Fire - Prescott Fire Center

[Photograph] Fire Retardent plans by Fire CenterIn the Southwest, an important line of defense against a major wildfire, a natural disaster, or emergency incident is the Prescott Fire Center and Henry Y. H. Kim Aviation Facility. The Center is located on the outskirts of Prescott, Arizona, at Ernest A. Love Field, Prescott's airport. Here, a highly trained, professional staff coordinates, supports, and assists in the management of interagency, multiagency, and international services deployed to major emergencies such as earthquakes, floods, and wildland fires.

To carry out its role in the national emergency response system, this Center combines an Aviation Program, a Zone Incident Coordination and Communication Center (Central West Zone), a National Emergency Incident Supply Center (called the Fire Cache), an Interagency Hotshot Crew, a Helitack Crew, an Air Tanker Base, and a Fire and Emergency Incident Training Program. It is also home to Prescott National Forest's fire operations staff and engines. In addition, the forest lookouts are supervised from this location.

With its aviation, communications and coordination capabilities, the Center can dispatch aircraft, supplies, equipment, and crews to assist with emergency incidents in the United States and around the world.

The Prescott Fire Center and Henry Y.H. Kim Aviation Facility was officially dedicated in May 1992.

The Forest Service named this facility in honor of Henry Y.H. Kim, a pilot and Regional Aviation Safety Officer for the Southwestern Region of the Forest Service. A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Kim was a naval aviator and retired commander prior to his service with the Forest Service. He died in 1991 while flying a lead plane mission on a forest fire in New Mexico.

[Graphic] Fire Center logo

The Center's logo depicts Kim's plane over a Prescott area landmark - Thumb Butte - and distinctive symbols from the flags of Arizona and New Mexico.