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Ak-Chin Indian Community

2018 12% Profit Sharing Grant

The Tusayan Fire District received assistance from the Ak-Chin Indian Community in the form of grant money totaling $5388.  This money is being utilized to fill a void in the District’s response capabilities by purchasing a Blitzfire portable monitor.  This monitor flows up to 500 gallons of water per minute.  It is also capable of self-oscillating to spray water over a larger area.  In addition to the oscillation feature the monitor has the ability to shut itself off in the event of rapid movement or quick change in water pressure.  These two features allow for unmanned operation freeing personnel to perform other tasks during understaffed emergency operations.

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Photo: (left to right) TFD Lt. D. Mercolini, TFD Firefighter S. Root and TFD Assistant Chief R. D'Albini demonstrating portable monitor operations during live training in the Tusayan Community.

Arizona Department of Forestry Volunteer Fire Assistance Grant

The Tusayan Fire District received a 50/50 match grant from the Arizona Department of Forestry in preparation of the 2019 wildfire season.  The District received $10,000 in personal protection equipment for only $5,000 to properly outfit personnel with up to date equipment for the upcoming fire season.  This equipment includes new fire resistant shirts and pants along with the newest generation fire shelters and fireline backpacks.

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Tusayan Fire District Receives Updated Equipment and Training from The Arizona Governor's Office of Highway Safety Grant 

As part of a statewide grant, the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety helps Tusayan Fire District to provide improved service to national and international visitors to rural northern Arizona.  The basis of this grant is to reduce scene to hospital times of visitors injured in motor vehicle collisions.  Tusayan Fire District received funding for $14,440 to purchase modern stabilization equipment and extrication training. 

Arizona Highway 64 is a two lane road operating as the main highway leading from Interstate 40 to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.  The Tusayan Fire District responds to motor vehicles incidents almost half of the length of the highway south of the Grand Canyon. Being a remote part of Arizona it takes responders as long as 30 minutes to arrive on scene of any car accident, with another sixty to ninety minutes to the closest hospital. 

Working with the Governor’s office the Tusayan Fire District is trying to reduce scene to hospital times by as much as ten percent.   The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety is supporting these efforts by approving the purchase of new high strength cribbing, space saving collapsible step chocks, a fuel tank patch kit, and nationally recognized advanced extrication training. 

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Photo: (Left to right) Tusayan Firefighter/EMT's M. Woolley and G. Lawrence 

Photo: (x4) Rescue 42 Shark collapsible vehicle stabilization units  
Photo: Paratech Maxiforce equipment
for sealing leaking ground and mobile
containers and Hazmat spills. 

Tusayan Fire District Receives aid from Gila River Indian Community


The Tusayan Fire District received funding for a new cardiac monitor through a grant provided by the Gila River Indian Community.   The District had been looking for ways to replace their older monitor when they received notification that the Gila River Indian Community had approved their grant request for nearly forty-seven thousand dollars to purchase a new up to date cardiac monitoring system.  Along with cardiac monitoring, this new piece of equipment has the ability to acquire other information regarding respiratory and cardiac function.  This information can then be sent to the area hospital for further evaluation while patients are being transported.  Receiving this new LifePak 15 is allowing the Tusayan Fire District to provide improved services for the residents and the nearly five million visitors that pass through their town annually.

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TFD Lt. D. Mercolini, TFD Board Chair J. Vail and TFD Firefighter/EMT G. Lawrence using the new Lifepak 15 cardiac monitor provided from grant funding by the 

Gila River Indian Community 


2020 Grants Awarded

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