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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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What can you do to prevent falls?
Falls are serious and costly
- One out of five falls causes a serious injury such as broken bones or a head injury.3,4
- Each year, 2.8 million older people are treated in emergency departments for fall injuries.5
- Over 800,000 patients a year are hospitalized because of a fall injury, most often because of a head injury or hip fracture.5
- Each year at least 300,000 older people are hospitalized for hip fractures.6
- More than 95% of hip fractures are caused by falling,7 usually by falling sideways.8
- Falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries (TBI).9
- Adjusted for inflation, the direct medical costs for fall injuries are $31 billion annually.10 Hospital costs account for two-thirds of the total.
What Conditions Make You More Likely to Fall?
Research has identified many conditions that contribute to falling. These are called risk factors. Many risk factors can be changed or modified to help prevent falls. They include:
- Lower body weakness
- Vitamin D deficiency (that is, not enough vitamin D in your system)
- Difficulties with walking and balance
- Use of medicines, such as tranquilizers, sedatives, or antidepressants. Even some over-the-counter medicines can affect balance and how steady you are on your feet.
- Vision problems
- Foot pain or poor footwear
- Home hazards or dangers such as
- broken or uneven steps, and
- throw rugs or clutter that can be tripped over.
Most falls are caused by a combination of risk factors. The more risk factors a person has, the greater their chances of falling.
What You Can Do to Prevent Falls
Falls can be prevented. These are some simple things you can do to keep yourself from falling.
Talk to Your Doctor
• Ask your doctor or healthcare provider to evaluate your risk for falling and talk with them about specific things you can do.
• Ask your doctor or pharmacist to review your medicines to see if any might make you dizzy or sleepy. This should include prescription medicines and over-the counter medicines.
• Ask your doctor or healthcare provider about taking vitamin D supplements.
Do Strength and Balance Exercises
Do exercises that make your legs stronger and improve your balance. Tai Chi is a good example of this kind of exercise.
Have Your Eyes Checked
Have your eyes checked by an eye doctor at least once a year, and be sure to update your eyeglasses if needed.
If you have bifocal or progressive lenses, you may want to get a pair of glasses with only your distance prescription for outdoor activities, such as walking. Sometimes these types of lenses can make things seem closer or farther away than they really are.
Make Your Home Safer
• Get rid of things you could trip over.
• Add grab bars inside and outside your tub or shower and next to the toilet.
• Put railings on both sides of stairs.
• Make sure your home has lots of light by adding more or brighter light bulbs.
Here’s some more helpful information
Health Pima Falls Free Pima: https://www.healthypima.com/falls
Pima Council on Aging Falls Free: Falls free Events
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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