plans checker, where he served as subject matter expert for the implementation of the County’s electronic plan review software implementation. He then was promoted to deputy fire marshal in 2018. He was promoted to assistant fire chief in 2019.Danny has a degree in fire science management from the College of Southern Nevada. He is a graduate of the Clark County Management Academy Class of 2019. He is also an ICC Certified Fire Marshal. Danny has been married to Heather for more than 20 years and they have two children.
ASSISTANT FIRE CHEIF
Assistant Fire Chief Wayne Dailey began his public safety career in 1990 working in Southern California as a park ranger with both fire protection and enforcement responsibilities. Chief Dailey relocated to Las Vegas in 2001 when he went to work for the Nevada Division of Forestry (NDF), Mount Charleston Fire Protection District. He worked in the district as a firefighter/AEMT and engine operator until 2004 when he was promoted to the position of Southern Region Fire Management officer, where he became the command officer for the district as well as coordinating NDF fire operations in Southern Nevada.
He was hired by the Clark County Fire Department in 2006 as a fire inspector and worked in that capacity for more than 13 years until being promoted to fire plans checker in July of 2019. He was promoted to assistant fire chief over the Fire Inspections team in November 2019. Prior to his promotion to assistant fire chief, he served on the Local 1908 Executive Board.
Chief Dailey is a charter member of the Southern Nevada Unified Command Type 3 Incident Management Team serving as a plans section chief. He served on the executive board of the Fire Prevention Association of Nevada starting as vice president in 2012 and ultimately serving six years as president from 2013 - 2019. He is an ICC Certified Fire Marshal and holds a dual bachelor's degree in Fire Administration and Fire Prevention Technology and an masters in Safety, Security and Emergency Management.
He has been married to his wife, Deb, for 25 years and together they have daughter, Christine, and son, Justin.
ASSISTANT FIRE CHIEF
Assistant Chief Brian O'Neal relocated to Las Vegas from the Seattle area and was hired by the Clark County Fire Department in January 2003. He has spent most of his career serving in stations along the Las Vegas Strip, promoting to Engineer (2008), and Captain (2012) prior to Assistant Chief. He has also been a Paramedic since 2006. Prior to his promotion, Brian served as the liaison to the Southern Nevada Counter-Terrorism Center and LVMPDs MACTAC section, training public safety personnel in both urban and rural settings in critical incident tactics and response.
Brian has a Bachelor of Science in History from Eastern Oregon University, a Fire Science degree from College of Southern Nevada, and is completing an MPA/MCJ from the University of Colorado-Denver, with an emphasis in Homeland Security and Emergency Management. Brian has had numerous state and local Incident Management Team and USAR deployments including as a Plans Team Manager with NVTF1 to the Hurricane Ida response on Grand Isle, LA, and as the initial IC supporting the Southern Nevada Health District Covid-19 vaccine distribution. He was the IC for the FEMA Northern Nevada mobile vaccination unit, spending 6 weeks traveling through the rural communities of Nevada delivering vaccinations..
Brian and his wife Lara have two beautiful daughters, Madelyn and Emma. Most family time is spent watching both girls play volleyball, cheering on the Nebraska Cornhuskers football and volleyball teams, and running the family dogs.
ASSISTANT FIRE CHIEF
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. Follow those year, he spent 20 years 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 18 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 10years; 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 FIRE CHIEF
Assistant Chief Carnahan began his career in the State of Washington in 1990 as a firefighter 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 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 1, 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.
ASSISTANT FIRE CHIEF
Emergency Medical Services
Steve De Pue began his career at the Clark County Fire Department in August 2005. He has held the position of firefighter, paramedic, preceptor and now assistant fire chief of EMS since February 2022. Throughout his career he has taken an active role in fire suppression training, served as a cadre member for the Fire Training Academy, and held seats on many fire-related committees and working groups. Steve’s career in EMS began in California when he graduated from Mt. San Antonio’s Paramedic Academy in 2003 as a paramedic. Since joining the Clark County Fire Department, he has actively engaged in precepting many new hire paramedics, served on the EMS committee and is now looking forward to serving CCFD to support the EMS Division in training, education and day-to-day operations in a busy 911 system.
Steve brings a passion to the role of assistant fire chief by assisting in the planning of special events, and creating logistical pre-plans and operations for large scale events in the Las Vegas Valley including, the Electric Daisy Carnival and annual New Year’s Eve celebrations. Steve and his wife, Nicole, an accomplished registered nurse, are proud parents of their two dogs, Filson, a Viszla, and Cali and a Doberman.