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Rural/Metro Awarded Contract to Continue First Response Fire Protection & Emergency Medical Services in Carefree, Arizona

(April 05, 2012)

SCOTTSDALE, AZ -- (Marketwire) -- 04/05/12 -- Rural/Metro Corporation, a leading national provider of ambulance and private fire protection services, has been awarded the exclusive contract to continue providing fire protection and ambulance services to the Town of Carefree, Arizona. The new contract is for an initial 5-year term, followed by a 5-year renewal period thereafter, for a total possible length of 10 years.

Michael DiMino, President and Chief Executive Officer, said, "We are very proud to continue delivering the highest-quality fire protection and ambulance services possible to the citizens of Carefree. The Town has been an important and long-standing customer for more than 40 years, and we remain committed to being the best fire protection and EMS partner possible."

Rural/Metro Fire Department began serving the citizens of Carefree under a subscription-based model in 1968. Since 2006, the Company has provided fire protection and EMS services under a community-wide master contract.

John Karolzak, Southwest Zone Vice President, credited Rural/Metro Fire Department leadership, firefighters and other support personnel for the Company's longstanding history of excellent community service.

"Led by Chief John Kraetz, our fire fighters and EMS personnel are committed to providing exceptional patient care and fire protection to the residents of Carefree," Karolzak said. "We want to express our gratitude to the Town of Carefree for continuing to put their trust in us, as they have for more than 40 years."

About Rural/Metro

Rural/Metro Corporation is a leading national provider of 911 emergency and non-emergency interfacility ambulance services and private fire protection services in 20 states and approximately 475 communities throughout the United States. For more information, visit the Corporation's web site at or Rural/Metro Fire Department at


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