CURRENT NEWS . . .
ATTENTION ORACLE RESIDENTS: Arizona State grant funds are now available to thin brush on properties within Oracle Fire District. The cost is $150 per day, which includes a 10-15 man chainsaw crew with a weed whacker. Treatment entails cutting down dead trees and shrubs, cutting shrubs or "ladder fuels" from underneath trees, and thinning large patches of shrubs. Unfortunately, cactus, agaves, yuccas, and bear grass cannot be treated on these projects. Trees are limbed up to about 6', cut up into fireplace sized logs, and anything under 2" in diameter is put through a chipper and dispersed, to act as a mulch for the remaining vegetation.
Acreage previously treated on a grant is not eligible. The fee of $150 per day must be paid in advance. Work should start in March 2017.
For more information or to make an appointment for a consultation, please call Oracle Fire District at 896-2980.
LARRY SOUTHARD RETIRES! – A retirement party at OFD on January 14, 2017 was quite the gathering of friends and colleagues of Chief Larry Southard. Click on the photo below for some more photos at the event. We wish Larry and Terrie all the best of luck in their new adventures.
WELCOME NEW FIRE CHIEF – Robert Jennings was officially sworn in as our new Oracle Fire Chief on January 11, 2017 at the Oracle Fire Board meeting.
Shown here is Bill McMurry with Robert, and also Robert with his wife
Andrea "pinning him" with the Fire Chief badge. We wish Robert all the
best of luck in his new position.
BRUSH BURN DECEMBER 2016 – OFD firefighters didn't waste any time getting the burn brush going at the Oracle Firewise Brush Disposal Site. Weather conditions this week were ideal for burning. After a one day closure (to assure complete extinguishment) the brush dump reopened on Dec. 28. You can also RECYCLE THOSE CHRISTMAS TREES – stop by the ofd office to get the key to the brush dump. it is free.
ORACLE FIRE BOARD UPDATE – Cert and Firewise member, and long-time resident of Oracle, Dale Suter, was sworn in as the newest Fire Board member at the December 14, 2016 Board meeting. We are honored and extremely pleased to have him as part of our Oracle Fire District family! Congratulations Dale! (photo by Miner Sun Basin)
NEW CERT TRAILER – During the October 11, 2016 CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) meeting, Oracle CERTs were presented with a new trailer. The trailer including rescue equipment inside, was donated by Pinal County Emergency Management 's Director Chuck Kmet. Pinal County Board of Supervisor Pete Rios spoke about the high praise he had for our very special and important community volunteers.
MULTI-AGENCY EXERCISE – On Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016, eleven emergency responder agencies from the tri-community and adjoining areas, came together and trained as a team. The event took place at a former BHP mine site and training included:
vehicle stabilization & patient extrication, extinguishing a vehicle fire, search and rescue, multiple patient triage with emergency scene treatment, patient packaging for transport and a high angle rescue. Photos by Collins Cochran. Click on the group photo for a larger version.
All together more than 80 emergency responders and another 20 auxiliary volunteers participated in the all day exercise. The full story can be found in the Sept. 21st edition of the San Manual Miner.
WILDFIRE INFORMATION – There is ONE WEBSITE that has the best information on all major fires in the US. Make this a bookmark for Arizona and any other state you may want to check on. The home page takes you to the most current and largest fires. It has maps, details and updates. For all fires in one state, click at the top right, choose your state and click GO. Click HERE to go to that site or bookmark the link: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/
THE ORACLE EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION SYSTEM (ENS) –
You can't afford not to be on this list for emergency notifications. Click to go to the "ENS" form and be
sure to get any additional numbers (besides your landline) in the system by filling it out and returning it to
Oracle Fire District.
OFD BUDGET – The 2016-2017 OFD Budget is available for viewing. Click HERE to see it.