“Where We Live, How We Live…
Living with Wildfire”
I want to take this opportunity to reflect on the accomplishments of the District and its members in 2015 and 2016. The landscape of the fire service is ever changing, and the Pinetop Fire District is at the forefront of that change. This year, the Department continued to expand its scope of emergency response services by adding a Fire Adapted Community Goal, and also continued to fortify and strengthen other high-quality programs, such as the Community Firewise Designation and preparedness.
Our commitment to the community continues to be a strong point to our services. For one, we have been successful in our efforts to continue to nurture and grow the grant-funded defensible space and chipping program. This year the district received its first grant for this program in 2016, we are planning to treated150 acres of land in fire-prone areas in the Pinetop Fire District and provided consultation and advice to well over 550 residents on how to better protect their properties through the use of defensible space. Besides the wildland hazardous fuels reduction program, we are also active partners in the community through such programs as smoke detector replacements and CPR classes.
While the District is fully engaged in providing the highest level of fire protection and emergency services today, it also has an eye towards the future as well. Our growing partnership with the local Regional Dispatch System will ensure that basic emergency services are deployed in an efficient manner while providing leading edge technology.
As noted above, there is much to be proud of this past year. Our accomplishments and aggressive efforts towards seeking out and incorporating the latest firefighting techniques and programs into our already strong knowledge base has allowed us to live up to our mission statement, which is “to protect lives and property by providing superior fire suppression and emergency medical services, supported by prevention through responsible and innovative regulatory and educational programs.” We have been proudly serving this community since 1955 and look forward to providing an even higher level of service in 2016 and beyond.
Jim Morgan, Fire Chief
Arizona makes the top 10!
Not a good thing!
Top 10 States at Risk for Wildfires in 2015
Wildfires are a serious risk to property and lives in every state in the country. Last year alone the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) reported there were 63,212 fires in the U.S. and Puerto Rico that burned 3,595,613 million acres – roughly the size of Connecticut. Read more….
Don’t become a statistic and protect your home. To schedule a free Firewise Home Inspection call 928-367-2199.
Maintain your spark arrestor and don’t run power equipment on windy days. Learn more at SmokeyBear.com.
It’s not if, but when the next wildfire will threaten our community. Learn how to get Fire Adapted at FireAdapted.org.
#FireAdapted http://bit.ly/FuelPSA #AZFire
Never park your vehicle over dead grass, your catalytic converter can ignite the fuels and start a fire.
Learn more at SmokeyBear.com.
Protect your home from wildfire. Remove leaves and pine needles from your roof, gutters & deck.
If your campfire is too hot to touch, it's too hot to leave. Drown, stir, and repeat until it's cold.
Learn more at SmokeyBear.com.
Where We Live, How We Live…Living with Wildfire in the Southwest.
Learn more at FireAdapted.org.
Know before you go.
Check current fire information at wildlandfire.AZ.gov or call 1-877-864-6985.
Check current fire restrictions at az fire restrictions .
If fire danger is high, move items that will burn like wood piles, lawn chairs & grills away from your home.
Learn more at Firewise.org.
Don't burn debris on windy days. Compost, chip or shred instead.
Learn more at http://bit.ly/DebrisBurning
Check your homeowners insurance to make sure you're covered for wildfire and flood damage.