Whispering Pines Fire District Growing

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What a great year our fire district has had. So much has been accomplished.

The new Substation 73 in Geronimo Estates was completed, and the dedication ceremony was held in April. The station property was donated by Velma Mark of Geronimo Estates. The community raised $50,000 through donations and fund-raisers.

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Members of Boy Scout Troop 451 of Mesa, along with volunteers from the Whispering Pines Fire District show off Substation 72, a temporary shelter for firefighting equipment in the Rim Trail community.

The station now houses three pieces of fire equipment that reduce response time to the west end of the fire district. The community also has raised another $20,000 for a 40,000-gallon bladder water tank that is almost completely installed, with a security fence surrounding it.

Geronimo Boy Scout Camp is working with the fire district to provide an easy fill water supply hydrant for water tenders to shuttle water to other areas of the district. This will enable the trucks to fill up faster and more easily. It will take 25 loads with the 2,000-gallon water tenders to fill the new 50,000-gallon tank. Thanks to Camp Ranger Ted Julius for volunteering to help.

Rim Trail now has temporary Substation 72 on property provided by Bob and Cheryl Seiler. It will house one piece of fire apparatus. The property was cleared by Chief Mark Essary and volunteer firefighters from the district. The temporary shelter was installed by Boy Scouts from Troop 451 of Mesa, led by Phillip Wallers for his Eagle Scout project.

The scouts held fund-raisers to purchase supplies and hardware to be used for the project. They also presented a check to the fire district to purchase gates and electrical supplies.

The same Boy Scout troop, this time led by Mark Abbot, spent two weekends cleaning and painting Station 71's classroom floor and truck barn. This was another Eagle Scout project, and they raised money to purchase paint and rent the sanding equipment to remove old paint from the floor.

A community event sign has been installed on the south end of Whispering Pines Station 71 announcing coming events. The sign was donated to the district by the fire department auxiliary, Norah Johnson, and the Whispering Pines Neighborhood Association. Thanks to all for the generous gift. Be sure to check for coming events, such as the community's Family Movie Night each month. There will be popcorn, ice cream, candy, drinks, etc.

A CPR class was held Oct. 22. The class was arranged by Chief Essary and training officer Steve Stevens. There were 12 community and fire department members from Geronimo Estates, Rim Trail and Whispering Pines. We all learned a great lesson and want to thank Mike Ament for teaching the class. He is a Phoenix dispatcher and an EMT with our fire department.

Under Chief Essary's ongoing training, and with his many years in fire service, our district has grown considerably. We are very much aware of the importance of training and sound leadership of our board members to keep our community safe.

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