Letter from Fire Chief Keller 3/27/2018

Dear Neighbors
Those of you who lived through the economic crash of 2008 in this area remember the days afterward when we needed to vote for a tax override to keep our fire district operational.  That override is ending.  For newcomers and those of us who were here then, Chief Keller reviews what happened after 2008 and explains how our fire district and fire authority have met challenges and what the future might bring.
. . . . . the calendar crew 
My Turn 
A sincere thank you to the communities of McGuireville, Rimrock, Lake Montezuma and Camp Verde!

Effective July 1st, the Montezuma Rimrock Fire District (MRFD) will no longer be operating under the 2012 voter-approved five-year property tax override.  Every taxable property in MRFD will see a significant savings for fire taxes when the bills are mailed-out later this summer.

Without the override, MRFD would have had a very difficult time weathering the economic storm that was created by the real estate collapse of 2008, which ultimately resulted in significant drops in property valuations.  Over the course of six tax years, beginning in 2010, the net assessed value for MRFD decreased a staggering 64% (compounded).  This value is what the District relies upon to create the tax revenues it needs to operate.  Initially, MRFD was forced to raise the “mill rate” or tax rate which is multiplied against the net value of every property to create the total tax levy, but it only took two budget cycles (FY 11 &12) for MRFD to reach the statutory limit of $3.25 in order to maintain its operations.  By 2012, it was evident that this was not going to be enough and the Governing Board approved placing the override on the general election ballot in 2012, which the community nearly overwhelmingly supported, as this measure passed with nearly 64% of the vote.
Unfortunately, this recessionary storm turned into the “perfect storm” with the passage of Proposition 117.  Ironically, this Arizona constitutional amendment was also passed by Arizona voters in 2012 (but did not take effect in 2015), restricted any increases to property valuations for taxation purposes to no more than 5% than the prior year.  For MRFD, this meant they tumbled down 13 steps into the revenue basement over five tax years, but can now only climb one step each year to get back out.
Fortunately, the override for MRFD delayed the effects of Proposition 117 for a few years, and enabled MRFD to amass some savings and effect some changes to be in a much better position today.  Interestingly, the Camp Verde Fire District also lost 46% of its property value during the same economic downturn, and the initial sharing of services between these two districts, followed by the eventual creation of the Copper Canyon Fire and Medical Authority (CCFMA) has enabled both Districts to survive and, hopefully, eventually thrive.
As an example of the efficiencies achieved by the creation of CCFMA; at one point, both districts individually supported fire chiefs, assistant chiefs, office managers, bookkeepers, and other clerical/receptionist staff.  Camp Verde also supported a fire marshal and fleet manager/mechanic.  Today, both districts are being managed by a Fire Chief, an Administrative Manager, and two clerical staff.  We continue to utilize our Fire Marshal for the Community Risk Reduction services for both districts, and we now outsource our fleet repairs to a local vendor at a lower annual cost than what CVFD used to spend for just their portion of the fleet.
Some of these administrative salary savings have been reinvested in additional staffing to provide better services to our communities.  We now employ three shift battalion chiefs to coordinate adequate and appropriate daily staffing as well as to provide administrative and operational oversight to ensure that we operate effectively and safely on larger incidents.  We have also hired a number of additional firefighters to improve our daily ability to effectively and safely deal with emergencies we are called to.  In fact, with our most recent hires, we are now able to staff an additional ambulance (four instead of three).   Our staffing is also supported by part-time firefighters, or Reserves, whom we utilize to help fill vacancies in our roster and to augment our daily staffing.  These Reserves we share with Verde Valley Fire District, under an intergovernmental agreement, so both agencies share the costs of testing, training, and outfitting these employees with protective gear.  This arrangement saves both agencies money, as neither has to do this alone and both use these employees to fill vacancies first, before relying on hiring-back a full-time firefighter on overtime.
It is hoped that we are seeing what will be a sustained economic upturn in our area, and that this resulting growth will enable us to achieve our strategic goal of building an additional fire station to help reduce response times and hire additional staffing to handle our ever increasing call volume. We are the second busiest agency in the Verde Valley, just behind Sedona, which has five stations compared to just our two. In the near future we will also need to explore replacing some of our fleet, which seems to be constantly on the road responding to fires, traffic accidents, medical calls, and technical rescue incidents.  We will continue to pursue grant funds to help support some of these purchases, when applicable, as well as for other necessary equipment and training.
On behalf of the staff and Governing Board members of Copper Canyon Fire and Medical Authority, and the Camp Verde and Montezuma Rimrock Fire Districts, Thank You for your past and continued support as we grow and evolve to meet your demands for our emergency services!
Terry Keller, Fire Chief
Join Our Mailing List!


Dear Neighbors
One day it’s hot and the next day it’s cold.  Gusty or calm, raining or not.  Sometimes the weather forecast is correct, sometimes not.  We’re in the midst of beautiful March.  As one of the Beaver Creek Transit riders says, “this is Mother Nature’s menopause”.  
Thanks to the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors, the annual free dump days have started at the Camp Verde Transfer Station.  Please dump now and don’t regret later about missing this great opportunity.
Saturday is the annual Trek For Tech with registration starting at Rollins Park in Lake Montezuma at 7:30 AM.  The 10K starts at 8 AM and the 5K begins at 8:30.  This is a fundraiser organized by the Friends of Beaver Creek Library to help continue andimprove technology services in the Beaver Creek Library.
Our Copper Canyon Fire & Medical first responders have been busy as usual.  Some of their efforts are included below.
Getting ready to do one lap of the 5K tomorrow,
. . . . . the calendar crew 
3rd Weekend in March Special Events
Thursday, Fridays, Saturdays, 3/22 thru 4/7-FREE DUMP DAYS  at the Camp Verde Transfer Station, 2600 E. Hwy 260, 7 miles East of I-17 from 8 AM to 4 PM.  District 2 Supervisor Tom Thurman and The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors, working with the Public Works Department, is pleased to announce a community cleanup in the Verde Valley.   Accepted items are: household appliances, TV’s , bagged trash, auto batteries, unmounted tires, furniture, and yard trimmings. Items that will not be accepted: loose trash, liquids, hazardous materials, cars, Ni Cad batteries, dead animals and any commercial dumping.  For additional information please contact the Yavapai County Public Works Solid Waste Division at 928-771-3183. (See flyer below)
Saturday, 3/24– Fifth Annual “Trek for Tech” 5K/10K Fun Run .  Register now at www.trekfortech.com  or pick up a registration form at Beaver Creek School, Beaver Creek Public Library, Kiwanis Clothes Closet, Cricket’s, or the Beaver Creek Adult Center.  Register by March 16th to be guaranteed a T-Shirt.  On-line registration closes on March 20th.  Event begins at Rollins Park in Lake Montezuma.  Check-In at 7:30 AM.  10K begins at 8 AM & 5K begins at 8:30. Healthy fun for the entire family.  Entrant’s drawing for great prizes donated by local businesses.  Hosted by Friends of Beaver Creek Library.  Thank you to our sponsors:  Taco Bell of Cottonwood, Beaver Creek Realty. Beaver Creek Kiwanis, Blevins Construction and Development, Camp Verde Bugle, Cricket’s, Kenny’s Plumbing, Montezuma Family Dental, Rask Construction, Reay Brothers Excavation and Verde Fire and Safety.  For more info call 567-4648.  See you there!
Copper Canyon Fire & Medical at Work

On March 22  at approximately 12 PM, Copper Canyon Fire & Medical Authority responded to an auto accident on I-17 SB mp 282. The vehicles appeared to have rolled at least one time. Upon arrival there were 2 vehicles, one which was towed by the other. A total of 2 occupants were transported via medical helicopter to area hospitals. Fire crews also took a family dog to a local animal hospital. The cause of the accident was unknown. I-17 was down to one lane of traffic for a short time.
Steve Sarkesian
Battalion Chief
Copper Canyon Fire & Medical Authority
Copper Canyon Fire & Medical at Work
This morning (3/21) at 6:45 AM, Copper Canyon Fire and Medical Authority (CCFMA) was dispatched to 492 South 5th Street in Camp Verde for the report of a structure fire.  Upon arrival, crews encountered a room and content fire in a rear bedroom of the home.  The home was occupied at the time, but the occupants were able to escape.  Unfortunatelyone of the tenants experienced minor hand burns that were treated at the scene by EMS personnel.  CCFMA was assisted in the suppression efforts by an engine company from Verde Valley Fire District.  A support truck from Cottonwood Fire Department and a Rehab unit from Verde Valley Ambulance also provided support to the incident.  There were no injuries to any firefighters reported.  The structure received significant damage, displacing the occupants, who were referred to the Red Cross for some initial support.  The fire appeared to have originated in the bedroom, and was attributed to the use of smoking materials in bed.  CCFMA wants to remind everyone that inattention in the use of smoking materials results in scores of fatalities and casualties nationally, and smokers should exercise every precaution to prevent becoming one of these statistics. 
Terry Keller
Fire Chief
Copper Canyon Fire & Medical Authority
Join Our Mailing List!


This Weekend in Beaver Creek

Dear Neighbors
This is just another quick note to help us keep in mind the activities available in our local area for the weekend.
Today the BC Preservation & Historical Society has an exceptionally fine guest speaker starting at 9 AM in the Beaver Creek Adult Center.  On Saturday morning from 8 AM to 9 AM is the Beaver Creek Rd Cleanup.  We have really trashed our main road.  Please give an hour if you can.  Before the cleanup grab some free food at Beaver Creek School and afterward join the special hike starting at 10 AM.  All the details are below.  Afterward maybe you’d like to reward yourselves with lunch or dinner out at one of our local restaurants.
Bonnie Best, a librarian at BC Library, has provided us more information on free tax preparation.  The chart she provided is below.  Also there will be a health screening at the library on March 13.  The flyer information is below.
Whatever or where ever you choose to be in the Verde Valley today & tomorrow, the March weather looks perfect for outside activities.  Sunday there is a possibility of a rain shower.
Cleaning up BC Road,
. . . . . the calendar crew 
2nd Weekend in March Special Events
Friday, 3/9–The BC Preservation & Historical Society  meets at 9 AM in the Beaver Creek Adult Center.  BCPHS is combining its March meeting with the annual meeting.  Along with the annual meeting reports and election of officers (which will be done in a very timely manner), Rob Estrada will be giving a presentation about Lulu Verde, the Apache child who was raised by the Wales Arnold family.   Please contact President Judy McBride at 928-567-4648 for more information.  www.beavercreekhistory.com   (See flyer below)
Saturday, 3/10- The Community Beaver Creek Rd Cleanup sponsored by Verde Valley Ancestral Gardens and BC Kiwanis starts at 8 AM.  The area targeted is between McGuireville and Beaver Creek School.  Please volunteer with us to get this done.  Trash pickup sticks and county-approved bags will be available from VVAG in the Nikki’s Grill parking lot and at the Kiwanis sign in located by the recycling bins.  We are asking you to donate one hour of your time to help cleanup what should be beautiful Beaver Creek Rd. Caution signs will be out along BC Road.  Please wear gloves!
Saturday, 3/10–Free food is available at Beaver Creek School  from 7:45 to 9 AM.  Food is always available the second Saturday of each month for distribution to everyone and during the month as needed.  Emergency boxes are available by calling the school at 928-567-4631.
Saturday, 3/10–The Second Saturday Hike  starts at 10 AM at the Forestglen Trailhead located at the intersection of Forestglen and Redrock Drive at the southeast end of Wickiup Mesa.  The hike will take the Cedar Knoll Trail and the Sunset Loop back Cedar Knoll Trail and the trailhead, approximately 3.5 miles total. Featured Guest will be Janie Agyagos, Wildlife Biologist, Coconino National Forest Service, who will talk about all things biological, including birds (bring binoculars).   Please contact Kenn Trout at 928-567-4162 for further information. (See flyer below)
Join Our Mailing List!

Please Help! BC Road Cleanup Saturday 3/10/2018

Sat, 3/10–8 AM at the Nikki’s Grill parking lot or at the Recycling Bins
Beaver Creek Road Cleanup
Saturday, 3/10, 8 AM
Help Needed for BC Road Cleanup
Verde Valley Ancestral Gardens has joined forces with the Beaver Creek Kiwanis for a road cleanup on Beaver Creek Road this Saturday, March 10, between McGuireville and Beaver Creek School starting at 8 AM.  Please volunteer with us to get this done.  Trash pickup sticks and county-approved bags will be available from VVAG in the Nikki’s Grill parking lot and at the Kiwanis sign in located by the recycling bins.  We are asking you to donate one hour of your time to help cleanup what should be beautiful Beaver Creek Rd. Caution signs will be out along BC Road.  Please wear gloves! 
Special thank-yous to Nancy Rowland of VVAG who has spent much time organizing this event and arranging for county pick up of the trash bags the following week, and to Eileen Conn, Rosemary Coker, Bella Donna and an anonymous good neighbor who have been working on their own to put a dent in the trash buildup.
The plan is for Verde Valley Ancestral Gardens to send volunteers out in pairs along specific areas of Beaver Creek Rd.  Kiwanis is targeting the area around the Y and the recycling bins and heading toward the school if there are sufficient folks to do this.  If anyone has battery operated or sharp clippers or small saws, some lower branch brush clipping is needed near the Gasmart to make removal of plastic easier.
Please spread the word and join us for an hour at 8 AM this Saturday morning.  Wear gloves!


Join Our Mailing List

Copper Canyon Fire & Medical Team in Action 3/1/2018

Copper Canyon Fire & Medical Team in Action
From Battalion Chief Strauss
Media releases for the past several days
On Friday night emergency crews from CCFMA station 81 along with DPS and ADOT, were dispatched to a tractor trailer fire On Hwy 260 at mile post 229. Emergency crews arrived on scene to find a semi-trailer sitting in the west bound lane of Hwy 260, heavily involved in fire. The tractor had been disconnected from the trailer. Crews quickly pulled hose lines from apparatus and began fire extinguishment of the trailer and brush that had been ignited by the trailer fire.  The trailer was carrying 7 homes worth of furniture and house hold goods. Due to the fire load of the trailer and location of the seat of the fire extinguishment was long and difficult. The trailer and contents of the trailer were a total loss.  Hwy 260 remained closed in both directions for several hours. The driver was not injured during this incident.   The cause of the fire was believed to be hot brakes.
On Saturday morning at 06:48 am CCFMA Stations 81 and 82 along with VVFD, Verde Valley ambulance, Cottonwood fire and Sedona Fire were dispatched to a residential structure fire in the 3400 block of Stevens Rd in Camp Verde. Initial reports state that there was heavy smoke coming from the home. Emergency crews arrived on scene to find a single story mobile home with additions heavily involved in fire with multiple exposures, around the home. A defensive fire attack was employed with exposure protection in place. It was determined that the home owner was able to exit the home, but sustained a minor injury. He was treated and released on scene. The fire was brought under control in approximately 20 minutes, thought the home was a total loss as well as two vehicles. Emergency crews remained on scene for several hours during the overhaul stage of the incident. There were no other injuries during this incident and the fire is currently under investigatio
Eric Strauss
Battalion Chief
Copper Canyon Fire & Medical Authority


Join Our Mailing List

Sheriff’s Office Reports Tragic Accident 2/27/2018

YCSO Media Release
Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office
Scott Mascher – Sheriff
255 E. Gurley Street, Prescott, AZ 86301
Dwight D’Evelyn – Media Coordinator                                                                             

February 28, 2018
Construction Incident results in Worker Death 
On February 27, 2018, just before 11AM, deputies were dispatched to the 1500 block of E Solar Place in Rimrock, Arizona, regarding a man who was pinned against a wall by a backhoe. When deputies arrived, paramedics were in the process of preparing the man for transportation by ground ambulance to the Verde Valley Medical Center. Around 12:30 PM, the victim, 48-year-old Danny Ray Parsley of Camp Verde, was pronounced deceased.
Deputies spoke with the backhoe operator who stated he was in the process of digging out a footing along the wall of a building under construction. Parsley was using a shovel to move dirt in the vicinity of the digging operation. When the operator extended the backhoe and attempted to dig, the entire backhoe slid forward. The left outrigger (support arm used to stabilize the tractor) was up in the air and pushed Parsley, who was between the backhoe and the wall, against the wall. The outrigger pinned Parsley, crushing his abdomen area.
The Medical Examiner report is pending to determine exact cause and manner of death. YCSO detectives are currently investigating the circumstances that led to Parsley’s death.


Join Our Mailing List