DROWNING IMPACT AWARENESS MONTH
Arizona Unites for 14th 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. Formal proclamations signed by Governor Ducey and Mayors across the State support the Drowning Prevention Coalition of Arizona. The combination of sweltering heat and back-to-school distractions make August a high-risk time for child drownings to occur. So far this year, in the Phoenix area alone, there have been 32 drowning deaths (8 of which were children) resulting from 77 water related incidents, with many more deaths and incidents throughout the state. You can wear a purple ribbon to show your support for the campaign during the month of August.
State Proclamation CPR Class ABC’s of Water Safety
CURRENTLY HAPPENING IN OUR DISTRICT
August 21st, 2017
AVRA VALLEY FIRE DISTRICT RECEIVES UPGRADED ISO RATING: ISO has completed its analysis of our structural fire suppression delivery system. ISO’s survey plays an important role in the underwriting process at insurance companies. Our ISO rating is a large determinant in the amount of property insurance premiums our residents have to pay. Through an arduous audit process it was determined that the ISO rating for the Avra Valley Fire District is 3. This is an outstanding accomplishment, especially for a rural fire district. This upgrade will impact every resident who lives within five miles of a fire station whether or not a hydrant is nearby. ISO looks at every aspect of a District’s operation. Most importantly, we were able to prove to ISO that we can maintain required fire flows for two hours anywhere within our District boundaries utilizing water shuttle operations and static water sources.
August 2017: We have a crew of 4 wildland firefighters deployed to Oregon.
July 2017: Thanks to all our wildland firefighters. Here are pictures from the Steel Fire.
Summer 2017: The Avra Valley family extends sincere thanks to all of our wildland firefighters. Chris Ing and David Collings celebrated their birthdays while deployed to the Goodwin Fire. We are so proud of you!
June 2017: Congratulations to Captain Dan Coody on 10 years of service to the District. We really appreciate all you do! Here’s to 10 more years !!
And, we welcome Firefighter Paxton Moran to the Avra Valley family.
April 2017: Captain Beatty lead three weeks of Rope Rescue Training with agencies Avra Valley, Rural Metro, Mountain Vista, Drexel Heights, Pascua Yaqui, and Green Valley. All students received their State certification.
April 26, 2017: We welcome Firefighter Christopher Lee to the Avra Valley family!
April 24, 2017: Congratulations to Assistant Chief Klein on successfully obtaining his Executive Fire Officer credentials from FEMA. Well done !!
April 2017: Avra Valley Fire District assisted with instructing the IAFF Hazmat First Responder Operations Class for the Golder Ranch Fire Academy. Avra Valley was given the opportunity to assist seasoned instructors to train new personnel in hazmat operation, as well as gain valuable experience learning how to instruct this material. Here are some picture of the practicals :
April 8, 2017: Avra Valley Fire District provided Easter festivities at the first annual Red Rock Spring Fling event.
March 2017: Avra Valley Fire District was proud to participate in the Marana Founder’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 25.
February 2017: Our Avra Valley Firefighters regularly participate in training exercises. See our firefighters as they train for firefighting/rescue in confined spaces..
Avra Valley Firefighters recently visited the Marana HeadStart Preschool and spent an evening reading with “Rocky” at the Roadrunner Elementary School. Thanks for educating our community !!