Mount Lemmon Fire District (MLFD) is the primary provider of emergency medical services above mile post 10 on the Catalina Highway. The District services Summerhaven, Willow Canyon and Soldiers Camp. The District encompasses 10 square miles of recreational paradise.
The village of Summerhaven serves as a popular summer retreat from the heat of Arizona’s lower deserts. Mount Lemmon Ski Valley is also notable as it is the southernmost ski destination in the United States.
Mount Lemmon is the highest point in the Santa Catalina Mountains, located in the Coronado National Forest north of Tucson, Arizona, United States. It is 9,157 feet above sea-level, and receives approximately 180 inches of snow annually. Winter weather is a factor in many of our rescues.
MLFD staffs an Advanced Life Support transport ambulance with one AZ certified emergency paramedic and one EMT-B every day. MLFD paramedics work under the direction of University of Arizona South Campus Emergency Physicians. Emergency transport from Summerhaven to the Trauma Center at the University of Arizona Medical Center in Tucson is a 90 minutes by ground ambulance. Due to the rural location of our district, many of our critical patients are flown to the hospital by helicopters. Transport by air is less than15 minutes to the closest trauma center.
Mt. Lemmon Fire crews work closely with Pima County Sheriff Department and Pima County Search and Rescue on many technical rope and trail rescues. Mount Lemmon entices many rock climbers, hikers and cyclists to remote areas with limited access. Rescues may include a 60 minute one way hike into an emergency scene to effect an evacuation of an injured person.
MLFD partners with Mt. Lemmon Ski Valley Ski Patrol to provide emergency advanced life support services to injured skiers and snow boarders.