Our own firehouse, Scottsdale’s #610, is located just south of Bell Road on 100th
Street where it is neatly tucked behind Bashas’ Supermarket in a modern and attractive
building that was designed to blend with the environment. However, the real story
is what – and who – is inside. Fortunately for us, the firefighters assigned to
"610" average more than 20 years experience apiece. They are organized into three
crews that keep the station operating 24/7/365. The crews work 3 days on (24 hours
a day), and 2 days off; each on-call shift is composed of 4 fire-fighters and a
shift chief. All of the crew members are certified EMT’s and one individual on each
shift is also a paramedic.
The firehouse has two trucks – an "engine company" and a tender that carries a reserve
water supply for backup purposes. It’s comforting to note that our fire fighters
can generally be dressed and on their way in less than two minutes and that, when
they are away, another truck is sent in to cover…just in case.
Fortunately for us and these fire-folks, our risk is lower than in many other areas.
Our homes are relatively new and equipped with sprinkler systems. Moreover, we’ve
generally avoided major brush fires on our side of the McDowell's. Despite that
rather fortunate history, the station is fully prepped to act as first responders
in case of wild fires.
It’s probably comforting to note that Scottsdale’s highly respected Fire Chief,
Willie Smith, is actually a resident of The Ranch. However, the chief cautions that
fire safety requires a cooperative effort and recommends that homeowners call the
department (on its non-emergency line) to request an inspection of their sprinklers
every few years and that they remember to change alarm batteries annually.