Every Christmas, the APFA organizes a food and toy drive for less fortunate children and their families. All proceeds are given to the local Lions chapter for distribution to the families. Each year, enough new toys for approximately 100 children are collected with extra items and food donated to Avondale Social Services. APFA members also adopt families on a crew by crew basis and take turns playing "Santa" , delivering toys, food, gift certificates, or other household items on Christmas Eve. Santa Clause and Mrs. Clause themselves are very good friends with all of our firefighters. They happily make several appearances during the Christmas season, arriving on a big red fire engine and intently listening to what children (and some adults) want for Christmas.
Firefighters across the country are devoted to helping Jerry's Kids, and year after year raise millions of dollars to help find a cure for this terrible, degenerative disease. Each year APFA members raise more than some locals three times our size. We are incredibly grateful to our generous community during our "Fill the Boot" campaigns, they are consistently there to help us help Jerry.
Through grants from the State of Arizona, Avondale Fire-Rescue receives infant seats, car seats, and booster seats for freedistribution. Keeping your child properly secured in a child's car seat isn't just the prudent, safest thing to do for your child while driving in the car, but it's also the law. Our members take four day courses which explain the principles of proper car seat installation and inspection, and will gladly install and inspect your children's car seat for free. To date, Avondale Fire-Rescue has distributed more than 200 car seats. Remember, if you have recently been in an accident, you may have to replace your child's car seat even if there appears to be no damage. Please call 623-333-6000 to set up an appointment to receive a car seat or check for proper installation of one your family already uses. Please, keep you and your family buckled up when in the vehicle.
Every year, Avondale Fire-Rescue ambitiously trains employees of the City of Avondale in CPR, First Aid, and Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) use. Currently, AEDs are located in all major City of Avondale facilities. Through cooperation with Estrella Mountain Community College, Avondale firefighters teach CPR and First Aid to interested members of the public. Courses include recognition of acute coronary syndrome, cardiac arrest, stroke, foreign body airway obstruction, AED use, and CPR instruction. Effective bystander CPR has been consistently shown to have a significant effect on patient survival and is the best treatment that a cardiac arrest patient can receive until the arrival of a defibrillator or ACLS care. To find out when the next CPR class is offered, please call the Estrella Mountain Community College at 623-935-8000 or Avondale Fire-Rescue at 623-333-6000.
Every Avondale Fire-Rescure engine company carries a kit with several smoke detectors in your home. As a courtesy, our members check the working order of smoke detectors in our customer's home and will replace batteries if needed. They will also install smoke detectors if none are present, all free of charge. A properly installed and working smoke detector may be the best chance of survival for you and your family in case of a house fire.
Old and unwanted cellular phones can be dropped off at any Avondale Fire Station. Your old cellular phones can be put to good use by donating it to us to give to women's crisis shelters. All 911 calls are connected to 911 operators free of charge and can provide a lifeline for domestic violence victims when faced with an emergency. Please bring your phone, battery, and charger to any Avondale Fire Station for donation.