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 December 2018, as the team developed the plans for a new Administration Center for the District, the Governing Board voted to name the new Center in honor of the first Fire Chief of the Drexel Heights Community Organization, Mr. Albert Prince.
The plans are now in the final stages of development and the players have been chosen. The architectural firm is WSM Architects of Tucson and the General Contractor is CORE Construction with offices across the country including Tucson and Phoenix. The design team hopes to submit the plans for review and permits with Pima County in late August. The above rendering depicts the front entrance of the building, which will be located at 5950 S. Cardinal. The District anticipates that the project will be completed including the relocation of equipment and personnel from their current location on Camino Verde before the end of June 2020.
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