Lake Mohave Ranchos Fire District

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Welcome and thank you for visiting the Lake Mohave Ranchos Fire District web site. Our fire department is staffed full time by paid employees who are certified fire fighters, paramedics, and EMTs. We encourage community support through education, donations, and volunteers.

Our main station is located in Dolan Springs, Arizona. We have two stations that are fully staffed under normal conditions. In addition to providing fire suppression services, we also provide Advanced Life Support ambulance response and transport, covering approximately 2,000 square miles. Please see the Fire and Medical pages for details and more specific information. Check out our Frequently Asked Questions page for general questions and answers.

 

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      THE LAKE MOHAVE RANCHOS FIRE DISTRICT WENT INSOLVENT IN JANUARY 2013.  WHAT YOU FIND IN THESE PAGES IS BUT A GHOST OF THINGS PAST.  MOHAVE COUNTY APPOINTED ADMINISTRATOR, JOHN FLYNN AND CHIEF PATRICK MOORE FROM THE NORTHERN ARIZONA CONSOLIDATED FIRE DISTRICT IN KINGMAN, HAVE WORKED HARD FOR THE CITIZENS OF THE DISTRICT THE LAST 2.5 YEARS, TO KEEP THE DOORS OPEN AND PROVIDE BASIC SERVICES.  THEIR EFFORTS HAVE SUCCEEDED IN SAVING LIVES AND PROPERTIES, IN SPITE OF HAVING ONLY 2 PERSONNEL ON DUTY PER SHIFT IN DOLAN AND 1 AT THE STATION IN MEADVIEW.  THERE HAVE BEEN LOSSES, AS WELL, BUT THAT HAPPENED EVEN WHILE GROSSLY OVERSTAFFED JUST PRIOR TO INSOLVENCY.  NO MATTER HOW GREAT THE NEED, CONTINUING TO SPEND BEYOND THE MEANS, EVENTUALLY RESULTS IN FINANCIAL COLLAPSE.  

THE LMRFD COVERS MORE THAN 144 SQUARE MILES .  IT IS FUNDED PRIMARILY BY PROPERTY TAX REVENUE, LEVIED ON LOW VALUE PROPERTIES IN A SPARSELY POPULATED AREA, 45 MILES FROM THE NEAREST TOWN OF ANY SIZE, INHABITED MOSTLY BY ELDERLY, RETIREES, AND DISABLED.  THE FIRE DISTRICT ALSO HOLDS A CERTIFICATE OF NECESSITY (C.O.N.) WITH THE ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH SERVICES, FOR OPERATION OF AN ALS AMBULANCE SERVICE.  THE C.O.N. COVERS A 2200 SQUARE MILE AREA.  APPROXIMATELY 90% OF TOTAL CALLS ARE EMS (EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICE) RELATED.  APPROXIMATELY 30% OF ALL CALLS ARE RUN OUT OF THE TAXPAYER FUNDED DISTRICT, ON ARIZONA STATE HWY 93, SOON TO BE INTERSTATE 11., AND WHITE HILLS.  THE OUT OF DISTRICT CALLS ARE LARGELY UNCOLLECTIBLE, AS THEY ARE FOR OUT OF STATE, OUT OF COUNTRY, TOURIST AND COMMERCE RELATED ACCIDENTS.  BASICALLY, THE ELDERLY, RETIRED AND DISABLED, LIVING BELOW POVERTY LEVEL ON FIXED INCOMES IN THE LMRFD, ARE SUBSIDIZING EMS SERVICES FOR THE STATE’S TOURISM AND COMMERCE INDUSTRY ON A 50 MILE STRETCH OF 4 LANE INTERSTATE HIGHWAY.  WHILE GENEROUSLY DOING SO FOR THE STATE, THEY DO WITHOUT THEMSELVES.  THAT IS AN ISSUE REPEATEDLY BEING ADDRESSED BY MR. FLYNN AND CHIEF MOORE.  THE AZ DHS REFUSES TO SHRINK LMRFD’S C.O.N. BACK TO THE BOUNDARIES OF ITS FIRE DISTRICT UNTIL SOMEONE ELSE STEPS UP TO TAKE OVER THE AMBULANCE COVERAGE FOR THE HIGHWAY.  THAT HAS NOT HAPPENED.

 IT HAS BEEN A LONG, SLOW RECOVERY FOR THE LMRFD, IN THE MIDST OF THE “GREAT RECESSION”, WHICH HAS ABATED LITTLE, IF ANY,  IN THIS AREA OF THE ARIZONA DESERT.  THE LMRFD IS CURRENTLY IN THE PROCESS OF ATTEMPTING TO CONSOLIDATE WITH THE NORTHERN ARIZONA CONSOLIDATED FIRE DISTRICT IN KINGMAN TO ENSURE SOUND MANAGEMENT AND LONG TERM AVAILABILITY OF BASIC FIRE AND EMS SERVICES TO ITS CITIZENS.  THOSE IN FAVOR OF THE CONSOLIDATION HOPE TO PREVENT A REPEAT OF THE MISTAKES WHICH CAUSED THE LMRFD’S COLLAPSE IN 2013.  ALL FIRE DISTRICTS IN ARIZONA ARE STRUGGLING WITH RISING COSTS AND DECREASING REVENUES, AND AS FAMILIES FIND IT NECESSARY TO PULL TOGETHER DURING HARD TIMES, POOLING RESOURCES AND CUTTING COSTS, SO ARE FIRE DISTRICTS FINDING CONSOLIDATION TO BE A SOLUTION FOR THE SAME REASONS.