EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS MONTH
During the month of September, the emphasis will be on preparedness for youth, older adults, people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs. We all can take action to prepare, now and throughout the year, for the types of emergencies that could affect us where we live, work and visit. Find more information on preparing for emergencies by visiting the Department of Homeland Security site at www.ready.gov
Links for youth: Visit with Flat Stanley Red Cross Activity Book from Disney
Other: Family Emergency Plan Community Preparedness America’s PrepareAthon
September is a time to reflect on those first responders who gave the ultimate sacrifice on one of America’s darkest days. Take a moment to honor the fallen 343 at the twin towers. And, take a look at an Army fire truck used during the 9-11 terror attack at the Pentagon. The engine is now housed at the General Patton Museum in Fort Knox, Ky.
“A pint of sweat will save a gallon of blood.” – General Patton
A LOOK AT YOUR FIRE DISTRICT
The Avra Valley Fire District is dedicated, caring professionals committed to safely serving the community of Avra Valley by protecting life and property through education, prevention, suppression and emergency medical services. As part of this mission, the District has undergone significant transformation during the last two years. In January 2015, the District opened Station 194 in Red Rock. During 2016, Station 191 on Silverbell Road was remodeled and Stations 192 on Anway Road and 193 in the Missile Base area were rebuilt. Through strong teamwork, the District has been able to manage tight resources and maintain expenditures in order to accomplish these badly needed upgrades to our facilities which will help ensure the safety of our firefighters as they serve the community of Avra Valley. As our Core Values state:
The members of the Avra Valley Fire District have committed to represent our organization with PRIDE: Professionalism, Responsibility, Integrity, Dedication, and sErvice.
CURRENTLY HAPPENING IN OUR DISTRICT
September 28th, 2016
September 28, 2016: Badges were pinned today for 2 new FF/Paramedics. Welcome to the family Kaitlyn Bustamante and Brendon Jelenc.
Also, 5-year service pins were awarded to FF Ricky Gillmore, Captain Jason Bowden, FF Izzie Martinez and FF/Paramedic Randal Johnson. Congratulations and thank you for your years of service to the District!
September 11, 2016: Several of our firefighters participated in the 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb event.
September 2, 2016: Avra Valley Fire District currently has a Type 3 Engine with a crew of 4 firefighters deployed to the Soberanes wildfire in California. In June, the District deployed a Type 6 Engine with a crew of 3 firefighters to the Mule Ridge fire.
September 2, 2016: Congratulations to Assistant Chief Ray Klein on his graduation from the National Fire Academy’s (NFA) Executive Fire Officer Program (EFOP). The EFOP is an arduous four year program which provides senior fire officers with a broad perspective on various facets of fire and emergency services administration.
August 24, 2016:
Avra Valley Fire District recently promoted 6 firefighters to the rank of Captain. Congratulations to all – we are so proud of you! Captain John Hemmings, Captain Jacob Roberts, Captain Jason Bowden, Captain Mark Velasquez, Captain Michael Tharp and Captain Will Miller.
August 24, 2016: Avra Valley firefighters participated in a cookout at Road Runner Elementary
August 17, 2016: Avra Valley Fire District was recognized by the Marana Chamber of Commerce at their Membership Appreciation Luncheon. Kudos to the District for 19 years of membership.
July 27, 2016: Congratulations to Firefighter John Hemmings on 5 years of service to the District. We really appreciate your strong commitment! And, congratulations to Paramedic Xochitl Baca-Cruz. We are so excited to add you to the family!
June 22, 2016: 5-Year Service Pin presented to Clerk of the Board, Eric Neilson
June 1, 2016: Fire Chief, Brian Delfs, was honored with a Congressional First Responder of Distinction Award from Congresswoman Martha McSally.
May 2, 2016: DiamondBacks Jr. Softball Team photo taken at Fire Station 194 in Red Rock. Thanks for setting such an awesome example in our community !
April 27, 2016: Aleyna Lassen, former Board Vice-Chairman, was presented a plaque in honor of her many years of dedicated service to the District. Thank you for your many contributions to the Avra Valley Fire District!
April 20, 2016: LEARN CPR, GET THE APP, SAVE A LIFE
Captain Patrick Calhoun, PIO Officer for the District, attended a press conference on the new PulsePoint app. Avra Valley Fire is pleased to be one of the southern Arizona agencies that launched PulsePoint today. Please learn CPR (check our website for class dates) and download the PulsePoint App from the App Store. After opening the App, search for “Greater Tucson.” You will be notified if you are close to someone who has suffered a sudden cardiac arrest and the locations of nearby AED’s.
April 12, 2016: Avra Valley firefighters recently enjoyed Fire Safety training with these Cub Scouts.
March 22, 2016: In the spirit of making our Fire District even better, today we pinned badges on 12 new firefighters. We are proud to launch passionate people :
Firefighter Kyle Campbell; Firefighter Na’Derra Carey; Firefighter Casey Clark; Firefighter William Conley, IV; Firefighter Tim DelPercio; Paramedic Christopher Ing; Firefighter Adrian Koch; Firefighter Anthony Marasa; Firefighter Patrick Spencer; Firefighter Cory Wellman.
March 22, 2016: Thank you to Sara Bauer, Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors, for 5 years of devoted service to the District. We appreciate you!
March 7, 2016: Firefighter Israel Martinez at a school tour event
AVRA IN THE NEWS: The District recently received a grant to purchase extrication tools. See the brief article regarding the “Jaws of Life”
Feb 5, 2016: Children from the Pioneers group at Grace Lutheran Church in Casa Grande tour Fire Station 194 in Red Rock
Jan 20, 2016: Paramedic Karsten Lippert and Firefighter William Conley address the MCAT class at Marana High School.
2015 HIGHLIGHTS: During 2015, The District opened Station 194 in Red Rock, promoted 3 Captains, promoted 3 reserve firefighters to fulltime, awarded 5-year service pins, and gained a new Board member. In addition to fire and emergency calls in the community, our firefighters were deployed to several wildland fires. As well as regular physical training, our firefighters conducted many training events such as swift water rescue and helicopter landing pad safety. The firefighters hosted school tours, a holiday adopt-a-family program, and participated in community events such as the annual chili cookoff. Also during 2015, Station 194 was chosen to house dust sensors as part of the severe weather warning system operated by the National Weather Service.
2014 HIGHLIGHTS: During 2014 the District promoted 1 Captain and 8 reserve firefighters to fulltime. In addition to their annual adopt-a- family event, the firefighters participated in several community events including the 9-11 Stairclimb and a Veteran’s Dy Memorial service. During 2014, the District was able to add 2 new ambulances to their fleet, as well as to completely refurbish frontline Engine 217. And, in the summer of 2014, the District broke ground on their fourth fire station in the Red Rock area.