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Public Education and Services

Public Education and Service


Blood Pressure Checks

  • Blood pressure checks and general information regarding your health are provided in our treatment room.


Car Seat Installation

  • Car Seat Installation is provided by our Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians. Please call Jo Lewis at 480-471-2304 ext. 3 (Monday through Thursday) for an installation appointment. For proper installation you will need to bring the car seat manual and your vehicle manual. Installations may take up to 30 minutes.


CPR/AED Classes

  • We are offering CPR/AED classes the first Saturday of the month from 11am to 3pm (November through April).
  • These classes are free to the residents and renters of the Verde communities. There is a $10 fee for non-residents.
  • We recommend that you wear comfortable clothing as you will be required to demonstrate basic CPR skills.
  • The class lasts four hours, so please feel free to bring a snack.
  • Click here to sign up for a class or call Jo Lewis at 480-471-2304, ext. 3.

 

 

Instructors are available to lead groups with more than eight people. Please contact Jo Lewis at 480-471-2304 ext. 3 to schedule a class.


Life Line Program

  • Life Line is a public safety program designed to provide accurate medical information to aid first responders coming to your emergency medical aid. Please complete a Life Line form, place it in a re-sealable plastic bag marked Life Line with a permanent marker. Place the bag on the upper right-hand shelf of your refrigerator door. Life Line forms are available at the Rio Verde fire station.

 

 

 

Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) Forms

  • Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) Forms or Prehospital Medical Care Directive form are available at the station. This form is bright orange for easy identification and must be signed by the patient, a licensed health care provider and a witness. We suggest that this form accompany your Life Line form in a re-sealable plastic bag.

 

 


Residential Lock Box Program

The Rio Verde Fire District has adopted a residential lock box program in order to better serve the residents of the community. A residential lock box is a secure box installed near the main entrance of a residence holding a key which provides access to that entrance. On duty fire district personnel will have access to this secure lock box in order to enter the home in case of an emergency. THE RESIDENTIAL LOCK BOX KEY SYSTEM SHALL ONLY BE UTILIZED IN THE EVENT OF A FIRE OR MEDICAL EMERGENCY OR BY LEGAL ORDER OF LAW ENFORCEMENT. The following are examples of an emergency where personnel would need to enter a home;

  • The occupant of the residence has a medical emergency and is unable to get to the door to allow the fire department to enter the home and help. 

  • A family member or friend is worried about an occupant who is not answering the phone or door, and requests a welfare check.

  • Fire alarm or visible/smell of smoke in a residence and the occupant does not answer the door.

These boxes will be installed to the right of the front door approximately three to four feet high. They will be permanently mounted, which will involve drilling screws in to the wall.  In order for personnel to be aware of the location and existence of the box, they will all be installed in this specific location.  

This is a voluntary program. If you choose to participate, please contact Jo Lewis at the RVFD to purchase the lock box for $50.  Jo can be reached by phone at 480-471-2304 ext. 3 during regular business hours (Monday through Thursday).

 


Snakes, Scorpions and Other Desert Dwellers

As a general rule, snakes want little to do with humans and given the opportunity will find a quick exit. Rattlesnakes are prolific in the community; however, actual bites are extremely rare.

  • When walking at night, always carry a flashlight. Snakes are most active in the evening hours. Rattlesnakes do not always rattle before striking. Most bites are caused by people not taking basic precautions:

  • Never place your hand where you cannot see it. Gardeners are frequently bitten when placing their hands under shrubs and plants without looking.

  • While a snake bite is rarely fatal (bees cause more deaths than rattlesnakes) you will need medical attention immediately. Dial 911. Do not attempt to treat the wound by tying a tourniquet or any other practice.

  • Remember that all snakes have a reason to be part of our desert. Desert rodent populations are kept in-check as snakes feed on them. Bull snakes, for example, can also deter rattlesnakes from entering your yard, and are not dangerous to humans. Under no circumstances should you attempt to catch any snake, or aggravate it. If you discover a snake on your property please call 471-3504, the Citizen Assistance Line. Firefighters are trained to identify harmful snakes and can safely remove and dispose of these desert dwellers if necessary.

  • Unless you are allergic, scorpions are very painful but rarely cause any damage. Dial 911 if you are stung. Remember to shake out shoes and slippers - scorpions will often there.

  • For additional information please call the Poison Control Center 1-800-222-1222.

 

 


Station Tours

  • Please call 480-471-2304 ext. 6 to schedule a fire station tour.

 

 Flag Disposal

  • To make arrangements to retire your old or worn flag, please contact Marna Pier at 602-616-1915.

 

 

Drowning Prevention

The American Red Cross encourages everyone to plan ahead for aquatic activities:

  • Provide close and constant attention to children you are supervising in or near water.
  • Fence pools and spas with adequate barriers, including four-sided fencing.
  • Learn swimming and water-safety survival skills.
  • Children, inexperienced swimmers, and all boaters should wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets.
  • Always swim in a lifeguarded area.