The Rincon Valley Fire District Wildland Fire Program is designed to promote wildland fire safety within the District, while equipping and preparing fire crews for responding to wildland fires. Every RVFD firefighter is trained to the basic wildland firefighter requirements, as established by the National Wildfire Coordinating Group. Some firefighters choose to pursue advanced training in wildland fire tactics, including chainsaw operation, advanced firefighter, engine boss, and incident commander type 4. This advanced training benefits the District by better preparing fire crews to handle large scale wildland fires.
Rincon Valley Fire District maintains a cooperative agreement with the Arizona State Forestry Division. This agreement allows RVFD to call upon additional local, state, and federal firefighting resources, including aircraft and firefighting hand crews, should a large wildfire threaten the District. This agreement also obligates RVFD to respond when requested to wildland fires across Arizona and the United States, provided the District has adequate staffing. Rincon Valley maintains a team of specialized firefighters who respond to these incidents on fire engines, water tenders, and ambulances. Firefighters can be deployed for 14 days straight or longer, and often work strenuous 16 hour shifts. The experience gained on these types of assignments is of great value to the District. Rincon Valley Fire District recuperates all costs associated with off-district assignments.
The Mission of the Wildland Fire Program is to train and equip RVFD firefighters to respond to wildland fires in the District and across the United States, and to educate District residents about the threat to the community from wildland fire.
The Wildland Fire Program Strategic Goals are:
- Train and equip RVFD firefighters to respond to wildland fires.
- Equip and maintain RVFD apparatus for wildland fire response.
- Establish and maintain working relationships with regional wildland firefighting agencies.
- Assist the Public Education Program in community wildfire awareness.
- Maintain a fiscally responsible wildland budget within the Fire District annual budget.