During its April 17 meeting, the Queen Creek Town Council approved an agreement to serve the Queen Creek County Island Fire District for fire and emergency medical services, effective on May 1, 2013.
Over the past 18 months residents of Maricopa County islands located within the boundaries of the Town of Queen Creek have been gathering signatures to present to the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors to request formation of fire district. A fire district provides emergency medical and fire services to county island residents as a group in lieu of individual subscriptions to privately owned public safety services.
Residents in Queen Creek’s county islands were previously served by Rural/Metro Fire Department via subscription, but with that organization’s move to Pinal County, residents were facing increased insurance premiums and potentially longer response times. After organizing into a Fire District (QCCIFD), these residents requested a contract with the municipally operated Queen Creek Fire Department (QCFD) for service. As part of this agreement, the cost of fire protection services will be paid via property tax, enabling QCFD to recover the costs of serving the area.
“Thank you to all of the county island resident volunteers who have worked towards this agreement for many months,” said Queen Creek Mayor Gail Barney. “Thank you to Rural/Metro Fire Department for working with us to ensure that this move was best for the residents. Thank you to the Queen Creek Fire Department for determining what services were possible and how we can best protect all the residents in this area. And thank you to the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors for their support in approving this district. This has been a long time coming, and we’re proud to say that Queen Creek’s focus on public safety and protecting residents is now accessible to everyone living within the Maricopa County boundaries of our community.”
Service to the QCCIFD will begin on May 1. The transition will be seamless for residents, with the 9-1-1 emergency system routing calls in those areas directly to the appropriate location.
The QCCIFD is in the process of establishing a website for more information. In the meantime, county island residents are encouraged to call 602-457-5735 for more information.