CURRENT NEWS . . .
BRUSH BURN JULY 2016 – After the long awaited arrival of the 2016 monsoon, OFD firefighters didn't waste any time getting prepared to burn brush at the Oracle Firewise Brush Disposal Site. Approximately 1,100 loads of brush had accumulated since the last brush burn was held on March 15. The unburned brush pile had reached approximately 1000 feet long by 20 to 30 feet deep and 6 to 8 feet tall. Weather conditions on July 20 were ideal for burning and all burning objectives were met, including firefighter training objectives. After a one day closure (to assure complete extinguishment) the brush dump will reopen on July 21.
ORACLE SPAY & NEUTER CLINIC – On July 9, 2016 Charlottes Way Rescue hosted this clinic at the Oracle Fire station. It has been reported as a success due to all the many people behind the lines, both professional and volunteers. More than 100 animals were spayed or nuetered lessening the risk of strays or unwanted animals being euthanized. A big thank you to Cher of Charlottes Way Rescue for getting this together.
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/
CONGRATULATIONS – to Oracle Fire's Captain Paul Farrell. Captain Farrell recently graduated from Pima Community College with an Associates degree in Fire Science, all while juggling his full time job, part-time work, and raising his two sons, Patrick and David with his beautiful wife, Martha. We're proud of you, Paul!!
A GREAT SAVE – Oracle Fighter Rocky Ortiz (center) along with brother Zachary (left) and RN Rebecca (right) were off-duty from their career jobs and each were busy working out at a health and fitness gym in December 2015, when George (at podium) collapsed while exercising on a treadmill. After moving George to a clear area, Rocky quickly began performing CPR while Zach went to find an AED unit.
The three lifesaving heroes were recognized in Phoenix on June 10th by Arizona Emergency Medical Services (AEMS). Each were presented with a Heart to Heart Award. Approximately 300 people attended the event.
CPR along with defibrillation can provide one of the best chances of survival for victims of sudden cardiac arrest. Fortunately for George, a well trained group of total strangers knew exactly what to do and they quickly and efficiently put their training and skills to work. George was transported to a nearby hospital emergency room, and what could have been a very tragic event, ended up having a happy ending.
George and his lifesaving group are no longer strangers and a new friendship has been formed. Meeting George along with his wife, and seeing the tremendous gratitude they both have toward Rocky, Zachary and Rebecca was a very heartwarming experience.
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.
GRASS FIRE IN ORACLE – On Friday mid afternoon (5/20/16) we had a grass fire. The fire near Maraposa and Robles was about an acre in size and was extinguished in eight minutes by our capable crew. Thanks guys! Folks, don't delay – get your yards cleaned up! Use the Brush Dump and be prepared!
ORACLE FIRE DISTRICT CELEBRATED ITS 50th ON
APRIL 30, 2016 . . .
Since February 1966, Oracle Fire District has been protecting
and serving the community of Oracle, Arizona.
Oracle Fire District takes tremendous pride in its commitment and ability to remain vital and make a positive impact on our citizens' daily safety and health. We look forward to sharing our history with you, as well as
celebrating the continuing vision of our work, training and service.
Here are a few highlights of the day:
Members of Don Hartman's family accepted the award named for the first fire chief from Oracle Fire's Assistant Chief Robert Jennings and Chief Larry Southard. (source: MinerSunbasin News)
The winner of the first OFD Don Hartman Firefighter of the Year award was Battalion Chief Brian McGinnis (right). Pictured along with Assistant Fire Chief Chief Robert Jennings and Fire Chief Larry Southard. (source: MinerSunbasin News)
State Representatives Frank Pratt and TJ Shope (far right) presented OFD with an official proclamation by the House of Representatives. Pictured with them are Pinal County Supervisor Pete Rios left, Assistant Fire Chief Robert Jennings, Admin Chief Tina Acosta, and Fire Chief Larry Southard. Stop by the fire house to see the award. (source: MinerSunbasin News)
Along with OFD staff the Firewise Board worked hard to make it a successful day for all.
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." Please note that we put our "Red Flag" out in front of the station whenever this condition is present. We have had several days of wind. Let's hope it settles down.
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.