Welcome to the Green Valley Fire District
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.
Chuck Wunder, MSL, EFO, CFO
Kitchen safety while cooking…
Cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and home injuries. The leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking. It’s important to be alert to prevent cooking fires.
What you should know:
- Be on alert! If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol don’t use the stove or stovetop.
- Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, boiling or broiling food.
- If you are simmering, baking or roasting food, check it regularly, remain in the kitchen while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.
- Keep anything that can catch fire — oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains — away from your stovetop.
Oil is a key ingredient found in the majority of today’s kitchens. Whether a recipe calls for frying or sautéing, we include oil in almost all of our daily cooking. When using any of the many oils to prepare your meals like olive, canola, corn or soybean, consider the following safety tips when cooking:
- Always stay in the kitchen when frying on the stove-top.
- Keep an eye on what you fry. If you see wisps of smoke or the oil smells, immediately turn off the burner and/or carefully remove the pan from the burner. Smoke is a danger sign that the oil is too hot.
- Heat the oil slowly to the temperature you need for frying or sautéing.
- Add food gently to the pot or pan so the oil does not splatter.
- Always cook with a lid beside your pan. If you have a fire, slide the lid over the pan and turn off the burner. Do not remove the cover because the fire could start again. Let the pan cool for a long time. Never throw water or use a fire extinguisher on the fire.
- If the fire does not go out or you don’t feel comfortable sliding a lid over the pan, get everyone out of your home. Call the fire department from outside.
If you have a cooking fire…
- Just get out! When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire.
- Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number after you leave.
- If you try to fight the fire, be sure others are getting out and you have a clear way out.
- Keep a lid nearby when you’re cooking to smother small grease fires. Smother the fire by sliding the lid over the pan and turn off the stove-top. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled.
- For an oven fire turn off the heat and keep the door closed.
Green Valley Fire District - Compassion, Competence and Character
We like to post comments that we receive that reflect the service our members provide to our community. It is our hope, and overarching goal, that we provide the best, most compassionate service possible in each and every call for service we respond to.
“This time yesterday the GVFD was here (Trent Schroeder, Carl Crain, Michael Johnson) to clean up the mess from an uncontrolled fire created in our fire place due to a very stupid, yet common, mistake of not opening the flew before starting the fire. We had planned on burning some dried Rosemary from our yard, there was quite a bit of it that had collected in the fireplace. This is what caused the sudden large flames to quickly become out of control with the flew closed. The fire reached about 4 to 5 feet out of the fireplace, we were able to put it out by closing the grate and throwing a large pan of water into the fireplace. The smoke was about 2 feet thick from the ceiling and totally engulfed the entire living area. We did manage to get doors open to help vent the smoke before the GVFD arrived. The GVFD fighters were wonderful and did their job diligently and to the “T”, especially Carl Crain who was passionately adamant that I (Sheila) stay out front and not leave, of course I did argue with him only because I wanted to be in our back area with my mother and some of our animals to make sure they were okay and felt safe. They made us feel secure and assured us that our other pets were safe under the bed where they were hiding, since the smoke was mainly at ceiling height. They secured the fireplace, opened the flew and made it safe for us to re-enter the house. We have much work to do to clear the residual smoke from the house as it reeks immensely. Michael Johnson tried to clean up the soot left on the fireplace wall, was able to remove some of it. Since my mother and I both suffer from Asthma, they were very concerned about making sure we were okay, insisting we stay outside. Trent Schroeder, the acting captain, took our report patiently and compassionately as we sat in our backyard area. He took the time to make sure we were comfortable, made sure we knew exactly what they would be doing, and assured us constantly that the pets were safe where they were, and after all was done helped in doing a pet check before they left. Trent mentioned that, if we were interested, in a used fire extinguisher he would head back to the FD and check to see if one was available. They did return with one, which we are so very grateful for, as we left ours in the home we sold in Tucson, and had been meaning to stop by GVFD to inquire on what we needed for our home. They also made sure that our smoke detectors were in working order before they left and Trent gave us a flyer on replacement alarms from GVFD, since he noticed that the hall unit was very old, yet still worked, and should be replaced – we are grateful to have that information, as this house was a foreclosure with many, many issues when we purchased March 2017. Thank you to our GREAT firefighters of GVFD who saved our day.”
Graciously, Norma and Sheila Wheeler
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 lock-box 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!