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.”
SEPTEMBER IS NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS MONTH
National Preparedness Month encourages and reminds Americans to be prepared for disasters or emergencies in their homes, businesses, and communities now and throughout the year. The recent devastating hurricanes and wildfires remind us of the importance of preparing for disasters. We will often be the first ones in our communities to take action after a disaster strikes. It is important to prepare in advance to help yourself and your community. Homeowners, families, communities, and businesses can find ways to help and assist others in understanding more about preparing for disasters and reducing risks to health and the environment.
Currently Happening in Our District
August 28th, 2018
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
The 2018 Wildland Season has been another severe fire season. Three of our firefighters participated in a prescription burn in Southern Arizona, while another crew reported to the Pinery Fire. Our District sent 2 wildland teams 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.
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.
Take a look at some photos from Confined Space Training …
Congratulations to Paramedic Karsten Lippert, Paramedic Richard Roscoe, and Firefighter Paxton Moran on completion of the HazMat Technician training. Also, congratulations to Lorrie Palmquist on 5 years of service to the District.