What do firefighters do?

The annual Queen Creek Fire Open House provided a glimpse into the life of a firefighter. Drawing more than 450 community members, the event that took place on April 2 offered tours of various fire-related vehicles, the fire house and experiences including spraying a fire hose, trying on turnouts and hands-only CPR demonstrations.

“It’s great for the kids to see this kind of stuff,” said Lisa Wallace, a Queen Creek resident who brought her two daughters to the event. “We attend many of the events here in town.”

The open house was held at Fire Station 411 at 22407 S. Ellsworth Road in the Queen Creek Town Center.

The town recently broke ground on a replacement fire station that will be across the street on Ellsworth Loop. Anticipated to open in early 2017, the new Fire Station 411 will be built to current standards with improved access to the community off of a major arterial road.

“We love hosting the fire open house,” said Fire Chief Ron Knight. “It is a great opportunity to interact with our residents and provide education on our programs and services. We have many exciting changes coming, and we want to be able to share them with the community in a fun atmosphere. We appreciate everyone who took the time to visit us at the event last Saturday.”

A new Fire Station 413 is included in the 2016-17 budget for the Queen Creek Town Council’s consideration.

Pending approval, the new station would be strategically located in the northwestern portion of town, off of Sossaman and Queen Creek roads.

If the new station is approved, QCFMD will be recruiting firefighters in June. Eligible candidates will need to have the written and candidate physical abilities tests completed through the National Testing Network before June 30.

For more information about the recruitment and additional requirements, visit QueenCreek.org/QCFMDRecruitment.

“Queen Creek is a growing community, but we will continue to celebrate our small- town values,” said Queen Creek Mayor Gail Barney. “The town council and I are grateful to serve a community that is willing to get involved, take time out of their busy lives to learn what is happening in this great town, and share their feedback. Public safety is a very high priority to the community so it’s exciting to see people really getting to know their fire crews and understand the difficult work that they do on a daily basis.”

For more information about the QCFMD, visit QueenCreek.org/fire.

Visit the National Testing Network to schedule the written and CPAT test.

Editor’s note: Constance Halonen-Wilson is the public information officer for the town of Queen Creek.

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