The mission of the Preparedness Division is to collaborate with all departments within the city of Buckeye to have plans developed prior to any natural, human caused or technological incident or hazard.
This division was created to have an umbrella over certain areas of concern in the fire service where preparation and training could alleviate or minimize certain hazards to people or property. Most of the funding for this division comes from a bi-annual grant from Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Plant (PVNG). This division has five main subdivisions that work hand in hand to achieve the desired outcome of diligent pre-planning.
This subdivion was established to provide a comprehensive and integrated emergency management system that coordinates resources to protect lives, property and the environment through mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery from all natural and man-made hazards that may impact our city.
Emergency Management works with different jurisdictions, including Maricopa County to ensure all plans that are developed for the County mesh with the city. One of these plans is the Maricopa County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan, which was just completed. The entire plan can be found at: http://www.maricopa.gov/Emerg_Mgt/haz_mit.aspx
Being prepared is key when disaster strikes! Here is a link to a Home Preparedness checklist that you can review and see if you will be ready in the event of a disaster: https://www.maricopa.gov/publichealth/Programs/OPR/Home.aspx
Emergency Operations Center
The mission of the Emergency Operations Center division is to provide a comprehensive and integrated location to coordinate resources in the event of an emergency.
Our staff conducts quarterly drills with different departments as well as Maricopa County.
The mission of the Homeland Security Division is to work to keep the city of Buckeye safe, secure and protected against terrorism and other hazards. Strategies we use to ensure this mission is met is training personnel on the importance of situational awareness and reporting, critical infrastructure awareness and keeping citizens and employees safe through education and training.
Terrorism Liaison Officer
The Buckeye Fire-Medical-Rescue Department has a terrorism liaison officer for each of our shifts. The role of the terrorism liaison officer (TLO) is to broadcast and exchange information that could be considered a health, physical, hazardous or some definition of terrorism towards the Public Safety and civilian community.
The TLO works very closely with the Buckeye Police Department as well as other local law enforcement agencies, the Emergency Preparedness Division and the ACTIC (Arizona Counter Terrorism Information Center).
As members of the community, we rely on you to report suspicious activity. There is a 24 hour tip line that the ACTIC has established where you can leave detailed information about what you have seen. That phone number is 877-2-SAVEAZ (877-272-8329).
Special Operations - Technical Rescue
The Buckeye Fire-Medical-Rescue Department has a technical rescue team consisting of 12 members. Team members are trained to a technician level and must maintain continuing education according to NFPA 1006 and 1670 standards.
TRT equipment and standards apply to 6 disciplines: swift water, confined space, trench rescue, mountain rescue, structural collapse or any other rescue which may require their expertise; palm tree, elevator shaft, tower rescue, etc. Our Fire Department also maintains two ART’s (air rescue technicians) per shift for helicopter rescues.
Special Operations - Hazmat
The Buckeye Fire-Medical-Rescue Department has a Hazardous Materials Team consisting of 12 members, 12 certified rovers and 2 responding Chief’s. Team members are trained to a technician level and maintain continuing education according to NFPA 472 standards. With our equipment and training we are prepared to respond to any hazardous materials incident. Our Hazmat Team was funded by UASI and Homeland Security and serves as a regional response CBRNE asset.