All Mayer Fire Firefighters are certified by the State of Arizona as level 2 firefighters. A certification which takes approximately 12 credit hours of college level training to attain. The Mayer Fire Department (MFD) operates three type 1 engine companies out of each of the constantly staffed fire houses through out the district. The department also utilizes one type 3 urban interface brush engine, and two type 6 brush trucks. In addition, two water tenders provide remote water sources to areas without fire hydrants.
All members regardless of rank who respond to emergency scenes as a portion of their duties, are certified at a minimum of Emergency Medical Technician Basics or EMT's. These members are certified by the State of Arizona Department of Health Services, Bureau of Emergency Medical Services to provide basic life support to sick and injured persons. 13 members have continued their training to become Certified Emergency Paramedics (CEP). These members work under a physicians license which allows them to administer medications, interpret EKG's, provide advanced airway management, and more. This is the highest level care provider in the pre-hospital setting, and are staffed daily at each of the departments staffed fire houses. EMS or medical calls account for approximately 90-95% of the departments call volume for service.
The Mayer Fire Department posses a Certificate of Necessity (CON) allowing ground ambulance transport of sick or injured persons within the Mayer Fire District. Three Paramedic ambulances located throughout the district are staffed with an EMT and a Paramedic to transport to local hospitals. For extremely serious cases, where the Paramedic on scene deems it appropriate, the use of an air ambulance (helicopter) will be used in place of the ground unit. Patients who are TRANSPORTED will receive a bill from the department for services rendered, regardless of residency. ALL medical billing done by the department is regulated by the Arizona Department of Health Services. Patients who request treatment by firefighters but not transportation may refuse transportation. There is no fee for medical treatment in the Mayer Fire District. Refusal of transportation must be approved by the Paramedic on scene AND the Physician providing medical control to that Paramedic, and must be contacted prior to refusal forms being signed. Ambulances transporting sick or injured persons MUST transport to the closest appropriate facility in accordance with state and federal laws. Confidential patient information WILL NOT BE RELEASED TO ANYONE OTHER THAN THE PATIENT. This includes copies of department patient care reports, ambulance billing, and dispatch information. To request available information, contact the Mayer Fire Department administrative offices during regular business hours.
IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCING A MEDICAL EMERGENCY, DO NOT ATTEMPT TO GO TO A FIRE STATION. DIAL 9-1-1 IMMEDIATELY. CREWS ASSIGNED TO A STATION MAY BE OUT OF QUARTERS ON ANOTHER EMERGENCY. THE 9-1-1 CENTER WILL BE ABLE TO DIRECT THE CLOSEST AVAILABLE UNIT(S) TO YOUR LOCATION.
Attempting to move or transport an injured or sick person may result in further illness or even death.
All firefighters additionally posses red card certifications, allowing their operation at wild land fires across the country, in accordance with agreements for service between the department and the National Forest Service. The departments type 1,3, and 6 engines as well as water tenders may be called upon to respond to incidents across the country.