During 2016, Avra Valley promoted 6 firefighers to the rank of Captain. The District welcomed new firefighters, new paramedics, and issued service pins for 5 years – 10 years – and even 15 years of service to the District. During the year, our firefighters responded to over 2000 calls, with over half of those calls requiring transport. Additionally, our firefighters continued to build the Community ParaMedicine Program, and were deployed to several wildland fires. Not only did our firefighters honor the Avra tradition of serving our residents with pride, they also made time to actively participate in the community including providing safety training in the schools, hosting tours of our stations, assisting with school functions, participating in the annual 9-11 Memorial StairClimb, hosting the annual Adopt-a-Family program, and … winning the annual chili cook-off for the second year in a row! Also during the year, Chief Delfs was honored for his many years of service as a first-responder with a special award from Congresswoman Martha McSally. During 2015, Chief Delfs completed the Executive Fire Officer program at the National Fire Academy, and during 2016, Assistant Chief Klein completed all coursework and will soon be done with the EFO certification. Further, our Board of Directors co-hosted a 6-hour training event for Board members and executive staff, welcoming attendance from several fire districts.