Thanks to the Pinal County Sheriff's Department, Sheriff Paul Babeu, and PCSO Grants Coordinator Tom Gaupel, they have arranged for the donation of a surplus fire engine. Regional Fire became the recipient of some "good will" in providing a replacement fire apparatus in September 2011. This Fire Apparatus is a 1995 Pierce Dash fire pumper which came from the Puget Sound Navy Shipyard in Washington State and had barely 50,000 miles on it. This truck was picked up in Washington and driven back to Arizona by Chief Kerber, thanks to some local assistance from his Sister and Brother-in-law from Portland, Oregon. They helped with the logistics in aquiring this truck at the end of September 2011 after the Chief flew to Portland to meet the family members responsible for helping arrange the final aquisition. We completed a cosmetic and minor mechanical refurbishment in Casa Grande and was put into service in January 2012. The vehicle received new tires, paint, roll up doors, LED lighting, new air conditioning, new striping, lettering, chevrons, and a pump certification, totaling $30,000. (Update: July 2014) Unfortunately, the downfall of refurbishing a used fire apparatus, (despite its low mileage) we had two cracked heads on the motor, resulting in a full motor rebuild costing us an additional $19,000. (See completed apparatus picture in the lower right)

Regional Fire & Rescue has also recieved a vehicle donation from Southwest Gas Corporation and Mr. Pat Abiles, District Manager. In May 2012 a 2000 Ford F-750 Extended Cab with Utility Body Chassis was donated by Southwest Gas Corporation to serve as a Highway Emergency Response vehicle. After losing a 1994 International Crew Cab Fire/Rescue truck in May 2011, we have quite a great deal of fire equipment and inventory available to convert this gas pipeline and service/construction vehicle and transform it into a public safety emergency response vehicle. This truck will undergo cosmetic refurbishment/construction in fall of 2012. More to come...

A recent donation from the Monsanto Corporation thanks to Plant Manager Adam Parsons of the Delta Pine and Land Company/Monsanto Corporation, operation east of Eloy, Arizona, provided a check in the amount of $20,000.00 in November 2012 toward our new office building project, which was completed in June 2012. In July 2014, thanks to plant manager Mark Neuman, we received another donation in the amount of $4,000 that was used towards the purchase of our solar powered rolling gate.

Perimeter wall completion

We would like to give an extra special thanks to Superlite Block Company of Chandler, Arizona for the donation of Block and Materials for the construction of our new perimeter wall,(Half Blocks, 6x8x16's, Bags of Portland Cement and Mortar Cement). We would also like to give a special thanks to Affordable Gate Company, LLC of Mesa, Arizona for the donation of our man gate on the North side of the property (picture: lower right). We purchased and installed a rolling gate that now secures the rear of our property. We are very pleased with the quality of their work! For now, our new block wall and gate project is completed. We have a solar powered gate opener that uses no electric power from the Station, although the option is available in the future if we want to hook it up. The rear of our property is now secured, thanks to these companies!

After passage of the Stimulus Bill in 2009, Federal funds were made available to the State of Arizona, Governors Office of Economic Recovery (GOER) where a "Public Safety Stabilization Grant" was applied for and awarded to the fire department. This funding was used to help stabilize public service agencies, Police and Fire, in order to assist with decreases in revenues brought on by the economic downturn or "recession" sufferred since 2007. This grant funded the in-frame Detroit Diesel motor rebuild of one of our fire engines, provided new tires on four fire apparatus, and provided for the loan payoff amounts toward three vehicles.

Some grant assistance has come from the State in the form of EMS Supplies and Equipment Grants through Arizona Emergency Medical Systems (AEMS) which manages grant funding for the Central Region for Fire and EMS providers who apply through a competitive process for available funding that originates from the Arizona Department of Health Services, Office of EMS (Az. DHS/EMS). These grant funds have provided EMS/Trauma Bags, Backboards, Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) and EMS supplies.

Although our primary source of funding for operating expenses comes from individual Subscriptions from home and business owners in our area, since 2006, Regional Fire & Rescue has received assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) through the Firefighter Assistance Grants. Grants earmarked specifically for equipment requests and/or replacements were awarded in FY-2006, 2008, 2009, and 2013, SAFER 2009 & 2011, and a new fire apparatus grant in FY-2013 (awarded July 2014).

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