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Phoenix FD: Announces temporary fire station, providing more service coverage in Norterra


PHOENIX- The Phoenix Fire Department announced it will station an advanced life support fire engine, staffed with four firefighters, near Jomax Road and Interstate 17, as a short-term solution for concerns regarding response coverage times in the Norterra Community in North Phoenix.
The fire engine will be stationed in Norterra starting mid-January during peak hours, which are from
9 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week.  The move comes after the PFD compiled comprehensive data over the past several months that identified Norterra as a service area in immediate need, said PFD Public Information Officer, Captain Jake Van Hook, in an email.

“Once in service [fire truck], response times and call volume will be monitored,” said Captain Van Hook.  “Any necessary adjustments will be made based on that information.”

Phoenix Fire Department is implementing a phased plan for Norterra starting with stationing the fire truck in January that will immediately provide additional short-term coverage.  Then eventually PFD plans on building a fire station on property owned by the city on the northeast corner of Jomax Road and I-17.

“Preliminary conversations and planning are underway to accomplish this goal,” he said.

The fire department acknowledged the need for a new station in Norterra Community as a priority.  However, the project is still waiting on final approval from the City of Phoenix for budget, design, development and staffing decisions before the construction can move forward, according to a letter obtained by The Foothills Focus, written by PFD Assistant Chief, Shelly Jamison, to a Norterra resident.

“The Phoenix Fire Department is deeply committed to the safety and welfare of our community,” Assistant Chief Shelly Jamison said in the letter.  “We have been planning this phased approach of providing service to your neighborhood and now we are on the cusp of enacting it.”