The Golder Ranch Fire District was created in 1977 by a vote of the residents in the area. The homeowners wanted to have a voice in their fire and medical care and at the same time, monitor costs. Today, the district serves a 210 square mile area with a population of nearly 65,000 residents. Included in the district are the communities of Oro Valley, Catalina, SaddleBrooke and southern Pinal County.
Golder Ranch is governed by a five-person, non-partisan board, elected at large by the voters of the district. Board members are elected to alternating four-year terms so there are at least two members elected every two years. The board establishes policy, sets tax rates, approves the budget, and hires the fire chief. The board also has sole authority to set policy regarding future annexation. As a special district of the State, Golder Ranch must comply with all applicable Arizona Revised Statutes such as the Open Meeting Law. The district holds public meetings on the second Tuesday of every month at the Fire District Administration Office, located at 3885 E. Golder Ranch Dr. For information, call (520) 825-9001.
The Golder Ranch Mission Statement is, “With integrity - Golder Ranch Fire District provides responsive and caring fire and life safety services that meet the emerging needs of our community through teamwork, dedication, and professionalism.”
Classes and Programs
• Classes: The Golder Ranch Fire District offers many community education programs. Classes such as First Aid, CPR, Baby Sitters Training, are scheduled throughout the year. For more information, call (520) 818-1017.
Explorer Post 216
• Youth in training: The Golder Ranch Fire Explorer Post 216 was formed in April of 2012 and is designed to provide young men and women, aged 15-20 years old, the opportunity to explore a career in the fire service. Explorer Academies are held each summer, and our first class recently graduated from its two-week academy. For more information on the Explorer Post, contact Cpt. Joshua Hurguy at (520) 818-1017.
• Fire Education: Golder Ranch Fire District offers a variety of fire and injury prevention programs to all kindergarten through seventh-grade students who attend schools in Golder Ranch’s jurisdiction. In kindergarten, students learn how to call 911. Training progresses with each grade level with seventh graders learning basic first aid.