Rural Metro Fire Department has been providing fire and emergency medical services to eastern unincorporated Maricopa County residents since 1959.
Rural Metro operates on an individual subscription basis with most residents of un-incorporated Maricopa County. This means fire protection and emergency medical services are not paid for through taxes and residents are responsible for establishing a fire service account directly with Rural Metro Fire.
In the eastern Maricopa County area, Rural Metro has two primary responding fire stations including those in the area of Mesa and Apache Junction bringing the total in Maricopa County to nine. There are 10 firefighters on duty at all times, including at least four paramedics.
Rural Metro Fire crews in the eastern Maricopa County area are led by Battalion Chiefs Chuck Fitzgerald and Chris Porrell.