Alpine Fire District

Alpine Fire District is remotely located in the southeast section of Apache County, Arizona. Highways US 180 and US 191 mark the area. It is at an elevation of 8040 feet. Alpine Fire District is completely surrounded by Apache National Forest. Alpine Fire District is in an area that is experiencing extreme fire conditions on National Forest land and private property. This is the same Ponderosa Pine Forest that was devastated by the Rodeo/Chediski Fire of 2002. The Kinishba Fire in 2003,the Thomas Complex Fire in 2003 and the Three Forks Fire of 2004. The nearest mutual Aid Structural Fire department is located 30 miles north of Alpine, Arizona. Alpine Fire District was formed in 1994 after years of planning and raising start up funds. Land was donated; a building was constructed with donated time and materials. The initial fire fighting equipment consisted of a loaned 1976 State Surplus Wildland Pumper, a 1968 Brush Truck, and a purchased 1974 Pumper. Most Firefighting equipment and personnel protective equipment was surplus, having been obtained from departments throughout the State. In 1996, nine dedicated members of the community completed the required college courses and were awarded Arizona State Certified Firefighter II status. In July of 1997, the department became a certified responding department. Currently, we have 1 paid chief & 1 part time Clerk,11 Volunteer members. Of these 9 are AZ FF II, 7 are Wildland, 3 are EMTs. The department continues to upgrade its training and Firefighting equipment. The department purchased, through a 10 year lease, a new 1998 Freightliner/Pierce 4x4 Pumper. In 1999, it purchased a new 1999 Ford F550 4x4 Crew Cab Rescue Truck. In 2000, a 1975 3800 gallon Tanker was purchased along with up-to-date personnel protective equipment. EMS supplies, equipment, vehicle extrication equipment and on-going training have been added. In 2002 a high pressure compressor and additional SCBA units were purchased with the Assistance to Firefighter Grant Program. In 2003 a CAFS unit and a thermal Imaging camera was acquired with the Assistance to Firefighter Grant Program. In 2003 a new Command vehicle was purchased and paid for. In 2004 a new 3500 gallon Tanker/Pumper was purchased through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. Schedule delivery April of 2005. The Firefighting equipment is supplemented by two additional pieces of apparatus on loan from the Arizona State Land Dept. A 1976 type 2 wildland pumper, and a 1986 type 6 brush truck which will replace a 1968 jeep. With the certification of personnel and purchase of equipment, Alpine Fire District was able to upgrade from an ISO rating of 11 to an ISO rating of 8. Alpine Volunteer Fire Department has doubled its facilities. This expansion insures compliance with requirements to house all Fire Fighting Vehicles. It also provides the department and the community with a much needed classroom and meeting room. mission: Alpine Volunteer Fire Department is responsible for Fire protection in the Alpine Fire District encompassing approximately 30 square miles. Alpine Fire Department is responsible for EMS coverage of an additional remote area totaling approximately 1680 square miles. There are approximately 500 full time permanent residents and 2000 part time residents, with a majority of the residents being senior citizens. In addition to our permanent and part time residents, we have a seasonal influx of campers and sportsmen. Alpine Fire District is responsible to provide Mutual Aide to all adjoining Fire Departments. We are a participating department of the Apache County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) which includes Homeland security. We provide Fire Safety programs for the local school children, CPR, First Aid Training, Fire Safety instructions, Evacuation Preparedness, and Disaster Awareness. Literature is handed out to homeowners at various meetings. We participate in education and information relating to Wildland Urban Interface. Alpine Fire Department, in conjunction with the U.S. Forest Service, provide information and offer suggestions to homeowners to improve the Wildland interface and allow for a defendable clear zone around individual structures. Alpine Fire District structures consist of a wide variety of buildings. There are over 750 residential one/two/three story structures in the fire district. There are over 25 commercial structures consisting of an elementary school, (a new 14,200 sq, ft, building ) library, several churches, restaurants, garage with diesel fuel, gas station, cabins and lodges, motels, recreational vehicle parks, shops, grocery store, and storage facility. Numerous United States Government buildings are in the Alpine Fire District including the Alpine District Office of the Apache Sitgreaves National Forest. Located on US Highway 180/191, garages are at this location, and house Forest Service Wildland Firefighting equipment and Forest Service vehicles. Additional United States Government structures located off US 180 in the Alpine Fire District consist of U.S.F.S. Site #1, with 2 residential and 2 dormitories; U.S.F.S Site #2, consisting of 2 residential, office and 15 garages and storage buildings housing Forest Service Wildland Firefighting equipment, and U.S.F.S. Site #3 which consists of 15 residential structures. The United States Post Office, ZIP Code 85920, located on US Highway 191 is within the Alpine Fire District. The department is dedicated to protect this district to the best of its ability. Thank you for your support.

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