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Joint effort to address wildfire risk around Scottsdale's McDowell Sonoran Preserve
With the increased threat of wildfire this year, Scottsdale Fire Department is teaming up with Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve, Community Services and Fields Services departments, and the Tonto National Forest on May 16 for a joint wildfire prevention exercise in Scottsdale.
Scottsdale joins multi-city recruitment for firefighters
Scottsdale, Chandler and Tempe, are working together to conduct an open registration and written exam for the 2017 Firefighter Recruitment process.
Hiking prep important for locals, visitors
Arizona's weather and special events bring an influx of visitors and locals to the abundance of hiking trails available in the City. Concern is high as inexperienced hikers may find themselves in precarious condition if they have over-estimated their hiking abilities and preparation.
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City of Scottsdale - Fire Department

Witzeman Public Safety Building
8401 E. Indian School Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
General Information: 480-312-8000
Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-Emergency: 480-312-8911
Email: fire@ScottsdaleAZ.gov
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Fire Chief Tom ShannonAs Fire Chief of the City of Scottsdale Fire Department, I have the opportunity to serve in a destination community for both citizens and visitors.  Scottsdale is fortunate to have the finest fire service professionals in the state. The men and women of SFD are highly trained, extremely motivated, well educated, and loyally focused on their core mission of  caring for the community.

Scottsdale Fire has a rich history of service to a growing Scottsdale and now offers comprehensive fire, hazardous incident response and emergency medical services in a diverse service area which includes densely populated residential, robust entertainment districts, major corporate and industrial providers, and the world famous wild land McDowell Sonoran Preserve. SFD provides a response and prevention solution for this diverse geography encompassing 184 square miles of which 57 miles are highly valued preserve.

Scottsdale Fire is a core member of the Phoenix Regional Dispatch and Deployment system commonly known as automatic aid.  This system ensures that the closest available appropriate resource responds to calls for service regardless of municipal jurisdiction and that an orderly and reliable incident command system is utilized.

Your SFD Firefighters have bravely and successfully confronted the hazards of our growing urban environment, and continue to mitigate complex life-safety problems through risk management, strategic planning, disciplined deployment, and an aggressive fire attack and rescue philosophy. The hard-working professionals of the SFD are dedicated first and foremost to guarding the quality of life for the citizens and visitors of our community through multi-dimensional emergency response and the protection of life, property, and the environment.

Put simply, we are sworn to “care.”  It is our mission and promise.

Tom Shannon
Scottsdale Fire Chief

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Read how we choose where we place our fire stations: Standards of Cover 2015​  (PDF)

SFD released the 2016 Year in Review (PDF). See all we accomplished in just one year!

Our Strategic Plan lays out what we'd like to do in the next 3 years.