El Mirage Fire Department
Fire Chief Jim Wise

Jim Wise

Fire Chief Wise has over 25 years of combined fire and emergency medical service experience with 12+ years’ experience at the executive and section manager levels. Chief Wise has a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Safety Administration and an Associate’s Degree in the Applied Sciences, Fire Science; additional professional education in Management, Leadership, Hazardous Materials, and is a currently a certified Paramedic. Chief Wise participates regionally with the Central Arizona Life Safety Council, the Regional Operations Consistency Committee, and sub-committees for training, EMS, and operations.

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.
About Us:

The department is staffed with 22 sworn firefighters (7 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.

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