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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
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Here come the warmer temperatures…
That means, Wildfire Season is fast approaching
Every year, wildfires burn across the U.S., and more and more people are living where wildfires are a real risk. Nearly 45 million homes abut or intermingle with wildlands and more than 72,000 U.S. communities are now at risk. But by working together residents can make their own property – and their neighborhood – much safer from wildfire.
Your Home and Wildfire: Choices that can make a difference
Before a wildfire threatens your area…
In and around your home
- Clear leaves and other debris from gutters, eaves, porches and decks. This prevents embers from igniting your home.
- Remove dead vegetation and other items from under your deck or porch, and within 10 feet of the house. Learn more about the basics of defensible space on the Firewise website.
- Screen or box-in areas below patios and decks with wire mesh to prevent debris and combustible materials from accumulating.
- Remove flammable materials (firewood stacks, propane tanks) within 30 feet of your home’s foundation and outbuildings, including garages and sheds. If it can catch fire, don’t let it touch your house, deck or porch.
- Wildfire can spread to tree tops. Prune trees so the lowest branches are 6 to 10 feet from the ground.
- Keep your lawn hydrated and maintained. If it is brown, cut it down to reduce fire intensity. Dry grass and shrubs are fuel for wildfire.
- Don’t let debris and lawn cuttings linger. Dispose of these items quickly to reduce fuel for fire.
- Inspect shingles or roof tiles. Replace or repair those that are loose or missing to prevent ember penetration.
- Cover exterior attic vents with metal wire mesh no larger than 1/8 inch to prevent sparks from entering the home.
- Enclose under-eave and soffit vents or screens with metal mesh to prevent ember entry.
- Learn more about how to protect your home and property at www.firewise.org.
Creating an emergency plan
- Assemble an emergency supply kit and place it in a safe spot. Remember to include important documents, medications and personal identification.
- Develop an emergency evacuation plan and practice it with everyone in your home.
- Plan two ways out of your neighborhood and designate a meeting place.
- Learn more about emergency preparedness planning on NFPA’s emergency planning webpage.
During the time a wildfire is in your area…
- Stay aware of the latest news and updates from your local media and fire department. Get your family, home and pets prepared to evacuate.
- Place your emergency supply kit and other valuables in your vehicle.
- Move patio or deck furniture, cushions, door mats and potted plants in wooden containers either indoors or as far away from the home, shed and garage as possible.
- Close and protect your home’s openings, including attic and basement doors and vents, windows, garage doors and pet doors to prevent embers from penetrating your home.
- Connect garden hoses and fill any pools, hot tubs, garbage cans, tubs, or other large containers with water. Firefighters have been known to use the hoses to put out fires on rooftops.
- Leave as early as possible, before you’re told to evacuate. Do not linger once evacuation orders have been given. Promptly leaving your home and neighborhood clears roads for firefighters to get equipment in place to fight the fire, and helps ensure residents’ safety.
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 are some recent comments received after one of our emergency calls.
|Dear Captain Hughes, Engineer Turner and Firefighter Maultsby,|
You were part of an emergency crew that responded to a call at —– La Huerta about 6:45 a.m., that saved my life! You and your fellow crew members took me to St. Mary’s Heart Trauma Center, and they went to work. I received a stent in my blocked artery and thins are now fixed. The hospital also said that due to your quickness and decisiveness, there was no damage to my heart muscle. Saying “Thank You” to you for my life seems such a weak phrase when telling you how I fell about what you did. What do you say to someone who has saved your life? But Sir, Thank You!!!
Karen and Wayne Bernett
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.
To join, call the Green Valley Fire District Community Services Division at 520-625 9438. We would like to talk to you!
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.
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.
Green Valley Fire Corps Community Services has been suspended until further notice!!!
Green Valley Fire District is doing it’s part to “Slow the Spread” of the COVID-19 coronavirus during these difficult times. We value our volunteers and as this group of dedicated individuals are part of the high-risk population, we have elected to suspend all Fire Corps related activities and services.
This suspension includes the community service of replacing batteries in smoke alarms and installing new ones when needed. If you are a member of the Smoke Alarm / Battery Replacement Program, we will contact you when our service is up and running again. The popular “Lock Box” program has also been suspended until we believe it is safe for our volunteers to once again serve the community with this service.
Also, all administrative services will not be activated so the Fire Corps Office will not be answering phones or returning calls.
Other programs that the Fire Corps usually handle such as the chirping smoke alarm or the desert pest removal service will be accomplished by our firefighters. If you need these services please call 629-9200.
We apologize for the inconvenience this may create for you and ask that you help us by taking care of yourself and practice proper precautions to remain healthy and safe. Our firefighters remain ready to serve in case of emergency. We are in this together!
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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