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Posted: Wednesday, November 14, 2007 4:33 pm | Updated: 7:35 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Rural/Metro Corp. plans to further decrease its presence in Scottsdale by closing its operations center at Indian School and Granite Reef roads.

The company plans to sell the multistory office building and move the various operations to other locations, said Jack Brucker, president and CEO.

The building now houses a Southwest Ambulance billing center with about 100 employees, a national billing center with about 30 employees, a subscription fire command center and a 911 call center for Maricopa County.

The book value on the building is $8 million to $9 million and whatever the company receives from the sale will be put toward reducing its long-term debt, Brucker said.

The utility bills at the center have not been cost effective, and the company can save money by relocating these operations elsewhere, he said.

“We have no firm offers,” he said. “We have several parties that are very interested, including … a city. They have been looking at the property on a daily basis.”

In early 2005, Rural/Metro moved its corporate headquarters from a building across Granite Reef from the operations center, to an office building at Loop 101 and Via de Ventura in the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community.

The company has seen a big reduction in utility costs since moving its headquarters to the new building just outside Scottsdale, Brucker said.

Closing the Granite Reef center doesn’t mean Rural/Metro is pulling out of Scottsdale, said Liz Merritt, the company’s corporate spokeswoman.

“We have (ambulance) stations in Scottsdale,” she said. “We still provide lots of non-emergency ambulance services to all the hospitals and health care facilities in Scottsdale. We do lots of work there.”

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