The salaries and benefits of leadership at city of Apache Junction, fire district

The Apache Junction/Gold Canyon Independent on May 24 requested that the city of Apache Junction and the Superstition Fire and Medical District provide the total salaries for its department heads and the amounts for benefits. The fire district e-mailed the information. The city of Apache Junction required a Freedom of Information Act request, which was […]

Pension costs increasing as Apache Junction, Gold Canyon grow

The Arizona state program that provides lifelong monthly retirement income to city, fire and school district employees is requiring additional funding from both employers and present employees. In July, city, fire and school district budgets increased funding per employee set aside for pensions. State retirement system The Arizona State Retirement Systems retirement pension provides a […]

Superstition Fire and Medical District puts out mobile home fire on South Warner

Superstition Fire and Medical District and the Mesa Fire and Medical Department were dispatched at 5:37 p.m. July 26 to a mobile home fire in the 1100 block of South Warner Drive in Apache Junction. “Although firefighters arrived on scene in just minutes, the home was already fully involved with fire,” Richard Ochs, SFMD assistant […]

4 injured in Canyon Lake boating accident, fire official says

Four people were injured in a boating accident at Canyon Lake, according to a Superstition Fire and Medical District official. The fire district was requested by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office at approximately 3 p.m. July 26, Richard Ochs, SFMD assistant chief of planning and logistics, said in a release. “Initial reports stated that several […]

Superstition Fire and Medical District helps put out fire west of Apache Junction

Superstition Fire and Medical District worked alongside Mesa Fire and Medical Department and Rural/Metro Fire Department officials to extinguish a mobile home fire that spread to vehicles and structures west of the city of Apache Junction. SFMD and Mesa firefighters were dispatched at 2:31 p.m. Wednesday, June 13, to assist Rural/Metro with the fire in […]

Superstition Fire and Medical District extinguishes Apache Junction house blaze

An occupant escaped a June 13 fire in Apache Junction and no one was injured, a Superstition Fire and Medical District official said. SFMD was dispatched at 12:39 p.m. Wednesday to the house fire in the 600 block of South Gold Drive in Apache Junction, Richard Ochs, SFMD assistant chief of planning and logistics, said […]

Historic Mining Camp Restaurant to remain closed, owner Fugate says

Vinton Fugate, owner of the historic Mining Camp Restaurant that was destroyed in a fire last summer, said in a Facebook post May 25 that it will not reopen. Firefighters were called at 3:03 a.m. July 25 to the business, 6100 E. Mining Camp St. in Apache Junction. The official cause of the fire was […]

Superstition Fire and Medical District Governing Board to call for election

A resolution calling for an election of one board member and a board clerk are to be discussed at the May 16 meeting of the Superstition Fire and Medical District Governing Board. It begins at 5:30 p.m. in the district’s administrative office, 565 N. Idaho Road in Apache Junction. “This resolution is necessary to call […]

Superstition Fire and Medical District Governing Board meets April 18

The interim chief’s evaluation and appointing a fire chief are to be discussed at the April 18 meeting of the Superstition Fire and Medical District Governing Board. It begins at 5:30 p.m. in the district’s administrative office, 565 N. Idaho Road in Apache Junction. The governing board may also go into a closed-door executive session […]

Firefighter of the year recognized by American Legion Post No. 27

The Superstition Fire and Medical District firefighter of the year was recognized April 8 by American Legion Post No. 27 in Apache Junction. Firefighter/Paramedic Ken Simpkins was awarded with a plaque and other gifts for his honor. “Simkins was chosen as the 2017 firefighter of the year by his peers early this year as he […]