A prompt, effective response from SFD’s Wildland Division can mean the difference between a small grass fire — or a catastrophic one that claims lives and property.
Wildfire plays a natural role in the ecosystem that surrounds Sedona. It replenishes and rejuvenates the soil to provide fertile ground for future generations of flora and fauna. However, it also can have devastating effect. Unfortunately, wildfires have become a growing threat around Sedona because the wildland / urban interface (WUI) has expanded, increasing the need for personnel and equipment.
SFD’s firefighters are trained to the National Wildfire Coordinating Group standards — the same level as federal firefighters. This ensures interoperability with Incident Management Teams from other agencies during busy (and often chaotic) fire seasons. We staff engines and supervise personnel while on assignment within the District; we also serve other areas in Arizona and states such as Montana, Idaho, Texas, New Mexico, and California. All costs associated with out-of-district response are reimbursed by the federal government; this agreement benefits the citizens by providing a revenue stream for the District and increasing our knowledge base through valuable training.
In the event of a wildfire… In the event of an approaching wildfire in Oak Creek Canyon, an emergency siren will sound. We test this safety device yearly to remind citizens to be vigilant and have a fire plan. If you see or suspect a wildfire, call 9-1-1 and be ready to give a rough location.