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The Tempe Fire Medical Rescue Department is an “all hazards” department that responds to all types of incidents including fires, automobile accidents, medical emergencies, hazardous materials response, technical rescues and much more. Additionally, we pride ourselves on being involved in promoting emergency preparedness, fire prevention and a variety of life safety programs. Learn more about us.

Current Issues 

Fireworks Purchasing and Use Information

The period to purchase fireworks is from May 20th until July 6th.  The period you are permitted to use the fireworks began June 24th and will go until July 6th, per the following statute: Please be mindful of those around you when using fireworks, especially the veterans and pets in your neighborhood.

Fireworks and Veterans

Fireworks can be very stressful for our combat veterans who have served our country.  Please remember as you near Independence day, that these great men and women are the reason we continue to be free to celebrate our independence.

Follow these 3 Steps to ease the stress of fireworks on our Combat Veterans

  1. Eliminate Surprises. If anyone in your neighborhood is a veteran, let them know about your plans for the 4th of July. Give the details about the times and dates you plan to celebrate with fireworks. You could even invite them to celebrate with you. By eliminating the element of surprise this will lower the possibility of a veteran suffering from PTSD from having a panic attack.

  2. Limit your use of Fireworks. When it comes to fireworks we tend to want to “Go All Out”. Many Americans want bigger and better every year and they try to “out do” their neighbors. Be mindful of your neighbors that are veterans and consider limiting your fireworks to 1 night only and typically 1 hour. This will give the veteran a known time frame that the fireworks will be involved and prevent the anxiety and stress that they could be suffering.

  3. Initiate small fireworks first. When you are initiating your evening of celebration with fireworks start with small “low impact” fireworks and build up to the larger “higher impact” fireworks. This will reduce the sudden shock of explosions in the sky without any warning, ultimately lowering the possibility of a veteran from being surprised and startled.

Fireworks and Pets

Follow these 5 Steps to ease the stress of fireworks and keep your pet calm and safe

  1. Keep them indoors. Make sure they’ve had exercise during the day and a chance to go to the bathroom.

  2. Give them a safe place to hide. Set up a comfortable room or crate in your house just for them. Keep the blinds and curtains closed.

  3. Drown out the noise. Turn on the radio or TV with comforting music or noise they are normally around to calm their nerves.

  4. Update their tags and IDs. Make sure your pets are wearing up to date tags and IDs in case they run away or get lost.

  5. Keep calm. Don’t punish your pet for being scared. Stay calm and they will learn to do the same.

Fireworks Safety Information from the National Safety Council on safe use of fireworks:

For additional safety information please click here.

Wildland Fires

There have been several large wildland fires occurring close to the valley within the past two weeks, causing damage to several homes. Fireworks are never allowed on state or federal lands. Please use extreme caution if using fireworks to prevent any further fires or damage from occurring.

CDC Cloth Mask Recommendations

Mayor’s Proclamation to Close Public Venues

Due to the local emergency that exists in the City of Tempe from COVID-19 virus outbreak it is ordered within the City to comply with the following:

Restaurants, nightclubs, and bars shall be closed to the public as of 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 19, 2020, except for services of delivery or curbside pick-up options;

Recreational and entertainment venues, such as comedy clubs, movie theaters, arcades and bowling alleys shall be closed to the public as of 8:00 p.m., on Thursday, March 19, 2020;

Gymnasiums, fitness centers and work-out studios shall be closed to the public as of 1:00 p.m., on Thursday, March 19, 2020. 

Additional Resources for Business Health During COVID-19

This information is provided by the Maricopa County Department of Public Health to assist businesses with how to stay healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic:

Additional resources for our small business owners in Tempe can be found here:

Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Information Resource



These guidelines are taken directly from the CDC.

15 Days to Slow the Spread

  • Listen and follow the directions of your STATE AND LOCAL AUTHORITIES.
  • IF YOU FEEL SICK, stay home. Do not go to work. Contact your medical provider first.
  • IF SOMEONE IN YOUR HOUSEHOLD HAS TESTED POSITIVE for the coronavirus, keep the entire household at home. Do not go to work. Do not go to school. Contact your medical provider.
  • IF YOU ARE AN OLDER PERSON, stay home and away from other people.
  • IF YOU ARE A PERSON WITH A SERIOUS UNDERLYING HEALTH CONDITION that can put you at an increased risk (for example, a condition that impairs your lung or heart function or weakens your immune system), stay home and away from other people.

Even if you are young, or otherwise healthy, you are at risk and your activities can increase the risk for others. It is critical that you do your part to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Do your best to minimize gatherings in groups of more than 10 people.

DO NOT VISIT nursing home, retirement, or long-term care facilities unless to provide critical assistance.

Please continue to practice good hygiene:

  • Wash your hands, especially after touching any frequently used item or surface
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Sneeze or cough into a tissue, or the inside of your elbow
  • Disinfect frequently used items and surfaces as much as possible

Please continue to exercise outdoors if you like to hike, bike, walk, run or enjoy other outdoor activities to promote a healthy lifestyle. While you do these activities, please remember to avoid doing so in groups of 10 or more people. 

For additional information please go to these following sites:

Maricopa Department of Public Health Hotline:  1-844-542-8201

Fire Station Tours and Truck Requests Suspended

To minimize the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), station tours and truck requests will be suspended until further notice. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.

Reporting an Emergency

Prepare to answer questions about an emergency and learn about other safety programs offered by the City such as Smart911.

About Fire Medical Rescue

Meet Chief Ruiz, learn about the history of the department and how we are organized, and find important staff contact information.


Information on job descriptions, professional development and gaining experience.

Community Risk Reduction

Programs, services and tips for home and life safety.

FAQ - frequently asked questions 

Answers to some of the common questions we get asked.

Fire News

Sign up for emails about the department programs, services and events.

Fire Stations

Tempe has seven fire stations around the city.  Learn about the staff and vehicles assigned to the various locations.

Fire Station 7

Fire Station 7 officially opened on November 21, 2019.

Medical Services

In addition to responding to emergency medical calls, we other medical services that help our community. 

Permits, Fees & Forms

Including pre-plan application, hazardous materials, inspections, tent and canopy, and fireworks.

Public Safety Memorial

The memorial honors the firefighters, police offers and canines who died protecting our community.


  • Fire Cadet Program for people interested in fire careers and supporting the department.
  • CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) for everyday citizens who want to aide our community.

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