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Satellite Station At The Last Stop In Whitehills
Published on Fri, Nov 16, 2012 (4:19 p.m.)The Lake Mohave Ranchos Fire District will open a satellite station on December 1, 2012 at The Last Stop, located at 20606 N. Hwy 93, Whitehills, AZ 86445. The owner of The Last Stop, Russ McCarriston, and Fire Chief Mark Hruz signed a 20 year lease with a 10 year optional effective October 1, 2012. Mr. McCarriston has generously donated space for the Fire District to park a travel trailer to serve as crew quarters, as well as parking for an ambulance, fire engine and water tender. He has donated reasonable utilities and the crews' use of other facilities on his property, as well.
The satellite station at The Last Stop will be known as Lake Mohave Ranchos Fire Station #45. It will be staffed with two personnel, one firefighter/emt and one firefighter/paramedic. The station will be equipped with one Type #1 fire engine that will have both class "A" and class "B" foam for flammable liquids . The engine will hold 1000 gallons of water and a full complement of firefighting equipment , extrication equipment and a generator with lights . A Type #1 Ambulance will also be on site which has full ALS capabilities, including ability to transport, Cardiac monitor with 12 Lead capabilities and Full Drug Box per AZDHS standards, for use by paramedics on duty. I have submitted a request for a water tender, that would hold a minimum 2500 gallons of water. This vehicle would not be on the premises until mid spring.
Highway 93 from Boulder Dam nearly to Grasshopper Junction is covered for ambulance service under the Lake Mohave Ranchos Fire District's Certificate of Necessity (C.O.N.) with Arizona Department of Health Services. The current 50 mile plus distance from the District's main station in Dolan Springs makes for extended response times to incidents on the highway as well as the Whitehills area. LMRFD Station #45 at the Last Stop will reduce ambulance response times significantly in those areas.
Highway 93 and Whitehills are currently in a no-man's land for fire protection. The Lake Mohave Ranchos Fire District has historically responded to fire calls in the area, but with extended response times due to the distance from the nearest station. Fire support at Station #45 for EMS response to motor vehicle accidents on the highway will also be available for structure and brush fires in the area. Residents of Whitehills will be invited to purchase Fire Subscriptions and petition for annexation into the Fire District so they may avoid the costs of fire response while lowering their fire insurance premiums and/or making fire insurance available. Some companies won't even look at insuring properties in Whitehills due to the lack of fire protection there. LMRFD Station #45, located nearby on Hwy 93, will finally make it feasible to offer fire protection service to residents of the area who have been requesting it for years.
There will be a Town Hall Meeting in Whitehills on December 1 for discussion and signing up for Fire Subscription service. There will be more activities and Open House during the following week. Stay tuned for details! ###