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DMFD administration building now open in Anthem

11/08/17

Elizabeth Medora
Staff

ANTHEM – Daisy Mountain Fire Department’s new administration building is officially open, and a ribbon cutting for the Anthem building was held last Friday.

The building includes community rooms, office space, conference rooms, and workstations. Citizens with billing questions can visit the finance office, and the new building also houses the human resources and payroll departments.

At the ribbon cutting ceremony, DMFD Support Services Deputy Chief Danny Johnson, who has overseen this construction project, thanked the architects, building partners, and contractor CORE Construction.

At the ceremony, Northwest Valley Firefighters Association Local 4361 Representative and DMFD Engineer Jon Binsbacher thanked several organizations and individuals, including the Daisy Mountain Fire Board for their support and Chief Johnson for his ongoing work on this project. He also thanked those who worked to pass the bond that funded the building’s construction. 

Binsbacher noted that the administration staff outgrew their former quarters at Station 141 long ago.

“This is going to help out with that a lot,” Binsbacher said.

Binsbacher concluded his thanks to the project’s supporters by thanking the community.

“This is for the community. We wouldn’t have been able to do this without their support,” Binsbacher emphasized.

Fire Board Chairman Brian Moore also thanked the community, as well as the staff.

“I would like to thank the fire department staff, everybody who worked very hard to make this happen,” Moore said.

Moore referred to the financials of funding the building, noting the growth of the area DMFD serves. As the needs of the north valley have changed, the fire department has focused on meeting those needs with additional staff and necessary equipment and now the administration building.

Maricopa County District 3 Supervisor Bill Gates called the new building a “wonderful addition” that will support the efforts of the fire department and stated what a pleasure it has been during his first year as a County Supervisor to work with both the Daisy Mountain Fire Department and the north valley community.

Gates noted how many fires that DMFD’s firefighters have fought in the north valley in recent weeks, praising the tireless efforts of the crews.

“You guys work hard – you do important work,” Gates said, addressing the DMFD staff. “It’s really important to the entire county, so we really appreciate what this building means to help you in continuing your mission.”

DMFD Chief Mark Nichols called the construction of the administration building the “result of a collaborative effort”, with many people working to bring the project to life.

“The building is dedicated to supporting the field personnel and their mission statement to serve the citizens,” Nichols said.

Nichols recognized the administration staff in attendance, referring to them as the “boots on the ground”, working behind the scenes to support everyone else.

Nichols also noted he wanted to recognize Chief Johnson.

“He’s worked very hard,” Nichols said of Johnson. “It’s not been without some challenges.”

Nichols also encouraged the community to utilize the new administration building.

Johnson closed the ceremony by addressing the staff members who will be serving in the administration building, saying the building could only be as good as its heart.

“The administrative staff and senior staff who will work here are the heart of this organization,” Johnson emphasized.

The new DMFD administration building is located just south of Station 142 on Daisy Mountain Dr., in Anthem.