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Making The Case for Station #1

To begin the discussion on the need to replace Station #1, the information on this page was presented at public Tubac Fire Board meetings this past year. The timeline includes a general introduction to the information as well as the presentations and other documents provided to our fire board.

September, 2019 Tubac Fire District monthly fire board meeting 

Station #1 Board Memo – This staff memo presents a general overview of the history of Station #1 and staff’s comments regarding the current status of the structure. Staff requested that the fire board begin discussions regarding the need to replace the fire station.

Board Memo

Station #1 County and FM Assessment – The Santa Cruz County Building Inspector and the TFD Fire Marshal met in the Fall, 2019, to tour Station #1 and develop a general assessment of building deficiencies. This information was presented to the Tubac Fire District Governing Board at the September, 2019 monthly fire board meeting.

County and FM Assessment

NFPA Research: Renovation Needs of the US Fire Service – The National Fire Protection Association published a research study in July, 2019, outlining the needs and challenges many fire departments face renovating old fire stations.

NFPA ResearchMinutes from the September, 2019 fire board meeting

Gabe Buldra, from James Vincent Group (the District’s Finance Consultant) presented the Board with general information compiled by Stifel, Nicolaus & Company regarding potential financing options available for the District to consider for funding a new fire station. Option #1 consists of lease purchase for a 15-year term and Option #2 would involve utilization of remaining / available bond capacity. This information is preliminary only.

JVG_Stifel information on Lease Purchase financingJVG_Stifel information on bond financing
October, 2019 Tubac Fire District monthly fire board meeting 

Minutes from October, 2019 fire board meeting – ongoing discussion regarding Station #1

October Meeting Minutes

Nov – 19 Nogales International article – portions of this article relate to the September, 2019 staff presentation and board discussion.

Nogales International articleTubac Villager article – Oct 19 Replacement of Station #1. 
December, 2019 Tubac Fire District monthly fire board meeting 

Station #1 Board Memo – This staff memo references the September, 2019 board materials and introduces WSM Architects (, an architectural firm retained by Chief Horvath to conduct a study and needs assessment of the current fire station.

Board Memo

Tubac Fire District Needs Assessment Study – Paul Mickelberg with WSM Architects presented this needs assessment to the Fire Board. The needs assessment includes photos and a list of deficiencies found in the current structure as well as recommendations for space needs to adequately meet the current needs for Station #1 as a fire station and an administrative building.

Tubac Fire District Needs Assessment Study

Tubac Fire Program 19-09-24 – WSM Architects interviewed staff to develop a program statement. This program statement addresses the space requirements needed to adequately meet the fire station and administration needs. The current fire station/administration building is 4,600 square feet. According to the program statement created by WSM Architects, the approximate square footage required to support current District need is 8,700 for the fire station and 5,200 for the administration offices and public meeting space. For comparison purposes, here are the square footage estimates for the other Tubac Fire District stations:

Tubac Fire ProgramMinutes from the December, 2019 fire board meeting

Station #2

This station is located on the frontage road west of I-19 and south of the Peck Canyon exit. The square footage of the station is 6,906 and was built in 1996 on .8 acres. The station houses a fire/EMS crew of 2 personnel, the Operations Deputy Chief, and is frequently used for public programs and monthly District fire board meetings. Station 2 responds to many of the Rio Rico schools and assists areas to the south when requested by Rio Rico Fire District. Equipment stored at this station includes District fire and EMS response vehicles and Santa Cruz County Hazmat Response equipment.

May contain: indoors
Station #2 6906 sqft

Station #3

This station is located on the east side of I-19 on Camino Josephina. The square footage of the station is 9,187 and was built in 2011 for a cost of $3.8 million as a result of a voter-approved bond. Two personnel are located at Station #3, providing advanced life support (paramedic) emergency medical and fire response. Staffing at this station is occasionally reduced to one Firefighter/EMT to accommodate staffing needs at other TFD stations. Station #3 personnel respond to a vast residential area susceptible to brush fires. The station houses a medical helicopter crew (LifeNet) to assist with emergent transports to hospital facilities in Santa Cruz and Pima Counties. LifeNet reimburses the Fire District annually for use of Station 3.

May contain: transportation, truck, vehicle, and road
Station #3 = 9,187 sqft

Station #4

This station is located on the east side of I-19 on Ruta Camaron, in a predominantly residential area. The square footage of the station is 9,214 and was built in 2010 for a cost of $3.9 million as a result of a voter-approved bond. Two personnel are located at Station #4, providing advanced life support (paramedic) emergency medical and fire response. Station #4 personnel respond to elementary schools and assist Rio Rico Fire District with emergency calls just south of the station’s coverage area.

A fire station under a blue sky with clouds.
Station #4 = 9214 sqft

Station #1 Committee met in April and May to discuss the possible remodeling of Station #1 in lieu of a new fire station.

Fire Station 1 - DRAFT - Committee Minutes April 16 2020 Exist Site - Modification options OPTION B Exist Site - Modification options OPTION A 5 Year Projections Tubac Fire Committee Options Budget 5-11-2020 Station #1 Staff Response Board Memo Tubac Fire Board Station 1 Committee Recommendation Fire Station 1 Committee Minutes May 13 2020 Draft Minutes May 13 Minutes May 22 Minutes May 29, 2020 JVG Memo Regarding 5 Year Projections 
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