Communications Specialist Supervisor - Combined Communications Center - Las Vegas Fire & Rescue
Las Vegas, Nevada
Tina DeCola is a Communications Specialist and Acting Communications Supervisor with the Combined Communications Center of Las Vegas Fire and Rescue. She brings 17 years of experience to this award winning center which covers fire and medical dispatching for the majority of Clark County in Southern Nevada. Home to over 2 millions residents, including the world-famous Las Vegas Strip, which welcomes over 45 millions visitors a year, including 22,000 that were in attendance at the Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting on October 1st, 2017.
In the wake of the Route 91 Shooting, Tina served as a member of the Peer Support Team, working closely with dispatchers on and off duty, helping with both debriefings and other crisis intervention techniques. She was also deployed to work with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, to assist with their CISM needs.
Tina also specializes in working with Departments who do not have the resources or know-how of larger cities, helping them set up Peer Support Teams and Crisis Intervention and Management programs.
Holding numerous certifications, Tina is a trained SafeTalk and SBIRT instructor, and specializes in CISM, ASSIST, and Mental Health Awareness for adults. She teaches Suicide Awareness to First Responders and works with the younger generations as a Crisis Intervention trainer at Veterans Tribute High School.
Recently, Tina has been a part of the Human Trafficking Steering committee and spent the last year working with various Vice units from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. With this collaboration, they put together training programs and helped develop Protocol’s for Police, Fire, EMS, and 911 Communications to help identify victims of human trafficking. The second largest criminal industry in the world, Las Vegas has become a major hub for this activity, and it has compelled Tina to help those who are most vulnerable. Having received calls from trafficking victims herself, she understands the need to identify these victim’s as soon as possible, and hopes to get as many departments as possible to take these training classes and use these protocols, so these victims can get out of the lifestyle they have fallen victim too.
When Tina is not busy working in the 9-1-1 Center, in the Peer Support field, or with Vice, she attends to her favorite job overall, being a wife, and mother of three. She is also an avid runner and bicyclist, and is preparing for her first century ride, which is a 100 mile bicycle race!