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SFD Chief Tom Shannon installed as Arizona Fire Chiefs Association President
"This is an organization that helps set the standard of the modern fire department,” says Shannon.
City announces July 4 general information, events and activities
Most city offices will be closed Monday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day. Trash and recycling schedules will not be affected. Place your containers out the evening before or by 5 a.m. the morning of collection.
Another hot, dry summer prompts fireworks warnings
Yet another hot, dry summer has fire officials in Scottsdale worried about wildfires in the city, and particularly in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve.
Scottsdale works to reduce wildfire risks
Monsoon season has reached Arizona and fire officials have worked tirelessly to reduce the wildland fire risks in North Scottsdale.
30 Teens experience 15th Public Safety Teen Academy
Scottsdale Police and Fire are hosting 30 teens this week at the Scottsdale Public Safety Teen Academy.
Wildland fire fuel mitigation continues in North Scottsdale
As the wildfire season approaches, the City of Scottsdale is continuing fire/fuel mitigation projects in and around the North Scottsdale.
SFD Annual Drive Collects Nearly 20,000 Toys
Scottsdale Fire Department wrapped its 2021 Toy Drive with nearly 20,000 toys collected October through December.
SFD honors Outstanding Achievements
Scottsdale Fire Department recently recognized outstanding employee and volunteer achievements at its annual ceremony in December.
SFD Deputy Chief Says Farewell after 47 years in Fire Service
Jim Ford's long career spans decades and is best known for his work for residential sprinklers and all things fire prevention.
Spread some holiday cheer and Score some Disney magic in return
Donate a toy on Saturday, Dec. 4 and receive a free Disney On Ice show ticket in exchange
Black Friday kicks off SFD Annual Toy Drive
Unwrapped toys and gift cards are accepted at all SFD fire stations and headquarters through Dec. 21.
Emergency Manager Troy Lutrick Completes Executive Leaders Program at Naval Postgraduate School
The NPS-CHDS ELP participants represent a snapshot of the homeland security enterprise, including professionals from the fields of emergency management, education, law enforcement, fire service, homeland security, public health, private sector, and city/county government.
Keep your Ghosts and Ghouls safe this Halloween
Trick or Treating in costumes are a lot of fun for kids of all ages. Keep these tips in mind to have the safest Halloween yet!
Scottsdale Remembers: Week-long 9/11 Tribute Honors Those Lost
To mark the 20th anniversary of the attacks that took the lives of nearly 3,000 people on Sept. 11, the city of Scottsdale is hosting a free 9/11 Memorial Tribute, Sept. 3-12, at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. A special ceremony on Sept. 11 begins at 1 pm.
Discover better alternatives to sandbags for flood control
Before the next storm event arrives, the city encourages residents to explore the newer alternatives to sandbags – which are often more convenient, effective and easier to get.
Captain retires after 40-year legacy in the Fire Service
Scottsdale Fire Captain Ken Farrell spent 40 years in the fire service running calls in some of the toughest neighborhoods in the valley. His last 16 years were with Scottsdale Fire Department – the majority at Fire Station 601. Today is the last day he reports to a fire station.
Wildfire fighting resources stretched thin in Arizona; SFD Chief implores limiting consumer fireworks use
Wildfires burning across the state and the imminent danger of brush fires in Scottsdale, especially around the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, has prompted Scottsdale Fire Chief Tom Shannon to call for residents to limit consumer fireworks use this summer.
Organizations encouraged to donate Memorial Wreaths for 9/11 display
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the attacks that took the lives of nearly 3,000 people on Sept. 11. In recognition, the city of Scottsdale is hosting a free 9/11 Memorial Tribute, Sept. 3-12, at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.
New Captain positions focus on Community Risk Reduction
Scottsdale Fire Department recently announced the creation of three 56-hour Community Risk Reduction Captain positions.
Excessive heat hits valley; Adjust your hiking plan
With the announcement of Excessive Heat Warnings this week by the National Weather Service, Scottsdale Fire officials urge the public to adjust outdoor activities -- including hiking plans.
24 Valley teens experience Teen Academy, celebrating 14 years of learning
Scottsdale Police and Fire are hosting 24 teens June 7-11 at the Scottsdale Public Safety Teen Academy.
SFD Deputy Chief tapped to lead Superstition Fire and Medical
This May, Deputy Chief John Whitney leaves Scottsdale, where he has spent most of his 25-year career, to lead the Superstition Fire and Medical District in Apache Junction.
Feedback requested on laser and tactical light ordinance
The Scottsdale City Council will consider adopting an ordinance which will prohibit intentionally or knowingly aiming a laser pointer, laser emitting device or tactical light at a peace officer, law enforcement employee or firefighter.
No early retirement for Scottsdale Fire Deputy Chief
There was no early retirement from the fire service for Scottsdale Deputy Chief Joseph Early. His tenure spans 45 years, beginning in 1976 with the City of Chicago.
SFD EMS Captain named lead to national disaster aid team
Scottsdale Captain Mike Norling, who was recently named as the department’s EMS Captain, has been named as AZ-1 DMAT Team Commander for the National Disaster Medical System.
SFD working to get ahead of wildfire season
The experience of the hot, dry summer of 2020 is expected to trouble Scottsdale and its neighbors again this year, according to fire officials.
City statement regarding garbage truck fires
At approximately 3 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 3, a fire started in a City of Scottsdale solid waste truck, which was parked at the city's North Corporation Yard alongside other vehicles.
SFD Toy Drive Collects 15,000 Toys
Toys were collected at each of Scottsdale’s fire stations, police district offices, Public Safety Headquarters and a variety of local businesses.
Usher in 2021 safely; Limit consumer fireworks use
We are all ready for 2020 to end and some would like to welcome 2021 with a bang. However, some activities like setting off fireworks has officials concerned.
SFD Toy Drive Underway
Unwrapped toys and gift cards are accepted at all SFD fire stations and headquarters through Dec. 22.
SFD: Prep your fireplace before sparking up the logs
Keep your holidays and winter season from getting smoked out by following these simple steps from Scottsdale Fire and the NFPA to prep your fireplace before sparking up the logs.
Scottsdale Fire drone program lifts off
Scottsdale Fire Department has recently deployed three small Unmanned Aircraft Systems, aka drones, after 14 individuals completed their FAA certification requirements.
Brush fires keep SFD wildland firefighters busy in 2020
The significance of the dry, hot summer and missing monsoon season created a hotbed of problems in the north part of the city, creating the most overgrown brush and vegetation fuels season this area has seen in years.
SFD Captain returns from Hurricane Laura deployment
Scottsdale Fire Captain Mike Norling returned from deployment in Lake Charles, La., where he had joined a team of medical professionals to assist after Hurricane Laura.
Monsoon weather (finally) expected this week
Although the monsoon season officially started June 15, we still haven’t seen it roll in. According to the National Weather Service, that’s about to change, and we should see rain and thunderstorms this week.
Fireworks sales skyrocket; Officials send reminder of danger
The pandemic this year has significantly limited the number of professional firework shows in the valley. Fire officials suspect this is why fireworks purchased for personal use has skyrocketed.
Monsoons are upon us; Be prepared
The monsoon begins June 15. Prepare now so you know what actions you should take when a major storm rolls in.
Scottsdale Police and Fire HQ lobby opens
The lobby at the Police and Fire Headquarters reopens on Tuesday, May 26, by appointment. At this time, fire stations still remain closed to the public.
SFD warns: Know signs of heat stress, avoid outside activity as excessive heat hits the valley
Scottsdale Fire officials urge the public to know signs of heat-related stress and avoid strenuous outdoor activity as the National Weather Service issued an excessive heat warning this week.
Scottsdale Police is requesting assistance to identify arson suspect
Arson suspect also commits burglary at a jewelry store.
Summer expected to repeat last season's fire danger
The desert is a pretty green this Spring, but it turns into perfect fuel for a brush fire as temps rise and humidity falls.
Scottsdale Fire closes buildings to public, suspends programs during COVID-19 crisis
Due to health concerns with COVID-19, Scottsdale Fire Department has taken measures to protect the health and safety of employees and the public.
Scottsdale issues a declaration of emergency in response to COVID-19
Mayor W.J. “Jim” Lane has issued a declaration of emergency in Scottsdale as part of the city’s ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
10 tips to keep special event goers prepared, safe
As the city gears up for major events like Barrett-Jackson and the Waste Management Phoenix Open, Scottsdale Fire urges attendees to follow simple tips to be prepared and be safe.
SFD highlights outstanding service, promotions
Scottsdale Fire Department recognized outstanding employee and volunteer achievements and promotions at its annual ceremony in December at the Fountain Stage near the Scottsdale Center of the Performing Arts.
SFD toy drive collects 12,000+ toys
Scottsdale Fire Department wrapped its 2019 Toy Drive with more than 12,000 toys collected throughout November and December.
Mumps is on rise in Maricopa County
Maricopa County is experiencing a community-wide outbreak of mumps, a contagious disease that can lead to serious consequences.
Black Friday kicks off 2019 SFD Toy Drive
Black Friday is the official kick-off for the Scottsdale Fire Annual Toy Drive. Unwrapped toys and gift cards are accepted at all SFD fire stations and headquarters through Dec. 20.
Long-time fire service leader ready to ride off into retirement
Scottsdale Fire Department is celebrating the retirement of Deputy Chief Steve Randall after nearly 40 years of service at 9 am, Nov. 13, at Scottsdale Fire Station 608, 9598 E. Cactus Rd.
SFD first in state to train in urban structure protection for wildland fires
SFD Firefighters will be training within the Rio Montaña community on Oct. 24. The training develops skills for protection of homes and buildings in an urban setting against wildfires.
National Suicide Prevention Week highlights need to "listen, refer, support"
Death by suicide in the fire service is higher than the average of non-public safety personnel. However, no matter the occupation, understanding the warning signs may get help to those who need it before it's too late.
Taking steps to keep a wet spring from becoming a dangerous summer
By establishing defensible space around your home, you could help the Fire Department protect your property from brush fires.
Desert Mountain, Cactus Shadows students crash in mock distracted driving event
On April 26, Desert Mountain and Cactus Shadows high school students got a firsthand look at the results of a deadly crash during a mock presentation on the football field.

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Scottsdale, AZ 85251
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