Current Fry Fire District Awards Winners
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
This year’s award recipient is an individual who brings knowledge, dedication and perseverance to his position with the Fry Fire District. He is a dedicated Firefighter who has taken on a strong leadership role with his peers, and who frequently places the needs of our personnel ahead of his own. His can-do attitude and perseverance contribute to the success of the projects he has been involved with.
This individual has taken a proactive leadership role representing the interests of Fry Fire District employees and has helped the District develop a reputation for quality technical rescue training throughout the state.
As the President of Local 4913, Firefighter Dennis Ferrel has doggedly pursued a stronger working relationship between labor and management. In 2017, the Fry Fire District Board passed a Meet and Confer Resolution and voted to adopt a For-Cause approach to the employer-employee relationship, substantially improving the job security of our personnel.
In addition, Firefighter Ferrel has continued to play a vital role as the District’s Technical Rescue Team Coordinator, including coordinating and instructing quarterly regional technical rescue training and annual certification courses in technical rope rescue, swift water rescue, and confined space rescue. In 2017, he played a vital role in the rescue and evacuation of a female patient who had fallen and suffered a significant spinal cord injury.
His work ethic, professionalism and selfless dedication to the District, its employees and the community we serve are immeasurable. It is our honor to recognize Firefighter Dennis Ferrel as this year’s recipient of the Fry Fire District Outstanding Achievement Award!
EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR
This year’s award recipient is an individual who quietly sets the example for true professionalism. He is a tenured Engineer / Paramedic who demonstrates quality community leadership both on and off duty. He is committed to providing incredible patient care and never stops challenging himself to excel.
Over the past few years, this individual has taken a proactive leadership role in addressing our firefighter’s physical and mental health. He coordinates our annual physicals and is a strong member on our Peer Support Team; being selected by a vast majority of his peers for the program. Following critical incidents, he can frequently be found offering peer support services to individuals at the scene, or shortly thereafter at the hospital or station.
Last year he participated on out of state wildland deployments and assumed vital role in the assessment and treatment of a patient involved in a life-threatening motorcycle accident that occurred immediately in front of the apparatus he was driving. While driving a Type 3 Engine at highway speeds, Daniel Callahan safely avoided the accident and began critical life-saving care for the victim. Daniel is an active member of the technical rescue team, and recently completed the educational and training requirements to become a registered nurse. He is now playing a crucial role in the development of our Treat and Refer Program.
For his commitment to improving the physical and mental well-being of our firefighters, his unflagging dedication to improving the quality of medical care we provide, and his incredible patient care in the face of adversity; it is our privilege to recognize Engineer / Paramedic Daniel Callahan as this year’s recipient of the 2017 Fry Fire District EMS Professional of the Year!
FIREFIGHTER OF THE YEAR
This year’s award recipient has brought a wealth of experience and knowledge to the Fire District and is continuing to develop and deliver programs that benefit our employees and our community
Over the past few years, this individual has taken a proactive leadership role in streamlining our ability to recertify personnel in CPR, ACLS and PALS. Maintaining these certifications is a requirement for all of our employees who must maintain EMT and Paramedic Certifications. In addition, he is currently working to revamp our Critical Incident Stress Management Program and train additional Peer Support Counselors.
Last year during a technical rescue, Firefighter Haros provided ALS medical care to a patient who had fallen approximately 20-30 feet and suffered a spinal injury. Thanks in part to the early care he provided, the patient is regaining the use of her legs and will hopefully be walking again soon.
Over the past few years, Firefighter Haros has been the program manager for a fall-injury prevention program funded by the Legacy Foundation of Southeast Arizona. He has provided training to numerous participants and coaches and developed partnerships with organizations across our county which include: Canyon Vista Medical Center, several assisted living facilities, and the Benson Community Resource Council. The Goal of these partnerships is to reduce falls in susceptible populations and to help patients continue living independently longer.
For his commitment to improving the quality of care we’re able to provide to our community, managing a county-wide fall-injury prevention program, and taking a proactive approach to improving the mental health support our personnel are able to offer each other; it is our privilege to recognize Firefighter Jared Haros as this year’s recipient of the 2017 Fry Fire District Firefighter of the Year!