According to the Queen Creek Fire and Medical Department (QCFMD), new ambulances are currently in production as part of the department's emergency transportation services, which includes the launching of ambulance service around town by the end of summer.
"The department has looked at what is going on currently with our (ambulance) service provider and decided to go in another direction," Fire Chief Vance Gray said in January. "Many years ago municipalities around Queen Creek started providing their own ambulance service and currently we're the only ones without our own service. Because more cities and towns around us (like Gilbert and Mesa) are providing their own services it's decreasing the number of AMR (American Medical Response, Inc.) ambulances and services as our provider. Less ambulances in the area decreases services to Queen Creek. We have less resources to provide the level of service we need and desire now. We've had a longstanding and good relationship with AMR and we'll strive to continue that when we get our ambulance service going..."
QCFMD officially began serving residents in the Queen Creek community on Jan. 1, 2008, making this year the department's 15-year anniversary. In 2008, the town’s population was just over 24,000. In its first year of operation, the department launched with about 30 employees, two stations and two fire trucks. With a current population of approximately 71,000, the department has grown to meet the needs of the community, with 81 employees, five fire stations located strategically throughout the community and 12 vehicles.
Queen Creek now has five fire stations:
- Fire Station 1, 20678 E. Civic Parkway
- Fire Station 2, 24787 S. Sossaman Road
- Fire Station 3, 19159 E. Queen Creek Road
- Fire Station 4, 20155 S. Signal Butte Road
- Fire Station 5, 245 W. Combs Road
For additional information about QCFMD, visit QueenCreekAZ.gov/Fire.