Phoenix Announces Temporary Fire Station in Norterra Area

For 15 years, In&Out Magazine has been the definitive source of “Everything that’s going on” in and out of the community. We thank you, our readers, as well as the businesses that support the magazine through advertising, for that opportunity. But with little going on, and many businesses suspending or canceling their ads during the Covid-19 crisis, we are suspending publication of the magazine and web sites for the month of May. 

The City of Phoenix has three fire stations in the NoPho region. The icon in the middle represents the planned future Station 55.

After months of citizen concerns about emergency response times in the rapidly growing Norterra area, including for a fire that destroyed a playground Monday, the Phoenix Fire Department announced today an near-term, temporary solution.

By mid-January, the city plans to set up and staff an Advanced Life Support Fire Engine within a half mile of Interstate 17 and Jomax Road during peak hours, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, according to a statement provided to North Phoenix News from Assistant Fire Chief Shelly Jamison. The truck will be staffed with four full-time employees, including a captain, an engineer and two firefighters, Phoenix Fire Capt. Larry Subervi said in a phone interview. An analysis is currently underway to determine where to set up the best temporary site in the vicinity, Subervi said.  

[UPDATE Jan. 4, 2018 — The temporary fire station will open Jan. 8.]

The decision comes after an analysis, at the request of residents, of severals months of response-time data. Meanwhile, the city plans to continue working out details for a permanent fire station in the area.

‘Step in the Right Direction’

“While we realize this isn’t a permanent solution, it is a first step in the right direction,” said Julie Read, a Sonoran Foothills resident and member of the North Gateway Village Planning Commission which provides guidance to the City of Phoenix. “I’m very thankful for the community response.”

Read has been actively involved in the effort to plan a permanent fire station in the area. She said she and other residents began the push in the summer following a social-media post from a neighbor who experienced a long response time to a cardiac-arrest event.

“I asked for info and learned that it took 17 minutes response time for that call,” Read said in a phone interview. “I kept pressing the issue and info came back as a 12- to 17-minute response time in our area.”

The fire that destroyed the main playground at Fireside at Norterra’s Community Center on Dec. 4 had a 13-minute response time, Phoenix Fire Capt. Jake Van Hook told North Phoenix News. Van Hook said Station 36 is the appropriate response unit for the Fireside area, which was the crew that responded. Van Hook said the department has 5-minute response time goal, mirroring standards set by the National Fire Protection Association.

Fire Station 36 is located at at 21602 N 9th Ave., south of Deer Valley Road—about 5.6 miles from the Fireside at Norterra main entrance and community center, with an estimated travel time of 12 minutes, according to Google Maps. Phoenix’s Fire Station 56, in Tramonto, is also 5.6 miles away with a similar estimated travel time. [See Map Above.] However, Van Hook said the department dispatches the unit closest to the area when a call comes in.

Future of Station 55

When constructed, the permanent station will sit on three acres near I-17 and Jomax, on land purchased with funds from the 2001 General Obligation Bond.

“The city acknowledges there is a need to provide fire service with a new station in the Norterra Community on land the city already owns,” Jamison said. She said staff is currently looking at budget, design, development and staffing decisions that require final approval.

An architectural firm and general contractor completed concept design work for the project, before it was put on hold in 2012, after City Council voted to defer the bond funds for the stations remaining design and construction work due to property tax revenue limitations at that time.

Subveri said the construction timeline for a new fire station is typically two years, however a start date has not yet been determined.

phoenix fire truck
A City of Phoenix Fire Truck. Image: City of Phoenix

Help Save Our Community
Small businesses are the lifeblood of our country and even more so this community. Supporting local businesses during this crisis can help keep our community economically viable. Please strongly consider supporting the businesses below, In&Out Magazine's display advertisers, as well as those in the Classifieds section of the magazine (see the full April 9 issue in PDF form). Many of these businesses have been part of the fabric of this community for two decades, not just serving our professional, service and retail needs but stepping up to support local charities, sports teams and so much more. Tip: If you know you’ll need to schedule a service, consider contacting a local business you trust and paying the standard fee for the deferred service. The links below go to their web sites.

Adult & Pediatric Allergy Associates • 602-242-4592
Anthem Senior Living • 602-909-9550
Appliance Pros • 502-501-5501
Business Network of Anthem • 623-455-9630
Carroll Law Firm • 623-551-9366
Century 21 Real Estate - Jeff Huff • 623-223-1221
Creative Home Enhancements • 623-551-5409
Daisy Dream Homes Real Estate • 623-879-3277
Daisy Mountain Dentistry • 623-551-5250
Desert Foothills Air Conditioning • 480-595-0938
Edward Jones • 623-551-0523
Element Dental Centers • 623-551-5555
Hand & Stone Massage • 623-551-6602
Kendallwood Design • 602-252-3844
Kodiak Roofing • 602-501-7717
Luv My PC • 480-703-6609
Merrill Gardens • 623-201-4881
North Valley Water Solutions • 623-551-0515
Preferred Business of Anthem • 623-551-0523 
Prickett Realty • 623-551-8111
ProSkill Services • 623-551-7473
RE/MAX Professionals - Mike Higgins • 623-640-7502
Rise Above Remodeling • 623-551-2013
Soft Water Plus • 623-551-7383
SonoranScapes Landscaping • 602-842-9948
State Farm Insurance - Justin Simons • 623-551-3700
Storage at Anthem • 623-226-8634
Sunset Cabinets • 623-687-6579
Thompson & McGinnis Attorneys at Law • 602-952-2666
Titan Tree Care • 623-444-8448
Titan Pest Control • 623-879-8700
Wyman Plumbing & Mechanical • 623-551-6688

For more local businesses, see In&Out Magazine Classifed Ads >>>  
Karen Goveia
NoPho resident Karen Goveia joined In&Out Publications in 2009 and is managing editor. Goveia is a Chicagoland native with two decades of experience in the news industry, starting as a reporter for a chain of weekly papers serving Chicago’s suburbs and later serving as managing editor within the chain.

Karen Goveia

NoPho resident Karen Goveia joined In&Out Publications in 2009 and is managing editor. Goveia is a Chicagoland native with two decades of experience in the news industry, starting as a reporter for a chain of weekly papers serving Chicago’s suburbs and later serving as managing editor within the chain.

karengoveia has 116 posts and counting.See all posts by karengoveia