History

Goodyear’s Fire History

 

hist1September 18, 1948 - The Goodyear Fire Department was established by the Goodyear Common Council.

July 1, 1950 - Department’s first annual report published for previous eighteen months’ service.

December 14, 1953 - Firefighters purchase Department’s first two Self Contained Breathing Apparatus units (SCBAs) and donate to Town.

hist2October 14, 1957 - First driving Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) initiated: In town paved roadways - 30 mph, In town gravel roadways - 40 mph, Outside limits paved - 50 mph.

August 11, 1958 – Salary of $5 per quarter authorized by Town Council to firefighters manning in-home fire phones.

November 10, 1958 – Salary rescinded upon recommendation of Chief and Assistants.

hist31975 – Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) program begun.

1983 – Three-section-duty-weeks commenced.

1987 - 5000 square foot sprinkler ordinance.

1988 - 0 base sprinkler ordinance. - Volunteers purchase and donate LT181 to City certified Firefighter II. - First office automation.

1990 - No tailboard riding.

1991 - First career firefighter hired.

hist41992 - First custom pumper.

1994 - First recruit class from new station, first reserve program, and first Station 2 recruits. - First part-time public education specialist. - First dedicated station.

1995 - First aerial ladder apparatus. - Fire Department assumes joint responsibility for Code Enforcement.

hist5November 1995 - Fire Department begins delivery of Advanced Life Support (ALS) medical services.

May 1996 - First full-time public education specialist hired to manage Urban Survival program.

January 1997 - First full-time Fire Inspector hired.

September 15, 1998 - Department celebrates its 50th Anniversary!

hist6January 1999 - Goodyear joins the Phoenix Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) Consortium and is dispatched by Phoenix Fire Department.

December 1999 - Goodyear firefighters join the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF).

January 2000 - Goodyear signs automatic aid agreement with Phoenix CAD Consortium.

January 3, 2000 - Fire Station #3 staffing hired.

April 2000 - Public Safety Facility near Palm Valley (Station #3) opens.

May 2001 - Second career Deputy Chief hired.

May 2003 - Public Safety Facility in Estrella (Station #2) opens.

May 2006 – Facility near Wildflower Ranch(Station #4) opens.

November 2007 – Temporary Facility (Station #7) opens in Mobile, Arizona.

June 2008 – Facility near Pebble Creek (Station #5) opens.