Stop the Abolition of the Ironwood Hotshots
  • Petitioning Northwest Fire District

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Public Relations Inquiries
Northwest Fire District

Stop the Abolition of the Ironwood Hotshots

    1. John Hoellerich
    2. Petition by

      John Hoellerich

      Marana, AZ

On June 30th 2013, 19 members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots gave their lives in the defense of the mountain community of Yarnell, Arizona. In the wake of this terrible tragedy a series of lawsuits were filed against Prescott Fire Department, and State and Federal agencies. It was in direct result of these pending suits that the leadership of Northwest Fire District has hastlily decided to abolish The Ironwood Hotshots, who provide a core function in the protection of the cities of Tucson, Marana and surrounding communities against the threat of Wildland fires. If this were to happen, the cities of Tucson/Marana would lose this valuable local and national resource. These decisions were made behind closed doors, excluding the members of The Ironwood Hotshots from partaking in the discussion that decided their fate. Twenty-two local jobs, and the safety of the community is now threatened by this abrupt conclusion. The populace of this community, and the taxpayers of Northwest Fire District have not been made aware of this occurance. We demand a transparent and open discussion regarding this very important decision.

One can contact Northwest Fire District at the following address or phone number:

Northwest Fire District

5225 W Massingale Rd

Tucson, AZ 85743

(520) 887-1010


Northwest Fire District, Public Relations Inquiries
Stop the abolition of the Ironwood Hotshots.

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Recent signatures


    1. Reached 1,000 signatures
    2. Northwest Fire to hold special board meeting.

      John Hoellerich
      Petition Organizer

      Northwest Fire to hold special board meeting.
      On March 11th 2014 @ 6:00 p.m. local time.

      At this meeting a topic of discussion will include, " Discussion and update regarding the disbanding of the Ironwood Hotshots - The Districts Type I Wildland firefighting crew."

      I believe this to be a positive development, and one of great importance to this community, and the nation. The meeting IS open to the public.

    3. Reached 750 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Bill Tavares GOLD CANYON, AZ
      • 24 days ago

      The idea of Northwest Fire District abolishing the hotshots is beyond belief. They obviously jumped on the band wagon and were looking for a reason to do it.The real risk that the Fire District faces is all the medical calls and public interaction that happens on a daily basis that nobody ever sees or here's about.It's just a huge subject matter that could go on and on. Obviously it's just a HUGE mistake on the part of the District.

    • David Blackburn CANTON, NC
      • about 1 month ago

      As a firefighter myself, I don't want to see any more of my brothers lose there job. Firefighters are underpaid as it is.

    • shad johnson KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC
      • about 1 month ago

      If they are not losing money then why get rid of them? They will always be an asset to the community. We need to keep jobs in America. Also tired of firefighters losing jobs nationwide over politics!!!!!

    • Jason Bennett PRESCOTT, AZ
      • 3 months ago

      I was a squad leader for granite mountain hotshots for 4 years

    • Ranson Shepherd LAS VEGAS, NV
      • 6 months ago

      I have family and friends fighting for this cause because of personal experience on the front lines of this event.


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