Buckskin Fire District is located north of Parker, Arizona between Headgate Rock Dam and Parker Dam in La Paz County. The district is 15 miles long, and covers more than 32 square miles of rural property. We are responsible for all emergency fire and medical calls to a population of approximately 3200 permanent residents. Known as a popular resort community for water sports and desert enthusiasts, the tourist and part time population we serve can swell during peak seasons.
We respond from normal fire engines and water tenders, as well as a 28 foot Rescue/Patrol Boat for medical aid and rescue on or alongside the Colorado River, i.e., a vehicle in the water, boat fire, etc. EMS levels range from Basic Life Support to Paramedic. Annual call volume is typically 600.
We operate from 2 strategically located fire departments within the district (Station 11 & Station 211) and are not always dispatched to the same call simultaneously.
Fire Station 11 -8500 Riverside DR
Built in 1983 with State Lake Improvement Funds (SLIF)
The District staffs Station 11 with two personnel (2 personnel on an Engine). This station is staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Minimum staffing of two is met by having a daily staff of two firefighters per shift.
Fire Station 211 – 3350 Parker Dam RD
Built in 1999
The District staffs Station 211 with two personnel (2 personnel on an Engine). This station is staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Minimum staffing of two is met by having a daily staff of two firefighters per shift.
The Fire Chief is available to perform all line and command functions and responds to all major incidents or as requested.
Paid On-Call (POC) firefighters augment staffing in several different ways. POC firefighters may provide the District with extra staffing during normal shifts. POC firefighters also provide additional staffing during realized demand for service. They typically respond from home to the station. POC firefighters are requested to meet the same standards as fulltime firefighters. As would be expected, the availability of POC firefighters is higher in the evening and during the weekends due to the demands placed upon them by their employers.
All off-duty full-time staff members are subject to recall if an incident occurs.
BFD protects several key structures including the Central Arizona Water Pumping Plant; the Hydroelectric Parker Dam; the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California; Headgate Rock Dam; the Bill Williams Wildlife Refuge; Buckskin and River Island State Parks; and Arizona state land and Bureau of Land Management lands along the Colorado River as well as Bureau of Indian Affairs land which also borders our district.