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Scottsdale Fire deputy chief departs after 47 years of service

Ford began fire career at age 19; Scottsdale had 3 fire stations

Posted 12/1/21

Jim Ford started full time in Scottsdale with Rural/Metro on Aug. 1, 1975, and joined SFD in 2005 as the deputy chief fire marshal. On Nov. 29, he said farewell.

He will continue to work with the …

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First Responders

Scottsdale Fire deputy chief departs after 47 years of service

Ford began fire career at age 19; Scottsdale had 3 fire stations

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Jim Ford started full time in Scottsdale with Rural/Metro on Aug. 1, 1975, and joined SFD in 2005 as the deputy chief fire marshal. On Nov. 29, he said farewell.

He will continue to work with the Town of Cave Creek with their efforts to join the Regional Automatic Aid System, according to a press release.

“The city of Scottsdale only had three fire stations when I started, and now as I come to the close of my time here, the city will soon have 16 fire stations,” Ford said. “Throughout all of this incredible growth and change, I consider myself blessed to have been able to play a small part and work with some amazing visionaries that were associated with the local political leadership, the incredible employees that serve this community, and the previously mentioned fire department professionals.”

Chief Ford is the author of the Scottsdale 10- and 15-year in-depth research study on the positive effects to a community’s fire protection initiatives resulting from the implementation of a comprehensive, built-in automatic sprinkler ordinance.

He has presented on the “Scottsdale Sprinkler Success Story” to fire, industry and political leaders in Canada, Wales, Scotland, England, the Netherlands, Sweden, Aruba, Prague, Singapore, and throughout the U.S.

“Jim Ford has been an incredible asset and advocate for fire prevention all over the world,” said Scottsdale Fire Chief Tom Shannon. “There is no question his dedication to Scottsdale and saving lives is above and beyond. He will truly be missed.”

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  • ludwig428

    Congratulations Jim on an amazing career and a huge impact on Scottsdale. All residents are grateful for your service.

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