Frequently Asked Questions

Who controls the District?

Each District managed by the Authority is governed by a five-member board elected at large by the voters. Board members are elected to alternating four-year terms so at least two are elected every two years. The Board establishes policy, recommends a tax rate, approves the budget, and hires the Fire Chief.

What services are provided?

The Authority provides fire and emergency medical services by career and reserve firefighters and state certified EMT’s and paramedics. The Authority has a full complement of fire, medical, and rescue equipment. The Authority also provides fire inspection and public education programs.

Who pays for the District?

The Authority is organized under the laws of Arizona as a special district. It generates a majority of its revenue from a secondary property tax assessed on all real property. Based on a tax rate of $2.63 per $100 secondary assessed value, the annual tax on a $100,000 home would be $263.00.

Who sets the tax rate?

The tax rate is set each August by the County Board of Supervisors based on the direction of the Fire Districts Board of Directors. The maxi­mum tax rate allowed is $3.25 per $100 secondary assessed value.

When does the Fire Board meet?

The Fire Board holds regular meetings the fourth Monday of every month at 4 pm.  Meetings are held in alternate locations between the Administration office in Prescott Valley and the Chino Valley Town Hall.

How do I pay for the District?

As a special district, the fire district’s taxes are assessed with other property taxes, such as school taxes. They can either be incorporated into a mortgage payment or paid when billed, with your other taxes.

Does being in a Fire District affect my property insurance rate?

While insurance rates vary, you may realize a decrease in your property insurance premiums when you annex into the District, especially if you currently do not have fire protection.

Are District taxes deductible?

Yes, if you itemize your tax deductions­.

How to I annex into the District?

The parcel(s) that are being considered for annexation must be contiguous with the District boundary. Please contact Administration at (928) 772-7711 to determine if your property may be annexed and to begin the process.

Why do I see fire engines driving around town?

Central Arizona Fire & Medical Authority has 10 full-time staffed fire stations. Four of our stations are in the Town of Prescott Valley, 1 in Dewey, 1 in Prescott,1 on the Outer Loop Road, 2 in Chino Valley, and 1 in Paulden. There are several reasons that fire engines may be driving without lights and sirens and appear to be “just driving around”.

  • The engine may be returning to quarters after responding to an emergency call or responding to a “non-emergency” call, ie assisting an invalid back to bed.
  • The engine may be responding to a call where they were requested to respond with no lights and sirens.
  • The firefighters may be responding to a “move-up”. A move-up is a situation where a fire engine relocates to provide coverage for another station or unit that is responding to an emergency.
  • Firefighters may be conducting driver training or area orientation.
  • Firefighters may also be servicing/testing fire hydrants.
  • Firefighters may have conducted a training exercise at the training center or at a location away from the fire station. Example: Mock disaster drill held at the local high school.

Firefighters also conduct business inspections while on duty. Business inspections help (reduce the potential for fires) protect businesses in our community as well as enable firefighters to become familiar with the entrances and exits of public buildings and make sure commercial properties are adhering to safety practices that reduce the potential for fires.

Why did I see a fire engine at the grocery store?
Firefighters work 24 hour shifts and the fire station is like a home away from home.  They eat meals, workout, and perform training exercises together at the fire station when they are not providing a direct service to the public.  When they are shopping for their shared meals they have their radios and are ready to respond to an emergency should the public need their assistance.
Schedule a ride-along with a fire crew?

You must be at least 18 years of age. You may ride with the fire crew between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. and only once per year. Contact the Administration Office at (928)772-7711.

Schedule a station tour?

The Central Arizona Fire & Medical Authority offers tours of each of our 10 staffed fire stations.

For the location of our Stations go to the Stations and Apparatus page.

To schedule a tour, please contact Fire Prevention at (928) 772-7711.

Get a copy of an EMS, fire or incident report?

EMS reports are not public record and this information is protected per HIPAA regulations. EMS reports are provided free of charge to the patient and, with a valid HIPAA authorization signed by the patient any other individual involved in the incident. Others may purchase the EMS report with a valid HIPAA authorization signed by the patient.

Incident reports are public record.

Fire Investigation reports are public information with some restrictions. Additional fees may be assessed for Fire Investigation Reports and/or pictures. To obtain copies of EMS / Fire incident reports click on the first link below. For all other requests for public records, click on the second link. Complete the request form and mail or bring it in person to the address below.

EMS / FIRE INCIDENT REQUEST FORM

PUBLIC RECORDS REQUEST FORM

Central Arizona Fire & Medical Authority
Custodian of Records
8603 E Eastridge Dr
Prescott Valley, AZ 86314

Find out the closest fire station for my insurance company?

Contact the Administrative Office at (928) 772-7711.

Enroll in a CPR class?

Registrer and pay on our website HERE.  For any questions Contact the Administrative Office at (928) 772-7711.

Check my smoke detector?

Each smoke detector has a test button, usually in the center of the detector. Press the test button and hold for a few seconds. If it is working correctly, the alarm will sound and will automatically stop after a few more seconds.

GET IN TOUCH WITH US

CENTRAL ARIZONA FIRE & MEDICAL AUTHORITY

8603 E. Eastridge Drive
Prescott Valley, AZ
86314

928.772.7711

Mon – Thursday
7:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m.

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