Compassion • Competence • Character
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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

Fire Chief

cwunder@gvfire.org

Notes of Special Interest

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Who says it doesn’t get cold in Arizona (Photo courtesy of Chris O’Neill)

Portable Space Heater Safety

When the weather turns cold, it can bring a chill into our homes. Portable space heaters have become a popular way to supplement central heating or heat one room. 

If you plan to use portable electric space heaters, make sure to follow these tips and recommendations:

Heater Checklist:

  • Purchase a heater with the seal of an independent testing laboratory.
  • Keep the heater at least 3 feet away from anything that can burn, including people.
  • Choose a heater with a thermostat and overheat protection.
  • Place the heater on a solid, flat surface.
  • Make sure your heater has an auto shut-off to turn the heater off if it tips over.
  • Keep space heaters out of the way of foot traffic. Never block an exit.
  • Keep children away from the space heater.
  • Plug the heater directly into the wall outlet. Never use an extension cord.
  • Space heaters should be turned off and unplugged when you leave the room or go to bed.

Types of Electric Space Heaters

Oil or water-filled radiator
Heated oil or water travels through the heater.

Fan-forced heater
A fan blows warm air over metal coils.

Ceramic heater
Air is warmed over a ceramic heating element.

Infrared heaters
Heat is created by infrared bulbs.

And What About Your Fireplace?

1. Only Burn Dry, Cured Wood
That is, logs that have been split, stacked, and dried for eight to 12 months. Cover your log pile on top, but leave the sides open for air flow.

2. Burn Firewood and Only Firewood!
Crates, lumber, construction scraps, painted wood, or other treated wood releases chemicals into your home, compromising air quality. Log starters are fine for getting your wood fireplace going, but they burn very hot; generally only use one at a time.

3. Close the Damper When Not Using Your Wood Fireplace
This will prevent warm indoor air — and the dollars you’re spending to heat it — from rushing up the chimney.

4. Keep Bifold Glass Doors Open When Burning a Fire
This will allow heat to get into the room. .

5. Have a Chimney Cap Installed
It will prevent objects, rain, and snow from falling into your chimney, and reduce downdrafts. Caps have side vents so smoke escapes.

6. Replace a Poorly Sealing Damper to Prevent Heat Loss.
A top-mounted damper that also functions as a rain cap provides a tighter closure than a traditional damper for your wood fireplace.

7. Install Carbon Monoxide Detectors and Smoke Detectors
Place them near your wood fireplace as well as in bedroom areas.

8. Get Your Chimney Cleaned Twice a Year
If you burn more than three cords of wood annually, this is a must-do.

9. To Burn a Fire Safely, Build It Slowly, Adding More Wood as It Heats.
Keep the damper of your wood fireplace completely open to increase draw in the early stages. Burn the fire hot, at least occasionally—with the damper all the way open to help prevent smoke from lingering in the fireplace and creosote from developing.

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.

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!

Green Valley Fire Corps needs your help to set a new record at Madera Club House this January 24th!

It’s that time of year again! The annual Fire Corps Pancake Breakfast is coming January 24th to the Madera Club House in the beautiful Quail Creek Community. We invite the members of the Greater Green Valley Community to come and enjoy a freshly prepared pancake breakfast with your family and friends. The monies raised during this community event helps support the Green Valley Fire Corps programs that keeps folks safe and healthy throughout the year. Doors will open at 7:30 am and last until 10:30 am.

Many community partners will also be on hand to provide information and answer questions concerning their many programs available to those who live in the wonderful Santa Cruz Valley area. So come out and have breakfast, make some new friends and learn about programs available to you and your loved ones.

See ya there!

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.

While you’re here, check out what is happening regionally

Click to visit the Pima Chiefs website
A Regional Partnership Collaborating to Lead Pima County’s Emergency Services

The Pima Fire Chiefs Association is made up of members, associate members, and regional partners who are working collaboratively to lead Pima County’s emergency services.

Following a recently completed strategic outline, the Association is focused on stronger leadership, increased engagement, better defined mission and purpose, increased collaboration amongst its membership, and improved mentoring opportunities within the Association.

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