Regular Meeting Schedules
Temporary Public Participation Changes for Governing Board Meetings
Copper Canyon Fire & Medical District in an effort to protect the health and safety of our employees, residents and visitors, the Governing Board will hold their public meetings remotely via ZOOM until further notice. Public comment will be taken through several technological solutions.
To access all meeting agendas, please visit: CLICK HERE
The District will provide email and phone-in options for public participation. The following are instructions for each method of participation:
Email: To submit email comments, including Call to the Public for non-agenda items, please email email@example.com prior to the start of the meeting, which is 9 a.m. Only comments received prior to the start of the meeting will be considered and included in the record.
Phone: Each meeting agenda will include dial-in information to allow you to attend the meeting telephonically. Once connected to the meeting, please mute your phone to avoid any background noise. If you need assistance connecting to the meeting please contact Administrative Manager Robyn Cook at firstname.lastname@example.org or 928-567-9401.
The Chairperson will ask for any telephone attendees to state their name and address for the record. Attendees will be given the opportunity to speak on any item on the agenda when that item is being discussed. Attendees may speak on any item not on the agenda during the Call to the Public. Please be aware that due to Open Meeting Law restrictions, no dialogue with the Governing Board members can take place during the Call to the Public.
Records: Each Governing Board meeting will be audio-recorded and minutes will be completed and posted to the District website after approval at the next Regular Meeting. For questions about how to submit a public comment, please contact Administrative Manager Robyn Cook at email@example.com or 928-567-9401.
BURNING SEASON CHANGE
Copper Canyon Fire and Medical District will be expanding the burn season from August through May. Burn permit holders will need to be sure to have a valid permit from our Administration office on Salt Mine Rd. and activate it through the Cottonwood Dispatch Center (649-1397) prior to burning to ensure that the weather and wind conditions are proper and safe for the day.
Welcome to the Copper Canyon Fire and Medical District website; the newly minted agency responsible for providing fire suppression, emergency medical service, rescue, hazardous materials response, and fire prevention services to the communities of Camp Verde, McGuireville, Rimrock, and Lake Montezuma.
By governing board approval, on November 20th, 2018, both the Montezuma Rimrock and Camp Verde Fire Boards each individually resolved to merge the two districts together to form the Copper Canyon Fire and Medical District. On January 2nd, 2019, the new district commenced operations with the goal to increase the effectiveness of the organization by even further maximizing the efficiencies that had already been gained through joint collaboration as one agency. This is because on July 1, 2016, both the Camp Verde and Montezuma Rimrock Fire Districts had functionally merged by adopting a Joint Powers Agreement to function collectively as the Copper Canyon Fire and Medical Authority, a contractual arrangement that both districts entered into in order to function as one common entity. The success of these bold actions have proven to not only help to preserve vital emergency services to both regions, but also over time, will allow for enhanced services and eventually lower costs (taxes) to the residents.
While the change from an Authority to a District was less dramatic than the change from two fire districts to a fire authority, this is nonetheless a significant accomplishment and represents a significant commitment and level of trust that was gained through the experience of operating as the Fire Authority. The contract between the districts to create the Authority could have been legally canceled, which would have resulted in the two separate districts reassuming their individual responsibilities to provide services to their respective communities. In contrast, the merger of these two districts is now permanent, and by statute, cannot be undone. This difference highlights the fact that all who were involved with the formation of the Authority and now this new District recognized that collectively we are a better and stronger agency, and as such, we provide more efficient delivery of our services to all of our residents and visitors. There will be no going backward. Instead, we will only boldly move forward to deliver the best possible service and care we are physically and economically capable of providing to all of our residents, property owners, and visitors.
It is hoped that in the very near future, these “bold steps” will begin to be more evident as we capitalize on the savings and efficiencies gained. We are currently in the midst of acquiring real estate so that we will soon be able to start the construction of a new fire station. We also anticipate soon purchasing new fire apparatus to replace some of our aging fleet. Finally, we will also soon be adding additional firefighters to our roster to staff the new station and trucks, all with the goal of increasing our capabilities and reducing our response times to emergencies.
We will be using this website, as well as press releases and social media to keep everyone informed of the proposed changes. We also look forward to addressing any concerns or comments about how we are doing in providing service to you.
Terry Keller, Fire Chief