A critical reminder to all, no matter where you reside or travel within or outside our boundaries:
Call 911 for ALL emergency related issues and they’ll dispatch your call to the appropriate department, including High Country Fire-Rescue. Only call a department’s business number (including our department) for non-emergency related questions or information.
** Emergency preparedness and response information from the CDC is here. Learn more about protecting your home, your pets, and most especially yourself and your family.
** Our neighboring fire department, Highlands Fire District, just south of Flagstaff, has an excellent web page outlining emergency preparedness. We encourage you to visit this page for more information.
** Coconino County Emergency Preparedness: Information and online brochures concerning wild land fires, severe weather, and more. Learn more here.
** Arizona Firewise: Valuable and pertinent information developed by a number of agencies and associations in Arizona. Start with this page for reasons why it’s important to be firewise in our specific location. A number of important pdf documents are contained on the page entitled “How to be Firewise.” HCFR highly recommends all of our rural residents read and download the documents to assist themselves in preparing their property as a first step to defending your property from potential fire risks.
** The national Firewise Communities program is a multi-agency effort designed to reach beyond the fire service by involving homeowners, community leaders, planners, developers, and others in the effort to protect people, property, and natural resources from the risk of wildland fire – before a fire starts.
The national Firewise Communities program is intended to serve as a resource for agencies, tribes, organizations, fire departments, and communities across the U.S. who are working toward a common goal: reduce loss of lives, property, and resources to wildland fire by building and maintaining communities in a way that is compatible with our natural surroundings.
Firewise Communities/USA is a unique opportunity available to America’s fire-prone communities. Its goal is to encourage and acknowledge action that minimizes home loss to wildfire. It teaches you to prepare for a fire before it occurs. The program adapts especially well to small communities, developments and residential associations of all types. Firewise Communities/USA is a simple, three-legged template that is easily adapted to different locales.
** Especially for the youngsters: Smokey Bear “Only you can prevent wildifires.” A number of online interactive games, information, etc., geared towards the younger generation to teach them about fire safety.
** Property owners safety tips:
– Make sure your address is visible from the street. If you have a gate, be sure it’s unlocked and open in anticipation of the entrance of emergency equipment and vehicles.
– Keep bushes, trees, grass and weeds cut or trimmed to avoid the chance of brush fires, especially close to your dwelling and other structures.
– Important! If you have security bars on your windows, make sure they are fitted with inside quick releases. Also, make sure you check these often to ensure they’re operational in the event you need to use them as an emergency exit!