Mountain Vista Fire District votes to hire its own emergency services personnel

2013-10-22T13:00:00Z Mountain Vista Fire District votes to hire its own emergency services personnelPhil Villarreal Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

At a special Oct. 16 meeting, the Mountain Vista Fire District Board of Directors voted unanimously to hire the district's own emergency services personnel.

Currently, the district uses Rural/Metro Fire Department to contract firefighters and emergency services personnel.

Chief Wilkerson states that “After lengthy discussions and community input, the board and I are confident that we can continue to improve emergency service operations in our community while maintaining a cost-efficient organization,” Mountain Vista Fire Chief Ed Wilkerson said in a news release.

Wilkerson will remain in his position, and the distrit will keep administrative staffers. The board voted Aug. 19 to notify Rural/Metro that it would not extend the contract past its termination date of June 30.

Mountain Vista has used contract workers since starting in 2008.

Contact reporter Phil Villarreal at or 573-4130.

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