Upgraded Bond Rating For Avra Valley Fire District

We are VERY excited to share a bit of news with you related to our District. We just received notification from Moody’s Investor Services that they are upgrading our bond credit rating from a Baa2 to an A3. This change represents a full two tier upgrade which the Moody’s representative said, “happens very seldomly.”   Moody’s noted that our District has performed with  “strong fiscal management, a solid management team and conservative budgeting.”

AUGUST IS DROWNING IMPACT AWARENESS MONTH

 When a child drowns, the devastation is widespread, long-term and deeply felt.  But, drownings are preventable and families can take steps to protect their children. Recognizing the impact of drownings and teaching families to reduce risk is the purpose of the Drowning Impact Awareness Month Campaign.  Arizona is always ranked one of the top four states in the nation for child drownings.  The combination of sweltering heat and back-to-school distractions make August a high-risk time for child drownings to occur.  During 2017, 163 drownings  occurred in Arizona.  In 2016, Arizona recorded 205 drownings.  70% of the drownings involved children less than 5 years of age. Formal proclamations signed by Governor Ducey and Mayors across the State support the  Drowning Prevention Coalition of Arizona.  You can wear a purple ribbon to show your support for the campaign during the month of August.          More information                        www.preventdrownings.org

The ABC’s of  Water Safety:

  • A-ADULT SUPERVISION:Designate one responsible adult who is dedicated to watching the kids around water. The “Water Watcher” should have a whistle or ribbon, something to remind themselves they are responsible for the safety of kids in water. This also means no drinking alcohol, talking on the phone or texting. We know it sounds strict, but there is no room for compromise on this one. Babies can drown in as little is one inch of water.
  • B: BARRIERS TO WATER:Barriers will ensure a curious child stays safe around water. Do not get in the habit of propping a gate open. If you do, your peace of mind and the security of the barrier is compromised. An inconvenience for you to use two hands to open a gate means security and safety for children.
  • C: CLASSES FOR SWIMMING AND CPR:Parents have a million things to do, but learning CPR should be on the top of the list. It will give you tremendous peace of mind – and the more peace of mind you have as a parent, the better. Take time to teach kids to swim. Starting at a young age, kids can learn water safety to help them in case of an emergency.

 

Avra Valley Fire District News

Currently Happening in Our District

August 1st, 2018

Avra Valley Fire District currently has 2 wildland teams deployed to the CARR Fire in California.

Our firefighters maintain a rigorous training schedule.  On June 25-27, 2018, our firefighters are conducting a swift water training drill.

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.

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 Lorrie Palmquist on 5 years of service to the District!

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