Alpine Volunteer Fire Department

Alpine Fire District is remotely located in the southeast section of Apache County, Arizona. Highways US 180 and US 191 mark the area. It is at an elevation of 8040 feet. Alpine Fire District is completely surrounded by Apache National Forest. Alpine Fire District is in an area that is experiencing extreme fire conditions on National Forest land and private property. This is the same Ponderosa Pine Forest that was devastated by the Rodeo/Chediski Fire of 2002. The Kinishba Fire in 2003,the Thomas Complex Fire in 2003 and the Three Forks Fire of 2004. The nearest mutual Aid Structural Fire department is located 30 miles north of Alpine, Arizona.

Alpine Fire District was formed in 1994 after years of planning and raising start up funds. Land was donated; a building was constructed with donated time and materials. The initial fire fighting equipment consisted of a loaned 1976 State Surplus Wildland Pumper, a 1968 Brush Truck, and a purchased 1974 Pumper. Most Firefighting equipment and personnel protective equipment was surplus, having been obtained from departments throughout the State. In 1996, nine dedicated members of the community completed the required college courses and were awarded Arizona State Certified Firefighter II status. In July of 1997, the department became a certified responding department. Currently, we have 1 paid chief & 1 part time Clerk,11 Volunteer members. Of these 9 are AZ FF II, 7 are Wildland, 3 are EMTs.

The department continues to upgrade its training and Firefighting equipment. The department purchased, through a 10 year lease, a new 1998 Freightliner/Pierce 4×4 Pumper. In 1999, it purchased a new 1999 Ford F550 4×4 Crew Cab Rescue Truck. In 2000, a 1975 3800 gallon Tanker was purchased along with up-to-date personnel protective equipment. EMS supplies, equipment, vehicle extrication equipment and on-going training have been added. In 2002 a high pressure compressor and additional SCBA units were purchased with the Assistance to Firefighter Grant Program. In 2003 a CAFS unit and a thermal Imaging camera was acquired with the Assistance to Firefighter Grant Program. In 2003 a new Command vehicle was purchased and paid for. In 2004 a new 3500 gallon Tanker/Pumper was purchased through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. Schedule delivery April of 2005. The Firefighting equipment is supplemented by two additional pieces of apparatus on loan from the Arizona State Land Dept.