‘We are a community partner that instills pride, supports our people, leads the region, and proactively solves public safety challenges.’

Vision

‘Mitigate the community’s risk through service, excellence, and compassion.’

Mission Statement

42

Square Mile Primary Service Area

5

Fire Stations

17

Daily Minimum Staffing

Advanced Life Support with a minimum of one Paramedic on each company

The Prescott Fire Department has been in continuous existence since 1885. We have a proud and long-standing tradition of serving our community to meet various public safety needs. We are an all hazards, career, fire-based EMS department located in the central mountains of Arizona. We provide structural, wildland, and aircraft fire suppression; are the primary providers of emergency medical service, including pre-hospital care, advanced, and basic life support; hazmat response and technical rescue; and community risk reduction (prevention, education, and fuels mitigation) within the City of Prescott.

For our citizens, this means we are prepared to manage any emergency that may arise. We have extensive collaborative relationships with other response agencies, community partners, and private entities to supplement our ability to manage any emergency that arises. In addition, the department provides full-service community risk reduction programs to include plan review, fire inspections, and managing wildland-urban interface risks.

The department serves the community from 5 fire stations and serves a population of 46,833 over 42 square miles and participates in a dynamic closest unit dispatching system with our key partner, the Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority. Overall, the City of Prescott Fire Department has an authorized staff of 77 personnel, of which 65 are assigned to emergency operations, with the remaining staff serving in community risk management, training, and administrative roles. We also have part-time staff and volunteers who assist in specific roles to ensure efficiency.

The Prescott Fire Department has been in continuous existence since 1885. We have a proud and long-standing tradition of serving our community to meet various public safety needs. We are an all hazards, career, fire-based EMS department located in the central mountains of Arizona. We provide structural, wildland, and aircraft fire suppression; are the primary providers of emergency medical service, including pre-hospital care, advanced, and basic life support; hazmat response and technical rescue; and community risk reduction (prevention, education, and fuels mitigation) within the City of Prescott.

For our citizens, this means we are prepared to manage any emergency that may arise. We have extensive collaborative relationships with other response agencies, community partners, and private entities to supplement our ability to manage any emergency that arises. In addition, the department provides full-service community risk reduction programs to include plan review, fire inspections, and managing wildland-urban interface risks.

The department serves the community from 5 fire stations and serves a population of 46,833 over 42 square miles and participates in a dynamic closest unit dispatching system with our key partner, the Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority. We are dedicated to providing the highest level of service in the prevention and mitigation of emergency incidents in a growing community and treating our citizens and employees in a fair and considerate manner while remaining financially responsible. We are dedicated to excellence in service for our customers.

‘Mitigate the community’s risk through service, excellence, and compassion.’

pfd mission statement

Community First

Courage, Grit, and Duty

Driven by Excellence

pfd core values

Could you see yourself as a firefighter?

The profession of firefighting is a dynamic and diverse opportunity to provide essential services to the community. Could you see yourself as a firefighter? 

Ride-alongs and Station Tours

The Prescott Fire ride along program allows interested citizens, EMT/paramedic students, Fire Cadets, nurses and fire department personnel from other fire organizations to observe fire department operations by riding with engine companies or battalion chiefs.

Participants must be at least 18 years old. Prior to participating in a ride-along, every person must acknowledge the risks and sign a Hold Harmless/HIPAA Agreement. The participant must be in good health and must not be suffering from any illness or injury, including cold, flu or respiratory infection, on the day of the ride-along.

The ride-along program is available on most days of the week, with certain exceptions. Ride time will usually be scheduled between the hours of 0800 to 1700 (0800 to 2000 for paramedic students). 

To schedule a ride with Prescott Fire, email fire@prescott-az.gov

Accreditation

The Prescott Fire Department is dedicated to continuous improvement. Internationally accredited since 2020, we have achieved a status conferred to just over 300 fire departments across the United States and Canada.

The department operates under a council-approved strategic plan that is used as a metrics-driven guide to move the organization towards achieving goals that contribute to improving the community’s preparedness, resilience, and recovery to a wide range of emergencies. A copy of the current plan can be found here:

Homeowners Insurance Ratings

An ISO fire rating is a score provided to fire departments and insurance companies by the Insurance Services Office. The score reflects how prepared a community and area is for fires. While it mainly focuses on the local fire departments and water supply, there are other factors that contribute to an area’s score.

The Prescott Fire Department provides a high level of Fire Prevention, Fire Suppression and All-Hazard Response Services, to the residents of the City of Prescott and its surrounding communities. The area that is protected by the PFD covers large portions of wildland and wildland/urban interface.

The City of Prescott maintains an ISO rating of a 2 with 1 being the best. The average fire hydrant has a 1000-gallon per minute rating. The City has its own water supply for hydrants and Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority supplies water tenders for the urban areas around the City. All frontline engines have pumps of 1,000-1,500 gallons per minute and carry 500-750 gallons of water onboard.

The PFD has a very close working relationship with Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority. This District is located in the Prescott Basin and borders the City of Prescott. The Prescott National Forest surrounds the City of Prescott on 3 sides of our response areas. Our department has a very close working relationship with the Prescott National Forest Fire crews. Station 71 houses a Forest Service Type 3 engine manned with 4-7 personnel. The PFD has several engines specifically for wildland/urban interface fire suppression.