Hopi Structural Fire & Rescue Department

The Structural Fire & Rescue Department was established on February 2, 2015 through Hopi Tribal Council Resolution H-015-2015 without funding.  On March 26, 2014, the Hopi Tribe received a letter from the BIA Hopi Agency indicating they would no longer provide structural fire services to the Hopi people per BIA policies.

The Hopi Tribe and BIA sign a Memorandum of Understanding of Mutual and Automatic Aid Involving Fire Protection Response on February 18, 2015.  The Supplemental Memorandum of Agreement for equipment use was signed on February 2, 2016.

In March 2015 the Department of Public Safety & Emergency Services began training volunteers to be fire fighters with the assistance of the BIA Facility Department through Executive Order #01-2015.

On December 23, 2015 through Hopi Tribal Council H-003-2016 provided funding for the first Hopi Structural Fire & Rescue Department.

To provide the services necessary to minimize the loss of life and/or property threatened by hazards of fire, explosives, medical, chemical and rescue related emergencies through fire suppression, conservation, prevention and education to Tribal community members, to make our communities safer, stronger and better prepared. To promote partnership efforts between tribal, county, state and federal fire services.

The Structural Fire/Rescue works with and assist First Responders, Hopi Emergency Response Team, Emergency Medical Services, Hopi Resource Enforcement Services, Hopi tribal programs, BIA Law Enforcement Services, BIA Hopi Agency, Navajo County, Coconino County, Navajo Nation, White Mountain Apache Tribe, Arizona Department of Emergency Management, Inter-Tribal Council of Arizona, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Homeland Security and other tribal nations in Arizona, California and Nevada.


Michael Shupla Firefighter (928) 734-3662
Humewysi Sockyma Firefighter (928) 734-3662
Kevin Dennis Firefighter (928) 734-3662

Memorandum of Understanding of Mutual and Automatic Aid Involving Fire Protection Response
MOU-Hopi Tribe and BIA