Juniperwood Tactical Fire Department

Ash Fork, Arizona, United States

  • Last updated: June 30, 2018 (2 seconds ago)
  • Listing created on: August 20, 2017

Mission Statement

To prevent and fight fires in our community and in the wildlands of Arizona.

Community Description

We are putting together a fire department in rural Arizona. We are looking for people who are willing to learn or are already skilled in firefighting, grant writing, vehicle maintenance and repair, emergency communications, fund raising, and administration.

  • Status: Forming
  • Started Planning: 2018
  • Start Living Together: 2018
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Please read the details in Membership below before contacting this community. Send Message
  • Website address:
  • Contact Name: Michael and James
  • Phone: 928-637-5330
  • Community Address:
    45620 Wooden Wheel Road
    Box 1457
    Ash Fork, Arizona, 86320-1457
    United States
  • Location


  • Type(s): Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability), Cohousing (individual homes within group owned property)
  • Programs & Activities: Transition Town (post-petroleum and off-grid communities), Volunteer, Internship, or Apprenticeship, Organization, Resource, or Network, Fire Department
  • Location: Rural


  • Status: We have undeveloped land
  • Area: 40 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Yurt, tee-pee, dome, treehouse, or tent, Mobile homes, RV’s, converted buses
  • Current Number of Residences: 3
  • Planned number of residences: 5
  • Planned Residence Types: Room(s) in a house or building, Yurt, tee-pee, dome, treehouse, or tent, Mobile homes, RV’s, converted buses, Natural built structues
  • Housing Provided: Rental, Work-exchange
  • Land owned by: A subgroup of community members
  • Additional Comments:

    We live in non-permanent housing. Currently we are all in RVs. Tiny houses, teepees, yurts etc would also be fine. We use a widebody class A motorhome for a shared kitchen and shower, and we have an outdoor kitchen and composting outhouse.


  • Adult Members: 3
  • Child Members: 0
  • Non-member Residents: 0
  • Percent Women: 0%
  • Percent Men: 100%
  • Percent Transgender: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    Please give us a call or email us if you would like to visit.

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    To become a member of the community one must work for the fire department either as a firefighter or in administration.


  • Decision Making: By a board, council, group of elders, or leadership group
  • Identified Leader: Yes
  • Leadership Core Group: No
  • Additional Comments:

    We are structured as a 501(c)3 with a board of directors. The department is run by a fire chief.


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Regular Fee per Month: $200
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 10
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    Members can work-trade instead of paying a weekly co-use fee of $50. We ask members to contribute a reasonable share of either labor, food or funds to the grocery budget.

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are totally off grid.
  • Current renewable energy generation: Almost All, around 90%
  • Energy sources: Solar
  • Planned renewable energy generation: 100%
  • Current food produced: 0%, or close to 0%
  • Planned food produced: From 50-75%
  • Food produced locally: Up to 25%


  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Library, Workshop, Outbuilding(s), Outdoor Kitchen, Fire pit, Recreational vehicles, Internet, RV
  • Internet Available: Yes, community provides it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: 2-5 times per week
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Paleo (no grains, dairy, processed foods, or legumes), Local (food sourced within 150 miles), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), GMO Free (only non-genetically modified organisms), Vegetarian Only (no animal meat; dairy and eggs okay) – Please check this only if you are 100% Vegetarian, Mostly Vegetarian, Vegan Only (plants only, no animal products) – Please check this only if you are 100% Vegan., Mostly Vegan, Opportunivore (dumpster diving, nature harvesting, etc.), Raw or Mostly Raw, Kosher, Halal, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: Yes
  • Alcohol Use: No, this community does not permit alcohol use.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (accepts all religions or spiritual practices), Eclectic (integrates multiple religious or spiritual beliefs), Christian, Catholic, Native American, Paganism or Earth Religions, Mixed Eastern Philosophy or Practice
  • Spiritual Practice Expected?: No
  • Education Style(s): Up to each family or individual
  • Healthcare Options: Community Plan, Up to each family or individual

Additional Comments

We will be paid by the state when we fight wildland fires outside of our jurisdiction. Inside our jurisdiction, we operate as a volunteer fire department.

We do not allow smoking or drinking on the property.

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