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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 for an installation appointment that will take approximately 30 minutes. For proper installation you will need to bring the car safety seat, car safety seat manual and your vehicle manual.




CPR/AED Classes

  • We offer CPR classes generally on the first Saturday of the month from 9:30am to 1:30pm during the months of November to April. We have instructors available for other dates for groups with a minimum of eight attendees. Please contact the Administrative Office 480-471-2304 to schedule a class.
    These classes are free to the Verdes Community residents. There is a $5.00 charge if you would like to purchase the class booklet.
  • We suggest that you wear comfortable clothing and shoes as you will be required to demonstrate basic CPR skills. The class is four hours so we also suggest that you bring a snack.
    Click here to sign up for a class or call the Administrative Office at 480-471-2304.




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 resealable plastic bag. Please see details below under the Life Line Program.




Flag Disposal

  • Please contract Marna Pier at 602-616-1915 to make arrangements to drop off your old or worn flag to be retired (disposed of) respectfully.




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 the Life Line form, place it in a resealable plastic bag marked Life Line with a permanent marker. Place the bag on the upper right-hand shelf of your refrigerator door. Click here for a Life Line Form




Personalized Lock Box Program

  • A Personalized Lock Box is a secure box installed near the main entrance of a residence containing a key which provides access to that entrance. Access to this box is restricted to on duty fire district personnel only in case of an emergency. The following are examples of an emergency where personnel would need to enter a home:
  • *A member of the community has fallen and is unable to get to the door in order to allow the fire department to enter their home.
  • *A member of the community is concerned about a friend who is not answering the phone or door, and would like the fire department to do a welfare check.
  • These boxes are installed to the right of the front door at approximately three to four feet in height. They are permanently mounted, which involves drilling screws in to the existing wall. They are installed in this specific location so they are can be identified quickly by on duty fire district personnel.
  • The Personalized Lock Box Program is a voluntary program. To participate, please purchase the Lock Box at the Rio Verde Community Association office at (480)471-2068. After purchasing the Lock Box a staff member from the Rio Verde Fire District will contact you to arrange installation.





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. Warning
  1. 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:
  2. 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 471-2304 to schedule a Station Tour.





Myths and Facts about Water Safety

Drowning prevention has three parts: 1) precautions, 2) supervision, and 3) consistent use of life vests, also known as life jackets or personal flotation devices (PFDs). It's as simple as one-two-three, yet drowning continues to claim lives. Why? In part, water safety experts suspect that we're distracted or deceived by myths about water safety.

Myths give us a false sense of safety, and allow our kids to be "set up" for danger. Here are some common misconceptions:

Myth #1: Drowning is noisy. I'll hear my child splashing and struggling in time to help.

Maybe in the movies, but not in real life. This myth really endangers young children. They don't have the ability to figure out what to do, such as right themselves or stand up, even in a few inches of water. As a result, they just "slip away" in silence.

Toddlers and preschoolers need constant adult supervision and life vests that fit each time they play near or in the water or on a dock.

Most drownings happen during a brief lapse in supervision, when a parent becomes distracted or involved in some other activity. A life vest is no substitute for supervision, but it can buy time.

Myth #2: I don't live or vacation near the water, so I don't need to worry.

There are water hazards in and around every home. Toddlers have drowned in five-gallon buckets, garden ponds and toilet bowls. Keep young children out of the bathroom except when directly supervised and don't leave buckets or barrels where they can gather water. Children can drown in just a few inches of liquid.

Stay in the bathroom with young children each minute they are in the bathtub. Remember Myth #1 and don't leave the room thinking that splashing noises or a slightly older sibling will alert you to trouble. A baby's or toddler's bath can be a life or death situation, and should be entrusted only to adults.

Myth #3: Once children learn to swim, they don't need life vests.

At swimming pools and supervised swimming areas, an older child who swims well may not need to wear a life vest. That's where judgment comes in. Many public or resort pools have swimming tests, but often it's up to you. Children need to be really good swimmers. Around steep banks, rivers or docks, where the water is swift, dark and cold, the drowning risk increases and rescue becomes much harder. With those factors working against us, we need to use more caution.

When boating, rafting or inner-tubing, or while swimming in open water like a lake or a river, adults and children should always wear properly fitted life vests. Water conditions change, boats capsize, and cold water makes life-saving and swimming skills difficult. Life vests improve chances of survival and rescue. But they only work if they are worn. You need to wear life vests, too, so you are prepared to help a child or yourself.

Myth #4: Kids won't wear life vests.

They'll wear them if the expectation is clear and consistent. It helps to start young. Make life vests a part of all water activities, just like bringing sunscreen if you're going to be in the sun. Coast Guard-approved life vests come in many shapes, sizes and colors. Let your children pick their favorite, as long as it's the right size and type for what you need. As children grow older, keep insisting on life vest use. Check their life vests each year for fit, wear and tear, and style.

Myth #5: Alcohol improves a good time on the water.

This myth has been created by alcohol advertising. Drinking affects judgment and motor skills in a boat or by a pool just as it does in a car. It slows reactions, making adults and teens victims of silent drowning. It can also increase the risk of hypothermia or cardiac arrest. When boating, a no-alcohol rule is important for both the driver and the passengers.

Myth #6: I've taken life-saving and CPR, so I can rescue my child.

CPR and life-saving don't replace adult supervision, life vests, swimming skills and water safety awareness. It only takes five minutes under water to have brain damage, a cardiac arrest, or even to die.

FACT: Prevention is the only "cure" for drowning, and it's within every parent's grasp.