Daisy Mountain Fire Department plans to begin construction later this month on a new administration office building in Anthem as well as a replacement for Fire Station 145 in Desert Hills.
The administration building, to be constructed at the site of the existing Anthem fire station on Daisy Mountain Drive, will be larger than the current office at Fire Station 141 on New River Road, which has been in use since 2002, said Deputy Chief Danny Johnson.
“We’ve grown a little bit in support staff,” Johnson told In&Out. “The main purpose is to get all our staff in the same building.”
DMFD employs nearly 100 people, Johnson said. The chief, two deputy chiefs, a fire marshal and accounting and human resources personnel, among others, will occupy the new building. Those people are currently scattered in different locations, he said.
Anthem was chosen in part because it is centrally located within the district, and because of the amount of commercial activity, which requires inspections and approvals by the fire marshal.
Replacing a Fire Station
Fire Station 145 in Desert Hills has structural issues, Johnson said, and after feasibility studies the district decided replacing it was the best approach. The new station will have a room that the community can use for meetings, and an exam room for walk-in emergencies.
“We get a lot of walk-ins, where people come to the stations instead of calling 911,” Johnson said. The room will be used to examine walk-ins before determining if they can go home or should be transported to a hospital.
About 80 percent of all DMFD activity is related not to fires but to medical emergencies, including in-home accidents and car crashes, particularly on I-17, Johnson said.
Construction on both facilities is scheduled to begin March 27, Johnson said, with openings planned for late October.
Administration Building Groundbreaking
10 a.m. Thursday, March 16
Daisy Mountain Fire Station 142
41104 Daisy Mountain Drive, Anthem