Arizona News

Friday, December 14, 2018

Joe Moore takes over as Verde Valley fire chief

“Chief Moore has years of experience as a fire chief and he has served the district well as assistant chief and interim chief,” Board Chairman Bob Eddingfield said in a press release. The release went on to say that the board “has been very satisfied with his service as assistant chief and interim chief and had no reservations about his ability,” and that “making the appointment to fire chief, sooner than was originally planned, allows Chief Moore to continue to move the district forward; rather than sitting in ‘status quo’ as the interim chief.” “I’m excited about the future of Verde Valley Fire,” Moore said of his appointment. “I’m excited to be given the opportunity to help give some guidance to that going forward. I just feel absolutely blessed. And I’m ready.”
Camp Verde Journal/Cottonwood Journal Extra

White Mountains: Vacant fire district board filled by appointment

In communities across the White Mountains this November, there were no elections to fill local seats on school boards and fire district boards. There simply were not enough people filing for candidacy for an election to be held. Unlike school districts, fire district boards can handle their own board appointments, although each may do it in a slightly different manner. Anyone interested in serving on a fire board usually will interviewed by the fire chief and the sitting board members, often within the setting of a public meeting. Then the board votes on the applicant and submits their new member for a vote of approval by the county board of supervisors, which is usually a rubber-stamp type of approval. Candidates for any fire district board must show proof of residency or property ownership within the district.
White Mountain Independent

New Maricopa Fire/Medical admin building design debuts

It been a decade in the works, but the construction of a new Maricopa Fire/Medical Department administration building has finally arrived. The new building is colorful, bright, big and inspired by the community it will serve. Rodolfo Lopez, Maricopa senior planner, told members of the Heritage District Advisory Committee Thursday evening they were there to vote on the elevation proposal for the facility. The proposed building will be south of Fire Station 575, which is on the west end of Edison Road. “Our main criteria for reviewing this is to make sure that the elevation incorporates the colors, materials and the type of elements within the building,” Lopez said. The committee gets early looks at developments coming into the Heritage District, which comprises a specific area of “old” Maricopa.

Fire authority meeting in Sun City West

The North County Fire & Medical District and the newly expanded Arizona Fire & Medical Authority will hold their December meetings in Sun City West, at the AFMA administrative offices, 18818 Spanish Garden Drive. For the past few months the AFMA meetings had been held at the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors Auditorium, 205 W. Jefferson St., Phoenix. In November, the Sun Lakes Fire District and the Tonopah Valley Fire District, merged and became the South County Fire & Medical District, also part of the AFMA. The North County meeting will be at 10 a.m., and the AFMA meeting will be at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 18.
Sun Cities Independent

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Bullhead City police seek suspect in arson, attack

Bullhead City police are seeking a man suspected of arson and aggravated assault. Trevor Bradford Maestre, 28, is wanted in connection with a reported attack Wednesday on his girlfriend, police spokeswoman Emily Fromelt said. Emergency crews were called to the 400 block of Malibu Drive for a report of a structure fire. After investigation and interviews, Fromelt said, detectives learned that Maestre allegedly held a knife to the woman’s neck and threatened to kill her. He then allegedly lit a fire in the homeowner’s bedroom and hit a man in the head with a baseball bat. The man was being treated at Western Arizona Regional Medical Center; no information on the extent of his injuries was available Wednesday.
Mohave Valley Daily News

Pedestrian killed after being struck by semi-truck at Broadway and Hardy in Tempe

VIDEO: A pedestrian has been killed after being struck by a semi-truck in Tempe on Wednesday evening. According to Tempe police, emergency personnel responded to the intersection of Broadway Road and Hardy Drive for the crash. The pedestrian, an adult male, was taken to the hospital in critical condition but did not survive. Their identity has not been released. Police say the driver of the semi-truck remained at the scene and showed no signs of impairment. Drivers are asked to avoid the area as officers continue to investigate.
KNXV-TV Channel 15 ABC

Fire damages home on Tucson’s east side

A fire on Tucson’s east side damaged a house on Wednesday, Dec. 12. According to information from the Tucson Fire Department, firefighters arrived at the two-story home in the 9300 block of East Wrightstown Road to find fire in the fireplace, attic and on the exterior of the roof. No one was home and no injuries were reported. It took crews of 10 TFD units 34 minutes to bring the fire under control. The origin and cause of the fire are under investigation.
Tucson News Now

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