Rio Rico is a beautiful area, that really is not that far from Tucson, as well as other smaller communities. Yes, they do have their own police & fire departments, (I believe they have 2 fire depts) and as far as the closest hospital, that would be in Nogales, AZ, about a 15-20 minute drive. My office currently has a home listed in Rio Rico, you could look up on this site with the address...1231 N. Pendleton Dr. It is a beautiful home on a huge lot. It really is beautiful there! If you'd like more information on the area, or would like to see the home, you can contact me directly at (520)490-8634. Thanks!