The Countyline Fire Department was formed in January 2014, at the request of the residents of the Hyder Valley and Agua Caliente areas. In late spring of 2016, Countyline Fire Department was awarded the dual status as a 501 (C)(3) Non profit corporation; as well as a 509(A)(2) Public charity, by the Internal Revenue Service.
CLFD operates out of two locations: Hyder Valley and the community of Sentinel. Our fire department covers about 500 square miles of unincorporated Yuma; and Maricopa Counties. Included in the area are the unincorporated communities of Hyder, Agua Caliente and Sentinel. The area is mostly irrigated farms, along with an elementary school, a mom and pop gas station, and a rest area on Interstate 8. The population is between 250 and 300 people.
Countyline Fire currently has 8 dedicated volunteers. The Fire Chief and firefighters have experience ranging in number of years (from entry level to 35+ years) and include paramedic and certified firefighters, EMT, Basic CPR. Volunteers receive on-going in-house fire, medical and rescue training.
As of Jan 1, 2019 the medical direction and insurance contracts were obtained, so CLFD can now operate at the paramedic level on Emergency Medical Service calls.
Our fleet consists of 3 Engines, 1 Attack truck, 1 Utility/Command pickup and 1 Water Tanker (Tender)
Engine 1551 is a 1987 Ford F-800 single cab, with seating for 3, which was built by the Rural/Metro Fire Department here in Arizona. It has a diesel motor, manual transmission with a rear axle splitter that gives us 10 total gears to use. It does not have air conditioning. The truck is an ICS Type 2 pumper with a 2 stage 750 gallons per minute (GPM) Darley front mounted pump and a 750 gallon poly tank. Engine 1551 is stationed in Sentinel and carries Structural and Wildland firefighting equipment, along with our Holmatro hydraulic extrication equipment.
Attack 1551 is a 1994 Cheverolet 3500 single cab, with seating for 3, which was build by Becker Fire Apparatus. It has a gasoline motor, automatic transmission and 4 wheel drive. It has air conditioning. This truck is an ICS Type 6 engine with a single stage 200 GPM, with a foam system, pump mounted on a 3 cylinder Kubota motor, which allows the truck to pump and roll, and a 300 gallon poly water tank and an 18 gallon foam tank. Attack 1551 is stationed in Sentinel and primarily carries Wildland firefighting equipment and enough structural equipment to initiate an initial attack on a structure or take care of a passenger fire on its own.
Utility 1551 is a 1999 Dodge 1500 extended cab 2 wheel drive pickup truck, with seating for 5. It is used to run errands, respond to medical calls and also as a command vehicle. It carries no equipment except when it is running a medical call. This truck started life with the Rural/Metro Fire Department in Scottsdale, AZ, as a fire prevention vehicle.
Engine 1552 is a 1988 Ford F-800. It has a crew cab with seating for 5, and was built by the Rural/Metro Fire Department here in Arizona. It has a diesel motor, an automatic transmission, and air conditioning. The vehicle is an ICS Type 2/3 engine with a 2 stage 750 GPM Darley front mount pump and a 750 gallon poly tank. Engine 1552 is stationed in Hyder and carries Structural and Wildland equipment, along with our Holmatro hydraulic extrication Combi-Tool. Engine 1551 is stocked to the requirements for a Type 3 wildland engine, and is the primary vehicle to be used on out of town wildland assignments.
Pumper 1552 is a 1974 International Fleetstar 2050. It has a single cab with seating for 3, and was built by Van Pelt. It has a diesel motor, an automatic transmission and no air conditioning. This vehicle is an ICS Type 2/3 engine with a single stage 1000 GPM midship pump and a 250 GPM PTO pump. It carries 500 gallons of water in a steel tank. Pumper 1552 is our reserve engine, currently stationed in Hyder. It sits empty, as we have no equipment to put on it. If one of our engines goes out of service, we will transfer its equipment to Pumper 1552.
Tanker 1551 is a 1986 Mack. It has a single cab with seating for 2 and was built by 4Guys. It has a diesel motor, an automatic transmission and no air conditioning. This vehicle is an ICS Type 3 Tender with a single stage 1500 GPM midship pump, and carries 2000 gallons of water. Tanker 1551 serves as our primary water supply as there are no fire hydrants in our primary response area.
In 2018, Countyline Fire Department was given a 2003 Ford F-750 truck by Southwest Gas. We are trying to raise the funds to have this vehicle built into a Rescue Engine. This vehicle has a 180 cubic feet per minute PTO Air Compressor on it which will be very useful for running high pressure air bags and pneumatic hand tools.