A group claimed that it runs a volunteer fire department in Tucson and they need money for training and resources. They called the department Sahuarita Heights Volunteer Fire Department. However, the chief of the nearby Corona De Tucson Fire District, Simon Davis told that he has never heard about such kind of volunteer department until this week.
“You would have thought if they were wanting to set up their own department they would have contacted at least the surrounding agencies,” he said.
Online fund-raising sites claimed that the money is needed for training gad equipment. On the Youcaring.com site, the page posted “We are a two truck Volunteer Department in need of some firefighting equipment. We also have a wildland firefighting training coming up in July. Any and all funding that the Sahuarita Heights Volunteer Fire recipes will be used for firefighting equipment and training of personnel.”
However, the department’s Facebook page recently was deleted by an admin.
News 4 Arizona sent a message to the volunteer department through a Gofundme.com page. But a while ago the page was deleted.
A News 4 Tucson employee sent a message to the department’s Instagram account. But she was blocked. Then another News 4 Tucson intern messaged to the Instagram. After that, the account added new posts after but the message was never replied.
It should also be noted that Sahuarita Heights never filed any paperwork with the Arizona Corporation Commission. Another volunteer firefighting department west of Sahuarita, Helmet Peak, is a registered corporation with the state.
Jesus Gonsalez told that they tried to recruit him on Instagram and Facebook as a volunteer.
At first, Gonzales thought that it’s a good idea. They look for fighter volunteers and he thought it would be interesting since he knows nothing about firefighting.
Later, the department informed Gonzales that their trucks are based at the Hereford Fire Department. Most noteworthy is the fact that The Hereford Fire Department does not exist.