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5:39 PM UPDATE: All Pima Community College classes are cancelled for the remainder of the day due to the storm.
How can the Mountain Vista Fire District board justify cancelling their contract with a perfectly good provider (Rural/Metro) and then charging their taxpayers more for the same service? At a time when so many people are struggling financially from unemployment and underemployment, this is simply irresponsible. One wonders how Golder Ranch Fire District can provide the same service at a lower rate. If the answer is that Golder Ranch is bigger, then maybe Mountain Vista is too small.
At the midpoint of the year - on July 1 - the Mountain Vista Fire District will become what it calls “fully operational” by adding 33 firefighters to its full time staff.
Mountain Vista Fire District has hired two new Administrative battalion chiefs.
The Mountain Vista Fire District is on its way to becoming a completely independent fire department with its recent decision to pursue hiring its own emergency services personnel — firefighters, paramedics, emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and fire officers.
Rural/Metro Southern Arizona Operation’s Jason Hamilton to be honored by UAMC as one of three “Heroes of the Year,” at La Encantada on October 17th is a long time employee of Rural/Metro assigned to Southwest Ambulance Meds 843 based at Kino Hospital.
Before Golder Ranch Fire Chief Randy Karrer entered the lifesaving business, it was his life being saved.
A counter about CF annexations
Northwest Fire District
Sun City name change: My opinion
Sandefer’s response to readers
Annexations by Northwest area fire districts are blooming this spring as quickly as desert flowers. The Northwest Fire District has four annexations in progress, Mountain Vista Fire District has one, and Golder Ranch Fire District has the largest annexation of them all.
At 5:50 p.m. Thursday night, Pima County Sheriff's deputies from the Rincon District and Search & Rescue deputies responded to Sabino Canyon for a male subject in distress. Hikers near the Bluff Trail in lower Sabino Canyon found Michael Rydicki (DOB 08/01/59) laying on the trail in obvious distress.
A second annexation petition of Northwest Tucson properties proposed by the Northwest Fire District has failed to secure the required number of signatures to be successful.
Not all the Christmas gifts that area children in need receive this year will fit under the tree. One child in particular will wake up to something that will help visions of sugarplums dance in his head – a new bed.
Thursday, Sept. 8, Heroes Day
Mountain Vista Fire District’s board of directors last week voted to discontinue service to the Teal Blue Trail, Thornydale/Moore Road and Camino de Manana III areas effective Oct. 1. All three are areas the neighboring Northwest Fire District is offering to annex.
Jorgensen Brooks expands services
On June 1, Rural/Metro announced that Tom Brandhuber, chief of Rural/Metro Fire Department in Pima County, has been named division general manager for Southern Arizona.
NPCCC announces upcoming event schedule
Property owners in unincorporated Pima County in Northwest Tucson who aren’t currently part of an organized fire district have a few options open to them, according to the state fire marshal. But unless those property owners choose annexation, they face the prospect of losing fire protection for their homes and property within weeks.
Residents in unincorporated Pima County in Northwest Tucson got a reprieve from Rural/Metro Corp. last week when the company extended its fire protection subscription services for 60 days.
Scottsdale-based Rural/Metro Corp., a national provider of private fire protection and ambulance services, has agreed to be acquired by Warburg Pincus, a private equity firm, in an all-cash transaction estimated at $438 million.
Mountain Vista Fire District held a ceremonial groundbreaking Feb. 10 for its second fire station at the facility site, 1175 W. Magee Road. On hand were, from left. MVFD Administrative Chief Scott Butler, Rural/Metro Fire Chief Tom Brandhuber, MVFD Board of Directors members Earle Ruhnke and Jerry Phillips, Paul Mickelberg of WSM Architects, William Lloyd of Lloyd Construction, and project superintendent Peter Robertson of Lloyd Construction. Work should be completed by November.
“It makes me feel safe.”