During 2015 the Scottsdale Fire Department celebrates its 10th anniversary. On July 1, 2005 the announcement came over the alarm system at midnight-it was officially time to switch shirts. The City of Scottsdale began preparing for its own service about 18 months before the transition. At that time, about 80 percent of the firefighters employed by Scottsdale transferred from Rural/Metro during the switch. The city filled in the other 20 percent from other local departments and recruits from out-of- state.
The Scottsdale Fire Department, with currently 263 firefighters and 20 other employees, has come a long way. After the transition, the fire department joined the automatic aid system in which fire departments across the Valley coordinate emergency responses, equipment and training. The continued partnerships created new ideas for Scottsdale, including a program with HonorHealth that sends firefighters and nurse practitioners on home visits to help prevent medical and safety emergencies before they happen.
Thank you Scottsdale Fire Department for your continued dedication to our safety!
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