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Our Mission

 To protect the life, property, and       
 environment of our community,    
 neighbors, and guests by delivering 
 professional life safety and hazard
 mitigation services.


The El Mirage Fire Department (EMFD) began in the early 1960s when the citizens recognized the need for fire protection in the community and formed the El Mirage Volunteer Fire Department. As the community continued to grow, so did the fire safety and emergency medical calls for service.

In 1981, the City hired its first full time fire chief, Eddie Rios. As call volume and responsibilities continued to increase, in order to continue to meet the needs of the community, the City transitioned from a volunteer department to a full-time, paid department in 1987. 

In 1992, EMFD became a member of the Phoenix Regional Automatic Aid Consortium where all members units and crews are accepted across all City boundaries as equal service levels. The Automatic Aid system is a unique and efficient system that essentially eliminates all jurisdictional boundaries when it comes to emergency response.

All emergency units in the system are tracked by satellite. As a result when a person calls 9-1-1, the “system” identifies the closest appropriate unit to the emergency and dispatches that unit regardless of what city it belongs to. By being a part of this consortium we are not only saving lives and property but also significant tax dollars for the City by not having to duplicate resources. Without such a system the El Mirage Fire Department would need additional personnel and equipment resulting in increased costs to the community.

Today the EMFD responds to nearly 3,000 calls for service annually. We respond to and mitigate a variety of emergency situations including fires, auto accidents, medical emergencies, swift water rescues, and hazardous materials incidents.

When the EMFD members are not responding to emergencies they are busy with on-going training, fire safety inspections, pre-incident planning, public education, hydrant testing, and charitable activities.

The department is staffed with 24 sworn firefighters (8 per shift) who are ready to answer the community’s call for service 24 hours per day, 365 days a year.  Two fire suppression vehicles are on duty each staffed with emergency medical technicians and paramedics.

EMFD is presently rated as a fire protection class 3/9 from the Insurance Service Organization.

We recognize that each day we must continue to earn the community’s support, and we are committed to continuing to do so by providing high quality professional fire and life safety and Emergency medical services to this community.

Our responsibilities include:

  • EMERGENCY SERVICES which is responsible for Emergency Response Services, Operations, Training and Logistics, and 

  • FIRE, BUILDING & LIFE SAFETY which is responsible for processing Building Permits and Plan Review, Inspections, Fire Investigations and Public Education. This division conducts building inspections to ensure safety and monitors code compliance of structures within the city.

Special Announcments

Turkey Frying Safety Tips

According to data from State Farm, more cooking fires occur on Thanksgiving than any other day of the year. November is the number one month for grease and cooking related fire and December is the second highest month.

If you plan to deep-fry your holiday bird, be sure you know how to safely use the fryer, and take these precautions to protect yourself, your guests and your home:

  1. Keep outdoor fryers off decks, out of garages and a safe distance away from trees and other structures.
  2. Make sure the turkey is thawed and dry before cooking. Ice or water that mixes into the hot oil can cause flare-ups.
  3. Place the fryer on a level surface, and avoid moving it once it’s in use.
  4. Leave at least 2 feet between the tank and the burner when using a propane-powered fryer.
  5. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to avoid overfilling. Oil can ignite when it makes contact with the burner.
  6. Choose a smaller turkey for frying. A bird that's 8 to 10 pounds is best; pass on turkeys over 12 pounds.
  7. Never leave fryers unattended, keep children and pets away from the fryer at all times.
  8. Purchase a fryer with temperature controls, and watch the oil temperature carefully. Cooking oil that is heated beyond its smoke point can catch fire. If you notice the oil is smoking, turn the fryer off.
  9. Turn off the burner before lowering the turkey into the oil. Once the turkey is submerged, turn the burner on.
  10. Wear goggles to shield your eyes, use oven mitts to protect your hands and arms and keep a grease-rated fire extinguisher close by.
  11. Skip the stuffing when frying turkey, and avoid water-based marinades.
  12. Once finished, carefully remove the pot from the burner; place it on a level surface and cover to let the oil cool overnight before disposing.

We welcome you to explore our website to learn more about your EMFD and how we keep your community safe!

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Contact Info
Fire Department 
13601 N El Mirage Rd
El Mirage, Arizona 85335

Fire Chief 
Jim Wise

Fax: 623-583-8257
TDD: 623-933-3258

Administration Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:00am - 5:00pm