The Fry Fire District was established in 1965 to cover the areas outside the city limits. In 2010, the Fry Fire District and City of Sierra Vista entered into an agreement to provide Fire and Emergency Medical Services to all of our citizens by dispatching the closest available unit to your emergency.
An ambulance usually only responds with two personnel. Many times the additional personnel from the fire truck are needed to assist with the medical emergency such as an cardiac arrest event or automobile accident.
It is the common assumption of many residents that paying the FDAT (Fire District Assistance Tax) pays for your fire protection; however, it does not. The FDAT helps ensure that you will receive rescue services anywhere in the State of Arizona on any highway, street or roadway. FDAT is shared by all fire districts in Arizona to assist with the response to emergencies in areas outside of established fire district boundaries. The financial support is for rescue services only. In fact, every homeowner in the state pays the FDAT, to include city residents.
The most likely answer to this question is that our personnel were unable to obtain accurate insurance information during the emergency call. The second most likely reason is that we had old insurance information on the call (if you have been previously transported). If all of your insurance information is correct and you received a bill, it is because we have not heard back from your insurance company and you received a bill for follow up purposes.
Due to the fact that our information is often obtained from the hospital, if you were there in the past and there is old information on your file, we would be given that information as our crews are not always able to stay at the hospital to wait for updated information. You may also see old information if you were previously transported by the Fry Fire District. Because we have that information attached to your account, we cannot delete it; however, it is marked in our system as not being a current insurance.
Fire taxes pay for fire protection services only. All Emergency Medical Calls that result in a patient being transported by ambulance are billable to the patient or the patient’s insurance company. The rates are set by the Arizona Department of Health Services.
At this time, we do not have a system in place to accept payments online. However, we can accept credit/debit cards over the phone. Please call our administrative staff at 520-378-3276 to make a payment. We can also accept personal checks, cashier checks, money orders and cash.
Our administrative office is open Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm. Our suppression staff is on duty 24/7/365. If you are trying to reach the fire staff and there is no answer, it is likely due to the fact that we're out on an emergency call or training nearby. If you have an emergency, please call 911.