Fire Station 7 Project – Frequently Asked Questions

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Why is the City building a new fire station in southeast Tempe?

In 2014, the City of Tempe commissioned a station location study which identified southeast Tempe as an area requiring support from an appropriately located fire station.  Fire Station 7 will be the first newly built station in Tempe since 2004.  Click here for the full study.  

Where will Fire Station 7 be located?

Fire Station 7 has the street address of 8707 S. McClintock Dr. and is in the southwest corner of Estrada Park, which is near McClintock Drive and Warner Road.  Tempe City Council authorized the use of a portion of the park for the fire station.

How big is Fire Station 7 and what will it look like?

The project, which includes the approximate 10,699 sq. ft. fire house, driveway, parking lot and landscaping, will make up 1.2 acres of Estrada Park’s 8.5 acres. 

The firehouse will have a modernized traditional look that complements the park and surrounding neighborhood.  As with many new buildings, the station will be outfitted with solar panels, which can provide about 50 percent of its power needs, and be water conservative through a landscape of desert plants partially fed by a rainwater harvesting system.

To see the design renderings, click here.

When will Fire Station 7 be built?

Station construction is slated for spring 2018 with completion anticipated in summer 2019 to coincide with the Estrada Park Improvement Project.  For more information on Fire Station 7, click here.

What types of trucks will be assigned to Fire Station 7?

The firehouse will have three bays for fire apparatus. Initially, just two bays will be used:  one by a fire engine company consisting of a pumper truck and four firefighters and the other by a scene support truck overseen by a fire engineer to provide on-scene lighting, compress air replenishment and heat relief refreshments to first responders. 

Will an ambulance with a medical services crew be assigned to Fire Station 7?

Ambulance service will continue to be deployed Rural and Elliot roads.  However, Tempe Fire Medical Rescue periodically reviews community needs and reassigns resources to strategically and quickly address the types of emergency events occurring in the various sectors of the city.

How many firefighters will be assigned to Fire Station 7?

The firehouse has living quarters for up to 12 employees per shift.  

I see other cities' fire trucks in Tempe, why are they here?

Tempe has an automatic aid agreement with 26 other fire departments and fire districts in the Valley.  You may often see Chandler, Mesa, Scottsdale and Phoenix in the area because they would have been the closest available for response.

Coverage of Tempe is priority for Tempe Fire Medical Rescue but when personnel and apparatus are available and needed, we also come to the aid of our neighboring cities.

 What is the current response time to the area?

Response time is measured as the time from when the fire station is notified to the crew arrival at the scene. It is bench-marked at the 90% achievement level.

Using data from fiscal year 2013/14, Tempe Fire Medical Rescue response to a call from southeast Tempe was about six minutes and 50 seconds.  Comparatively, response to a call from southwest Tempe was about 20 seconds less at six minutes and 30 seconds. 

How many emergency calls does the area get in a year?

The area of Tempe from about Guadalupe south generated 3,064 calls in fiscal year 2013/14. With the number of calls growing every year, Fire Station 7 will take up a good portion of that work – an expected 1,427 calls just in southeast Tempe by 2024.

What is the call activity for emergency services at night?

When looking at 2015, southeast Tempe produced approximately 74 emergency calls between 10 p.m. and 8 a.m. out of the approximate 667 nighttime calls generated from south Tempe.

What types of calls are the most common?

About 83 percent of emergency calls require emergency medical service with the remainder, such as fires, classified as high-risk / low-frequency events.  That’s why in addition to fighting fires, Tempe Fire Medical Rescue firefighters are also certified paramedics and emergency medical technicians who can respond to the high-level of medical calls.

What about noise generated from fire stations, how will that impact the neighborhood?

Tempe Fire Medical Rescue makes every effort to be a good neighbor and valuable presence to the residents and businesses in areas immediate to its facilities.  To that end, there has not been a noise complaint in more than 20 years.

The department limits use of truck sirens to when apparatus is entering and driving in traffic to alert drivers of the need for emergency clearance and travel.  Additionally, it no longer uses outdoor loudspeakers to dispatch crews and the inspection of power tools takes place during normal business hours.

Will there be changes to Estrada Park because of the fire station?

Because the station is to be built in Estrada Park, a park improvement project was accelerated to be done concurrently with the station’s construction.  The surrounding neighborhood was engaged in the process of deciding on new amenities and design for the park.  For information on the Estrada Park Improvement Project, please click here.

Why was the Estrada Park location chosen?

Strategic placement of the fire station is important to enable the Fire Medical Rescue Department to make faster response times to emergency calls in southeast Tempe.  The Estrada Park location met the projects size and proximity requirements. The location was closest to the optimum location identified as Elliot Rd. and McClintock Dr.- the area that would produce meaningfully reduced response times in that area of town. 

There are many vacant lots in the area, were other locations looked at?

Land was available nearly two miles from the optimum location and locating the station project that far way would not meaningfully reduce response times.

In 2015, City Council gave the Fire Medical Rescue Chief direction to find a site for the new fire station with, preferably, land owned by the city. If city owned land was not available, secondary preference was to be given to land that could be traded for city owned land or, in the absence of that opportunity, private/public land opportunities. The year-long real estate search begun in March 2015 ultimately identified Estrada Park as the best location without acceptable alternatives.