Ponderosa Fire District (PFD) is a rural fire district in Northern Arizona located 10 miles west of Flagstaff. The District encompasses approximately 25 square miles, serving a population of approximately 2,500 in the communities of A-1 Mountain, Saskan Ranch, Bellemont and Parks, Arizona. In addition, PFD provides emergency services for 20 miles of Interstate-40 from exit 171 to exit 191.
PFD is an all-hazard agency that provides traditional fire services, emergency medical services, wildland firefighting, public education and prevention inspections. The majority of PFD calls are medical emergencies particularly on I-40 during inclement weather. However, much of the District consists of densely forested land and the threat from wildfire is the highest risk for all of the communities we serve.
Bellemont is a diverse community comprised of a modern 300- home subdivision, small manufacturing and industrial businesses and a busy travel/truck fueling station. PFD also provides mutual aid assistance to the Camp Navajo Army Depot which is located in Bellemont on the south side of I-40. Parks is a rural community with homes on one-acre or larger lots, two convenience stores and a K-8 grade school. The entire southern boundary of the District is bordered by the BNSF railroad.
PFD responds out of two stations and has recently transitioned to a combination department with career and volunteer firefighters. The Fire Chief, Battalion Chief, Administrative Assistant, four Captains and two Lieutenants are all full-time paid positions. PFD has approximately 30 qualified volunteers.
The Parks location is known as Station 81 and consists of three bays with an engine, and two wildland apparatus. The Parks location also has a modular that allows firefighters a housing location while on-duty. The administrative offices are located in Bellemont at Station 82 as well as two dormitories and an all-purpose/training area.