DROWNING IMPACT AWARENESS MONTH
Arizona Unites for 13th Annual Drowning impact Awareness Month – Statewide Purple Ribbon Campaign Highlights Increased Child Drowning Risks in August.
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. In the first 7 months of 2016, Pima County has already had 8 water-related incidents, 7 involving children and 3 fatalities. 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 Water Safety Expo Fry’s Rewards Program
COMING UP FOR SEPTEMBER 2016:
September is recognized as National Preparedness Month (NPM) which serves as a reminder that we all must take action to prepare, now and throughout the year, for the types of emergencies that could affect us where we live, work, and also where we visit. The emphasis this year will be on preparedness for youth, older adults, people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs. Take time to help America become more prepared 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
ALSO IN SEPTEMBER:
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
Construction Projects Completed
We are proud to announce that Station 193 is open! The District began running calls from newly reconstructed Station 193 on July 1, 2016.
Below: Fire Station 192 located at 6440 N Anway Road was recently reconstructed
CURRENTLY HAPPENING IN OUR DISTRICT
August 24th, 2016
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 2, 2016: We deployed a Type 6 Engine with a crew of three firefighters to the Mule Ridge Fire
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; Firefighter Michelle DesRochers; Firefighter Ryan Hunt; 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.
December 18, 2015: The 2015 Annual Awards
Congratulations to Firefighter of the Year – Chris George. And Congratulations to Captain Beatty, recipient of the Million Award for outstanding service.
A Look Back at 2015:
Fire Station 194 began running calls in January 2015. Grand Opening festivities were held January 10, 2015.
2015 saw Captains promotions, 5-year service pins awarded, reserve firefighter promotions and the installation of a new Board member.
Our firefighters conducted and/or participated in specialized training, including landing zone training and swift water rescue training.
Our firefighters were dispatched to several wildland fires.
Our firefighters served the community in numerous ways including the annual adopt-a-family program and conducting school tours.
Our firefighters won the annual chili cook-off !!
Fire Station 194 was utilized to host several community events including Town Hall meetings offered by Pinal County Supervisor Smith and a special memorial service…
Fire Station 194 was chosen to test out new dust sensors developed by the National Weather Service to detect and warn about severe dust storms.
We have new ambulances in service, as well as a newly refurbished Engine 217.