CURRENT NEWS . . .
FIREFIGHTER OF THE YEAR – Michael Parra has been selected as the Oracle Firefighter of the Year. Michael was awarded his certificate during the annual Elk's Lodge Appreciation Dinner event held in San Manual on January 30, 2016. Members of Michael's family were present to watch him receive this special recognition.
OLD VIPER DOES GOOD! – Our old Engine 1 viper is back in service. It has been moved for now from the fire house. We enjoyed seeing it decorated for the holidays.
SANTA DROPS BY – Santa and Mrs. Claus arrived at Mountain Vista School by helicopter where Santa greeted several hundred anxiously awaiting school kids on Friday, Dec 11, 2015. Oracle Fire District offered a ride through the community in their recently-restored 1940 International Viper.
Santa then arrived at the fire station to a line of kids, waiting to tell Santa about how good they have been. Waiting was fun, as hot chocolate and cookies were provided through donations, and there was a Santa letter writing and coloring station for entertainment. At least 100 kids got to sit on Santa's lap and received a stocking filled with goodies by his loving elves. It was a great evening for all!
The Oracle Fire District staff, firefighters, and volunteers wish you all a safe and very merry Christmas!!
Oracle Fire District offered a ride through the community in their recently-restored 1940 International Viper.
BRUSH BURN DECEMBER 2015 – The Brush Dump was closed on Dec. 8th for burning.
An estimated 1200 loads of brush had been collected and piled at the Brush Dump since the first week of July when the brush was last burned.
Shown in the picture is Firefighter Michael Parra igniting one side of the 1000 foot long pile with a drip torch. Firefighter Joel Manspeaker is doing the same on the other side. The burn was supervised by Captain Tyler McGovern.
EARLY THANKSGIVING – On Nov 18, 2015 the Florence Wildland Team was treated to a traditional Thanksgiving dinner at the fire station. The dinner was provided and cooked by Oracle CERT and Oracle Firewise members. The annual dinner event is a special thanks for the wildland firefighters who have helped make our community safer by thinning out heavy vegetated areas and making defensible spaces for local Oracle residents.
The day began with a hike along the south side of Oracle and the wildland crew learned where the access gates into Coronado National Forest are located. Several possible lookout points and safety zones were also identified. Upon returning to the fire station a sand box that we use for training, had been set up to mimic the area where the crew had just hiked. Several scenarios were played out on the table and the crew including the OFD on-duty crew practiced fighting a variety of imaginary wildfires.
LATEST CERT/ FIREFIGHTER DRILL – October 17, 2015
On Saturday October 17th, Oracle Firefighters and Oracle CERTs combined for a training exercise that was held at the Oracle Courthouse.
During a large disaster, CERTs can be requested by firefighters to assist with emergency operations. An important role that CERTs provide is by setting up a place for firefighters to rest, cool off and re-hydrate.
The scenario for this drill was to respond to a simulated structure fire, with their CERT trailer and to set up a re-hab station, along with the firefighters doing what they do best...a fast attack on a fire.
At promptly 1300 hours CERTs were dispatched via text message and they responded to the fire station from their homes. Within several minutes a dozen or more CERTs had arrived, divided into teams and selected team leaders. Transportation decisions were made, the CERT trailer was deployed and a quick...but safe response was made to the courthouse. Once the CERTs had set up; the on-duty crew was dispatched to begin suppression operations.
Several minutes later a firefighter simulated a fatigue condition and went to the ground.
Firefighters assisted their fallen team member to the CERT re-hab station where CERTs began by removing his SCBA equipment including his turnout clothing, while also monitoring his vital signs and re hydrating him. All objectives for the exercise were met and although we hope something like this never occurs, we take comfort in knowing that we have such a talented and well trained auxiliary team to assist us when we need it most.
CERTs and OFD/ firefighter staff that took place in the drill shown above are:
(back row): Peter Van Keuren, Dan Piermarini, Cathleen Piermarini, Collins Cochran, Suzie Fairbanks, Kevin Armbrust, and Assist. Fire Chief Robert Jennings, (front row): Doug Johnson, Rachel Opinksy, David Harris, Susie Cochran, Kate Horton, Barbara Haas, Kevin Armbrust, Brian Kirkpatrick, and Fire Chief Larry Southard.
On top of the fire truck are firefighters Thomas "Bubba" Mathews and Michael Parra. Also taking part in the drill were: Admin. Chief Tina Acosta.
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