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.
DHFD Bond PROJECT UPDATE
In November 2017, the voters in the Fire District approved the sale of up to $8 million in bonds to finance a variety of capital projects including new facilities and fire apparatus.
The first project is the construction of a new Administrative Center with training classrooms. The District recently completed the acquisition of the property located at 5950 S. Cardinal for this project. Chief Chappell, in announcing the purchase, noted that this property is the site of the original Drexel Heights Community Center where residents decided to create a small fire department to protect area residents in 1954. That fire department, headed up by Association President and Fire Chief Albert Prince, grew from that point.
In the coming months a general contractor will begin the process developing the site. When completed, the new facility will serve the District as the central administrative offices and will include the primary training classrooms for the District.
Once the Administration has departed its current location at Fire Station 401 at Camino Verde and Ajo Highway, that building will be demolished and a new modern fire station will be built on the site.
The remaining project under the bond initiate will be the replacement of two fire pumpers. The pumpers are well past their lifecycle and in need of replacement.
BOARD MEMBER ELECTIONS
The Drexel Heights Fire District had two seats on the Governing Board up for election on November 6th. With only two candidates, Laura Dailey and Gary Bynum, filing nominating petitions with Pima County, the Board of Supervisors were able by statute to cancel the election and appoint Ms. Dailey and Mr. Bynum to fill the four-year terms. The term of office for both starts on December 1, 2018. Both Ms. Dailey and Mr. Bynum are returning Governing Board Members.
DHFD WELCOMES FOUR NEW FIREFIGHTERS
FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Reynaldo Igliane (B-shift), Anthony Duarte (B-shift), David Fox (Academy Coordinator), Colby Webb (C-shift), and Scott Bluemel (A-shift). Congratulations on their recent transitional academy completion and welcome to the DHFD family!
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