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MFD Fire Station 575

Maricopa Fire/Medical Department
Chief Brady Leffler
Brady.Leffler@Maricopa-AZ.gov
Administration Office
45654 W. Edison Road
520-568-3333
Maricopa-AZ.gov/web/MaricopaFireDept-home
(Mailing address: 39700 W. Civic Center Plaza)

Fire Station 571 (Homestead)
20945 N. Porter Road

Fire Station 572 (Sorrento)
36900 W. Bowlin Road

Fire Station 574 (Alterra)
44925 W. Alterra Parkway

Fire Station 575 (Acacia Crossings)
45695 W. Edison Road
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Ak-Chin Fire Department
Chief Cecil Peters
520-568-1300
45401 W. Farrell Road
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Thunderbird Fire District
12365 N. Ralston Road
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Maricopa Police Department
Chief Steve Stahl
Steve.Stahl@Maricopa-AZ.gov
Dispatch: 520-568-3673
Administration: 520-316-6800
Maricopa-AZ.gov/Web/Police

Main Station
39675 W. Civic Center Plaza South

Copper Sky Substation
17985 N. Greythorne Drive

Maricopa Police Department
Maricopa Police Department

Ak-Chin Police Department
Chief Manuel W. Garcia
520-568-1200
47314 W. Farrell Road
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Pinal County Sheriff’s Office
Sheriff Mark Lamb
800-420-8689
PinalCountyAZ.gov/Sheriff
Adult Detention Center
971 Jason Lopez Circle, Florence
855-355-0358

PCSO Search & Rescue
971 Jason Lopez Circle, Florence
520-866-5111

PCSO Stanfield Substation
36697 W. Papago Drive
520-866-7991
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Maricopa Municipal Court
Presiding Judge Lyle Riggs
19955 N. Wilson Ave.
520-866-3999

Maricopa/Stanfield Justice Court (Pinal County Precinct 8)
Justice of the Peace Lyle Riggs
19955 N. Wilson Ave.
520-866-3999

Pinal County Superior Court
Presiding Judge Stephen F. McCarville
971 Jason Lopez Circle, Building A, Florence
PinalCountyAZ.gov/Departments/JudicialBranch/Pages/Home.aspx

Ak-Chin Tribal Court
Chief Judge Brian Burke
47314 W. Farrell Road
520-568-9481
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Banner Casa Grande Medical Center – Emergency Room
1800 E. Florence Blvd., Casa Grande
520-381-6300
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Chandler Regional Medical Center – Emergency Room
1955 W. Frye Road, Chandler
480-728-3000
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Photo courtesy Maricopa Historical Society

City of Maricopa Fire/Medical Deputy Fire Marshal (and former Maricopa Fire Department chief) Eddie Rodriguez shows off the department’s 1940s Ford/Howe pumper truck. The then-volunteer fire department was started in 1959 by Don Pearce and others, and the pumper was its first fire truck. It served for nearly 30 years before being retired in 2005. It has since been put into working order for special events.


This item appears in the May issue of InMaricopa.

Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

MFD Fire Station 575

Maricopa Fire Department’s Donald N. Pearce Fire Station 575 received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Station 575 is the first municipal building in the city to be LEED certified.

The station on Edison Road was built in 2014, replacing the original Garvey Station.

The new building is 7,789 square feet with two bays, fitness center and dormitory rooms. The building design was constructed with sustainable strategies of the LEED rating system that was developed by the USGBC.

LEED is a nationally-accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings.


This item appeared in the April issue of InMaricopa.

The MFD administration building as well of two of its fire stations are having mold problems. Photo by Devin Carson

A problem that has been growing for four years is at the beginning of a solution, but Maricopa City Council is not happy with how things reached this rotten state.

“We have two fire stations that have mold growing in them and also the fire administration building that has mold,” said Lonnie Inskeep, assistant chief for Maricopa Fire Department.

He came before council Tuesday to ask for $30,500 from the city’s contingency fund. He also asked council to approve a contract with Core Construction to deal with the problem.

“We’ve noticed the mold had been growing for a while,” he said. “And because we have questions from our personnel about the quality of the air – what are they breathing in, how are these mold spores affecting them – decided to turn it over to Environmental Consulting Services.”

The problems were found in Fire Station 571, Fire Station 574 and the administration buildings. Inskeep said there is no evidence of mold at the other two fire stations because they were constructed differently. He also said he was assured by the architect and general contractor the new fleet building also will not have mold problems.

He said the mold is deep within the shower walls. Core Construction will do containment with plastic shields, duct tape and exhaust fans, and then completely strip down the walls to remove and properly dispose of the mold.

“We want to do the job right so we don’t have this happen again,” Inskeep said.

“It should not have happened the first time,” Vice Mayor Marvin Brown said.

The mold was discovered in 2012, and the department tried to treat it with basics like bleach. However, the problem kept returning.

“Some employees say that this is the sickest they’ve been in two years,” Inskeep said. Though they have not had medical tests to prove the cause, Inskeep said MFD wants to fix the problem and move forward.

Councilmember Nancy Smith encouraged Inskeep to make sure ongoing issues are brought forward during the budget process so the council will know about possible hits to the contingency fund.

“We probably should have had some knowledge that this was a problem,” she said.

When Mayor Christian Price asked why MFD waited until now to bring the mold issue forward, Inskeep said, “I really have no good answer to that.”

He said they did not understand how deep the problem was and compared the reveal to peeling layers off an onion.

The estimate from Core Construction includes $24,374 for the three administration buildings, $2,675 for station 571 and $2,735 for station 574. Inskeep, resource manager for MFD, said he added $800 to cover unexpected costs.

Council approved the expenditure.

Also at Tuesday’s meeting:

•    The council approved an intergovernmental agreement with Arizona Department of Transportation for the design of the planned overpass. City attorney Denis Fitzgibbons said the city is requesting a couple of minor changes, but if they increase the cost to the city the IGA will be brought back to council. The city’s cost for the design portion is almost $700,000.

“This is a big one. We’ve been waiting for this for a long time,” Price said. “It’s a good thing.”

•    The council also approved the expansion of the Beer Garden at the upcoming Salsa Festival, but not unanimously. Events Manager Niesha Whitman said Police Chief Stahl was amenable to expanding beer to the footprint of the festival only with strict stipulations, including adding five security personnel. She said 20-50 people complained about the Beer Garden restrictions.

Councilmember Peg Chapados said she did not like the idea of turning the entire festival into a beer garden. She was also unhappy council was not told about the major change much earlier.

•    The council approved the performance evaluation for City Manager Gregory Rose and approved a 5-percent merit raise.

•    The council authorized the completion of paperwork to apply for the Rural Public Transportation Program.

Friday at 4:53 p.m. Maricopa Fire Department crews responded to reports of a stove fire on the 40,000 block of West Colby Drive.

First arriving crews made entry into a smoke filled house to make sure that all the residents were out and to extinguish the fire.  There were no residents in the house and crews were able to quickly extinguish the fire that was contained to the stove.

Fire crews then cleared all the smoke from the house with specialized fans.  No residents or fire personnel were injured. The house was still in livable condition.

The Maricopa Fire Department would like to remind residents to double check that all stoves, grills, and electrical cooking devices are unplugged or turned off before leaving these items unattended.

Fire Captain Richard Jackson displayed the Maricopa Fire Department’s 1940s pumper truck at the Amtrak station to complement Maricopa Historical Society’s special event Saturday.

Part of MHS’s seminar “A City on the Move: The Influence of Railroads on the City,” was a free public tour of the California Zephyr train car filled with photos and memorabilia.

 

MFD photo

A broken belt in a heating unit was blamed for a smoky situation at Carl’s Jr. restaurant in Maricopa on Monday.

Maricopa Fire Department crews were called to the location at 21000 N. John Wayne Parkway at 5:32 a.m.

They found the dining area filled with smoke after the belt broke in the HVAC unit on the roof. Employees had just opened the restaurant and turned on the heater.

No customers were in the restaurant. Employees were evacuated, and no injuries were reported. Carl’s Jr. re-opened later that morning.

Maricopa city employees are already moving into the new Public Works building at the end of Edison Road, though it is not quite finished. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

The new Maricopa Public Works and Fire Department building on Edison Road has nearly been completed and will see employees slowly move in before its opening on Feb. 9.

The new building brings Maricopa residents another step closer to the eventual Estrella Gin Business Park that is planned for the area southwest of Acacia Crossing on Edison Road. Employees from Maricopa’s Public Works Department’s “street crew” will relocate to the building as well as members of the MFD maintenance crew.

“We’ve got substantial use of the building already,” Public Works Director Bill Fay said. “We have employees there now and more coming over by February.”

The building is expected to mostly serve as a maintenance facility. Fire maintenance will repair vehicles at the new location, and members of the street crew will use the building as a dispatching and maintenance area.

“Think of the building as being split into thirds,” Fay said. “One-third will be for Maricopa Fire’s maintenance team to use like a mechanic shop. The middle-third will house some administration for the Public Works Department, but also serve as a maintenance area. The last-third will house the street crew. However, they will spend very little time there as they are often out in the city.”

The building will officially open when the city holds a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Feb. 9 at 5 p.m.

MFD's Rodney Davenport “lifting” a fire truck in the new facility. City of Maricopa photo
MFD’s Rodney Davenport “lifting” a fire truck in the new facility. City of Maricopa photo

Maricopa Fire Department stopped a kitchen fire Monday morning (photo courtesy MFD) while an MUSD bus driver was unknowingly helping out one of the firefighters.

A kitchen fire in Rancho El Dorado Monday morning led to a series of events that left a firefighter profusely thanking a local bus driver.

The call came in for a fire at a home near the corner of Davis Way and Hillman Drive. One of the responding units came out of Fire Station 572 in Tortosa. That was where firefighter James Huerta laid aside his wallet and keys during the response.

The fire itself was a smoky affair contained to the kitchen. Residents and pets were all accounted for as Maricopa Fire Department took over the scene.

Huerta’s wallet, however, was on a journey of its own.

Left on a vehicle that went into action, the wallet flew into the roadway during the response to the fire, scattering contents near the crossroads of Bowlin Road and Hartman.

Huerta was horrified to realize what had happened. His wallet secretly contained more than $400 he was saving to buy his wife Beth a ring for their 20th wedding anniversary.

“Jimmy said he found a couple of ones and a couple of fives, but everything else was gone,” Beth Huerta said.

However, MFD dispatch received a call from Maricopa Unified School District’s dispatch.

Beth and Jimmy Huerta (submitted photo)
Beth and Jimmy Huerta (submitted photo)

During her route that morning, bus driver Maureen Tobin saw the wallet and its contents scattered on the pavement.

“I told Amy, ‘There’s money on the street,’” Tobin said.

Amy Kowalski is Tobin’s bus monitor. While Tobin stayed on the bus with one passenger, Kowalski retrieved the wallet and the money.

“I just knew I would be so heartsick if that happened to me,” Tobin said.

They sealed the wallet in an envelope and turned it into MUSD Transportation Director Fred Laguna.

“That was nice to know that someone would be that honest,” Laguna said of Tobin, who has been with the district since 2012.

Laguna said he locked it away after they identified the owner through EMT information and made sure MFD had been contacted.

“It was all there. It was amazing,” Beth Huerta said. “We cannot thank her enough.”

It’s not the first time Tobin has been in that situation. Once on vacation, she stepped on a lost engagement ring at a swimming pool, was able to find out the owner and mail it back to her. After leaving a golf course in northern Michigan, she and her husband saw a wallet in the road and picked it up. Using a letter in the wallet, they were able to track down the owner.

She said it’s sad people consider returning lost property to be extraordinary. She said keeping Huerta’s wallet had not occurred to her or Kowalski.

Beth Huerta said she intends to give Tobin a reward.

“We just wanted to do the right thing,” Tobin said. “I’m glad it all worked out for them.”

If the rain is getting to you, Maricopa Fire Department has free sand and sandbags.
Maricopa residents can pick up the material at all Maricopa fire stations. Feel free to stop by and get a couple if needed. Due to emergency calls crews might not be able to assist with the sandbags.

Fire Station 571 (Homestead)
20945 N. Porter Road

Fire State 572 (Tortosa)
36930 W. Bowlin Road

Fire Station 574 (Alterra)
44925 W. Alterra Parkway

Fire Station 575 (Heritage District)
45695 W. Edison Road

MFD Admin Office is at 44624 W. Garvey Ave.

This was a busy year for the Maricopa Police and Fire Departments. From tragedies to celebrations, the men and women who keep Maricopa safe had their hands full in 2015.

10. Officer Daniel Rauch named Officer of the Year

Over the last year, Officer Rauch has been an active patrol officer, was selected to represent MPD by working in a detail with the U.S. Marshal’s Office and Tempe Police Department, and was the test subject for both the MPD on-body camera program and license plate reader program. He is described by his superiors as an “Energizer bunny,” and his work with members of the community is unparalleled.

“He has this uncanny ability to talk to people,” Maricopa Police Chief Steve Stahl said. “Whether he’s giving a citation or bringing someone to jail, people walk away enjoying their time with him.”

9. Pinal County Drug Smuggling Arrests

Throughout 2015, the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, MPD and Border Patrol have arrested and deported dozens of drug and contraband smugglers attempting to pass through Maricopa. One such incident in early December saw 14 arrests over five days capture 1,382 pounds of marijuana. The smuggling issue is likely to remain a hot-button issue throughout 2016 as well.

“The fact that our deputies can arrest 14 smugglers, seize over 1,300 pounds of marijuana, assault weapons and sophisticated radios from the Mexican drug cartels, in Pinal County, in just five days, should be a wake- up call to everyone that the border is not secure,” Sheriff Paul Babeu said.

8. MPD Receives CALEA Accreditation

The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies is a national organization that provides accreditation to law enforcement agencies when departments demonstrate a consistent adherence to “best-practice standards.”

According to a statement released by MPD in April, MPD earned its accreditation by maintaining professional excellence in terms of written directives, procedures, management decisions, preparedness, accountability, liability and risk exposure and relationship with the community.

7. PCSO Arrests 3 in Child Murder

A week before Thanksgiving, 3-year-old Tiana Capps died from blunt force trauma that occurred in an unincorporated neighborhood south of Maricopa. After investigating the death and the home situation, on Christmas Eve, Pinal County Sheriff’s personnel arrested her caretaker Shawn Main on charges of murder and abuse. They also arrested Tiana’s mother Tina Morse and a third woman, Maria Tiglao, on suspicion of abuse of four children.

Tiana’s three brothers, aged 5 months to 5 years, were removed from the home.

6. Train Hits MUSD School Bus

The Arizona Department of Transportation named the railroad crossing on State Route 347 one of the most dangerous in the state. However, members of the community saw just how dangerous the crossing is when a freight train collided with a Maricopa Unified School District bus on Nov. 5.

The accident was the realization of many residents’ worst fear for the crossing. Luckily, no children were on the bus and the driver was able to escape.

5. Body Cameras

MPD was one of the first departments in Arizona to test the use of body cameras. For months, MPD officers wore AXON body cameras from TASER Industries. The cameras were approved by the department and are now regularly used in the field.

“It’s the closest we can get to true justice,” Officer Daniel Rauch said. “By documenting the actual occurrence while it happens, we can go ahead and support ourselves in our decisions. It also documents if there’s any accusations of police overstepping their bounds, we can go and immediately pull the video so it can be viewed and released to (the accuser).”

4. Cars Crash into Lakes in Villages and Rancho Mirage

Two accidents involving vehicles driving into local lakes had very different endings. Jan. 12, a vehicle holding two female occupants drove into the lake inside the Rancho Mirage subdivision. Eileen Brown, 46, the vehicle’s passenger, was pulled from the vehicle after the driver, but she passed away at Chandler Regional Medical Center.

Sept. 9, a 59-year-old man lost control of his vehicle and launched into the lake in the Villages subdivision. The driver and his three passengers were pulled from the vehicle without serious injury. The accident was believed to be caused by a pre-existing medical condition.

3. Fatal Car Accidents

From July 26 to Aug. 23, three fatal accidents took the lives of four Maricopa residents. In each case, the deceased was not believed to be wearing a seat belt. The issue became so vital to the community Maricopa Police Chief Steve Stahl held a press conference with representatives from the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, Pinal County Attorney’s Office, Ak-Chin Police Department, Gila River Police Department, Coolidge Police Department, Eloy Police Department, Apache Junction Police Department, Florence Police Department and the Department of Public Safety to show a united front against unsafe driving.

In one of the cases, however, Antoinette Sanchez was indicted for manslaughter in the death of Heidi Johnson.

2. Veteran Killed in Police Confrontation

veteran-shootingIn January, Iraq War veteran Johnathon Guillory was killed in a confrontation with police after reportedly threatening two officers, Sgt. Leonard Perez and Officer Joshua Hawksworth, with a weapon in a residential area. The incident divided much of the community on whether the shooting was justified.

The incident was picked up by state and national news outlets as well, and the community heightened its interest in veteran services as Guillory was reported to be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Maricopa, which has a population that is reportedly 10-percent veteran, Pinal County and state agencies campaigned to spread the word about programs for military veterans.

1. Double Murder Charged on Papago Road

Jose Valenzuela
Jose Valenzuela

The eyes of the nation again turned to Maricopa in late June when Thunderbird Farms residents Michael and Tina Careccia went missing. Days of searching for the couple resulted in numerous theories and garnered state and national news coverage. Their bodies were found on the property of family friend Jose Valenzuela.

Valenzuela was charged with two counts of first-degree murder by the Pinal County Attorney’s Office. Valenzuela pled not guilty to the charges in August. His trial is pending.

City of Maricopa Fire Department's Ride for Toys. Photo by Adam Wolfe

The annual Maricopa Fire Department “Ride for Toys” toy drive brought hundreds of Maricopa residents to Pacana Park to donate toys, enjoy fire truck rides and frolic in the snow.

MFD was able to gather hundreds of toys for local children in need during the four hour event. The event also allowed local children the rare chance to play in snow as the fire department brought in a snow pile for the children (and adults) to enjoy.

“We have a chance to play in snow, hang out with some firefighters and meet the community,” MFD public information officer Brad Patassi said. “All the benefits and all the toys are going toward the local charities and local families in need.”

The toy drive lasted from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Pacana Park on Saturday, Dec. 12. The event also featured Santa Claus, modern and classic fire trucks, and the fire department’s “Sparky” Dalmatian mascot.

For anyone still looking to donate toys, feel free to stop by the F.O.R. Maricopa Food Bank or your local fire house.

The Maricopa Fire Department’s Ride for Toys is Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Pacana Park.

Santa Claus will be on a motorcycle leading the fire trucks. There will also be a snowy playground (five tons!) and a chance to meet Sparky the Fire Dog.

This is a drive for toys and nonperishable food for the holidays.

Donate a new, unwrapped toy or a teen gift and get a free ride on a fire truck. Each gift also earns a raffle ticket for a chance to win a dinner with a fire crew, a ride to school on a fire truck or a fire department T-shirt.

Donations benefit F.O.R. Maricopa food bank and Maricopa children.

For more information, call Shelly Boyd at 520-494-2395.
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Four people were stung in another bee encounter in the Rancho El Dorado subdivision on Wednesday.

According to the Maricopa Fire Department, there were no major injuries and all four refused transportation to a hospital.

The incident was on Michaels Drive just north of Smith-Enke Road. MFD said the bees were contained with the help of a beekeeper on scene.

An earlier bee attack in Rancho El Dorado sent six people to the hospital. The Halloween night incident on Van Loo Drive resulted in one person being stung 300 times, according to the count at the hospital.

An MFD crew shows the bee gear that most units are equipped with and was used Halloween evening when bees swarmed a Rancho El Dorado neighborhood. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

Six people in Rancho El Dorado were taken to the hospital Saturday after a bee attack.

According to the Maricopa Fire Department, the incident happened around 5 p.m. on the 21000 block of North Van Loo Drive. Fire crews arrived to find a large amount of bees in the area and several bee sting victims running and screaming for help.

The bees were attacking people in an area that was two blocks long and involved several residences. Three adults and three minors were transported to the hospital for evaluation. One of the adults had nearly 300 bee stings counted at the hospital. Two firefighters were also stung during the rescue.

Firefighters wore bee veils for protection before stepping out of the engine as the extremely aggressive bees immediately attacked them. Fire hoses with foam were immediately deployed for protection while victims were located and moved to a safer location for evaluation by paramedics.

Fire crews were on scene approximately two hours and were finally able to locate the hive in an opened water valve box at one of the residences. The bees were sprayed with foam and the hive was contained and destroyed

The City of Maricopa Fire Department thanked residents and visitors in the area for their understanding and patience while the neighborhood was shut down for over two hours during Halloween. Dusk helped calm the bees which made it hard to locate the hive.

MFD encourages residents to call in bee control experts when they discover a hive.

MFD Deputy Fire Marshal Eddie Rodriguez shares tips for Halloween safety.

Maricopa Fire Department’s Deputy Fire Marshal Eddie Rodriguez stopped by our InMaricopa studio to discuss the dangers of Halloween and to provide tips to stay safe.

With Halloween taking place on Saturday, children will be running around town in costume to collect candy and adults will be decorating their houses to show holiday spirit. Amidst the fun, the holiday also creates safety hazards. In order to avoid these dangers, community members can follow a few basic tips.

“We want their costumes to be flame resistant and for them to have no open flames out there,” Rodriguez said. “No candles or anything. Glow sticks are probably the best thing to be out there with them, but they can carry flashlights as well.”

Members of the Maricopa Fire Department will be on call all night. Despite the stations being open and passing out candy, residents should still dial 911 with an emergency.

From MFD:

Parental tips
An adult should always accompany children under 12 years of age
Do not use open flame candles in jack-o-lanterns. Commercially available battery lights are much safer and do not pose a fire hazard
Parents should never let their children carve a pumpkin unsupervised
Do not hand out homemade or unwrapped candies to children
Parents should plan a route for your child to use while trick-or-treating and set an early return time for your child
To welcome trick-or-treaters, switch on your porch lights or any exterior lights

Trick-or-Treat tips
Do not go inside anyone’s house. Remain on the stoop or porch at all times
Do not go into a stranger’s automobile
Do not take shortcuts through backyards, alleys or parks
Walk, don’t run
When crossing the street look both ways. Do not cross in between cars.
Always use the sidewalk
Trick-or-treat on well-lit streets within your neighborhood
Children should always travel in a group
Use the buddy system, and make sure you have at least one buddy with you the entire evening
When you return home, have an adult examine and discard all candies that are not factory sealed or wrapped by the candy manufacturer. Never eat homemade or unwrapped treats
Never accept candy from strangers
Children should carry spare change in case of an emergency and they need to call home

Costume tips
Only purchase and use flame retardant costumes
Children should wear white, reflective clothing or use reflective tape and carry either a flashlight or glow stick
Costumes should fit properly. Avoid loose or baggy costumes
Avoid any type of open flame while wearing costumes
Encourage children to wear face paint as opposed to a mask. Face paint should be non-toxic and meet FDA standards
If mask is worn, make sure the eye, mouth and nose opening are large enough to ensure adequate breathing and full range of vision
Children should never carry sharp objects. Ensure all props are made of material that is flexible and nonrealistic looking
Materials made of 100 percent polyester or mod-acrylics are best for making homemade costumes. They are less flammable. One hundred percent polyester and mod-acrylics may be purchased at most local fabric stores
REMEMBER: A flame-retardant costume does not mean that it is fire proof. Always keep your costume away from any type of open flame or other heat sources

Tips for motorists
Be aware of children darting out between parked automobiles
Use caution while entering and exiting driveways
During twilight and evening  hours be mindful of children in dark costumes

MPD first tried out the ATV this summer.

Maricopa Fire Department first tested its new all-terrain vehicle in July. Wednesday, the department was officially presented the ATV.

Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation provided the $28,937 vehicle through its equipment grants.

Fire Chief Brady Leffler said he noticed the Santa Monica Fire Department using a similar vehicle and recognized its value. He discussed prospects with Assistant Chief John Storm and discovered the grant program from Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation.

Brady said it was not a purchase MFD could have afforded on its own.

“They have provided a very vital tool for the fire department so that we can use that for the urban-wildland interface,” he said.

MFD spokesman Brad Pitassi said first responders tried out the Polaris 6×6 ATV as a “med cart” during the city’s Independence Day celebration at Copper Sky.

“It worked great for that situation, where we were driving in and through the crowd,” Pitassi said. “We had been using an ATV, but it was a general ATV. This one gives us more room for equipment.”

Brady said the ATV will allow MFD to respond to emergencies more quickly at events at Copper Sky and other venues.

“It has the potential to transport patients,” he said. “We can transport the patient to the ambulance as opposed to the ambulance trying to work [its] way in. It’s six-wheel drive, which gets us through all the obstacles, and it’s got a winch in case we do get it stuck.”

The foundation is mostly funded through individual and corporate donations. The Maricopa franchise of Firehouse Subs keeps a donation box on its counter.

“This is very similar to the way I grew up,” said John Beveridge, who co-owns the franchise with wife Becky. “I grew up in a smaller town where you knew people in town and you supported people in town, and people in town supported you. And that’s the key thing for us.”

Brady said MFD will continue to work with the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation in an effort to get other equipment.

“One of the things I’m a big believer in is partnerships, and I know there’s a lot of things we can’t do if we don’t have buy-in from the community,” said Mayor Christian Price, one of several elected officials and Chamber of Commerce members on hand for the event in front of the Maricopa Firehouse Subs.

He called the grant for the ATV “exquisite.”

Price said the city lives within its meager budget. “We could not do this, the fire department could not do this, Public Safety could not do this without you,” he told foundation representatives.

Meghan Vargas, senior manager of Foundation Development, said the program has given more than $15 million in grants since its founding in 2005.