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The Gila River Fire Department is a modern and progressive all hazards emergency response agency. We are young in our respect to our years of operation, but seasoned by the expertise, advanced training and a wide range of incident exposure, all this equates to experience. The department began its full-time professional development in 1994, hiring a Fire Chief and Firefighters from within the volunteers and from other established departments. While responding to calls and mitigating tragic and dynamic incidents is our responsibility, fire prevention and life safety education is our duty. Taking every opportunity to educate people in ways to prevent the devastation caused by fires, injuries and unsafe acts is our mission.

The department offers top quality services with fully trained firefighter who are also emergency Medical Technicians (EMT's) or certified Emergency Paramedics (CEP's). in addition to their firefighting skills and knowledge, members of the department are also trained as Specialist in Hazardous Materials, response as Technicians, Toxicology Paramedics, Wildland Firefighters, Vehicle and Big Rig Extrications, Fire and Explosives Investigators, Crime Scene Technicians, Public Education Specialists, Juvenile fire setter Specialists, Instructors, and Child Car Seat Installation Technicians. Each member is continually honing their skills and advancing their knowledge to deliver the best possible service to the Community.

About Gila River Police Department

It is the mission of the Gila River Police Department to protect life and property by responding to calls for service in a timely manner, conducting thorough investigations, making arrest when necessary and writing quality reports. It is also our responsibility to pro-actively prevent and deter crime as well as improve the quality of life by honoring and respecting the sovereignty and culture of the Gila River Indian Community.

About Department of Rehabilitation and Supervision

DRS are headed by a Chief Administrator who reports directly to the Office of the Community Manager. It is comprised of two distinct divisions, the juvenile division and the adult division. The juvenile detention facility is rated at 106 beds and houses Native American male and female juvenile offenders ranging from age 8 to 17. The adult detention facility is rated at 224 and houses Native American male and female offenders 18 years of age and older.
DRS acts as the primary jail facility for the Gila River Indian Community Police Department and other law enforcement agencies authorized to arrest on tribal lands. It also has a long-standing agreement with neighboring Ak-Chin Indian Community to house its pre and post adjudicated juvenile offenders. DRS provides the tribal court and law enforcement a full-service jail/detention program that can effectively maintain custody of most detainees, pre-adjudicated, and sentenced offenders from the point of the initial intake up to 10 years. Only critical medical care needs prelude DRS from accepting qualified inmates.
The juvenile physical plant consists of just over 35,000 sq. ft. and offers classrooms, recreational areas, a cultural garden, and a library as a part of its unique design structure. The adult facility physical plant consists of just over 97,000 sq. ft. and offers unique features such as a traditional roundhouse, a covered basketball court, and a state of the art surveillance system. With such a large footprint to cover, staffing demands are significant.

Main Department Phone Number: (520) 562-7061
Fax Number: (520) 562-7052
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 399 Sacaton, Az 85147
Physical Address: 639 West Seedfarm Rd. Sacaton, Az

OEM - Our Mission

To provide for a comprehensive system of emergency management for all hazards and in all phases (mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery) to protect the people and their property, the natural and cultural resources, tribal infrastructure, and other tribal assets from the adverse effects of natural, technological and human-caused emergencies and disasters.
The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is authorized and directed by Council Resolution GR-139-98 to establish a program of disaster and emergency preparedness that utilizes services of all appropriate Departments and includes:

  • 1. Preparation and annual review of disaster preparedness programs and plans;
  • 2. Training and exercises;
  • 3. Post-disaster critiques and evaluations;
  • 4. Coordination of local preparedness programs and plans; and
  • 5. Coordination of the Community’s response to disasters

OEM provides technical assistance to Districts, Departments, Programs, Business Enterprises and Tribal Corporations in developing comprehensive plans and practicable programs for preparation against disasters, including hazard reduction, avoidance and mitigation, for assistance to individuals, business enterprises, Tribal Corporations and District governing bodies following such disasters; and for recovery of damaged or destroyed public and private facilities.

Here is How We Will Get There: Planning for the Emergency

Although our efforts are for everyone in the community, it is important to put a focus of effort to our children, special needs population, and elders. They will be a priority in our emergency planning efforts. In addition, we strive to provide our community with the latest information available on how best to be prepared or what to do in case of an emergency. This includes everything from where to go in the event of an emergency to how to shelter in your home in order to be safe. During an emergency, the goal of OEM is to ensure that GRIC’s vital services are restored as quickly as possible and the Community is protected.

The key to good planning is identifying the critical components of the Community’s emergency plan. The GRIC has several critical areas that need to be addressed as part of its emergency planning. As most people can self-evacuate and seek help, a portion of our population, children, special needs, and our elders can at times not be able to protect themselves. Because of this, all emergency planning will take into consideration these community members first and foremost.

It is also important to realize that in the event of a significant incident, resources may not be immediately available. Therefore public education and an outreach plan must be a part of our preparedness. This includes putting together a volunteer management program that involves being able to use just-in-time volunteers by training citizens how they can help each other through CERT. By getting the general population educated, critical resources can be used for the most critical needs.

The GRIC must also do its due diligence in preparing for large scale events. This is best completed by ensuring key emergency operations plans are in place for GRIC Departments and that these Departments through the Multi-Agency Coordination System are well trained and work well with each other. These activities ensure that our critical infrastructure is protected or at a minimum a plan for restoration is in place to ensure the Community can recover from an incident with minimal delay. The business enterprises and businesses located within GRIC also need plans in place to ensure we continue or minimize the economic impact to the community when recovering from a disaster.

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