Earn Your GV Fire Corps Cap

Tuesday, 05 July 2011

By John Geiger, Special to the Green Valley News
I am a connoisseur of caps. My two best are from Lake Minocqua, Wis., and Ouray, Colo. A few weeks ago, I was in a meeting with about 20 volunteers, including Brandon Armstrong. I couldn't help but notice the terrific cap he was wearing.

After the meeting, Brandon stopped me and said, "Say I need to talk with you."

I said, "Great, what about?" (Hoping all along that he was going to say, "Here's a cap for you.")

Well, it was about his cap - but only in an indirect way. Brandon's hat was a Green Valley Fire District cap. He explained that he is the volunteer who coordinates the recruitment, selection, and training of the Green Valley Fire District's Fire Corps volunteers.

The other day, Brandon and I sat down to talk about the Corps. Basically, there are two Fire Corps teams. One is the administrative team who work within the District's headquarters. They do clerical and data processing work. They are the cheerful and competent people you often talk to at the office or on the phone when you need assistance.

The other team is the field support team that performs non-emergency functions which include conducting residential safety inspections, replacing smoke detector batteries, relocating desert pests (lizards, snakes), etc. These guys and gals are the absolute best!

Brandon explained the Fire Corps needs more members on both teams. He is planning an informational meeting in late July and hopes to start a class in August. I hope you are interested. If you are, please call him at 207-9563 or e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

The Fire Corps does really important work for all of us in the Green Valley area. I hope lots of you call Brandon and join this group of motivated people.

While you're at it, get yourself one of those terrific caps!

Of course, if the Fire Corps is not for you, call the Green Valley Sahuarita Volunteer Clearinghouse at 399-1256. Leave a message that you would like to explore volunteer opportunities and leave your name and telephone number. Someone will call you back to set up an appointment. Or feel free to e-mail me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Also, take a sneak peak at the first draft of our new web site at www.gvsvolunteering.org. Let me know what you think.

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