Fire & Life Safety Education

The Arizona Fire & Medical Authority's goal is to ensure that all citizens have access to lifesaving information and to help them develop skills to keep them safe through every stage of life. Starting early, our objective is to partner with Authority schools to educate our youth by delivering age appropriate safety programs.
Perhaps the most challenging population to reach with important life safety information and education is our adult community. Knowing how to prevent emergencies and how to handle life-threatening situations is essential. The Authority provides various educational opportunities for adults and seniors to learn important fire and life safety skills that can make a positive difference in their lives.


CPR and Stop the Bleed Classes
AFMA is focused on training area residents to provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and use an automatic external defibrillator (AED) when a co-worker, friend or loved one is choking or has stopped breathing.

Fire & Injury Prevention Program
Some of these subject areas include how to prevent falls in the home, evacuation drills, kitchen fire safety and how to be weather wise.

Safety Presentations
The Authority's fire and life safety education personnel are available to present to groups on a variety of safety topics throughout the year.
To schedule a class, presentation or community event attendance, complete this Request Form
For more information, please contact the Community Risk Management Division at (623)544-5400. 


Evacuation Drill Assistance for Businesses
Businesses and organizations throughout the Authority can receive assistance creating evacuation procedures tailored to their office and workplace needs.
Fire Extinguisher Training
Businesses, community groups, scouting troops and more can learn the proper way to use a fire extinguisher and what to look for when purchasing them.
Guest Speakers to Present on Safety Topics
AFMA can provide special speakers to present on a variety of life and fire safety topics.
To schedule training assistance, a class or presentation, please complete this Request Form or contact the Authority's Community Risk Management Division at (623)544-5400. 

 Child Car Safety Seats

Motor vehicle crashes are the No. 1 cause of unintentional death among children ages 1 to 19 in the United States (Source: Center for Disease Control and Prevention). Of the children ages 12 years and younger who died in a crash in 2014, 34% were not buckled up. Many more were improperly restrained (Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration).

According to Safe Kids Worldwide (PDF)

  • When installed and used correctly, child safety seats and safety belts can prevent injuries and save lives. Child safety seats can reduce fatal injury by up to 71 percent for infants and 54 percent for toddlers (ages 1 to 4).
  • It is estimated that 263 children were saved due to restraint use in 2013 alone.
  • From 1975 through 2013, an estimated 10,421 lives were saved by child safety seats or adult seat belts for children ages 4 and under.
  • In 2011, 98 percent of caregivers of children ages 8 and under used restraints when transporting their children. Almost half of these caregivers did not use the restraint correctly, which reduces the protection provided in the event of a crash.
  • Only 32 percent of caregivers using rear-facing convertible car seats are very confident that they are using them correctly (in a manner which would save their child’s life during a crash).

AFMA offers child safety seat inspections for residents who are interested in having their child safety seats inspected/installed by a certified passenger safety seat technician. Inspection dates are listed on the home page calendar and are scheduled monthly on specific dates/times at specific locations. No appointments are necessary. Click here to view the calendar on the home page. For more information pertaining to AFMA's Child Car Safety Seat Programs, please contact the Community Risk Management Division at 623-544-5400.

Although the Arizona Fire & Medical Authority does not endorse or assume any liability for any service over another, the following providers offer car seat rentals and installations.

If you or someone you know offers similar services, please contact the Community Risk Management Division at (623)544-5400

 Emergency Lockbox Program

The Authority Emergency Lockbox Program is designed to allow for firefighters and Emergency Medical Technicians to gain faster access and to limit damage to homes and businesses during emergencies when no one is available or physically able to open the door.
The box itself is a thick steel box that has a locking faceplate on the front of it. This box is mounted to the home or business in a specific location so that during an emergency, AFMA personnel can immediately use the keys locked inside of the box rather than causing damage to the structure in order to gain entry. The only keys to the lock boxes are controlled by the Authority.
During an emergency, every second counts! Please join with the thousands of your neighbors and order your lockbox today!
The emergency lockbox can be purchased for a one time fee of approximately $50. For more information, please contact the Authority Administrative Offices at (623) 544-5400.
After receiving your lockbox, AFMA staff will make an appointment to have the lockbox installed by AFMA personnel if you reside in Sun City West. If you reside in Sun Lakes, you will be responsible for having the lockbox installed. 

 Schools and Youth

Developing appropriate life safety skills needs to begin early to ensure our youth grown up to be adults. That’s why AFMA's programs focus on the unintentional injury hazards that we encounter each day. Our goal is to help kids prevent mishaps and deal with emergencies when they occur. AFMA's fire and life safety education programs cover a variety of safety topics from bicycle safety and fire prevention to kitchen safety and arson.
To Schedule a School Visit complete this Request Form.
To learn more about the school and youth programs offered by the Authority, please contact the Community Risk Management Division at (623)544-5400. 

 Youth Fire Setter Program

Playing With Fire...A Dangerous Game!
Everyone in the community, including parents, fire and police departments, teachers, churches and the medical community need to get involved to help our youth who are setting fires. Curiosity about fire is natural for children, but setting fires is not.

AFMA encourages parents to call us for help immediately if you have or know of a child that is experimenting with fire and accelerants. A free program to educate youth in a safe, private, one-on-one environment is offered to kids up to age 17. This program is designed to deter and educate children about the dangers of fire play before problems reach a point that result in intentional firesetting. Participants will learn about the meaning of arson along with its consequences and legal implications.

Some Signs Parents Should Look for to Spot Fire Play:

  • Burn spots on carpet or furniture

  • Burned paper or ashes under a bed, in the trash or around a desk

  • Burn spots in the yard, around school, home or open space

  • Missing matches or lighters

  • Missing aerosol cans, gasoline, alcohol products or chemicals

  • Stories from your children’s friends or siblings

  • Reports of fire activity from school officials or activity leaders

For more information, please contact the Community Risk Management Division at (623)544-5400. 

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Phone: (623) 544-5400 | Email:
18818 N. Spanish Garden Drive, Sun City West, Arizona 85375