One October Shooting: A Lesson in Partnerships, Planning and Preparation

Larry Haydu, Assistant Fire Chief for the Clark County Fire Department in Las Vegas, Nevada, will be a keynote speaker for the Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy’s 2020 Winter Institute. Chief Haydu has served a total of 39 years in fire service and has been with the Clark County Fire Department for 10 years. He is the Chief of the Rural Division that provides services to 7,000 square miles of Clark County and that includes 10 fire stations and 140 volunteer members.

Chief Haydu was working as the Duty Officer and Public Information Officer for the department the night of the Oct. 1, 2017 Las Vegas shooting. The enormity of the incident became evident when he was paged to the South Las Vegas Strip. To make matters worse, Chief Haydu knew his youngest daughter was attending the Route 91 festival. Upon arrival, he was initially assigned to Operations and then to Deputy Incident Commander.

Since the shooting, the Clark County Fire Department, in partnership with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police, has conducted an extensive six-month-long after action review of the event. This presentation covers the sequence of events from the event as well as the response, challenges, relationship between the various public organization and lessons learned from the tragedy.

Chief Haydu will present “One October Shooting: A Lesson in Planning, Preparation and Partnerships” at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday in the La Sala Ballroom. At his keynote session, he will look at the Clark County Fire Department’s response and the learnings from its successes and shortcomings. 

Tickets to the 2020 Winter Institute are available at