March 17, 2022
FS22- the lease agreement with a cell tower builder has been completed. The builder is now getting a building permit from Gila County and should start moving ground very shortly. To keep everyone up-to-date on the progress, we have created a Goal Thermometer that shows the progress that is being made to the site. This will be updated on a regular basis. This Thermometer is located on the south side of Fire Station 22.
Fire Board- the Hellsgate Fire District is currently looking for qualified personnel to apply for the vacant Board of Directors position. If anyone is interested in applying for the position, please contact the Fire District personnel for more information and how to apply. The main qualification for the position is that the candidate must reside in the Fire District at the time of the appointment or election.
FS21- In December, 2021, Hellsgate Fire took delivery of a 2022 Water Tender. This truck replaces 2 older and outdated vehicles. This truck is now providing services to the community.
August 23, 2022
Hellsgate Fire Department Updates on Cell Tower-5% Completion Status
As of Monday, August 22, 2022, the Cellular Phone tower started its construction phase at Fire Station 22 in Tonto Village. The site is being prepared for heavy work to be completed. Earlier last month, Gila County Planning and Zoning issued a permit to the Hellsgate Fire Department and to the construction company that will be doing the erection of the tower and all groundwork.
On Monday, August 29, 2022, drilling and boring of the pillars to hold up the framework of the cell tower will begin. Once this occurs, the several small buildings and other framework will begin.
We will give bi-weekly updates on the status of the tower and percent completion. The next update will occur on September 6, 2022.
Thanks for your patience in this endeavor.
September 23, 2022
Hellsgate Fire Department Updates on Cell Tower-15% Complete
The past several weeks have found the workers completing the 4 bore holes and have placed casings and rebar in the holes. Concrete has been poured and completed the stabilization and base for the tower. In the past two weeks, the construction firm has dug footings and laid rebar into the base foundation for the cell companies’ storage facilities. This past week, concrete was poured into the footings and the slab. The concrete block has been delivered to the site along with mortar for the construction of the buildings. The steel members that create the tower are to be delivered to the site soon. Thanks for your concern and hope to see structures go vertical very soon!
October 11, 2022
At this juncture in time, the tower is now at 45% completion! Many things have occurred since the last reporting. Since the concrete for the buildings have been poured, the block masonry structure has been completed as of today. Footings have been dug for the expansive grounding network, and the electrical boxes and wires have been placed on the structures. Later this week, the block cells will be filled with concrete and next week the roof structures will be placed. Over 30 tons of fill dirt have been tamped on the north side of the construction site next to the wash. After the buildings are completed, the crane will be placed on-site for the erection of the superstructure. Hope to have an update on Oct. 25, 2022.
Our mission is to create a safer environment within our community and to provide for an increase in quality of life which our citizens and guest may enjoy. The fire department will strive to provide a wide range of programs and services designed to protect the lives and property of the people of the fire district and guest from the adverse effects of fire, medical emergencies or exposure to dangerous conditions created by either man or nature.
We will provide the highest Quality of Customer Service to the patrons of the Hellsgate Fire District. We intend to provide a rapid response to EMS, Fire and Public Assistance request. We will provide for the highest level of trained personnel, quality equipment and continuing education for the district.
I am very happy to join the Hellsgate Fire Family. I started working part-time with Hellsgate on Oct. 1, 2020. At that time, I spent time with former Fire Chief John Wisner and learned a lot from him in only the one month that we served together as two Fire Chiefs for Hellsgate.
I have been welcomed by 5 very thoughtful Board Members, the Business Manager and my Operations crews and look forward to working with them.
My fire career started back in 1976 working as a volunteer Firefighter for the Town of Pima. I spent 2 years with them and left to go to serve in another country for 2 years. Upon my return, I rejoined the Pima Fire Dept. It was during this time I felt the need to do more than just be a fireman. I attended Eastern Arizona College and received my EMT certification. I moved on and in 1982, attended Phoenix College and became an IEMT, then worked on up to become a paramedic.
I worked for a very short time with Apache Junction Fire and then three years with Chandler Fire. I then worked for Phoenix Fire for 27 years. Afterwards, I worked for the Gila River Fire Department for a few years.
As I have come to work in Hellsgate, I have found friends and co-workers from the past. Tim O’Malley, Sam and Celeste Agnew and many other acquaintances have surfaced. I am glad to know them and to communicate with them.
As the Fire Chief, I am trying to make many strides to continue the improvement of our financial situation, work to get grants to purchase operational items that cannot be purchased out of our current budget and to communicate with our public safety partners. I look forward to serving the district, its members and the surrounding area.