BENEFITING: PINAL RURAL FIRE RESCUE
Pinal Rural Fire & Rescue is a 100% volunteer all-hazard fire rescue service in a remote part of Arizona. We also have the only fire-based first-response Paramedic service for over 300 sq miles in a very poor and underserved area. We receive no tax-based funding. PRF&R's annual budget is very small.and our income is generated by subscriptions for service, grants and donations.
Our current fire station (picture #1) is a 50-year old gas station that is generously donated for our use. However, we don't want to expend too much of our meager financial resources in rehabilitating since it would take a great deal to improve it due to age and condition (don't let the fresh paint and sign fool you!)
Since we don't own the building or land it would prove a poor choice for investing. We have, and are continuing to, improve it with minor modifications. This includes restoring the electrical service to code. This building is a metal building with open channel roof venting and no insulation. It has no heat or cooling system, other than plug in heaters and coolers, and It would cost many, many thousands to retrofit the entire building to accomodate an HVAC system. This building has 2 very small bays so is not very functional for fire engines. We use it primarily for equipment and smaller vehicle storage.
We have been donated a 24' X 60' modular building (see other pics) and a local farmer has donated three acres (last pic) to put it on. We must get permits, move it 8 miles, put in a septic tank and leech field, pay to have it set up, and buy the remaining construction materials to build a large vehicle bay next to it to store our fire truck and rescues. All the bay construction will be done by volunteer labor, except for the electric, which must be done by a licensed electrician.
Because we have such limited local volunteer resources in our region we also need somewhere for our volunteers that come in from out of town to stay. We actively recruit certified Firefighters that are either EMTs or Paramedics from out of town. These highly trained volunteers are absolutely vital to our mission. Currently they can only spend short shifts to help us protect our 911 area because of a lack of crew quarters.
$15,000 is the minimum it will take to move and set this station up. If you want to give more it will allow us to furnish it for the firefighters that stay there!
This project will help us in so many ways and we hope you see the need as well. Thanks for looking!