CURRENT NEWS . . .
CONGRATULATIONS - NEW OFD ENGINEERS —
At the OFD Board meeting on August 14, 2019, Firefighters Nick Brening and John Savage were recognized for their recent and well-deserved promotion to the rank of Engineer.
Oracle CERTs in LZ training (July 2019) – Oracle CERT volunteers, Pinal Rural Fire and San Carlos Police participated in special Landing Zone training at the Apache Sky Casino recently. Helicopter crews from Native Air, Lifenet and AirEvac taught about setting up a landing zone, how to communicate with the pilot and what requirements are needed for patient transport. Also covered were when to have helicopters on standby, how to approach the helicopter once its landed and when it is not appropriate to transport by helicopter.
New Oracle Fire District (OFD) Board member – Paul Arias was sworn in at the last Board meeting on July 17th, to replace outgoing Board member William Ramsay. Mr. Arias was born and raised in the tri-community and has lived in Oracle since 1975. Along with raising his family, Mr. Arias also works in Oracle and was a volunteer firefighter for OFD back when the district was volunteer. We welcome Mr. Arias to the OFD Board and thank him for continuing to contribute to our great community! He is shown here being sworn in by Board Member Ellie Brown.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE – Mr. Ramsay had been on the Fire Board since last year and participated in OFD in many capacities over a 25-year span, with his last position being Assistant Chief. We thank Mr. Ramsay for his numerous years of service to OFD and to his community. We wish him and his wife, Linda, the very best in their new life up north!
SMOKEY BEAR'S 75th! – Did you know that August 9th and all this month, we are celebrating Smokey Bear's 75 Years of Preventing Wildfire. Historic portraits will be on display at National Forests throughout the country as well as other exhibits.
To find or submit an event near you, visit SmokeyBear75th.org.
Since 1944, Smokey Bear has taught millions of Americans about their role in preventing wildfires. Seventy-five years later, in 2019, Smokey is celebrating a milestone birthday. Read about his 75-year campaign in preventing wildfires. You can even follow him at FollowSmokeyBear on facebook. Click HERE or on the photo above to see some of these posters of Smokey Bear. Click HERE to read the Story of Smokey and view decades of posters and stamps.
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. Just drop it by the fire station.
HOME ALONE ENS SYSTEM – If you are in need of an earlier warning to evacuate due to your health or to relocate animals and livestock, you can be in a special group that gets ENS warnings ahead of the general public. Here's a LIST of evacuation information that may help you.
INTERESTED IN EVACUATION PREPARATION OR WILDFIRE STATUS? Here are some links and documents that will help you find the information you need:
• Ready, Set, Go - Information on One Less Spark, One Less Wildfire.
• How to Have a Firewise Home (606kB)
• Living with Wildfire (3.5MB)
• FEMA Evacuation Checklist (123kB)
• One Less Spark (Poster) (2MB)
• Newsletter - SUMMER
• EQUINE & LIVESTOCK EVAC PREP - Link to Video on youtube – Wildfire preparedness tips from a firefighter, veterinarian and ranch owner called "Saving the Ranch."
MORE INFORMATION – Would you like more useful info on wildfire?
Click HERE for News & Information, Fire Weather, Maps, WIldland Fire Data in Google Earth, Arizona Fire Ecology, WIldland Fire, Firewise Resources, Smoke and Air Quality, Info for Before, During and After a Wildfire, How to Help and Fire Prevention & Education topics. There are several excellent artlces relative under each topic you can click to at the Arizona Interagency Wildfire Prevention website.
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/
NEW FIREWISE TRAILER – (March 2019) Barbara Elliott of Pinal County Office of Emergency Management dropped off the new Pinal County Firewise trailer for use at special events to OFD. Watch for it at the Oracle Oaks Fest on April 13th.
ORACLE HORSE OWNER’S Evacuation Preparation Group (OHO) –
met on Thursday, April 11th at 6pm.
Their goals are:
• To educate Oracle residents of the need to prepare for evacuations in advance of an emergency;
• To connect horse owners with other horse owners, to help one another;
• To determine safe staging areas and temporary shelters;
• To establish a list of people with horse trailers who are willing to re-enter evacuated areas of Oracle to pick up horses in staging areas;
• To communicate this list of people to the Oracle Fire District to ensure access to staging areas.
To sign up for future meeting dates and more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can call OFD at 896-2980 or visit Facebook: Oracle Equine Evac.
NEW CERTS – (January 2019) Congratulations! Our latest group of CERTs have finished their classes to get officially sanctioned as CERTs (Community Emergency Response Team). They have rejoined our group with the added skills they have learned in these classes or ones they wanted to refresh on.
photo: (l-r): Bernie Haas, Sandy Chavez, Jim McNulty, Margie Buchanan, Barb Haas, Leroy Fors and John Predgo.
What is a Red Flag Warning? – According to the National Weather Service, a Red Flag Warning is issued when a "combination of low humidity, strong winds, dry ground cover, and warm temperatures are expected to bring critical fire weather conditions to the warned area." When we have these conditions, you may see our NEW, larger red flag flying in front of the fire station. Please be vigilant and cautious especially on these days.
FIREWISE PUBLICATIONS – Here is a list of firewise publications that may be useful to you. Click HERE to select your interest.