Buckskin Fire Chief Troy Maloney told the Pioneer that Arizona’s legislature is encouraging small fire districts in the state to consolidate, as is being proposed for the Parker and Buckskin Fire Districts. One of La Paz County’s representatives in Phoenix, Rep. Regina Cobb, R-Kingman, said they were encouraging consolidations as a way of lowering costs and improving services.
Cobb was the prime sponsor this past legislative session of HB 2469, which better clarified and simplified the process of consolidating districts. The bill was passed by the House on March 3 and the Senate on April 9. It was signed into law by Gov. Doug Ducey on April 24.
Among the more notable consolidations in recent years was the consolidation of the Camp Verde and Montezuma-Rimrock districts in 2018. They’re now known as the Copper Canyon Fire & Medical District.
In 2017, the Golder Ranch Fire District, which covered 222 square miles, absorbed the 19-square mile Mountain Vista Fire District northwest of Tucson in Pima County.
Cobb said the legislature really began to encourage consolidations two years ago.
“It’s a win-win for everyone,” she said.