Three new firefighters have begun serving with the SFMD. Although each of these individuals will be serving as new firefighters for the district, none are new employees. All three have previously worked on an ambulance for the Fire District’s Transportation Division. They were each offered positions as firefighters after competing with nearly 200 applicants, and after completing an extensive testing process that began in late 2018. The three began their training as Recruit Firefighters at the Phoenix Fire Academy on October 15, 2018, and graduated on January 25, 2019.
Four additional persons, Mark Nelson, Chris Wohlforth, Matt Leon, and John Rankin have also been offered positions as firefighters with the SFMD and will attend the Phoenix Recruit Academy on February 25, 2019. A significant portion of the salaries for these seven new firefighters is funded by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) for a three year period, resulting in a significant cost saving for District citizens.
In September of 2018 the Superstition Fire & Medical District was awarded a Federal Firefighter Assistance Grant for “Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response” (SAFER). The primary purpose of the SAFER Grant is to provide fire departments with temporary financial support to assist in increasing the staffing and response capabilities to meet community needs. Improving staffing and deployment capabilities allows fire service organizations to respond to emergencies more safely and effectively.
Photo above: New State Certified Firefighters began serving our community at various SFMD Fire Stations. Pictured left to right are Firefighter Clint Musgrave, Fire Chief Mike Farber, Firefighter Kevin Montgomery, Firefighter Brian Dover and Recruit Training Officer, Captain Dustin Farber.