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