CURRENT NEWS . . .
ORACLE TOWN HALL – Join us for the next Oracle Firewise Town Hall Meeting: Thursday, March 22nd, at 6pm held at Oracle Community Center (685 E. American Ave). Please come early for the fund-raiser spaghetti dinner at 4:30pm to benefit OCC. Wildfire season is just around the corner, so come learn about what you can do to better protect your house and family, and how to prepare for a possible evacuation. Representatives from the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management, Pinal County Emergency Management, Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, Department of Public Safety, The Red Cross, and The Pinal County Board of Supervisors will be participating in the meeting.
Additionally, a couple of new groups will be available before and after the meeting to talk about what they are doing in our community: the Oracle Horse Evacuation preparation group and the Oracle “Village People,” for neighbors helping neighbors. Please sign up to be a part of these dynamic volunteer organizations.
Horse Evacuation Preparation Meeting – on Tuesday, March 6 at Oracle Fire Station. Oracle residents and horse owners discussed how to prepare for animal evacuations during an emergency, such as a wildfire. Inquire at the fire station if you are interested in joining this group for future discussions.
FIREFIGHTER OF THE YEAR – Nick Brening was recognized as the 2017 Firefighter of the Year at a presentation dinner at the Elks in San Manuel on Saturday, January 20, 2018.
Nick has been with Oracle Fire District for approximately two years. During that time Nick was able to fill in as shift lead during the absence of our captains or engineers. His commitment and very positive attitude are greatly appreciated by the district and surrounding communities. We congratulate Nick on his achievement. We look forward to his continued service. Shown here is Oracle Fire Chief Robert Jennings with Nick accepting his award. Photo by Jennifer Carnes.
Here is a photo of Nick Brening with the Fire Chief, officers and some of our firefighters at the dinner.
Brush Dump Revamp . . . (January 2018) Recently, the Oracle Firewise group started preparing for a revamp of the Brush Dump near the entrance to Oracle to facilitate a better way for folks to get rid of their limbs, leaves and firewise hazards off their property and to facilitate the area better for burning and clearing. Shown here is the group preparing buckets to designate areas for dumping.
Captain Paul Farrell . . . was recognized at the most recent Oracle Fire District Fire Board meeting (11/2017) for obtaining the level of Engine Boss. This is prestigious certification that takes many years of hard work both in the classroom as well as on wildfire assignments. A“task book” is started very early in one’s career, and, little by little, significant accomplishments are achieved, signed off, and intermediate levels are assigned until finally, every objective in the task book is completed. At that point, the book goes in front of a “Red Card Committee” at the Arizona State Forester’s Office. It is this committee which determines whether the designation of Engine Boss should be awarded.
Captain Farrell received this official title this month. As an Engine Boss, Captain Farrell can lead a wildland fire engine out on assignments, either here in the Oracle Fire District, throughout Arizona or elsewhere in the United States.
Thank you Captain Farrell for your hard work and dedication to your profession and to Oracle Fire District! And, special thanks to Martha, David, and Patrick Farrell for the huge sacrifice of your husband and father during these lengthy and dangerous assignments.
Firefigter David Selby . . . Welcome Firefighter David Selby to the full-time rank at Oracle Fire District. Firefighter Selby was hired as a “Reserve Firefighter” in 2015, and after passing a lengthy testing and interviewing period, was hired full-time this July.
Thank you Firefighter Selby, for your hard work and dedication to the community of Oracle, the State of Arizona, and the United States of America.
NEW OFD BUILDING – Wondering what is happening at OFD with the new building? When complete, this building will be utilized for some storage that replaces the old building on Mt. Lemmon Highway that was sold last year.
CELEBRATING FIRE PREVENTION WEEK IN ORACLE –
H.O.P.E. (Health Outreach Prevention Education) Walk – Fire Prevention Week (Oct. 9-13): This week was a busy week for both OFD personnel and the support groups Firewise and CERTs. Volunteers were needed to teach or assist teaching Oracle students about Fire Safety, Firewise, and Fire Prevention. Firefighters on duty brought fire trucks to the school to acquaint the children with both firefighters and their equipment. Firewise and CERT volunteers also assisted in traffic control on Friday, Oct 13th during the actual HOPE four-mile walk where children go through the streets of Oracle.
2017 PROPERTY AWARDS OF THE YEAR – (Sept 12, 2017). The Oracle Firewise Board presented the 2017 property awards of the year to residents of Oracle. Mary Harris and Becky Taylor, co-chairs of the Board, presented the residential award to two different locations this time, Rodolfo & Margaret Moreno and Andrew & Allison Hendrix. The commercial award went to Living Word Chapel. Lead Pastor James Ruiz accepted the award for the church.
Shown above are co-chairs Becky Taylor and Mary Harris, Fire Chief Jennings, Pastor James Ruiz, the Moreno and the Hendrix families with their certificates.
Oracle Fire District Fire Chief Robert Jennings was at the presentation and spoke to the audience about the importance of being firewise and clearing property of brush, grass and other potential fire fuels. He said that it has helped in recent fires in the area and has prevented fires from spreading. He also commended the Firewise Board and group for the work they do.
Thanks to the efforts of Dale, Brian and Kevin the new property award signs are now in front of each of the properties.
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.
FIREWISE PUBLICATIONS – Here is a list of firewise publications that may be useful to you. Click HERE to select your interest.
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/
OFD BUDGET – The 2017-2018 OFD Adopted Budget is now available for viewing. Click HERE to view it.