Message From The Fire Chief
Welcome to the Green Valley Fire District, and thank you for visiting our website. We welcome your interest and encourage you to contact us should you need additional information or have any questions or concerns.
As the Fire Chief, I am honored to serve alongside an outstanding group of men and women who are truly dedicated to providing excellent emergency, non-emergency, prevention, public education, and community services to our communities. Our organization values the relationship we have with our communities and works hard to ensure we don’t violate the trust or confidence you have placed in us.
As our customer, we strive to exceed your expectations with every encounter we have. Your input is important to our success, and we value your feedback. My contact information is listed below. Please let me know when we exceed your expectations, or if you have suggestions on how we can continue to improve our service delivery.
I hope you find our website informative and encourage you to check back frequently as we work to keep our communities up to date on our activities and services.
Chuck Wunder, MSL, EFO, CFO
Unexpected visitor? Who you going to call?
The arrival of warm spring weather not only brings us out of our homes, it also brings out critters normally in hibernation during the winter season. I am referring to “desert pests.” For the purpose of this discussion we will be talking about snakes and Gila Monsters. The chances of an encounter with one of these creatures has now been increased.
Should you find one of these creatures on your property and wish to have it removed, you can call the Green Valley Fire District non-emergency phone number, (520) 629-9200. It is not necessary to call 911. GVFD or Fire Corps personnel will be dispatched to your location.
In order to assist our personnel, please try to keep track of the creature’s location. If there is another person available have them keep the creature in sight while you make the call.
A few points to keep in mind:
- Snakes are most active during nighttime, early morning, and early evening. They cannot tolerate the daytime heat and will seek shaded locations (like under a bush, cactus, or the barbecue grill on your patio.)
- If you venture out after dark, it is highly recommended you carry a flashlight.
- All snakes will bite if agitated or handled. Do not think that you can determine the state of mind of a snake or Gila Monster simply by observing it’s behavior on the ground.
- There are only two venomous snakes in our area – Rattlesnakes (all species) and the Sonoran Coral Snake (rarely encountered.)
If you are bitten by any snake/Gila Monster, call 911. There is NO home treatment that you should attempt.
- Even a bite by a non-venomous snake contains bacteria that can result in an infection. DO NOT try to cut into a rattlesnake bite and “suck” the venom out or apply a tourniquet above the bite.
- Only a doctor can assess a rattlesnake bite and administer the anti-venom if required.
- Avoid moving the bitten area as much as possible, and remain calm. Remove any tight clothing or jewelry.
We have been co-existing with these interesting creatures for hundreds of years and with a little caution and common sense we can happily continue to do so.
Concerned about brush, grass or forest fires where you live?
Find tips and tools here to make your home and neighborhood safer from wildland fire.
Since 2002, The Firewise Communities/USA Recognition Program has empowered neighbors to work together in reducing their wildfire risk. Join the growing network of more than 1300 recognized Firewise communities from across the nation taking action and ownership in preparing and protecting their homes against the threat of wildfire.
Using a five-step process, communities develop an action plan that guides their residential risk reduction activities, while engaging and encouraging their neighbors to become active participants in building a safer place to live. Neighborhoods throughout the United States are embracing the benefits of becoming a recognized Firewise Community – and you can too!
Come Join Our Fire Corps Team
Are you looking for something fun to do while helping your fellow Green Valley neighbors stay safe in their homes? Well Fire Corps may be just what you’re looking for!
The continued growth of our wildly successful; smoke alarm and battery replacement programs, rapid entry lockbox installation, desert pest relocation, administrative support for the Fire District, and community fall prevention services have created the need to find more men and women volunteers.
Fire Corps volunteers provide non-emergency support to the Green Valley Fire District saving GVFD over $200,000 each year and have a great time doing it.
Volunteers receive extensive classroom and field training in all functions. There are positions available that will cater to your specific interests and skills. Join our outstanding cadre of friendly, community minded volunteers and help keep Green Valley safe.
To join, call the Green Valley Fire District Community Services Division at 520-625 9438. We would like to talk to you!