We are proud to announce, that by a majority vote, the Pinal County Board of Supervisors has appreciated the definitive need for improving emergency services here in the Copper Corridor, and on August 6th approved the Impact Statement to form the Pinal Rural Fire Rescue and Medical District (PRFR&M).
Pinal Rural Fire & Rescue has always been dedicated to improving the health, welfare, comfort and convenience of the residents in our 911 service area since we formed in 2011. Many residents have already been recipients of these services and have expressed their many thanks. PRFR&M will continue to build upon existing services to become a state of the art fire rescue and medical service organization.
Formation of the fire district is the next step in the process to continue to grow and enhance the services we will be able to provide to the residents in the proposed district. Not only will it give PRFR&M a known budget for its capital plans, but will also allow for the hiring of Firefighter I/II EMTs and Paramedics. This will allow PRFR&M to continue its distinction of being the only fire based Paramedic level of service 24/7 in the Copper Corridor.
This Friday evening we will be offering a free BBQ dinner at the PRFR&M’s Fire Station 625 on AZ 77 in Mammoth for the residents of the future district. There will be information available about the transition, a tour of our equipment, as well as petitions to sign.
We are also announcing that there will be a change in the position of Fire Chief. Bud and Deanna Paine will be retiring to Idaho so that they can be closer to her elderly father who is beginning to develop health issues. Rod Prast, a Firefighter/Paramedic with over 30 years of experience will be taking over the helm, following a transition period, to carry the district into the future. Rod will be at the meeting Friday so that the public can meet him.
We want to thank all the people that attended the Board of Supervisor’s Hearing and expressed their hearty endorsement to create this district, and we look forward to all of you coming to visit YOUR fire department on Friday August 15, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. for a BBQ!
/s/ Rear Admiral Steve Turcotte, USN (ret)
Organizing Chairman of the Board of Directors of PRFR&M