Somerton Cocopah Fire Department


Contact Information

PO BOX 638.
445 E. Main St
Somerton ,AZ 85350
928-722-7376 Public Safety Facility†††

The Somerton Cocopah Fire Department is comprised of seven divisions:

Somerton Fire Department

  1. Administration
  2. Personnel
  3. Training
  4. Fire Inspection and Investigation
  5. Suppression and Emergency Medical Services
  6. Public Information
  7. Ambulance Billing

Regarding how we provide service, to the Public, the Somerton Cocopah Fire Department strongly believes the following:

  • Our service delivery methodology will always be and is: "Service before self".
  • We believe that, "Community", is not only Somerton and the Cocopah Tribal Lands, but all of those persons who live in the surrounding areas and who travel its byways.
  • We strive to gain the public trust, by keeping a positive attitude, even in difficult and trying circumstances.
  • Somerton Cocopah Fire Department values employee contributions and promotes teamwork by facilitating their participation in the decision making processes.
  • We strongly believe in our employees and expect them to be the best Fire & EMS providers in all of Yuma County.
  • We will always respond to all requests efficiently and take pride in providing the highest level of professionalism.
  • Our citizens are our customers and we take pride in providing service to them.

The City of Somerton and the Cocopah Nation entered into an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) in 2001 in order to pool their resources and create a "value added" element for their respective citizens.

The Somerton Cocopah Fire Department provides an All Hazards service to its citizens. As a department which provides an All Hazards service we provide emergent and non emergent responses to: All fires, emergency medical services (basic life support and advanced cardiac life support), hazardous materials, fire prevention education, fire prevention inspections, arson investigation, and special duty responses.

We achieve this, out of one station, with our full and part time staff of: 1 Chief, 1 Battalion Chief, 1 Inspector/Investigator, 3 Captains and 9 Firefighters. We have 27 part time Firefighters that provide backfill and call back support.

In addition to providing an All Hazards service to the community we also provide ambulance service to an area of some 69 square miles. This is accomplished with 1 ambulance at our Public Safety Facility in Somerton and 2 more ambulances operating out of the City of San Luis Fire Department.

If you have a question or need information, please use the following pages to guide to the person that you need to speak with.


The Somerton Cocopah Fire Department is led by Fire Chief, Paul De Anda. Paul is a lifelong member of the community having been born and raised in Somerton.

Paul served the Somerton Cocopah Fire Department for 12 years from 1982 - 1994. After a 10 year absence he returned in 2004 and has just completed his 24th year of service to the City of Somerton and the Cocopah Nation.

Chief De Anda, serves under the direction of the City Manager and supervises all divisions of the fire department. Chief De Anda also works closely with the Cocopah Tribe's Administrator.

Contact Information:
Paul De Anda, Fire Chief
PO BOX 638
445 E. Main Street
Somerton, AZ 85350-0638
928-722-7373 Public Safety Facility


The Battalion Chief works under the direction of the Fire Chief and is the primary supervisor for all fire department personnel. All employee matters: advertisements for employment, application reviews, written testing, physical agility testing, interviews and payroll are handled by the Battalion Chief.

Contact Information:
Ray Smith, Battalion Chief
PO BOX 638
445 E. Main Street
Somerton, AZ 85350-0638
928-722-7382 Public Safety Facility


All training is handled jointly by the Fire Chief and Battalion Chief. All fire department personnel must keep their certifications valid and their skills proficient. The public in general often does not realize the amount of training received by their local fire department in order to be able and respond to and manage emergencies.

So that the public has an idea of the wide range of training and skills necessary we have included the following list of the certifications and skills that different members of the Somerton Cocopah Fire Department have; this list in not all inclusive:

  • Firefighter I, Firefighter II
  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic
  • Emergency Vehicle Operator's Course
  • Emergency Vehicle Operator Instructor/Evaluator
  • Hazardous Materials Awareness
  • Hazardous Materials Operations
  • Hazardous Materials Technician
  • Confined Space Awareness
  • Confined Space Operations
  • Confined Space Manager
  • Fire Instructor I, Fire Instructor II, Fire Instructor III
  • Fire Instructor Evaluator
  • Fire Officer I, Fire Officer II, Fire Officer III
  • Fire Inspector I, Fire Inspector II, Fire Inspector III

As can be seen, in order to provide services to every sort of emergency and non emergency our personnel must maintain a rigorous training program. This includes yearly proficiencies in all manual skills and recertification through continuing education for our emergency medical technicians and paramedics.

Contact Information:
Paul De Anda, Fire Chief
Ray Smith, Battalion Chief
PO BOX 638
445 E. Main Street
Somerton, AZ 85350-0638
928-722-7373 Public Safety Facility

Fire Inspection and Investigation

The Somerton Cocopah Fire Prevention Division upholds the department's mission statement with pride. "Service before self", is a crucial way of life for the Fire Prevention Division. Caring and striving above all, to protect life and property, is the greatest way to demonstrate our strong belief in the department's mission statement.

The Fire Prevention Division consists of one Fire Inspector/Investigators under the direction of the Battalion Chief.


One of the most significant ways to protect life & property is fire inspections and fire code enforcement. The coordination with developers, contractors and other citizens to build and maintain a safe atmosphere is achieved by constant communication, detailed plan review and thorough fire inspections. Abiding by the fire code is essential to the safety of the public.

The Somerton Cocopah Fire Department has adopted the 2012 Uniform Fire Code (NFPA 1) with amendments. (You may view the ordinance of the adoption of the fire code with amendments in the Document Library or click hereto view the City of Somerton's Code of Ordinance)

Have you ever wondered what is in the fire codes? Fire codes must be purchased and are available through the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). allows previewing codes at no charge. To view an NFPA code or standard, please click here.

In order to access and view the documents, you must register and create an account. The documents available through that website are designed to be viewed online: there are no "print", "save", "cut and paste", or "search" options.

Permit applications, guidelines, and other helpful information are available in the Document Library section of this website.

Click here to view a flow chart that illustrates Somerton Cocopah fire department's plan review and inspection process.


The Somerton Cocopah Fire Department's Fire Investigator are primarily involved investigating the origin & cause of a fire. The fire investigators maintain coordination with the Somerton Police Department.

Contact Information:
Louie Carlos, Fire Inspector/Investigator
PO BOX 638
445 E. Main Street
Somerton, AZ 85350-0638
928-722-7383 Public Safety Facility

Suppression and Emergency Medical Services

The fire department Captains, are the front line supervisors, who manage the Fire Suppression and Emergency Services Division. These Captains work under the supervision of the Fire Chief and Battalion Chief.

Each Captain supervises a crew or shift of 4 personnel: an Engineer (fire engine and pump operator), a fire engine firefighter and 2 rescue company firefighters.

Contact Information:
Rogelio Gonzalez, A Shift Captain
Javier Hernandez, B Shift Captain
Steven Clark, C Shift Captain
PO BOX 638
445 E. Main Street
Somerton, AZ 85350-0638
928-722-7374 Public Safety Facility


Euripides, a Greek tragic dramatist, once said, "The best and safest thing is to keep a balance in your life, acknowledge the great powers around us and in us. If you can do that, and live that way, you are really a wise man." The importance of having knowledge and being aware of how to be safe in emergency situations, preventing the unthinkable and helping others when in need are what the Somerton/Cocopah Fire Department pursues.

For any public education inquiries contact reception at 928-722-7326 or be forwarded to the on duty Fire Captain.

AMBULANCE BILLING (Billing Specialist)

Cheryl Gonzales is the Billing Specialist for the ambulance service provided by our department. Medical billing is a very specialized vocation. When the public needs information, regarding our billings for ambulance services, Cheryl is the one to contact.

Contact Information:
Cheryl Gonzales, Billing Specialist
PO BOX 638
445 E. Main St
Somerton, AZ 85350
928-722-7376 Public Safety Facility