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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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Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!
October is Fire Prevention Month
- Cooking is necessary and often relaxing and fun. People like to gather in the kitchen to talk and enjoy time with one another. But as you know, cooking is also the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries. Life is so busy, and people are accustomed to multitasking. But a minute away from a stove can easily turn into five, and a small flame or overheated oil can start a large fire in that time.
Cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries.
- Keep an eye on what you fry. Most cooking fires start when someone is frying food.
- Watch what you are cooking. Fires start when the heat is too high. If you see any smoke or the grease starts to boil, turn the burner off.
- Make sure you are awake and alert. Alcohol and some drugs can make you sleepy.
- Wear short sleeves or roll them up so they don’t catch on fire.
- Make sure children and pets stay at least 3 feet away from a hot stove.
- Turn pot handles toward the back of the stove so no one can bump them or pull them over.
- Move things that can burn away from the stove. This includes dishtowels, bags, boxes, paper and curtains.
Unattended cooking is the leading cause of home cooking fires.
- Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking at high temperatures.
- If you must leave, turn off the burner.
- When simmering food on the stove or baking in the oven, set a timer to remind you that you are cooking. It is very easy to get distracted by electronics and lose track of time
Many home cooking fires happen on the kitchen range.
- Before you turn on the heat, move dishtowels, bags, boxes, paper and curtains — anything that can burn — away from the stove.
- When you are finished, wipe up any spills or food left on the stove.
Frying is the greatest risk for a home cooking fire.
- Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking at high temperatures, like frying, boiling and grilling.
- When oil gets too hot, it can easily start a fire. Keep a pot lid or a cookie sheet nearby when you are cooking at high temperatures.
- If the pot starts to flame, put the lid or cookie sheet over the pot, turn off the heat and let it cool.
Cooking fire safety essentials
- When cooking, stay in the kitchen and keep an eye on the stove.
- Wear short or tight-fitting sleeves when cooking.
- Keep towels, pot holders, curtains, and paper products away from the stove.
Keeping kids safe around cooking equipment
- Have a “kid-free zone” of at least 3 feet around the stove and areas where hot food or drink is prepared or carried.
- Keep children and pets away from the grill area.
- Have a 3-foot kid-free zone around the grill.
With Fire, there is little time!
In less than 30 seconds a small flame can get completely out of control and turn into a major fire. It only takes minutes for thick black smoke to fill a home. In minutes, a home can be engulfed in flames. If you wake up to a fire, you won’t have time to grab valuables because fire spreads too quickly and the smoke is too thick. There is only time to escape.
Smoke and toxic gases kill more people than flames do.
Fire uses up the oxygen you need and produces smoke and poisonous gases that kill. Breathing even small amounts of smoke and toxic gases can make you drowsy, disoriented and short of breath. The odorless, colorless fumes can lull you into a deep sleep before the flames reach your door. You may not wake up in time to escape.
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.
|“I stopped by the fire station by Quail Creek today and I was helped by the most wonderful, caring gentleman! Captain Ruiz and Firefighter T.John treated me as though as though I was apart of their family when I asked for advice for treating sun burn that blistered on my hand. After they bandaged my hand they took the time to look up home remedies and showed me on a map where the closest pharmacies are. I couldn’t have been more cared for had it been my own family. Those two nice men made me proud that they’re the ones taking care of us in Green Valley. Please give Captain Ruiz and Firefighter T. John my biggest thanks, and a raise! Those boys deserve it!”|
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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