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Safford Council approves Fire Department changes

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SAFFORD — In its May 13 meeting, the Safford City Council approved resolutions adding a second fire captain position to the Safford Fire Department and selling some extra equipment to the Fort Thomas Fire District.

The council also heard the first reading of an ordinance modifying fire department membership qualifications.

The first resolution, R19-012, amended Fire Department regulations to eliminate the electrician position while adding a second fire captain position.

“My feeling is that electrician is no longer a position that other fire departments, including my fire department, utilize as a valid position,” Fire Chief Clark Bingham told the council.

The ordinance, O19-002, modified the Safford Municipal Code to change residency qualifications for fire department members. Members must currently live in the fire district within 2.5 miles of the fire station; under O19-002, this would change to within a three-mile radius of the station. Members meeting the amended residency qualification would be eligible for health insurance or other benefits.

The second resolution, R19-011, approved the sale of surplus City of Safford fire equipment and property to the Fort Thomas Fire District. Under the resolution, Fort Thomas will purchase two fire vehicles (a 1997 Pierce Freightliner and a 1986 E-One Ford), an air compressor needing major repairs, 60 lengths of hose, radios and loose equipment/tools.

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