The city of Flagstaff’s Fire Department has entered an automatic aid consortium with the Summit Fire and Medical District and the Highlands Fire District. Under this consortium, the participants have agreed to act as one operational entity for the purpose of improved fire/rescue/emergency medical services and improved firefighter safety. The basis of the agreement is that the closest most appropriate fire service resource will be dispatched regardless of jurisdictional boundaries.
Automatic Aid is often cited as the gold standard for an emergency service delivery model. The model provides added value for smaller and larger agencies. Larger agencies such as Flagstaff benefit by having additional units capable of responding to multiple single unit responses that occur in the City.