Annexation is the process used to add a property into the Northwest Fire District’s jurisdiction. This allows the District to provide you with response and preventative services. The annexation process requires that the property being added is adjacent to the Fire District’s current boundaries. Fire districts are special taxing districts independent of any city or county government. As such, the Northwest Fire District’s jurisdiction includes service areas within two towns, in suburban neighborhoods, rural and unincorporated areas in Pima County.
Northwest Fire was recently awarded a Certificate of Necessity (CON) by the Arizona Department of Health Services to provide advanced life support (ALS) ambulance transportation for the most injured or ill patients in the District. Expanding our services to include ambulance transportation means you will receive a quick response for medical emergencies and the same paramedics who start your care will continue treatment until you’re assisted by doctors at a hospital. This expanded service is available now and reflects our philosophy of continuously improving our services for our residents.
We stand ready to defend homes, businesses, and property from a variety of hazards. Our responders receive consistent and specialized training that includes technical rescue and hazardous materials in addition to fire suppression and incident command. We also integrate technology where it makes sense into our operations. We continually assess the risks in our community and prepare our responses to match them from ten strategically placed fire stations throughout the District.
Caring for our Community
Although we’re always prepared to respond, it’s our primary goal to prevent bad things from happening in our District in the first place. Our Prevention and Safety team ensures buildings are in line with the fire code to keep those inside safe. We work tirelessly to educate our community on ways to stay safe through outreach and information programs. We also help families adjust after a tragic incident through the good work of our Community Assistance Program.
How do I calculate my annual taxes for emergency services?
STEP 2: Divide the Limited Assessed amount by 100 yielding the Net Taxable Amount.
STEP 3: Multiply the Net Taxable Amount by the District’s current combined Operations and Bonds tax rate of $3.073* (the Northwest Fire District tax rate for the 2017-2018 tax year) to obtain the Annual taxes due to the District for your specific property.
*Note: The current Operations rate is $2.6995 and the Bonds rate is $0.3735. Once the Bonds are paid in full, the total tax rate will be reduced to the current Operations tax rate only.
Example – using a single family residential property in the Town of Marana
Limited Assessed: $14,101 / 100 = $141
Annual Taxes Due to the District: $141 * 3.073 = $433.30
What is the Fire District Assistance Tax, or FDAT, which appears on my annual property tax bill? Does it include fire protection?
What is the difference between a fire “district” and a fire “department?”
Fire departments are part of a municipal government and are funded through the city’s general fund revenues derived from sales tax, state shared revenues, and property taxes. They are overseen by the same municipal council that oversees all city departments; thus subject to budget appropriations potentially impacted by other department needs not specific to fire and medical emergency response, or prevention programs.
How fast will help arrive?
NWFD’s stations are strategically located throughout the District to ensure help arrives as quickly as possible. The location of each fire station is based on an assessment of our community’s specific risks, call loads and types, and areas that offer rapid responses to handle these identified risks. This is an ongoing assessment
as part of our accreditation process through the Commission of Fire Accreditation International.
What is the benefit of annexing into a Fire District?
For more information regarding the ISO Public Protection Program, go to www.isomitigation.com.
What is the benefit of having an accredited service provider?
Accreditation means a fire and EMS service provider measures, monitors, and continually works to benchmark and improve performance. Organizational standards are set, verified by an independent evaluation team, and these standards must be kept to maintain its accredited status.
NWFD was first accredited in 2007. NWFD is one of about 240 agencies nationwide that have earned its accreditation and one of two accredited fire/EMS agencies in Southern Arizona.
Will personnel with advanced pre-hospital training respond if I need it?
At the Northwest Fire District, every engine, ladder and rescue unit in the District has a paramedic onboard to ensure the highest level of medical care with the first arriving emergency unit. Similar to the location of our fire stations, response units are placed based on an assessment of our community’s risks, call loads, and types. The goal is to respond quickly and at the level of care each call requires for the best outcome for our patients.
What resources will be sent to me in an emergency?
In line with the National Fire Protection Agency’s recommendations, NWFD staffs fire suppression vehicles with four people. Per the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s recommendations, we have a pre-determined number of units and responders dispatched to specific calls as published in our Standards of Cover. Visit northwestfire.org to review the latest version of this document.
What specialized training or additional programs are available?
on a variety of topics from babysitting basics to hands-only CPR. Specific classes are available at northwestfire.org for review at any time.
How committed is the agency to the safety of our neighborhood and our community as a whole?
NWFD is home to forward-looking fire prevention programs, progressive evidence-based pre-hospital medical protocols, and award-winning public education programs that contribute to our community’s safety and well-being. We have a three part mission – to save lives, protect property, and care for our community. We take our mission seriously and continually innovate the many ways in which we care for our community.