CURRENT NEWS . . .
SANTA'S COMING! – Santa will be in Oracle on Friday, Dec. 9, 2016. He will land at Mt. Vista School around 2pm via Life-Net helicopter and will spend a short time waving and inviting kids
(and adults if they wish) to visit Oracle Fire Station at 4:30pm. Santa will also take a trip through Oracle so the community can see him around 3pm. He will be escorted by the duty crew and dropped off in time for kids waiting at the station.
FIREFIGHTER NEWS! – Oracle Fire District Engine Boss Rocky Ortiz explains the severity of the fires that he and fellow Oracle firefighter Captain Paul Farrell have encountered while assisting in the firefighting efforts taking place near Boone, North Carolina. Oracle Fire District is happy to be able to help out on the other side of the country and very proud of our firefighters!
Click HERE or on the image below to see the interview featuring Rocky and his assessment of the fire area.
One website has the best information on all major fires in the US. Click HERE to go to that site or bookmark the link: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/
ORACLE FIRE BOARD UPDATE – Manny Navarro is stepping down this month from the Oracle Fire Board as his term ends. He was given a plaque at the last Oracle Fire Board meeting on Nov. 8, 2016. We would like to thank Manny for his service to the fire district and to the community. Taking his place next month is Dale Suter. More information next month on the transition. Shown below is Fire Chief Larry Southard, Manny Navarro and Assistant Fire Chief Robert Jennings.
NEW FIRE CHIEF STARTING 2017 – Along with a change in the Oracle Fire Board, we are pleased to announce that starting in January 2017, Robert Jennings (seen right in photo above) will become our new Fire Chief when Larry Southard retires. Congratulations to Robert on this important position for the fire district and the community of Oracle. Stay tuned for more information in January when this transition takes place.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS! – An informal celebration for Fire Chief Larry Southard's service to the fire district and the community of Oracle will take place at the fire station on Sat., January 14, 2017 at 2pm. Please stop by to wish Larry your best.
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.
Lifenet EMS HELICOPTER TRAINING, Sept. 24, 2016 – Lifenet 2, an EMS helicopter from Air Methods Corp., provided Oracle Firefighters, Oracle CERTs, EMTs and Paramedics with a three-hour training class. Training instructor Joy primarily focused the classroom presentation on safety and communication while working around EMS helicopters. She also taught about various things to consider when selecting a temporary landing zone site and how to provide accurate ground condition information such as wind speed, wind direction, vertical obstacles along with overhead wires and other important information to the helicopter pilot.
Once the classroom presentation was completed, the helicopter landed in the OFD Helicopter LZ (near Oracle Courthouse) and the flight crew provided additional safety and other information to everyone in attendance. Click on the photo for a larger version.
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.
FIREWISE PROPERTY AWARDS FOR 2016 – The Firewise Board awarded the annual Firewise Property Awards for 2016 at the CERT meeting on August 9, 2016. These private or commercial properties met or exceeded the national fire safety code and made a tremendous difference in what was there before. The private property award went to Lou and Dee Moore. The commercial award went to the Visitor's Center with Alicia Bristow accepting. Watch for signs that are placed in front of the properties.
Remember, you too can firewise your property by cutting down all high grass, removing dead shrubbery and leaves, and making a perimeter around your property to prevent the spread of fire. Our brush dump is open to Oracle residents every day of the week. Stop by the fire station for details.
GET TO KNOW THE HOME IGNITION ZONE VIRTUAL WORKSHOP – Registration is now open for the second session of the 2016 Firewise Communities Ask an Expert Virtual Workshop series. Pre-registration is required for each session. Additional information can be found HERE. Each workshop provides a conference quality, free learning opportunity with leading researchers and practitioners in an interactive format. Every session closes with a 15-minute live Q&A with the guest presenter. Here is the
Workshop #4 - Tuesday, October 11 at 11am MDT: Community Risk Reduction Success Stories
Workshop #5 - Wednesday, November 9 at 1pm MDT: Wildland Urban Legends – Part 2
OFD SUMMER 2016 NEWSLETTER – You should have received our latest informative newsletter in the mail July 2016. It gives lots of information and resources to prepare for Evacuation if necessary. There's an emergency evacuation list and some firewise tips. We mention two sites that you may want to visit: Ready, Set, Go and the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety. All of our newsletters are online on our FIREWISE PUBLICATIONS page as well as a number of pdfs for printed brochures, flyers and links to useful sites that we will be adding to continually. The main link is also at the top of our home page. The newsletter was paid for by a federal grant from Secured Rural Schools, Title III, for Firewise Communities.
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/
MEETING for ORACLE was held
May 19, 2016 at OCC. Guest Speakers included:
• Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeau - How evacuations are conducted in the County
• Pinal County Office of Emergency Management, Art Carlton - their role in evacuations
• Arizona Department of Public Safety Sergeant Vern Havens - their role in evacuations
• Arizona Red Cross Program Manager Austin Creswell - Their role in shelters and helpful tips for preparation
• State Representative TJ Shope with his comments
• Oracle Fire District Fire Chief Larry Southard and Asst. Chief Robert Jennings - The Fire District's role in evacuations and what YOU can do to help
• Oracle Fire District Firewise Co-Chair Mary Harris - Explanation of the Emergency Notification System, how to sign up and offer of materials on how to create a Firewise home.
Click HERE if you would like to view the article on this meeting that was in the Miner. If you would like to view this meeting in its entirety on YouTube, please click HERE. The entire video is an one hour 20min long.
CATALINA-RINCON FIRESCAPE PROJECT –The Santa Catalina Ranger District,
Coronado National Forest was seeking
comments during a 30-day comment period
on a draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Catalina-Rincon FireScape Project (CRFS). The CRFS is a landscape-scale restoration project that focuses on promoting resilient ecosystems; protecting life, property,
and natural resources; and encouraging
natural wildland fire to function
as a healthy process in the ecosystem. Oracle Firewise Board decided to send a letter on their position
for this Project. The letter can be viewed HERE.
Here is a link to Coronado National Forest's home page
if you wish to follow up
on this project.
If you need more information on Firescape, click HERE. Contact Christina Pearson (520) 760-2315 or SantaCatalinaRD@fs.fed.us.
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 now available for viewing. Click HERE to see it.