Fire Department


Welcome to
 the El Mirage
Fire Department

Our Mission 
 To protect the life, property, and  environment
of our community, neighbors, and guests by delivering 
professional life safety and hazard mitigation services.

The El Mirage Fire Department (EMFD) began in the early 1960s 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 career, department in 1996. 

In 1998, 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 is dispatched to nearly 4,000 calls for service annually. We respond to and mitigate a variety of emergency situations including fires, auto accidents, 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 24 sworn firefighters (8 per shift) who are ready to answer the community’s call for service 24 hours per day, 365 days a year. Two fire suppression vehicles are on duty each staffed with emergency medical technicians and paramedics.

EMFD is presently rated as a fire protection class 3/9 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.

Our responsibilities include:
  • EMERGENCY SERVICES which is responsible for Emergency Response Services, Operations, Training and Logistics, and

  • FIRE, BUILDING & LIFE SAFETY which is responsible for processing Building Permits and Plan Review, Inspections, Fire Investigations and Public Education. This division conducts building inspections to ensure safety and monitors code compliance of structures within the city.

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Bathroom Exhaust Fans
    Bathroom ceiling exhaust fans are found in a variety of residential occupancies but also exist in commercial buildings. These fans are great at preventing steamed up mirrors, damp walls, fogged up windows, and removing odors. These fans can, over time, build up lint that acts as an insulator around the motor, causing excessive heat to build up while they are running. The lint provides an easy-to-ignite fuel source which in turn ignites nearby combustible building materials in the ceiling and attic space. 

    We recommend that these be cleaned at least every couple of months and more often if your home tends to collect dust faster. A little bit of maintenance can go a long way to prevent destructive fires and provide a safer environment for you and your family

     We welcome you to explore our website to learn more about your EMFD and how we keep your community safe!


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