Drexel Heights Fire District boundaries include 60 square miles just outside the Tucson city limits in Pima County. The population of the unincorporated area is about 50,000 people. The topography of the area consists of flat lands, rolling desert and parts of the beautiful Tucson Mountains.
WATER SAFETY EXPO - AUGUST 17
In honor of Arizona's Augusts Drowning Impact Awareness Month, community partners are hosting a Water Safety Expo event at Manzanita Pool (5110 S. San Joaquin Ave) on Saturday, August 17th from 10:00am-12:00pm.
This FREE event includes a ghost ship obstacle course, splash pad, fire truck tours, tons of safety information and give-aways. Also, Game & Fish Tucson will be having a life jacket exchange program. Swap out old, worn out life jackets for new ones.
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DHFD Bond PROJECT UPDATE
Although it feels slow, a lot of work has been going on in the development of the Prince Administration Center to be located at 5950 S. Cardinal. The facility will house the Districts administration offices, training classrooms and the Board meeting room.
The final plans have been submitted to Pima County Development Services for review and permits. As soon as permits are issued, hopefully by the end of August, the preparation work will start followed by construction of a new building on the site.
The Board and staff have long anticipated this new facility and we are on the very cusp of seeing that become a reality. We want the facility to be a point of pride within the community and organization. The contractor anticipates that construction will take about nine months.
Please watch as we transform the location into a new Center for the Fire District with offices, classroom and meeting space for District functions and operations.
The Prince Administration Center is the first of several projects that will be funded with bond proceeds approved by the voters in 2017. Other bond projects will include the reconstruction of Fire Station 401 on Camino Verde and replacement of two pumpers.
Message From The Fire Chief
I am pleased to welcome you to the Drexel Heights Fire District, where we strive to take the most professional and customer orientated approach to the public safety needs of the communities we serve.
The District has a proud history of serving our community and as leaders in the region for excellence in public safety. We are fortunate to have some of the most talented and dedicated individuals working in the fire service today. The men and women of the Drexel Heights Fire District, through tradition, are here to provide the highest level of service possible. Our command staff, firefighters, communication center personnel, fire prevention / public education personnel, and civilian staff are committed to living up to the standards established by our Mission, Vision and Values as established by the Governing Board.
The Drexel Heights employees are proud to serve our 50,000 residents across 60 square miles in the community. We provide emergency services out of 5 fire stations where daily staff and operations consist of (1) Battalion Chief, (26) Captains / Paramedics / Firefighters, (4) engines, (1) Special Services Squad and (4) ambulances. Our professionals serve as specialists in the areas of Structural Fire Fighting, Emergency Medical Technician- Paramedic, Hazardous Materials, Technical Rescue, Fire Investigations, and Command and Control Strategic Planning.
As the Drexel Heights Fire District prepares for the challenges of the future, we will continually seek ways to evaluate how we provide our services in an effort to be more efficient, adaptable, and responsive to the public safety needs of our residents and the visitors to the community we serve.
We remain committed to you, our community, to stand ready, day or night, with professionalism, compassion, and respect.
Douglas E. Chappell, MPA, CFO
Fire Chief / Administrator