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
Welcome to summer in the southwest!
With triple-digit temperatures this month, it is important that people and their families stay safe from heat-related illnesses.
People in Arizona have a higher risk of getting sick from extremely hot temperatures compared to any other state in the country. To avoid heat-related illnesses follow these general tips:
- Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration in the arid desert environment. Drink at least one gallon of water per day to replace loss from sweat.
- Bring the water you will need with you wherever you are venturing and avoid exerting yourself during the hottest part of the day.
- Don’t forget to eat! You need to take in calories to fuel your outdoor activities. On a hot day, eating salty snacks can help your body replace electrolytes that are lost by sweating.
- For sun protection, wear loose-fitting, light-colored clothing and a wide-brimmed hat. Layers are very important to combat the extreme temperature changes that occur in the desert. Apply sunscreen to all exposed skin and make sure to reapply it throughout the day. Remember, sunscreen is not a “one and done” activity. Protect your eyes by wearing sunglasses.
Planning to hike, climb, or cycle in hot weather?
- Plan to bring along two gallons (8 liters) of water per person, per day. A hydration backpack can be very helpful as they allow you to have easy access to water and hold spare water bottles all while keeping your hands free.
- Carry a comprehensive first aid kit. Add a comb and tape to your kit as these items are often helpful in removing cholla and other cactus spines from the skin. Other suggested items for desert hikers include tweezers, safety pins, aspirin, antihistamine tablets, extra food and salty snacks, and an emergency blanket.
Whether your child is spending time near a lake, creek, or wading pool, water safety is essential. Even if they don’t plan to get wet, they could accidentally fall in. One of the best ways to keep them safe is to teach them how to swim. Remind them not to swim alone or without adult supervision.
In summer, your kids need to know how to manage the risks of sunburn and heatstroke. It’s essential to teach them how ultraviolet rays from the sun can harm them. Help them put on sunscreen before they go outside to play and remind them to wear sunglasses and a hat. Have them pack a water bottle to help them stay hydrated.
When summer arrives, and the temperatures start rising, so does the risk of heat-related injuries in animals and children left in vehicles.
Never leave children in the car, even to run a quick errand. In just three minutes in the sun, car interior temperatures can heat up from 78 to 100 degrees, putting your kids in danger of hyperthermia or heatstroke.
Don’t take your dog “on a ride” if they can’t go inside with you. Leaving them alone in a hot car will only put them at serious risk. According to PETA.org, pets can suffer serious injuries when left in a hot car for only 15 minutes.
(This Video talks about the “Texas” heat, so the information is even more important for those of us living in the Arizona Southwest!)
Green Valley Fire District - Compassion, Competence and Character
The men and women of the Green Valley Fire District strive to provide the best possible service to the Greater Green Valley Community. We want to hear from you when are folks go above and beyond what you might expect. And yes, we also want to hear from you when we don’t meet your expectations. Our folks take pride in what they do and your comments go a long way in saying thanks and also making us better. Here is a recent comment received concerning one of our responses to serve.
“The Crew from Engine 153/A-Shift responded to a medical emergency at my parents home on the morning of 9 June. My mother had called me at my home in Idaho in a panic so I got her to call 911. With in minutes the A-Shift arrived and started to render emergency treatment to my father. Mike Fazio, Matt Hughes and Corey Schatz are all truly the “Best of the Best” and provide such personal care for my mother who was truly overwhelmed with everything going on. Not only did they care for my mothers emotions and needs on site, but the also called me on my cell phone to let me know what was going on with my dad. A few hours later I received another follow call from Mike Fazio to make sure the hospital had been in touch with me. The residents of Green Valley are truly blessed to have these dedicated professionals serving them in their community. My mom couldn’t say enough about how kind this crew was and I hope they know they will always have a place in our families hearts.”
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!
If you are looking for a fun, exciting career
The Green Valley Fire District seeks to hire employees who share our desire to provide the best possible services to our residents, businesses, community, and our fellow team members. Our work environment supports teamwork, diversity, and encourages our employees to increase their knowledge, skills, and abilities through training and development. Please submit an Interest Form so that we can contact you when our next process opens. Thank You for considering a career with the Green Valley Fire District.
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