In 1903 the Tempe Fire Department was officially created when the City Council passed Ordinance Number 67. At this time it was an all-volunteer department for many years. This changed in 1920 when the firefighters began getting paid $5 per call. Today, the Tempe Fire Department has reached maturity and a level of service that few agencies in Arizona can match. In 2014 the department changed its name to Tempe Fire Medical Rescue and now serves an average population of 175,000 within the 40.1 square mile city limits. TFMRD has 219 personnel with 164 being sworn members and 55 civilian members. In 2016 TFMRD received its Certificate of Necessity and now operates its own ambulances entirely. In 2020 TFMRD responded to 25,183 Emergency Calls which this number will continue to grow each year. With ASU and the ongoing high-rise construction, Tempe is a large city in a small area.
Tempe Fire Medical Rescue seeks individuals with a tireless work ethic, a commitment to learning, growth and taking action, a desire to work as part of a team, and a commitment to fellow firefighters and city residents and visitors. We offer a professional work environment where career opportunities allow employees with passion and drive to excel. We want individuals who can adhere to the Tempe Fire Medical Rescue mission statement:
We, the members of the Tempe Fire Department, dedicate our efforts to provide for the safety and welfare of the public through preservation of life, property and the environment.