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State of Arizona
Arizona Fire Chiefs Association

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2019 Fire Service Mutual Aid Plan

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The Arizona Fire Chiefs Association (AFCA), through cooperation with the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management (DFFM), Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs (DEMA), the Arizona Fire District Association (AFDA) and the Professional Fire Fighters of Arizona (PFFA), developed the Fire Service Mutual Aid Plan to provide immediate response resources for all-hazard emergencies. The Fire Service Mutual Aid Plan is the initial activation and mobilization plan prior to a declaration of emergency. This plan is also intended to support the Arizona State Emergency Response and Recovery Plan (SERRP). The SERRP includes the following parts:

  • Base Plan
  • Emergency Support Functions (ESFs)
  • Recovery Support Functions (RSFs)

This provides the planning basis and concepts for the development of the Fire Service Mutual Aid Plan. The Fire Service Mutual Aid Plan supports the concepts of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and all-hazard response planning. Arizona’s fire service conducts emergency operations planning at four (4) levels: Local, Tribal, County and State.

The purpose of the plan is to provide statewide and regional fire service resources to an incident once available automatic and mutual aid has been exhausted by the local authority; to provide for the systematic mobilization, deployment and operation of necessary fire service resources within the State and its political subdivisions in responding to and recovering from the effects of disasters and emergencies; to provide comprehensive and compatible plans for the expedient mobilization and deployment of the closest, most appropriate, available fire service resources; to provide a fire service inventory of all apparatus, equipment and specialty teams in Arizona; to provide annual training and/or exercises between plan participants; and to prepare for and respond to events of national significance when requested.



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