RURAL METRO FIRE FORCED TO VACATE CAVE CREEK STATION
After Town of Cave Creek Purchases Fire Station Building, Rural Metro Fire Forced to Vacate Cave Creek Station
Sale of Building Could Cause Delay in response to Cave Creek community for 911 Calls
(CAVE CREEK, Ariz.) — On August 16, 20201, the Town of Cave Creek voted in favor of the lease and purchase of the building located at 37402 N Cave Creek Road, which currently houses Rural Metro Fire Station 825. As a result of the purchase agreement that has a projected close of escrow on or before January 15, 2021, Rural Metro Fire has received a 60-day notice to vacate the building and will be forced to leave its Cave Creek station on October 20, 2021.
Leaders from Rural Metro shared that they plan to relocate teams and equipment from station 825 to surrounding Rural Metro operations but that the order to vacate could cause a delay in response to Cave Creek for 911 calls.
“We are disappointed with the decision of the town council and feel this is a step in the wrong direction for public safety in Cave Creek,” said Brian Gilbert, Fire Chief for Rural Metro Fire. “With our personnel and apparatus being forced to move to neighboring stations, the community may experience delays in 911 response because our teams are now having to travel greater distances.”
Despite the vacate order, Chief Gilbert assures Cave Creek residents that Rural Metro Fire is committed to continuing its long-standing history of service and protection in the community of Cave Creek.
“Rural Metro Fire has proudly served the residents of Cave Creek since 1968, and we will not allow a 60-day notice to detract from that history or change our commitment to them,” said Gilbert. “We stand firm in our service.”
Rural Metro Fire subscriptions in Cave Creek will remain active but, officials with the organization encourage residents to set up a monthly auto-pay option to continue services while Cave Creek is in negotiations. Residents can contact Rural Metro Fire Member Services by calling 480.627.6200.
For residents wishing to address their concerns regarding Cave Creek’s purchase of station 825, they are encouraged to contact the town of Cave Creek or the Town Council by visiting www.cavecreek.org or www.cavecreek.org/2/Town-Council.
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Rural Metro Fire is committed to providing fire protection and emergency services. Rural Metro Fire serves unincorporated communities around the nation, as well as commercial on-site industrial and AARF services. Our highly skilled firefighters, EMT’s and paramedics strive to provide outstanding service on every call. Rural Metro Fire employs more than 7,500 people and answers 1.5 million calls for service, yearly. A subsidiary of American Medical Response, Rural Metro is headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona. For more information about Rural Metro Fire, visit www.ruralmetrofire.com.
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