CURRENT NEWS . . .
SANTA AT ORACLE FIRE STATION – Santa arrived by helicopter in Oracle and he made a brief stop at Mountain Vista School on Friday afternoon. After greeting several hundred children, he hopped aboard a fire engine and toured several neighborhoods, before arriving at the fire station at 4pm.
Upon Santa's arrival, a line was forming that reached well into the parking lot. Santa visited with 137 children and he sent each of them away with a bag of goodies.
NOTE TO PARENTS: PHOTOS OF SANTA WITH YOUR CHILD ARE NOW AT THE FIRE DEPT FOR PICKING UP IF YOU SO DESIRE.
(bottom photo by John Hernandez)
ORACLE FIRE BOARD UPDATE – The Oracle Fire Board inducted two members onto their board at their most recent meeting on Dec. 2, 2014. Chuck Smallhouse is replacing John Doran as his tenure was done and Bud Bristow was reelected – both for four-year terms. Shown below is the present board. From left to right: Bill McMurray, Chuck Smallhouse, Bud Bristow and Manny Navarro (board chairman); missing is Ellie Brown (clerk).
DEBRIS FIRE – A large "debris fire" late Wed. nite (11/26/14) at John Adams and Mount Lemmon Highway appears to have been intentionally set. The fire was quickly extinguished and the incident was turned over to the Pinal County Sheriff's Office. No structures were threatened and no injuries occurred.
We are entering into an unusually early fire season this year. While we typically think of our fire season as being April through July; we are in fire season right now and we will likely remain in fire season until we get substantial precipitation. Please be extremely careful with all ignition sources and call 911 at the first sign of fire.
. . . Happy Holidays, Chief Southard
Oracle’s Latest Homeowners’ Fuel Reduction Program– If you live in Oracle, own your home, live on one acre or more and are plagued by dense, fire-prone vegetation around your house, you may qualify for a new, cost-free, fuel reduction program being administered by the Oracle Fire Department and the Oracle Firewise Board.
The purpose of this grant is to create a vital buffer perimeter around Oracle that may slow the progress of any future wild fires threatening the community. The focus will be on chipping dense brush, trimming trees and selectively cutting trees in an area limited to 200 feet around the residence. Stumps, bear grass or man-made materials will not be removed.
Applications for the cost-free program are currently available at the fire dept. or by clicking HERE. Print this application and submit it to OFD. The applicant’s property will then be inspected and evaluated by a certified Oracle Firewise Assessor and submitted to a review committee for final consideration. Contact the fire dept directly or check the latest issue of the local paper for more information.
OFD EQUIPMENT FAMILIARIZATION & BREACHING DRILL – On Nov 15, 2014, OFD initiated a breaching drill at a double-wide trailer in Oracle. They rotated groups to cover all four areas of training while deconstructing the donated training structure. Eleven OFD firefighters attended as well as Mammoth Fire Dept and a number of CERTs and Explorers to assist. Captain Paul went over PPE (e.g. eye protection, gloves, safety zones, CERTS/rehab area).
Click HERE if you would like to see more images of this drill.
TEN-YEAR FIREWISE BOARD ANNIVERSARY – On Tues, Sept. 23 our own Oracle Firewise Board was recognized by the AZ State Forestry office for being an active and contributing board for ten years. Shown below is the award being presented by Carrie Dennett, Arizona State Fire Information, Prevention, and Mitigation Officer at Arizona State Forestry Division along with Firewise co-chairs Rachel Opinsky and Holt Bodinson.
The award itself is an engraved crystal sculpture in the shape of a flame.
It's a great testament to the men and women who have served over the years on the Firewise Board as well as to the professional staff of the Oracle Fire Department, our state and federal partners and most of all, to the involved and responsible property owners of Oracle. The anniversary sculpture is on display at the office if you would like to stop by and see it. Congratulations!
THE ORACLE EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION SYSTEM –
Click HERE to go to the "ONE CALL NOW" form. Please be
sure to get any additional numbers in the system by filling out this form and returning it to
Oracle Fire Dept.
One Less Spark, One Less Wildfire – go to: http://www.wildlandfirersg.org/ for more information!
PROPERTY EVALUATION MAPS – NEW property evaluations by members of the Fire Dept. and the Firewise board have been conducted. Final results are not posted yet, but we will inform you when they are. In the meantime, if you would like to see the present map to see how your property was doing in 2009, click HERE to go DIRECTLY to that page.