Mesa, AZ "The Mesa Fire and Medical Department, in collaboration with the Mesa Chamber of Commerce, is now offering businesses the opportunity to assist in educating Mesa citizens and visitors on a variety of health, fire and life safety topics by sponsoring messages on fire trucks and other department apparatus.
The sponsorship packages were developed as an innovative way to offset a portion of the approximate $3.7 million in budget cuts that go into effect in the upcoming fiscal year. The goal is to raise $250,000 annually and to provide business access to over 25 vehicles in the fleet. Sponsorships will range from $2,500 to $15,000.
Each truck that is sponsored will feature two vinyl door decals with safety messaging text above the companys logo.
Engine 203 is the first truck to receive sponsorship by the Mesa Chamber of Commerce and proudly displays their logo and safety message Its Everyones Business to Stop the Spread of the Flu. The vinyl overlay was done pro bono by local vendor RV Stripes & Graphics.
Sponsorship messaging will be limited to health and safety messages and will exclude or refrain from sales, advertising or marketing oriented messages.
A limited series of trading cards that feature the sponsored department apparatus, stations, and equipment with the business sponsor will be released as well.
The development of this private/public partnership was not only submitted as a concept to our City Managers Office to offset our budget cuts but can lead us to having self-sufficient community education programs and will limit the impact on our operational and 911 response budgets, Program Manager Deputy Chief Forrest Smith said. We are proud and look forward to making it possible for local and national organizations and businesses to show their support for our communitys safety by assisting us in supporting more empowered, informed, healthy, and safe Mesa citizens.
Businesses interested in becoming sponsors can contact the Mesa Fire and Medical Department at FireInfo@mesaaz.gov.
About the Mesa Fire and Medical Department
The Mesa Fire and Medical Department (MFMD) was established and organized in 1898. It covers 132 square miles, including support for neighboring communities through an automatic aid agreement. Mesa is the third largest city in Arizona and the 36th largest city in the nation. MFMD currently have twenty fire stations that house twenty-four engines, five ladders, one ladder tender and three Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) units at both Mesa airports. In addition, there are three Community Medicine(CM) response units, one Transitional Care unit and two Behavioral Health units along with highly active community education, volunteer and social service programs.
Chief Mary Cameli serves as the department's Fire Chief and has served Mesa Fire and Medical Department for over 34 years. MFMD has 427 sworn personnel and 113 civilian personnel in support staff positions. All fire trucks, engines and ladders, are constant staffed with a captain, engineer and two firefighters; of which two are paramedics (ALS) and two are EMT's (BLS). The CM (medical) units and Transitional Care units are staffed with an Advanced Practice Provider (PA or NP) and an ALS Captain Paramedic. The Behavioral Health units are staffed with a licensed clinical behavioral health provider and an ALS Captain Paramedic.