Original Fire Station
Parks, Arizona
Circa 1975

    In the late 1970s and early 1980s, community members came together to fight fire as needed.  It wasn't until 1995 that the community pursued formal efforts to establish a fire district.  In may of 1997, following a year and a half of diligent effort, the Coconino County Board of Supervisors approved the district originally known as "Parks-Bellemont Fire District".  Following formal county approval, the district still had to rely on community donations while awaiting receipt of the first tax revenues. 

    In 1998, land was donated for the first fire station in Parks, Arizona. The ground breaking wasn't until July 1999, and the Station, now known as Station 81, officially opened in October 2000.  In December 2002, land was purchased in Bellemont, Arizona, for construction of a second station.  Once construction began on the subdivision known as Flagstaff Meadows, it was possible to begin construction of the new station.  Ground was broken in October 2004 and, due to an extremely hard winter, construction was not completed until December 2005. The district received a permit for occupancy in January 2006, and Station 82 officially opened.

    The district operated as a completely volunteer fire department until February 2005, when the first paid fire chief was hired.  In 2006, the  name "Parks-Bellemont Fire District" was changed to "Ponderosa Fire District."   Most recently, the district saw the hiring of paid firefighters and full-time office administrator in 2010.