Avra Valley Fire District News

September 28th, 2018


Since 1922, Fire Prevention Week has been observed during the week in which October 9 falls.  Historically, October 9  marks the date of two very devasting fires.  The Great Chicago Fire of 1871 is probably the most well known.  Remember the account of Mrs. O’Leary’s cow kicking over a lantern in the barn?  This horrific incident killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures, and burned more than 2,000 acres of land.  An even more devasting fire occurred the same day in Northeast Wisconsin, leveling 16 towns and destroying 1.2 million acres.   Visit the National Fire Prevention Association website for more information. Fires can and do still happen – at home, as well as other locations.  This year’s theme identifies essential ways to prepare people.  Look for places fire can start. Listen for the sound of the smoke alarm.  Learn two ways out of each room. Please checkout these sites: Visit Sparky The Fire Dog    Do’s and Don’ts to Prevent Home Fires    Homeland Security


Congratulations to Firefighter Cory Wellman on his recent promotion to Paramedic. Great job!  Earlier in the year Paramedic Karsten Lippert, Paramedic Richard Roscoe, and Firefighter Paxton Moran completed HazMat Technician training.  And, Lorrie Palmquist completed 5 years of service to the District.

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 …