Prescott Fire Chief Dan Fraijo Shown the Door

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Prescott Fire Chief Dan Frejo (right).


Prescott Fire Chief Dan Fraijo's last day on the job will be November 30.

There's currently no explanation from the City of Prescott as to why Fraijo's leaving.

Interestingly, a pair of newspapers broke the news on Friday afternoon, as Fraijo told Prescott's Daily Courier as well as the Arizona Republic that he didn't have a say in the matter, and was told that his time's up.

Strangely enough, three days later, the city issued a press release saying the city "was notified by Fire Chief Dan Fraijo on October 4 that he is leaving the City and his last official day will be November 15."

Huh.

City Manager Craig McConnell told the Daily Courier last week that it was a "mutual agreement" between Fraijo and him. Fraijo reiterated there was not.

The Courier said the desire to replace Fraijo was "news to him." He's been the permanent fire chief for less than a year, after becoming the interim chief in 2012.

Obviously, Fraijo's role has been magnified since the death of the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots, a crew that was attached to the municipal fire department, and the only hotshot crew to be attached to a municipal fire department.

The Arizona Republic suggested it might have something to do with a rift between city officials and the fire union.

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mrh0202201091
mrh0202201091

             THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS NO MATTER WHO WAS IN CHARGE THAT DAY.......THE TRAGIC ELEMENTS OF NATURE WERE IN PLAY.......AND NOT MR. FRAIJO OR ANYONE ELSE FOR THAT MATTER COULD HAVE CHANGED MOTHER NATURES  SURE STRENGTH AND POWER  THAT TRAGIC DAY.....GOD BLESS  THESE BRAVE SOULS...WHO DID THEIRE JOB WITH COURAGE AND HONOR.....MAY THEIRE SACRIFICE  NEVER BE FORGOTTEN...

David Romo
David Romo

clearly the sacrificial lamb, the truth dies again.

Danny Virgil
Danny Virgil

Could be because he lost 19 family members and realized it was time to retire. Not enough time with family & friends is the greatest regret of the dying.

Christopher Brennan
Christopher Brennan

Thanks for saving me the trouble of reading the article, New Times facebook rep!

Joe Kennedy
Joe Kennedy

Perhaps he gave the order to go into the canyon?

Lou Ann
Lou Ann

Will we really ever know the truth? His grey hair could have played a part.

TommyCollins
TommyCollins topcommenter

I will speculate that his departure may be tied to his having promised the families of of the seasonal wild land fire fighters who died at Yarnell, the same benefits as the 'permanent' crew who died there. He may have overflexed his authority without talking to the city manager and human resources director first.

iamafreeman
iamafreeman

Having lived in Prescott for over 12 years, I am amazed at the small town power plays by the insiders. Looks like Mr. Fraijo offended the powers that be.  

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