MAY IS EMS AWARENESS MONTH

May 20-26, 2018   is the 44th annual National EMS Week:    EMS STRONG

In 1974, President Gerald Ford authorized EMS Week to celebrate EMS practitioners and the important work they do in our nation’s communities.  EMS is now firmly established as an essential public function and a vital component of the medical care continuum.  On any given day, EMS practitioners help save lives by responding to medical emergencies, including cardiac arrest, stroke, difficulty breathing, a fall or accident, drowning,  drug overdose or acute illness.  EMS may provide both basic and advanced medical care at the scene of an emergency and en route to a hospital.  EMS practitioners care for their patients’ medical needs and show caring and compassion to their patients in their most difficult moments.  With the development of mobile integrated healthcare and community paramedicine, EMS is also increasingly a valued participant in achieving the nation’s overall healthcare goals of improved patient health and lowered costs.   EMS Week brings together local communities and medical personnel to honor the dedication of those who provide the day-to-day lifesaving services of medicine’s “front line.”  Given the challenges facing our nation’s healthcare system and the rapid pace of change, making sure the public and other stakeholders understand what EMS has to offer has never been more important.  Help us celebrate our everyday heroes and remember to say Thank You!          EMS STRONG

 

Avra Valley Fire District News

Currently Happening in Our District

May 17th, 2018

The 2018 Wildland Season has begun.  We are anticipating a severe fire season.  Three of our firefighters recently participated in a prescription burn in Southern Arizona, while another crew reported to the Pinery Fire.

Our firefighters maintain a rigorous training schedule.  Avra Valley Fire District coordinated 36 training classes for the Pima Regional Hazmat Program January-April 2018.  Multiple agencies (8 fire districts, Az State Troopers, Pima County Emergency Management, and poison control) participated in a car crash simulation involving a radioactive medication leak.

Congratulations to Paramedic Karsten Lippert, Paramedic Richard Roscoe, and Firefighter Paxton Moran on completion of the HazMat Technician training!

Take a look at some photos from Confined Space Training …

HIGHLIGHTS FROM 2017

January 1st, 2018 Prior Year Photo Galleries are located under “Your Fire District” We are so proud of our Avra Valley family!  2017 provided many positive changes for the District.  Of significance, our District received an upgraded ISO Rating during 2017.  Please read more by clicking on the top right side menu item.   The 2017 wildland season was …READ MORE