April 21, 2021
Effective May 1, 2021, the Hellsgate Fire Department will not issue, or reissue burn permits. This is due to several factors, of which one is that our forests and lands have dried out immensely. Another factor is that the winds have increased and as of today (Wednesday April 21, 2021), no burn permits will be issued until the winds die down and are less than 5 mph.
We want to assure our residents that our crews are on duty 24/7 and are here to serve. If you have any emergency, please call 911 and let our dispatchers know of your emergency. We will arrive to professionally take care of your emergency.
Also, effective May 3, 2021, our business office will be open from 830 AM to 500PM Monday thru Thursdays. This is during the spring and summer months. Our Fire District Board meets once a month to discuss fire district issues and to present budgets. Our meetings are usually on the 2ndWednesday of each month starting at 530PM. The location is at FS21 in Star Valley.
If you have any questions or concerns, please call us at 928-474-3835 or stop by and visit us at 80 S. Walters Lane, Star Valley, Arizona.
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.