Tucson Fire Overview
Fiscal Year 2022/23
To be excellent public safety professionals, compassionately providing our community an all-hazards response with integrity and courage through innovative prevention, education and active intervention.
The following programs are included in this department:
Staffing By Program
*Full Time Equivalent Employee (FTE)
**645 of the 700.5 FTE for Fiscal Year 2022/23 are Commissioned Officers
Budget By Program
Budget By Expense Category
Budget By Funding Source
The adopted budget for Fiscal Year 2022/23 of $116,449,250 reflects a net decrease of $6,575,390 from the Fiscal Year 2021/22 Adopted Budget. Major changes include the following:
- Decrease Safer City Improvement Fund by $16,851,550
- Increase to salaries and overtime by $10,405,330
Fiscal Year 2021/22 brought continued challenges through ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic response. A decrease in pandemic-related impacts was realized in the 3rd and 4th quarters of the fiscal year. Firefighter vacancies also remained a challenge, but some relief was realized at the very end of the fiscal year with the graduation of 29 recruits. Structure fire activity in the city continued to increase and overall call volume fell just a few hundred incidents short of 100,000, a near 5,000 incident increase over Fiscal Year 2020/21. The trend of fire activity correlated with activity of homeless individuals continued to increase along with the number of intentionally set fires. Supply chain issues for a wide variety of department needs (equipment and tools, personal protective clothing, vehicle parts, etc..) persisted throughout the fiscal year, and the department continues to experience extended vendor delivery times due to national shortages of fire-retardant fabrics, microchips for vehicles, and other high-demand items. In addition, regulatory changes have resulted in a higher burn rate of medical personal protective equipment (PPE). This fact, combined with sharply increased cost of goods due in large part to supply chain challenges and inflationary pressures, has in turn placed additional strain on financial resources.