Sedona Fire

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Sedona Fire dates back before 1950 when emergency response was completely volunteer. Today we have five stations and 72 operational employees handling medical response, fire suppression, wildland urban interface and both swift water and high angle rope rescue. Our district covers nearly 200 square miles and recreationalists manage to climb, bike, walk and hike pretty much anywhere the eye can see. On this page you will see: station life, crews training, dynamic calls, safety updates, helpful tips and hints about our area and dedicated, passionate people who love what they do. Welcome to the family and thank you for joining us on our journey!

Mission: We help people through safe, friendly, and dedicated service.

**Flood watch and Flood Advisory from the National Weather Service**;At 841 AM MST, water levels remain high across the ...
03/12/2020

**Flood watch and Flood Advisory from the National Weather Service**;
At 841 AM MST, water levels remain high across the advisory area due to heavy rainfall that fell on Wednesday and overnight. Between 1.5 to 3 inches of rain has already fallen. Additional moderate to heavy rainfall is anticipated later today into tonight. Some locations that will experience flooding include...Sedona, Munds Park, Mcguireville, Village At Oak Creek, Montezuma Castle National Monument, Page Springs, Montezuma Well, Rimrock, Lake Montezuma, Cornville, Wet Beaver Creek Campground, Red Rock State Park, V Bar V Visitors Center and Clear Creek Campgrounds.This includes the following streams and drainages...Long Canyon, Russell Wash, Dry Beaver Creek, Oak Creek, Grief Hill Wash, Dry Creek, Beaver Creek, Turkey Creek, Rattlesnake Canyon, Fossil Creek, West Clear Creek, Rarick Canyon, Jacks Canyon, Walker Creek, Verde River and Spring Creek.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...
Turn around, don`t drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles.

***A Flood Advisory means river or stream flows are elevated, or ponding of water in urban or other areas is occurring or is imminent.***

FLASH FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM MST THIS MORNING THROUGH FRIDAY AFTERNOON...
The Flash Flood Watch continues for
* Portions of east central Arizona, north central Arizona, and
west central Arizona, including the following areas, in east
central Arizona, Northern Gila County. In north central
Arizona, Grand Canyon Country. In west central Arizona, Oak Creek and Sycamore Canyons, Yavapai County Mountains, and Yavapai County Valleys and Basins.

***A Flash Flood Watch Means That Developing Conditions May Lead To Flash Flooding Within The Watch area. People...especially those located along area creeks...rivers or other flash flood prone areas...should continue to monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take immediate action should flash flood warnings be issued.***

Rain showers increase again this afternoon and overnight. Areas along and south of the Mogollon Rim and the Grand Canyon Country will see the most rain. Some area streams and creeks are already flowing high. Additional rain will increase the likelihood of flooding

Early this morning in Oak Creek Canyon, crews responded to a vehicle that left the road and struck a piece of constructi...
03/12/2020

Early this morning in Oak Creek Canyon, crews responded to a vehicle that left the road and struck a piece of construction equipment. Two occupants were transported to Flagstaff Medical Center with critical injuries. Remember that the rain may cause debris to fall onto roadways and wet roads will decrease traction and increase stopping distances. Please slow down.
Throughout the day and into the weekend we expect to see the creek levels continue to go up and down depending on the location and severity of the rainfall. Most of the low water crossings in Oak Creek Canyon are now covered with moving water and normally dry washes across the District are also flowing. Turn around, don't drown!

https://www.azleg.gov/ars/28/00910.htm

For the next several days Sedona will be expecting some inclement weather, which means our roads will be wet, slippery, ...
03/11/2020

For the next several days Sedona will be expecting some inclement weather, which means our roads will be wet, slippery, and icy. These road conditions will increase stopping distances while driving. Driving defensively is the key to avoiding an accident. The distance you allow to the vehicle in front of you is very important. Typically using the “3-Second Rule” under normal road conditions is adequate. However, allowing for 9 Seconds following distance is recommended during inclement weather conditions such as those that we are currently experiencing. Drive defensively and safe!

It's a wet morning here District wide and that pattern looks to continue over the next few days and into the weekend. Wh...
03/10/2020

It's a wet morning here District wide and that pattern looks to continue over the next few days and into the weekend. While we do expect some increasing water flows, we do not anticipate any significant flooding of Oak Creek at this time. Normally dry washes and some road crossings are likely to see water flows as the storms continue to produce significant rain fall totaling 2"-3" inches by Friday night. When a road is flooded, turn around-don't drown

https://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?wfo=fgz&gage=oaka3
https://www.cbrfc.noaa.gov/

Today proved to be a busy one here at SFD…..Crews from station #6 were called to a 2 vehicle injury accident near Redwin...
03/10/2020

Today proved to be a busy one here at SFD…..

Crews from station #6 were called to a 2 vehicle injury accident near Redwing Dr. and Hwy 179. This accident made a difficult traffic situation worse, with Sedona spring traffic in full swing. Crews had a bit of a delay while navigating traffic, but were able to treat and transport one patient without further incident. Please be cautious of emergency vehicles on roadways, especially this time of year in Sedona.

Shortly thereafter, crews from station #1 were called to the area of Devil’s Bridge for an injured person. Upon arriving on scene and hiking in to the patient, crews found an individual suffering a traumatic injury due to a falling rock. The patient was extricated from the trail system and transported via ambulance to the hospital for further treatment and evaluation.

#SedonaFD

ARS §28-775 E-1-2

Did you know?Sedona Fire is responsible for emergency calls for service occurring during special events taking place in ...
03/09/2020

Did you know?

Sedona Fire is responsible for emergency calls for service occurring during special events taking place in Sedona?

Events such as the Film Festival, Mountain Bike Festival, Parades and Marathon to name just a few, bring thousands of visitors to our community annually. SFD covers all 911 emergency calls resulting from these events, along with calls that occur every day.

Many times, SFD will cover this influx of population to our community with little to no extra staffing. This makes it extremely important for our firefighters to remain flexible and aware of resource location throughout the district.

This weekend, upwards of 4k individuals visited our district while attending the Mountain Bike Festival.

We always welcome our visitors, but remind them to please practice patience and safety while enjoying the Red Rocks and all they offer.

#sedonaMTB #SedonaFD

SFD crews working a Backcountry rescue this afternoon near the Aerie / Doe Mountain Trails. Crews were called to assist ...
03/09/2020

SFD crews working a Backcountry rescue this afternoon near the Aerie / Doe Mountain Trails.

Crews were called to assist an injured hiker suffering from traumatic injuries after a fall. Once crews were able to locate and extricate the patient from the mountain side, Sedona Fire utilized Guardian Air to transport the patient to a nearby Trauma Center for further treatment and evaluation.
#SedonaFire #SedonaFD #SedonaTRT

The Sedona Fire District would like to remind everyone to be safe and have fun while enjoying the incredible and majesti...
03/08/2020

The Sedona Fire District would like to remind everyone to be safe and have fun while enjoying the incredible and majestic Sedona trail systems during the 2020 Mountain Bike Festival in Sedona.

The Sedona Mountain Bike Festival in Sedona will be held this weekend March 6-8 and has sold out. Please be extra cautious and courteous to all of the locals and visiting riders to this area. We will be sharing the roadways for the weekend with a lot of extra Mountain bikers on the road.

There were 857 bicyclists killed in traffic crashes in the United States in 2018. As you might expect, when a crash occurs between a vehicle and a bike, it’s the cyclist who is most likely to be injured.

Please Share the road safely and observe the tips posted below.
 People on bicycles have the same rights and
responsibilities as people behind the wheel of a vehicle.
 Yield to bicyclists as you would motorists and do not underestimate their speed. This will help avoid turning in front of a bicyclist traveling on the road or sidewalk, often at an intersection or driveway.
 In parking lots, at stop signs, when packing up, or when parking, search your surroundings for other vehicles, including bicycles.
 Drivers turning right on red should look to the right and behind to avoid hitting a bicyclist approaching from the right rear. Stop completely and look left-right-left and behind before turning right on red.
 Obey the speed limit, reduce speed for road conditions and drive defensively to avoid a crash with a cyclist.
 Give cyclists room. Do not pass too closely. Pass bicyclists as you would any other vehicle—when it’s safe to move over into an adjacent lane.

Be prepared before heading out!
 Wear equipment to protect you and make you more visible to others, like a bike helmet, bright clothing (during the day), reflective gear, and a white front light and red rear light and reflectors on your bike (at night, or when visibility is poor).
 Ride a bike that fits you—if it’s too big, it’s harder to control the bike.
 Ride a bike that works—it really doesn’t matter how well you ride if the brakes don’t work.
 Ride one per seat, with both hands on the handlebars, unless signaling a turn.
 Carry all items in a backpack or strapped to the back of the bike.
 Tuck and tie your shoe laces and pant legs so they don’t get caught in your bike chain.
 Plan your route—if driving as a vehicle on the road, choose routes with less traffic and slower speeds. Your safest route may be away from traffic altogether, in a bike lane or on a bike path.
 Ride defensively drivers may not see you with all of the increased traffic.

Our thoughts and prayers are with our brothers and sisters of the Tempe Fire Medical Rescue Department and the whole Arr...
03/07/2020

Our thoughts and prayers are with our brothers and sisters of the Tempe Fire Medical Rescue Department and the whole Arriaga Family. Rest In Peace Firefighter Tommy Arriaga. We will take it from here brother, your job is done.

Tempe Fire Medical Rescue is mourning the loss of Firefighter Tommy Arriaga, age 36, who passed away early this morning, following his battle with colorectal cancer. Tommy’s death represents Tempe Fire Medical Rescue’s second line-of-duty death and full honors will be extended throughout his service.

Technical Rescue TrainingSedona Fire's Technical Rescue Team conducting rappelling operations in our training tower loca...
03/05/2020

Technical Rescue Training

Sedona Fire's Technical Rescue Team conducting rappelling operations in our training tower located at station #3.
#roperescue #technicalrescue #sedonafire #SedonaFireTRT

Another Way SFD’s Firefighters Save Lives. Today, Sedona Fire District employees donated blood during a Blood Drive host...
03/05/2020

Another Way SFD’s Firefighters Save Lives.

Today, Sedona Fire District employees donated blood during a Blood Drive hosted at station #1.
#redcross #donateblood #blooddonation #sedonafire

Once again, crews putting in work. Today, making time between 911 calls and chores,  station 3 spent time working with t...
03/04/2020

Once again, crews putting in work.

Today, making time between 911 calls and chores, station 3 spent time working with those preparing for the upcoming Engineer's promotional process. This training included pumping and hydraulics training, during simulated residential and commercial occupancy fires.

Today your SFD Firefighters practiced extinguishing a simulated house fire.  The pictures below show various aspects of ...
03/03/2020

Today your SFD Firefighters practiced extinguishing a simulated house fire. The pictures below show various aspects of the initial fire attack. Some of these initial tasks are securing a water source, stretching lines, making entry, flowing water on the fire and of course search and rescue.
SFD firefighters are required to practice and demonstrate these skills for proficiency. In this exercise crews took turns at various positions. Members were timed on how long various skills took to perform correctly. This practice is essential to ensure that we provide timely and efficient service to our community.

As you are aware, being a Firefighter is physically demanding, requiring those that choose this line of work to be in th...
03/02/2020

As you are aware, being a Firefighter is physically demanding, requiring those that choose this line of work to be in the best mental and physical shape possible. We never know what the next call will require from us and need to be prepared to handle anything, anywhere at any given time.

SFD has a very proactive Physical Fitness / Wellness Program that is always seeking new and improved means of maintaining and improving employee’s mental and physical health.

One such program that was recently adopted, is our monthly workout challenge. This challenge is sent out at the beginning of each month and solicits interest from individuals and crews to participate. It is not mandatory, but strongly encourage. These workouts allow employees to measure performance against themselves, peers, and spark friendly competition amongst crews around the district.

Here are two of our Firefighters conducting this month’s workout.

Also included in this post are the specific details for this workout. It may not sound like a lot, but it HURTS!!!

FOR TIME:

4 rounds of each of the following exercises:

15 calorie ride on the fan/assault bike

15 alternating step ups on a 20” box with a 50lb. sandbag on your shoulders.
(Each step up counts as 1 repetition).

15 burpees

(Example…. 1 round = 15 calorie ride on fan bike / 15 alternating step-ups / 15 burpees)

#TrainWithSand #SandWOD

Sedona Fire is currently working multiple critical incidents within the district. Crews from station(s) 4/6 are currentl...
02/29/2020

Sedona Fire is currently working multiple critical incidents within the district.

Crews from station(s) 4/6 are currently working on scene of a critical backcountry medical situation near the Hog Heaven Trail.

Crews from station 3 are working multiple vehicle accidents on Beaverhead Flat Rd. Please remain clear of these areas if at all possible.

Do Not Leave Kids In Cars...even in the spring and fall.In 2018, 53 children died in hot cars. It was the deadliest year...
02/29/2020

Do Not Leave Kids In Cars...even in the spring and fall.

In 2018, 53 children died in hot cars. It was the deadliest year on record in the past 20 years. Since 1998, more than 800 children have died from vehicular heatstroke.

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration lists interior temperatures above 107-degrees as lethal. A 60-degree day can cause heatstroke in a child creating interior temperatures upwards of 110.

https://www.nsc.org/road-safety/safety-topics/child-passenger-safety/kids-hot-cars

With the wildland fire season just around the corner, your Sedona Firefighters are busy with preparations. Wildland spec...
02/27/2020

With the wildland fire season just around the corner, your Sedona Firefighters are busy with preparations. Wildland specific engines are built to handle the rigors of off-road work. These engines are maintained thought the year but are double-checked and restocked in early spring. Other duties include hand tool maintenance, portable pump refurbishment and protective gear checks. Our 2500 gallon portable water tanks are inspected and patched. These vinyl tanks provide a solution to limited water supplies in the outlying areas of the District. The physical portion of wildland firefighting is well known, and each SFD firefighter must successfully complete a work capacity test. This test is a 3-mile hike completed in less than 45 minutes with a 45-pound weight vest. Classroom training will commence in the middle of March with all operational members “Red Carded” for fire line work.

If you’re seeing smoke on the rim at the top of Oak Creek Canyon today, it’s because the Coconino National Forest is con...
02/25/2020

If you’re seeing smoke on the rim at the top of Oak Creek Canyon today, it’s because the Coconino National Forest is conducting prescribed burns.
For more info., see their page below:

#RXBurns Coconino NF firefighters are igniting green waste piles near Interstate 17's Willard Spring exit.
#Smoke will be seen from the Willard Pit burning piles for several weeks and it may possibly settling in Oak Creek Canyon & low areas during cool temperatures overnight. Coconino County US National Weather Service Flagstaff Arizona Coconino County Sheriff's Office Arizona Department of Transportation Highlands Fire District Sedona Fire Arizona Game & Fish Department

Sedona Fire District recently received $33,000 in grant funding from the Ak-Chin Indian Community to purchase a small un...
02/25/2020

Sedona Fire District recently received $33,000 in grant funding from the Ak-Chin Indian Community to purchase a small unmanned aerial vehicle (sUAV), commonly referred to as a drone, to expand our existing sUAV fleet. Used for locating patients on back country rescues, finding alternate access routes, and maintaining patient observation until personnel arrive on scene, sUAVs are another example of advancements in technology supporting the service we provide to the residents of and visitors to Sedona. 12% of tribal gaming revenue goes directly to city, town, and county governments for services benefitting the general public. The funds were processed through our partners at Yavapai County and were presented to Fire Chief Trautwein last week. We are grateful to the Ak-Chin Indian Community for providing the funding and supporting us in our mission!

The wet weather is expected to leave our state mid-day tomorrow.  Fire Marshal Jon Davis reminded us at last weeks Fire ...
02/23/2020
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The wet weather is expected to leave our state mid-day tomorrow. Fire Marshal Jon Davis reminded us at last weeks Fire Board meeting that burn season opens in March. Please visit Sedona Fire Station #1 at 2860 Southwest Drive in west Sedona get a burn permit. Here are some helpful hints.

Permits are required for any open burning in the District. While permits are available starting January 2, residents can only burn during burning seasons. The spring burn season runs from March 1 to May 31 and the fall burn season is from September 1 to November 30.
Permit Conditions
Permit holders must phone SFD, at the (928) 649-1397, prior to starting any burning to learn about any possible cancellations or additional restrictions on burning for that day.
Burning shall start no earlier than 8:00 am and the fire must be completely extinguished no later than 2:00pm.
Weather and air quality conditions will dictate if open burning will be allowed on a day-by-day basis.
Open burning is prohibited whenever winds exceed 10 miles per hour.
You may not burn construction materials, plastic, brush larger than 4 inches in diameter, paper, cardboard, rubbish or garbage.
Reference your burn permit for complete burn permit requirements.

 

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Sedona, AZ
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I appreciate you all very much! Thanks for taking care of your Sedona family!
Did you know....that our Sedona Fire District was awarded a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officer's Association of the United States for its comprehensive annual financial report? The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting. 👍
I cannot imagine that I'm the first person to express concerns about this. It's Monday, 21 Oct, and I'm seeing thick smoke here in the Village Oak Creek. Checking online to see what's going on, I've found listings from last month, two months ago, and the prize goes to a mid-May posting from 2014. Is there no way to clear out the notices, etc, that are from firest from months or even years ago?
Does SFD give cpr / first aid classes for residents?
That trail is tricky, it varies in difficulty, the farther you extend into the canyon the more difficult it gets. Such trails should be clearly posted with standard difficulty plaques, along with warnings. Of all the trails I've hiked in Sedona, that one become extremely difficult without warning, so I expect this will happen again.
Heavy smell of smoke in west Sedona right now at 2am. What is the source? Thanks
Store bought potato salad??? So wrong.😂 I've heard you have lots of great cooks.
Thank you for the help last night I really appreciate it I am feeling much better
Thanks guys!
Thanks guys for allowing me to take a couple of pictures of your engine ;). We don't have such nice ones in Belgium. #SedonaFire #SFDstation5
what is causing all the smoke in the red rock crossing area? it is super bad.