Dear Avra Valley Fire District residents,

We are aware of the unrelenting cascade of news conferences and press releases from local and national government leaders regarding COVID-19. The firefighters and paramedics who service our community 24/7/365 would like for you to know that from our perspective little has changed.

If you are sick or injured we will take you to the hospital. When there are accidents — we respond. When there are fires — we will be there to put them out. We may look a little different — we may be taking precautions — but it’s still us.

As small businesses close, as restaurants and malls close, as schools close, and everyone is encouraged to stay home, please be assured that we are open for business and available whenever you need us.

The following prevention measures are being taken:

  • 911 dispatchers have been and will continue to screen patients who call with related symptoms.
  • If COVID-19 is suspected crews will be wearing personal protective equipment such as masks, eye protection, protective sleeves or gowns. The patient exam will be limited to one caregiver. The patient may be instructed to move outside to fresh air.
  • If the patient needs to go to the hospital, crews will take steps to create an isolation area in the ambulance and will call ahead to the designated hospital so staff there can be prepared for the patient’s arrival.
  • Hospital protocols are prohibiting most visitors and family members from entering the hospitals. You may not be able to accompany family members to the hospital.
  • After the call, crews will follow strict decontamination and disinfection protocols.

Be safe, be healthy, and call us if you need us!

In an emergency, please call 911.

For information and updates about the community response to the COVID-19 outbreak please visit      or call    2-1-1


  Arizona Unites for Annual Drowning Impact Awareness during 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.   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.   A majority of drownings involve children less than 5 years of age. You can support the Drowning Prevention Coalition of Arizona by wearing a purple ribbon to show your support for the campaign during the month of August.

More information             

Drowning Prevention Coalition of Arizona

You can help prevent drowning by remembering 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


October 29th, 2019

Congratulations to Paramedic Tony Lopez for 5 years of service to the District.  Thank you!!  And, congratulations to Captain Dan Coody for his Award of Service and to Captain David Collings for his Award of Merit.  We are so proud of our Avra family!!! 

Avra Valley Fire District received a 100 Club Grant for swift water gear.  Take a look at the new equipment.

Our firefighters took third place in the annual chili cookoff.  Way to go Avra!

After a rigorous testing process, Firefighter David Collings was recently promoted to Captain.  Congratulations and way to go!

Congratulations for Captain Mike Tharp, Firefighter David Collings, Paramedic Karsten Lippert and Firefighter Chris George on 5 years of outstanding service to the District.  We really appreciate you!

Unit citation awards were issued for:

(1) a large scale motor vehicle accident on I10 in December 2018  involving 6 vehicles and the transporting of 8 patients.  The incident lasted over 7 hours.   

(2)  the successful technical rescue of an individual trapped under a vehicle.  And, Northwest Hospital recognized our firefighters who successfully transported an individaul having an MI from their front door to the hospital cath lab in 28 minutes.


December 28th, 2018 2018 was full of activity for Avra Valley Fire District. Congratulations to Firefighter of the Year, Captain Mike Tharp!  Congratulations to Captain Tony Donaldson for 10 years of service to the District.  Congratulations to Firefighter Cory Wellman who was promoted to Paramedic. Our firefighters conducted a rigorous training schedule including confined space training, hazmat training, …READ MORE


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