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The next Rio Verde Fire Board meeting will be Monday, September 28th at 9:00.  Meetings are currently being held in the Rio Verde Community Center Board Room to allow social distancing.

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​The final CPR class of the season will be held Saturday, April 6th.

Classes are held from 11am - 3pm at the Rio Verde Community Center.  To sign up for a class please call Jennifer at 480-471-2304 or click the button below.


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Thank you for your interest in our CPR / AED training. 


Monthly classes will resume in October.

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Jerry Fickes
Board Clerk


The Fickes’ first visited Rio Verde in the early eighties.  Captivated by the area they, joined the club in 1990 and purchased their current home site.  They built their home in 1998 and moved here.  Both enjoyed golf.  In the past few years they have been a host captain for the college girls tournament each March.  Donna was a regular in the craft show and lately has kept the Rio Verde Red Hats busy as the Queen. Jerry schedules his Friday golf group and organizers its annual tournament.


In 2000, Jerry asked by the late Commissioner Marvin Glink to run for the Rio Verde Fire Board.  In 2004 and 2008 he was re-elected.  Active in the separation from Rural Metro, he aided in the ISO changes, lowering the fire insurance premiums for most of the residents of the Verde’s, arranged the insurance to protect the assets of the Fire District and structured the insurance benefits for the firefighters.  Jerry worked on long range planning to control costs an eliminate peaks and dips in taxation.  He wants the Verde’s residents to feel secure from hazards with the comfort and understanding emergency medical care from a group of firefighter, that are as proud to serve the Verde’s as we are to have them.

Jerry received a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration and Actuarial Science from Drake University.  He also graduated from the American Management Association in executive management and advanced business administration.  He is a member of the American Academy of Actuaries and completed a fellowship, with distinction , specializing in Financial Management with the Life Office Management Association.

After 39 years in the insurance industry, from the file room to executive suite, Jerry took early retirement in 1988.  His duties were to serve the three Life, Health and Annuity Insurance Companies of ERC CORP. as President, CEO, and Director.  The next ten years Jerry became an insurance regulator in New Mexico.  As Chief Actuary, he was responsible for life, health and annuity insurance and the financial solvency of insurers.  He served on legislative task forces and as an advisor to the legislature and various Governors.  Jerry wrote The New Mexico Health Alliance Act.  This Act provided health insurance for small businesses.  Supported by both the insurance industry and the government.  The Act passed in 1994 and Jerry was named Chairman of the Alliance Board.  He retired from the Board in 2000 two years after moving to Rio Verde.

Deputy Chief
Eric Merrill


Deputy Chief Merrill has been a career firefighter since 1980. He moved to Arizona in 1977 and worked in the emergency medical field completing his Paramedic training in 1980.He entered the Fire Service with Rural Metro Fire Department and worked throughout the Maricopa County service area including Sun City, Sun City West, Scottsdale and Rio Verde. Deputy Chief Merrill served and was honorably discharged as a sergeant from the United States Marine Corps. Deputy Chief Merrill has served as the Emergency Medical Services manager since the department’s establishment in 2004.

Deputy Chief Merrill is currently a member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, The Arizona Fire Chiefs Association and The National Association of EMS Educators. He has achieved a Bachelors Degree in EMS /Hospital Management and holds a National Certification as a Certified Public Manager.

Deputy Chief Merrill and his wife Deana have been married for 32 years and have two grown children.


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The Rio Verde Fire District is not actively hiring at this time, however you may submit an application for future consideration in our Reserve program.  Thank you!


The Rio Verde Fire District is accepting applications for Reserve Firefighter staffing. The RVFD defines a Reserve Firefighter as a suppression employee who is scheduled only on an as needed basis.


Reserve Firefighters are required to submit a minimum of two 24-hour shifts of availability each 28-day work period and may not work in excess of nine shifts (or 216 hours) per 28-day work period.


The successful applicant will be placed on the employee roster to work shifts when there are openings due to vacation/sick time or other special staffing needs.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Firefighter I & II

  • Arizona EMT or CEP (CEP requires current ACLS and PALS or PEPP certification)

  • CPR Pro

  • High School Diploma or GED

  • Valid Arizona Drivers' License

  • Pre-employment MVD Record and Background Check

  • Pre-employment Drug Testing



  • Those required by law: unemployment, social security, worker's compensation, and earned paid sick time

  • Holiday Pay


Application Process

You may complete and submit your application either by paper or electronically.

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  • Via Fax at 480-471-1821

  • Mail to: Rio Verde Fire District

                              25608 N. Forest Road

                              Rio Verde, Arizona  85263

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Rio Verde mourns loss of Deputy Chief

We are mourning the tragic loss of our Deputy Chief, Eric Merrill. Chief Merrill, a military veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, retired just 3 weeks ago.  Eric spent 40 years throughout Maricopa County in the Fire/EMS service, spending his last 15 years with our District.

Eric was driving with his son Steven Merrill in Buckeye at the time of the accident, leaving his son recovering in the hospital. Eric is survived by his wife Deana, his son Steven (also injured in the accident), and daughter Alyssa. Please keep the Merrill family, their loved ones, friends, and fire brothers & sisters in your prayers during this most difficult time.

Services will be held at Christ's Church of the Valley (CCV) in Peoria on Monday, June 10th, at 1:00 p.m.  Please click here for directions.

In lieu of flowers, we ask that you consider donating to the family to help cover their financial needs.  You may donate at - https://www.gofundme.com/f/rvfd-eric-merrill-family-fund.

The Rio Verde Fire District is currently seeking a Deputy Chief. Please see below for details.



Title: Deputy Chief

Exempt/Non-Exempt: Exempt

Reports To: Fire Chief

Pay Grade/Range: $96,987 to $114,183

Anticipated Start Date: 6/1/2021



Selection Process:

Please submit a cover letter and resume with your application.


Candidates will be asked to upload responses to the following four supplemental questions with your application packet:


  1. Please give an overview of your current or most recent position and scope of responsibilities, along with an overview of the organization itself (i.e., population served, annual budget, number of employees, number of stations, annual call volume, etc.)


  2. Summarize your involvement working with budgets.


  3. Explain your participation in managing programs or projects.

  4. Describe your experience writing fire and EMS related grants.


The Rio Verde Fire District is seeking a proven leader with strong technical, organizational, and analytical skills for the position of Deputy Fire Chief. This position plans, directs, and oversees the support and operations divisions of the Fire District. Under the direction of the Fire Chief, this position may oversee all activities and services relating to one or more of the following: facilities, communications, personnel administration, budget, equipment, emergency medical, fire suppression, and community relations. The Deputy Fire Chief is a member of the management team and assists with the department budget and strategic planning. Please view the complete Deputy Fire Chief classification description for more information about the knowledge, skills, abilities and working conditions.  

Essential Functions


Communication: Communicates with the public, District employees, and other agency personnel in order to: direct emergency scenes; supervise and train subordinates; conduct training and post incident reviews; provide information and respond to inquiries and complaints; coordinate special events; and explain actions of the Rio Verde Fire District and its policies and procedures. Makes effective presentations. Prepares special written administrative, investigative, or other reports as assigned. Prepares and reviews the following: budget recommendations on personnel, supplies, and equipment needs; district operating procedures; statistics and reports on district activities; performance evaluations and recommendations on disciplinary actions; and time sheets, daily schedule logs, and on scene plans.


Manual/Physical: The RVFD Deputy Chief does not perform operations in the hazard zone but may respond to emergencies, in a civilian vehicle, for command support only. May operate a light-duty, non-emergency response vehicle requiring a standard Arizona Driver's License to respond to incidents and to conduct District business. Operates a personal computer (PC) to complete: daily entries to work schedules, roster approval, personnel records, apparatus status reports, exceptional incident reports, and to handle electronic mail. Observes and monitors the behavior of office or field personnel to determine and maintain compliance with district policies, procedures, and safety standards. Inspects and monitors emergency apparatus, equipment and facilities to determine compliance with safety standards and operational procedures relating to safety, infection control, and response readiness.


Mental: Comprehends and makes inferences from written material including: District administrative and operating procedures, management policies, emergency scene reports, daily work schedules, etc., in order to supervise and evaluate the work of subordinate personnel. Analyzes data such as dispatch time, turnout time, track crew response times, and tactical control times to make recommendations to management regarding the reaction time of emergency crews and operational control tactics. Comprehends verbal direction including commands, information from other districts, and other communication.

Knowledge and Abilities:


Knowledge of: Firefighting tactics and strategy including: management skills in fire ground factors, building construction, tactical priorities, rescue operations, fire control considerations, apparatus placement, property conservation, fire ground safety, communications, fire stream management, hazardous materials, and major medical operations; the operation and capability of the types of apparatus and equipment used by the Rio Verde Fire District and other departments, and the management of their effective use; Rio Verde Fire District policies and procedures and fire prevention codes and methods; the geography of the Rio Verde Fire District and other surrounding communities, including the location of streets, target hazards, and hydrants; supervisory and training practices and techniques; and the methods of conducting special studies or administrative investigations.


Ability to: analyze and react to emergency situations quickly and calmly to adopt effective courses of action, giving due regard to hazards and circumstances; organize proper staffing on a continuous basis and assign personnel in a manner which provides the most effective level of fire protection and emergency medical services for the District; interpret administrative policies and assist in formulating District long-range goals and objectives; comprehend material to stay informed on global, national, state, and local fire service issues; participate in physical fitness programs and comply with district medical and fitness requirements; act in the capacity of the Fire Chief, represent the district on special committees as assigned, and make effective public presentations; and establish and maintain effective working relationships with Board commissioners, coworkers, and the public.


The duties listed above are intended only as general illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. Specific statements of duties not included does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position. Job descriptions are subject to change by the District as the needs of the District and requirements of the job change.





Minimum Qualification(s) Required.

Eight current and consecutive years firefighting experience and a minimum of 2 years in the position of Fire Captain. Bachelor’s Degree in Fire Science, Business Administration, Public Administration, or closely related field (as approved by the Fire Chief) from a regionally accredited college or university.




Eight current and consecutive years firefighting experience and a minimum of 5 years in the position of Fire Captain. Associate degree in Fire Science or Fire Science Technology from a regionally accredited college/university. The Fire Chief, with fire board approval, may extend time needed to complete educational requirements, not to exceed 2 years after promotional date.


NIMS ICS 100, 200, 300, 400, 700 and 800



Preferred Qualifications

Master’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in fire science, fire administration, fire protection engineering, emergency medical services, emergency management, public administration, business administration or related subject is preferred


Executive Fire Officer (EFO) certification from the National Fire Academy (NFA), the United States Fire Administration is preferred.


Chief Fire Officer Designation (CFO) from the Center for Public Safety Excellence is preferred.



Special Requirement(s). Must possess a valid Arizona Driver's License.  Candidate must have experience with mutual aid or automatic aid systems.




The ideal candidate for the position of Deputy Chief for the RVFD will be a seasoned officer who can communicate effectively and work collaboratively with employees, the RVFD staff, and all other stakeholders. In addition to these strengths, the District’s leadership has identified the following attributes for the desired candidates:


  • Visionary

  • Exception Communicator

  • Credible

  • Accessible

  • Accountable

  • Able/willing to listen to others

  • Team-oriented leader

  • Strong project manager

  • Loyal to the mission

  • Belief and trust in others

  • One who will look beyond himself to find the answers



Employee Benefits

The following is a list of employment benefits provided by the Rio Verde Fire District to full-time employees.  This list is for informational purposes only and does not create any contractual rights or obligations.

  • Medical Insurance             

  • Vision Insurance

  • Dental Insurance

  • Employee Assistance Program

  • Public Safety Personnel Retirement System (if applicable)

  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457B)

  • Long Term and Short-Term Disability Insurance

  • District paid Life Insurance

  • District paid Dependent Life Insurance

  • District paid Cancer Insurance

  • Uniform Allowance

  • Paid vacation leave

  • Paid sick leave

  • Training and continuing education opportunities

  • 10 holidays per year

  • Direct deposit of paychecks



Ready to apply?

Please email the following documents to info@rioverdefire.org. All documents must be in PDF format.



Deadline for applying is Sunday, April 25th at 11:59 pm. Applications received after that time will not be considered.



Note: The top five candidates (based on experience, education, and responses to the supplemental questionnaire) will be contacted during the week of April 26th to schedule an interview. It is anticipated that interviews will be held on May 3rd, 2021.