Fire Stations Open Doors

Monday, 20 May 2013

By Mitchell Vantrease, Daily News-Sun

Sun City West residents toured the fire district’s three stations Saturday for a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the facilities and where their tax dollars go.
 
Dave Porta, a fire corps volunteer with the Sun City West Fire District, helped show residents one of the fire engines at Station No. 1 at R.H. Johnson Boulevard and Camino Del Sol.
 
“I’m very proud to be a part of this because I feel it’s important to show people the services that they are paying for,” Porta said.

Porta said many people don’t use the fire services, and he believes the open house serves to show them all that is available.

All three stations were busy as Sun City West firefighters and volunteers walked around the facilities with residents. They gave them tours of everything from the control rooms and sleeping quarters to the large kitchens and gyms.

Rob Concoran, a Sun City West firefighter, said Station No. 1 is the busiest with 250 to 300 calls a month for service.

The other fire stations include a location at Stardust and R.H. Johnson boulevards and Deer Valley Road near Palm Ridge Recreation Center.

“Many people might not understand what we do, so we’ve provided them with the opportunity to come out and really see what we do,” Concoran said. 

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