June 28th, 2016

How to Have a Firewise Home

You can make your home safer from wildfire. Learn how with these helpful tips! The document below contains a Home Safety Checklist with simple fixes from roof to foundation to make your home safer from embers and radiant heat.

5c – How to Have a Firewise Home

For more information about becoming a recognized Firewise Community, download the document below.

5a – Becoming FW_USA Community Brochure

June 21st, 2016

Proposed Budget for 2016-2017

The proposed TVVFD budget for 2016-2017 can be viewed by downloading the Adobe PDF document below.


September 21st, 2015

Approved Budget for TVVFD 2015-2016

The Approved Budget for Tanque Verde Valley Fire District, fiscal years July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016 can be viewed by downloading the following document.

Adobe PDF document: TVVFD FY 2015-2016 Approved Budget

September 21st, 2015

Hydrant Project

Sag-East2Those of us who come to live out in the Tanque Verde Valley move out here for various reasons. There are many advantages to living here (i.e., beautiful views, elbow room, etc.). There also are, however, some drawbacks. One of these drawbacks is that the infrastructure does not exist to the degree that it does in the city.

One aspect of infrastructure that is of concern is public safety. In comparison to being in the city….when there is an emergency out here, there will most likely be fewer individuals responding and they will possibly be responding from a much greater distance.

The board members of the TVVFD are committed to ensuring the highest level of service is made available to their members. They work with the Rural Metro Fire Department, to assist them with acquiring needed equipment, in order for them to best serve our taxpayers.

When a fire occurs, one of the most important “tools” in the “toolbox” is having a plentiful, reliable water source. Most “pumpers” (fire trucks) these days have a booster tank. The booster tank typically holds about 750 gallons of water. This helps the fire crew get to the scene and begin operations quickly; however, to have a sustained source of water is invaluable when fighting a prolonged structure fire.

Fire-HydrantKaye Treese, a former board member (one of the originals) identified an opportunity to have two hydrants installed within the district. There were a number of hurdles that had to be overcome. First of all, the cost was quite significant. A grant was obtained; and, the project was underway.

A big concern was identifying two locations that would provide the best water delivery for the money spent. The decision was made to place one hydrant on the northeast corner of Ft. Lowell and Showdown Place. The other was to be installed on the northeast corner of Ft. Lowell and Sourdough Place. Each location had an 8” supply line.

The project, from start to finish, took over a year to accomplish. There were all the usual activities of planning, blue stake, selecting a contractor, etc. John Evans provided the engineering; and, one of our residents volunteered his skill with surveying. The arduous task of pushing the plans through the city process took more than a year.

Early this year, the project was completed. Many thanks to those who gave of their time and energy to see this project through to the end.

September 21st, 2015

Tax Rate Reduction for 2015

The Tanque Verde Fire District has a large surplus of funds, and we decided to slash the tax rate for 2015 to $0.8539 per $100 of assessed value. The new tax bills were effective September 1 and a spot check of ten of them showed an average decrease in the fire district tax of $266.52. We believe we can maintain that low tax rate next year as well.

June 29th, 2015

July 2015 Update

tvvfdThe Tanque Verde Valley Fire District recently had Treasurer Robert “Bob” Jones retire as a member of the Board of Directors, after ten years of dedicated service to the district. Bob Jones was the final member of the founding board members to leave, after the retirement of two previous founding members, Kaye Treese and Dave Baird. All three gave many years of dedicated service to the Tanque Verde Valley Fire District, and the community which it represents. We appreciate the work you have done, and you will be missed. The Tanque Verde Valley Fire District board welcomes Tucson Fire Fighter, Steve Ruetz, as the newest member of the board appointed to fill the vacant position on the board.

Members of the Tanque Verde Valley Fire District board are residents of the community in an elected, although unpaid volunteer position. The board members are required to give a good deal of personal time and energy, to prepare for the bi-monthly meetings which are mandated for the representation of the district in budgeting for the annual contract with Rural Metro Fire Department, and to meet the fulfillment of the various intergovernmental obligations to Pima County and the State of Arizona.

The Tanque Verde Valley Fire District Board’s future goal is to consistently minimize the annual fire district tax rate, while meeting the obligation of contracting for the optimum fire service available for the citizens of the district. As a resident within a fire district, the annual cost of the contracted fire service with a service provider, such as Rural Metro Fire, is included in the district resident’s yearly Pima County Property Tax and therefore tax deductible. The residential members of a fire district also directly benefit from a legislated return by the state of Arizona on a Fire District Assistance Tax (FDAT), which is a maximum of 20% of each fire districts Proposed Property Tax Levy. The 20% FDAT tax benefit is not available to residents outside of a fire district. The district recently installed two new fire hydrants at

Ft Lowell & Sourdough and Ft Lowell & Showdown, with a $15,000 grant obtained from Pima County.

The next bi-monthly meeting of the The Tanque Verde Valley Fire District Board is scheduled for Wednesday July 15th 2015 at 7pm at the Tanque Verde Unified School District Board Room,

2300 N Tanque Verde Loop Road, Tucson, AZ 85749. Meetings are open to the public, and residents of the district are welcome to attend. Additional information on the Fire District can be found at

June 28th, 2015

Proposed Preliminary Budget TVVFD 2015-2016

The Proposed Preliminary Budget for Tanque Verde Valley Fire District, fiscal year July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016 can be viewed by downloading one of the following documents.

Adobe PDF document: TVVFD FY 2015-2016 Proposed Budget

April 4th, 2013

Equipment Grants

TVVFD is working with Rural/Metro in submitting equipment grant requests specificly for Station 72 that would benefit our fire district members. The first grant request of $16,000 is for the Zoll AutoPulse System which generates consistent and uniterrupted chest compressions by machine to provide improved blood flow during cardiac arrest. This is an important capability for the emergency technicians who are servicing the aging population in the Tanque Verde Valley Fire District.

This grant is offered by the Firehouse Subs Restaurant Corporation of Jacksonville, Florida whose foundation’s mission is to improve life-saving capabilities of small emergency service entities. Firehouse Subs has four restaurants in the Phoenix area and is opening four in Tucson, the first opened in June 2012 at the Marana Marketplace, 3844 W. River Road, Suite 110.

April 1st, 2013

March 2013 News Update

In January TVVFD purchased a thermal imaging camera system for use to determine location of the fire source and the existence of humans in a building. The System was purchased for a discounted print of $8,558 using Arizona Fire District Assistance Funds and will be on long term loan to Rural/Metro Station 72.

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