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Fire burns home to the ground in Elephant Head

A fire burned a manufactured home to the ground Saturday morning in the 1800 block of West Dove Way in Elephant Head, according to the Green Valley Fire District.                 Three people escaped the home and nobody was injured after the blaze broke out sometime before 9 a.m….

Bring it in!

Green Valley firefighters Chris Scheller, left, and TJ Lundgren exchange large bills for singles at the donation boot at Friday’s Green Valley Fire Corps annual pancake fundraiser at Quail Creek Clubhouse.  Proceeds support community safety programs.

Rescue in Madera Canyon – Boy, 6 Airlifted

A 6-year-old boy was flown out of Madera Canyon around noon Monday after falling 10 to 12 feet while climbing on rocks on the Super Trail, said L.T. Pratt, community outreach coordinator for the Green Valley Fire District. The boy and his mother met firefighters in the parking lot and the boy was taken to…

Wells Fargo evacuated, five taken to hospitals

Five people were taken to St. Mary’s Hospital and Banner University Medical Center Wednesday afternoon after being evacuated from the Wells Fargo Bank on West Continental Road.   Although Southwest Gas and the Green Valley Fire District suspected a gas leak because bank employees complained of a heavy odor, headaches and nausea, no gas was…

Trash Dump

No one was injured Tuesday afternoon when a delivery truck rolled onto its side at the entrance to Madera Highlands on Old Nogales Highway in Sahuarita, spilling several empty trash cans.  Traffic was backed up for at least an hour and the railroad was notified of the crash, according to the Green Valley Fire District. 

Candle tips over, ignites wreath

An 83-year-old Green Valley woman and her dog escaped injuries Friday night after a candle fell over and ignited a dry natural wreath at her home, according to a Green Valley Fire District spokesman. The damage after a candle ignited a wreath in a Green Valley home on Friday.

Brush Fire

Green Valley Fire District firefighters put out a brush fire around 11 a.m. in a wash behind a home in the 200 block of West El Valle.  The fire, which was accidental in nature, grew to about 10 yards by 10 yards in size. said LT Pratt, GVFD community outreach coordinator.

GVFS Program Gets Some Advice

Green Valley Fire District’s nurse practitioner program is of great benefit to the community and hugely popular with patients, but to become self-sustaining it needs to be renamed and better marketed.  Those are the conclusions of three students from the University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management who analyzed the program while working on their…

One person dead in I-19 crash

One person died today in a one-vehicle crash shortly before noon on southbound Interstate 19 near Duval Mine Road, said Bart Graves, a spokesman with the Arizona Department of Public Safety. LT Pratt, community outreach coordinator for the Green Valley Fire District, said the vehicle left the interstate and struck a pillar at the overpass….

Season of Giving

More than 100 households celebrated an early Christmas on Monday when the Green Valley Fire Corps came to their homes as part of their annual Food and Gift delivery program.  Two Valley Assistance Services nurse volunteers and 21 Fire Corps volunteers, friends and spouses picked up food and goodies from the Community Food Bank in…

Volunteer couple is racking up the hours

Some couples tease each other over who makes the best dishes or whose sports team is better, but Sandra and Bob Budnick rib each other over whose volunteer job is more interesting, whose uniforms are snazzier and who works harder. Sandra, 78, has been a Pima County Sheriff’s Auxiliary Volunteer since 2005, and Bob, 82,…

GV crew assigned to largest California wildfire

The three Green Valley Fire District firefighters sent to assist in California have been assigned to the Thomas Fire near Ventura and are based out of the Santa Barbara Polo Club. The Thomas fire is the fifth-largest wildfire in modern California history, hitting 230,000 acres over the weekend. The blaze has destroyed 524 structures and…

Businesses reopened after gas-leak scare

Seven business in Sahuarita Plaza were evacuated for about 90 minutes today because of a potential gas leak. The call came in just after 8:30 a.m. from the plaza west of the Walmart area, and business owners and customers were allowed back in about 10 a.m. Southwest Gas located a bad valve in a stove…

Car runs into Green Valley post office

A car with two people inside crashed near the entrance to the U.S. Post Office on Continental Road on Friday. The accident took place about 2 p.m., and nobody was injured. The building did not have any major damage, according to the Green Valley Fire District. The cause of the accident is under investigation.

GVFD promotes several employees

The Green Valley Fire District held a promotion ceremony Nov. 17 at the Las Campanas Rec Center. Trent Schroeder was promoted from firefighter to engineer, Nathanael Dougall was promoted from engineer to captain and Greg VanAlstine was promoted from captain to battalion chief.

Crash sends vehicle off overpass onto Continental Road

A man traveling south on Interstate 19 around 12:30 a.m. Friday was hospitalized after his vehicle was rear-ended and went off the overpass, landing on Continental Road.   A Green Valley Fire District spokesman said the man needed to be extricated but did not suffer life-threatening injuries.   The driver of the other vehicle declined to…


A recall of about 40 million fire extinguishers last week has prompted residents to call the Green Valley Fire District, but firefighters do not have the ability to test, fix or refill extinguishers. “We ask the public to follow the instructions provided by Kidde if they have one of the recalled items,” said L.T. Pratt,…

Wednesday crash sends two to hospitals

Two people were taken to hospitals Wednesday evening with injuries following a head-on collision at the roundabout at Camino Del Sol and Continental Road. Pima County Sheriff’s Deputy Tom Holz said a 75-year-old Green Valley man was driving north on Camino Del Sol around 6:15 p.m. when his Subaru collided with a pickup driven by…

GVFD getting into the ambulance business

The Green Valley Fire District will enter a new era Nov. 20 when its first ambulances hit the road. Ambulances staffed by GVFD will respond to emergency calls from Station 151 at 250 N. La Cañada Drive and Station 153 at 210 Continental Road. AMR, formerly Southwest Ambulance, is the current provider and will continue…

Woman injured in early morning I-19 crash

A 27-year-old woman was taken to a Tucson hospital with non-life threatening injuries early today after her car overturned in southbound I-19 just south of Canoa Road in Green Valley.   Green Valley Fire District spokesman said the woman apparently swerved to avoid an object in the road about 12:30 a.m.

Local firefighters arrive in northern California to help out

Three Green Valley Fire District firefighters have arrived in northern California to help with the wildfires that as of Saturday had burned more 5,700 structures and killed at least 35 people. The firefighters were assigned to the Nuns Fire in the Enchanted Hills area, and are working with crews from Tubac, Rio Rico, Pierce Sunsites…

Driver takes out about 20 feet of guardrail on I-19

A 27-year-old man driving a pickup struck and ripped out about 20 feet of guardrail Sunday on Interstate 19 near Esperanza Boulevard in Green Valley. The man was northbound about 2:30 a.m. when the accident occurred, according to the Green Valley Fire District. He was taken to a Tucson hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The…

Headed Out for a Hike? Be Cautious

By Kim Smith – GV News The cooler temperatures, blue skies and emerald green vegetation might be tempting you to go for a hike, but before heading out there are some steps you need to take, hiking aficionados and first responders say. Even though the temperatures are dropping, dehydration is still an issue, said LT…

Winter’s Coming

Jacket collection aims for 1,000 before the cold rolls in. By Ellen Sussman Gayle Creamer, owner of Salon at the Ranch in Amado, is aiming to collect 1,000 jackets, hoodies and vests by Oct. 18, to keep kids, teens and adults comfortable and snug once chilly weather sets in. Creamer said she has wanted to…

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