Timber Mesa Fire and Medical is dedicated to consistently provide superior emergency, safety and educational services for our customers. The department runs a variety of calls ranging from house fires, hazardous material incidents, wild land fires, to medical calls in our 100 plus square mile district.Timber Mesa Fire and Medical continues to grow in order to keep up with the needs of our customers and growth of the community. Timber Mesa Fire and Medical District the areas formerly known as Linden, Lakeside, and Show Low Fire Districts  and constantly strives to gain and hold the respect and loyalty of the communities we serve.


Story Of the Maltese Cross

The Story of the Maltese CrossThe Badge of a Fire Fighter is the Maltese Cross. The Maltese Cross is a symbol of protection and a badge of honor. Its story is hundreds of years old.

 When a courageous band of crusaders known as The Knights of St. John fought the Saracens for possession of the holy land, they encountered a new weapon unknown to European warriors. It was a simple, but horrible device of war. It brought excruciating pain and agonizing death upon the brave fighters for the cross.

 As the crusaders advanced on the walls of the city, they were struck by glass bombs containing naphtha. When they became saturated with the highly flammable liquid, the Saracens would hurl a flaming torch into their midst. Hundreds of the knights were burned alive; others risked their lives to save their brothers-in-arms from dying painful, fiery deaths.

 Thus, these men became our first Fire Fighters and the first of a long list of courageous men. Their heroic efforts were recognized by fellow crusaders who awarded each hero a badge of honor – a cross similar to the one fire fighters wear today. Since the Knights of St. John lived for close to four centuries on a little island in the Mediterranean Sea named Malta, the cross came to be known as the Maltese Cross.

 The Maltese Cross is our symbol of protection. It means that the Fire Fighter who wears this cross is willing to lay down his life for you just as the crusaders sacrificed their lives for their fellow man so many years ago. The Maltese Cross is a Fire Fighter’s badge of honor, signifying that he works in courage – a ladder’s rung away from death.

Mission Statement

The Timber Mesa Fire and Medical District is a public service organization dedicated to proactive efforts to reduce risks in the communities of the White Mountains and protect our customers’ lives and property.

Vision Statement

We strive to provide superior fire and medical services by empowering our employees to be proactive risk managers and leaders, who are committed to improved and effective community service.