Authority Member Agency Profiles

In February 2017, the Governing Boards of North County Fire & Medical District (formerly Fire District of Sun City West and Wittmann Fire District) and South County Fire & Medical District (formerly the Sun Lakes and Tonopah Fire Districts) approved the adoption of an Intergovernmental Agreement forming the first Fire & Medical Authority in Maricopa County, Arizona. The Arizona Fire & Medical Authority (AFMA) was established pursuant to Arizona Revised Statutes governing a Joint Powers Authority (JPA). In 2023, Buckeye Valley Fire District became a third partner agency under the Authority. Under this model, the districts retain local control over their budgets and services provided while maintaining separate tax rates. However, the personnel, equipment, facilities and daily operations of the combined districts are governed by a JPA or Authority Governing Board. The Authority Governing Board is comprised of seven governing board members who are appointed from each partner agency in the JPA with the goal of providing equitable representation. Two board members are appointed by each partner agency with a seventh board member appointed by the AFMA Governing Board.

Member Agency Profiles:

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  • Buckeye Valley Fire District
    The Buckeye Valley Fire District (AFMA Battalion 321) became a third partner member under the Authority in 2023. The District includes the communities of Arlington, Arco, Camelback Garden Farms, Hopeville, Liberty, Litchfield Farms, Palo Verde, Rainbow Valley, Savannah, Sunora, Sweetwater, and Valencia. The District protects an approximately 200 square mile area.
  • North County Fire & Medical District
    The North County Fire & Medical District (AFMA Battalion 101) was formed in 1981. The District includes the communities of Coldwater Ranch, Corte Bella, Cross River, Dos Rios, Pinnacle Peak County Island, Rancho Cabrillo, Rancho Silverado, Rio Sierra, Sun City West, Wittmann, and other areas in the northern portions of Maricopa County. Since the formation of the District, it has grown to protect roughly 55,000 residents within an approximately 90 square mile area.  The current Insurance Services Office (ISO) Property Protection Rating for the District is Class 1 (1 = superior / 10 = does not meet minimum criteria), which places the District in the top 1% of more than 49,000 fire departments nationally and the first department in Arizona to ever have achieved this prestigious classification. The North County Fire & Medical District has also achieved Accredited Agency status by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI).
  • South County Fire & Medical District
    The South County Fire & Medical District (AFMA Battalion 231 and 341) was formed in January 2019 through the merger of the Sun Lakes and Tonopah Valley Fire Districts. The District now protects roughly 20,000 residents within an approximately 200 square mile area. The current Insurance Services Office (ISO) Property Protection Rating for the Sun Lakes community is Class 1 and Class 4 in the Tonopah area (1 = superior / 10 = does not meet minimum criteria), which places the Sun Lakes Fire District in the top 1% of more than 49,000 fire departments nationally.

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Official website for the Arizona Fire & Medical Authority, the Buckeye Valley Fire District, the North County Fire & Medical District, and the South County Fire & Medical District.
Phone: (623) 544-5400 | Email: info@afma.az.gov
18818 N. Spanish Garden Drive, Sun City West, Arizona 85375