Rural/Metro Leaves Lasting Mark

As construction continues, Rural/Metro Fire Department‘s Station #79, located in the Sahuarita Town Center, will open for operation this spring. Since 1974, Rural/Metro has been providing fire protection and emergency service to residents in the Sahuarita area. When the Town incorporated in 1994, Rural/Metro remained as the main provider to area residents with the vision that it will build permanent fire stations and continue as a vital community partner for future generations.

For over three decades, Rural/Metro has worked hard for the community, both in providing vital services and in finding ways to provide additional value for the residents. The company was founded in 1948 by Lou Witzeman, who was dedicated to finding a solution for communities whose residents were not located in the jurisdiction of any municipal fire protection providers. He established a subscription based system, in which residents can subscribe to the services they want through this private sector business. Today, Rural/Metro offers many different services for the community, including fire prevention, fire suppression, emergency medical services, fire inspection services, and community health and safety programs.

With many of its employees living in Sahuarita, Rural/Metro has truly made an impact in the community. From serving their “special” pancake breakfasts to area residents to sponsoring the “Sahuarita State of the Town,” or taking part in the upcoming Cruisin’ Sahuarita Car and Motorcycle Show on February 9th, Rural/Metro is promoting  a greater sense of community.

Grant Cesarek, a captain with Rural/Metro, recently said, “Providing fire and emergency services is one part of our involvement in the community. Our crews live here, shop here and raise their families here, and the feeling of community in the Town of Sahuarita is tangible, and we are proud to be community members.”

For more information about any of the services or programs offered by Rural/Metro or to establish new service, residents are encouraged to call 520-297-3600 or visit

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