Francis Gerl, a firefighter/EMT with the Mountain Vista Fire District, practiced spraying water from the tall ladder truck during drills last month near Magee and Oracle roads.
Capt. John Spanarella waited on a roof as other firefighters climbed the ladder during drills last month conducted by Mountain Vista Fire District firefighters.
Jose Ahumad, a firefighter/EMT, rolled out hoses as Mountain Vista Fire District firefighters drilled behind Kohl's department store near Magee and Oracle roads.
Four of five fire districts that serve the northwest side have raised their tax rates for the 2013-14 fiscal year.