The Hot Spot – AFMA holds “Train the Trainer” course with SL Fire Corps

Brian Curry

The Arizona Fire & Medical Authority/Sun Lakes Fire Corps recently held a “Train the Trainer” course on how to teach the proper and safe use of fire extinguishers in the home. AFMA Assistant Fire Marshall Tom O’Donohue taught the volunteers both the proper usage of extinguishers and how to operate a device that will show those learning from the Fire Corps members how quickly an extinguisher puts a fire out. Fire Corps Lead LouAnn Sedgwick commented, “Fire Corps has expanded to so much more than the Community Assistance Program. Learning how to teach fire extinguisher use and safety is part of expanding our mission into the community.”

A new Grief Support Group begins

Elaine Meltzer

A new Grief Support Group will be starting at the Renaissance in Sun Lakes on Monday, Dec. 16, and will be facilitated by Rabbi Irwin Weiner from the Sun Lakes Jewish Congregation. The group will meet in the Renaissance Theatre on the third floor from 1 to 3 p.m.

Everyone in the community is welcome to attend.

If there are any questions, please call Elaine at 315-882-6417 or Sharon at 480-598-1033.

Renaissance staff hosts appreciation BBQ

The staff, employees, and management of the Renaissance hosted an old-fashioned BBQ recently for the on-duty fire, medical, and Community Assistance Program volunteers of the Arizona Fire & Medical Authority in appreciation for their professional care and their compassionate ways.

Happy fourth anniversary

Arizona Fire & Medical Authority Assistant Fire Marshall Kim Campbell (left) and senior AFMA/Sun Lakes Fire Corps member Nancy Roberts (right) congratulate Fire Corps Lead LouAnn Sedgwick on her fourth anniversary as a Community Assistance Program volunteer. (Photo by Brian Curry)

Awards presented at annual West Valley ceremony

The Arizona Fire & Medical Authority honored a variety of their firefighters and medics for awards at this year’s West Valley ceremony. Among those honored on the volunteer side were five Community Assistance Program members from Sun Lakes: Brian Curry for 10 years; Sheila Barton, Ron Betti, and Ramon Rubio for five years (who were unable to attend); and Nancy Roberts for five years. Accepting for Brian Curry was his daughter (and fellow CAP member) Rachel Chiaramonte.

“High Hairs” recognition dinner held

The Arizona Fire & Medical Authority’s Fire Corps Community Assistance Program recently held their “High Hours” recognition dinner. Various members received bronze, silver, and gold presidential volunteer awards for their volunteer hours given to AFMA and the Sun Lakes community. Pictured (left to right) are the “gold” recipients for over 500 hours served: Brian Curry, Dick Rubin, and Bobbie Rubin. Congratulating them are AFMA Battalion Chief Steve McCoy and Coordinator Kim Campbell. (Photo by Bobby Chiaramonte)