Central Arizona Wildland Response Team

Maricopa and Northern Pinal Counties, Arizona



   Welcome to the Central Arizona Wildland Response Team (CAWRT) Main Home Page!

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   The CAWRT is a consortium of over 20 local fire agencies in central Arizona that participate in state and nationwide wildland fire response.  CAWRT agencies are cooperators with the Arizona State Forestry Division and work in the Region 3 Southwest Geographic area. CAWRT is divided into two Wildland Resource Groups (WRG) of about 15 WRG's statewide to meet Arizona Forestry resource coordination and mobilization needs.  Both CAWRT WRG's has their own webpage which can be reached by clicking on the CAWRTEAST or CAWRTWEST links.

   The CAWRT works closely with five state and federal land management agencies, the Arizona State Forestry Division, Tonto National Forest, Prescott National Forest, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and also maintains a relationship with the Maricopa County Department of Emergency Management . All members strive to promote increased fire fighter safety, better communications among local, state and federal partners, and improved training opportunities all to provide highly capable wildland fire resources.Wallow Fire. Arizona 2011

   In total, the CAWRT provides the State of Arizona, federal land management agencies or any other requesting authority or agency a pool of approximately 200 wildland-qualified personnel staffing any mix of over (18) Type 6 engines, (6) Type 3 engines, (7) water tenders and if necessary up to (20) Type 1 engines. In most cases, engines are staffed with one to two paramedics (Advanced Life Support/EMTP) on each unit, and at the very least, all personnel are EMTB qualified. Overall, the CAWRT provides safe, professional and well trained resources to fires locally or to anywhere in the United States. 

   CAWRT agencies are categorized as Automatic Aid Members or Associate Members.  Automatic Aid Members are part of the  Phoenix Regional Dispatch System or Mesa regional dispatch system.  Associate Members are not in the regional dispatch system but have wildland fire response resources in the local area. All agencies follow the guidelines of the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) and the NIMS Incident Command System (ICS).  Some of the ICS positions held by current CAWRT personnel include Task Force Leader, Single Resource Boss, Division/Group Supervisor, Incident Commander Type 3 and Base Camp Manager to name a few. Many CAWRT agencies will deploy fire line or base camp EMTB or EMTP personnel for incident staffing and several agencies staff positions on Southwest Area Type 1 and 2 incident management teams.

CAWRT Type 6 engine apparatus

     CAWRT personnel and equipment from either the East or West group is dispatched for wildland fire assignments by the Arizona Interagency Dispatch Center (AIDC) through established Inter-Governmental Agreements with the Arizona State Forestry Division. Resources are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year.


Resources can be dispatched by calling the AIDC at




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