1988: Members of the El Mirage Volunteer Fire Department posing in front of one of the department's engines.
The City of El Mirage Fire Department (EMFD) originated in the early 1960's when the citizens recognized the need for fire protection in the community and formed the El Mirage Volunteer Fire Department. As the community continued to grow, so did the fire safety and emergency medical calls for service.
In 1981, the City hired its first full time fire chief, Eddie Rios. As call volume and responsibilities continued to increase, in order to continue to meet the needs of the community, the City transitioned from a volunteer department to a professional full-time, paid department in 1987.
In 1992, EMFD became a member of the Phoenix Regional Automatic Aid Consortium where all members units and crews are accepted across all City boundaries as equal service levels. The Automatic Aid system is a unique and efficient system that essentially eliminates all jurisdictional boundaries when it comes to emergency response.
All emergency units in the system are tracked by satellite. As a result when a person calls 9-1-1, the “system” identifies the closest appropriate unit to the emergency and dispatches that unit regardless of what city it belongs to. By being a part of this consortium we are not only saving lives and property but also significant tax dollars for the City by not having to duplicate resources. Without such a system the El Mirage Fire Department would need additional personnel and equipment resulting in increased costs to the community.
Today the EMFD responds to nearly 4,500 calls for service annually. We respond to and mitigate a variety of emergency situations including fires, auto incidents, medical emergencies, swift water rescues, and hazardous materials incidents.
When the EMFD members are not responding to emergencies they are busy with on-going training, fire safety inspections, pre-incident planning, public education, hydrant testing, and charitable activities.
The department is staffed with 27 sworn firefighters (8 per shift) who are ready to answer the community’s call for service 24 hours per day, 365 days a year. One four person Paramedic Fire Engine, one Battalion Chief and Safety Officer and one two person Low Acuity Unit are on duty each staffed with emergency medical technicians and paramedics.
EMFD is presently rated as a fire protection class 2/2X from the Insurance Service Organization.
We recognize that each day we must continue to earn the community’s support, and we are committed to continuing to do so by providing high quality professional fire and life safety and Emergency medical services to this community.