Special Operations

The Nogales Fire Department provides the following special operations with highly qualified staff. The Department also coordinates with surrounding public safety agencies, such as Border Patrol, Customs and Border Protection, Santa Cruz County Sherrif’s Office, Nogales Suburban Fire District, Rio Rico Fire District, Tubac Fire District, and others.

Hazardous Materials (HAZMAT)

Our department has a specially equipped HAZMAT response truck and team to protect the health and safety of the public and the environment by assuring that hazardous materials are properly handled and stored. Hazaradous materials include any solid, liquid, or gas that can harm people, other living organisms, property, or the environment. Some examples include materials that may be radioactive, explosive, toxic, corrosive, biohazardous, an oxidizer, an asphyxiant, a pathogen, an allergen, or may have other characteristics that render it hazardous in specific circumstances.

Wildland Rescue

Wildland rescue utilizes wildland firefighting techniques and tactics to control and/or extinguish large brush fires and urban interface fires, both in and around Nogales as well as around the state when on assistance assignments. Also, skilled personnel can be organized and dispatched into search teams to find lost or missing people in the mountainous regions surrounding Nogales.

Rope Rescue

Rope rescue uses various devices, mechanisms, and other specialized equipment to reach victims and safely recover them. Such rescue types can be used in environments ranging from structures in an ubran setting, to wilderness mountain rescues, and even cave rescues. Rescue should not be attempted by individuals who have not been formally trained.

Swift Water Rescue

Nogales is especially prone to rapidly rising washes and streams, which can cause people to suddenly get caught in swift water. Swift water rescue involves the use of specially trained personnel, ropes, and mechanical systems that are often much more robust than those used in standard rope rescue. The main goal is to deflect the water’s power to assist in the rescue of the endangered person, as in most situations there is no easy way to overcome the power of the water.

Please ensure children and pets stay away from washes and streams, even when dry. Rain may be falling or water is somehow filling the wash upstream that you cannot see, and suddenly the wash gets filled with water. This rapid rise in the water level can lead to serious harm to person or property. BE WATER SAFE!


Fire Prevention Division

The Fire Prevention Division ensure citywide compliance with fire codes. This is accomplished through community outreach and building plan and onsite inspections.

Building Inspections

Building inspections for fire prevention are required before a business license is issued, and are also required in different stages of building construction and remodeling. Please contact the Fire Prevention Division for more information at 520-285-5692.


More and more people are making their homes in woodland settings – in or near forests, rural areas, or remote mountain sites. There, homeowners enjoy the beauty of the environment but face the very real danger of wildfire.

Every year across our Nation, some homes survive – while many others do not – after a major wildfire. Those that survive almost always do so because their owners had prepared for the eventuality of fire, which is an inescapable force of nature in fire-prone wildland areas. Said in another way – if it’s predictable, it’s preventable.

Wildfires often begin unnoticed. These fires are usually triggered by lightning or accidents. They spread quickly, igniting brush, trees, and homes. Reduce your risk by preparing now – before wildfire strikes. Meet with your family to decide what to do and where to go if wildfires threaten your area. Follow the steps listed below to protect your family, home, and property.

Home Fire Prevention Strategies

Electrical failure or malfunction is a leading cause of home fires year after year. Yet, many home electrical fires can be prevented simply by understanding basic electrical safety principles and following safe practices.

There are two different types of fire safety strategies: Prevention and Preparation

Prevention Strategies – Protect your home and family by taking steps to prevent fires

  1. Understand the basics of your home electrical system
  2. Install advanced electrical safety technologies
  3. Properly maintain your electrical system safety technologies
  4. Identify and correct potential electrical hazards

Preparation Strategies – Prepare your home and family for fire before one happens

  1. Install smoke alarms according to current recommendations
  2. Test smoke alarms every month
  3. Prepare a fire escape plan
  4. Have two ways out of each room
  5. Practice your fire escape plan with fire drills

Knowledge and planning are the keys to keeping your familyy and home safe from fire!


Public Outreach

The Nogales Fire Department is proud to provide a number of public outreach services to help the community be prepared for emergencies.

CPR Training

Our trained professionals can be booked to come to your organization to train on CPR tactics. The City of Nogales Fire Department has provided training to thousands of people over the years, making the community better prepared for emergencies.

School Outreach

The Nogales Fire Department is proud to partner with our local school districts to provide CPR training to high school students and fire prevention training to children of all ages. We know that safety training starts at a young age, and we are encouraged by how prepared our upcoming generation is becoming.

Fire Station Visits

Our first stations are open 24 hours a day, and we love hosting school children, civic organizations, scouts, and any other number of groups who want to learn about the great services we provide the citizens of Nogales.


Fire Suppression

Between Fire Station 301 and 302 we operate 1 rescue unit, 3 fire engines, 1 ladder and 3 brush trucks. These emergency vehicles are equipped with certain tools and equipment to assist us in mitigating a wide variety of emergencies to include structure, brush and vehicle fires, motor vehicle crashes, swift water and technical rope rescue incidents.

At NFMD we are trained to respond to “all hazards” and place an emphasis on the importance of preventing emergencies before they occur through public education and code enforcement efforts. 

Under the leadership of the fire chief, assistant chief, division chief and fire marshall, our 42 fire suppression and EMS personnel respond from 2 stations. Our greatest strength will always be our people. The men and women of NFMD represent a highly trained, competent and compassionate workforce.


EMS Division

Emergency Medical Services, more commonly known as EMS, is a system that provides emergency medical care. It is activated by a call for help, after an incident of serious illness or injury. The focus of EMS is emergency medical care of the patient(s). EMS is most easily recognized when emergency vehicles or helicopters are seen responding to emergency incidents. But EMS is much more than a ride to the hospital. It is a system of coordinated response and emergency medical care, involving multiple people and agencies.

The EMS Division operates 3 ambulances staffed with professional personnel prepared to respond to nearly any medical emergency 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to over 2,800 call per year. The City of Nogales Fire and Medical Department has provided EMS services since 1984.


Our Community Health Integrated Paramedic Program (CHIPP) services are provided to patients at no cost at this time. Our services are designed to link patients to healthcare and other community resources to prevent unnecessary 911, ED, and impatient use through in-home support.

The Community Integrated Paramedics and EMT’s visit patients in-home to”

  1. Obtain and track vital signs: including blood sugar, weight, ECG, Sp02
  2. Support managing medications (in partnership with the Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center)
  3. Provide chronic disease education
  4. Assess homes for fall and environmental hazards
  5. Provide referrals to useful community resources (health system navigation, wellness, social services, nutrition support, home repair)

CHIPP is designed to fill gaps in medical care whule supporting patient care plan consistency.

Other ways CHIPP may help:

  1. Pick up a patient’s medication from the pharmacy to prevent non-adherence
  2. Visit a patient after hospital/ED discharge to support home care instructions
  3. Visit a patient in-home prior to home health referral, or between primary care visits.
  4. Visit a patient in-home after other in-home services have been discontinued
  5. Provide in-home support for patients without access to other in-home services

Ambulance Billing – The City of Nogales Fire and Medical Department has outsourced the Ambulance billing and collection to Fry Fire District:

To make an ambulance payment, please click HERE

The Fry Fire District has been involved in the ambulance transport and billing business since 1976. Ambulance billing and collection became a specialized function of the Administrative Division in June of 1990. They have recently completed several upgrades to their billing systems and internal processes.

For information about Fry Fire District Notice of Privacy and Practices and your Protected Health Information you may contact Linda Romero at or 520-378-3276 Ext. 10

The district specializes in tailoring its collection programs to the needs of the entity. Services are all-inclusive and relieve the contracting entity form the majority of their billing, reporting, and record keeping requirements.

The Fry Fire District can provide an estimate for billing services for your Fire / EMS agency or private transportation service. Please contact Linda Romero at 520-378-3276 ext.10 for additional information on these and other ambulance billing services.


Fire Department Information

The Nogales Fire and Medical Department serves a population of approximately 20,000 people covering an area of 21 square miles. The department responds to an estimated 3,000 calls for services each year from two fire stations. The organization operates under an “all hazards” model and provides fire protection, emergency medical services, community risk reduction, hazardous materials and technical rescue response to the citizens of Nogales and its visitors.

Curteous, Compassionate. Professional

We, the members of the Nogales Fire Department and Medical Department, dedicate our efforts to provide for the safety and welfare of the residents and visitors of Ambos Nogales through preservation of life, health, and property by making sure that our members are highly trained and that our work environment is highly productive.