THERE ARE SEVERAL SUPPORT GROUPS THAT HELP THE FIRE DEPARTMENT IN VARIOUS WAYS:
The FIREWISE GROUP, The CERT group, the EXPLORERS, TRIAD and the GENERAL PUBLIC.
Oracle Fire District (OFD), would like to recognize and thank these volunteers who take time out of their busy lives to help those in need. If you are interested in joining one of these groups, obtaining a Home Alone Unit, volunteering, or donating, please contact Tina Acosta at the Oracle Fire District at 520-896-2980.
HERE ARE SOME OF THE TASKS THAT TAKE PLACE:
• TRIAD VOLUNTEERS –
In Pinal County, we are lucky to have an organization called TRIAD, which is a collaboration among seniors, the Pinal County Attorney’s Office, Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, and Pinal County Police Departments. They work together to address and reduce crime against seniors and to improve the quality of life. The goal is to keep seniors safe in their own homes. One of the most important tools for this partnership is the Home Alone Unit (HAU), or Kit.
• HOME ALONE INSTALLATION VOLUNTEERS –
In Oracle, we are blessed with a dedicated group of volunteers who organize, install, and maintain these HOME ALONE UNITS (HAUs).
This equipment works only with landline phones. Upon request, volunteers install this pendant system in the home that can be activated for an emergency call to 911 in case the person is unable to reach the telephone.
Since Pinal County Attorney’s Office is unable to accept donations, Community Action Human Resources Agency or CAHRA, is acting as the fiscal agent. Any donation made to the agency and earmarked for the Home Alone Program - Oracle Triad, will help purchase units for the Oracle area. Although the Home Alone Program is free, donations are gladly accepted.
Recently, we received several donations towards the purchase of additional HAUs, as funding for the program has been low. Holt Bodinson, of the Oracle Firewise Board, made a donation of $200 to purchase two units in the memory of his wife Ilse Bodinson. Oracle Firewise Board then donated funds for a third unit, and OFD donated funds for a fourth unit. Thank you, Holt and Firewise for helping this vital program!
• AED INSTALLATION & TRAINING VOLUNTEERS –
The AED (automated external defibrillator) unit is a user-friendly, life-saving device that can allow the heart to beat again once it has stopped. First aid, basic life support and CPR classes are included with the unit. We have volunteers that install, check up on and provide training for these units.