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Daisy Mountain Fire Department honors 2016 Volunteer of the Year


NORTH VALLEY – Daisy Mountain Fire Department has chosen Ann Hutchinson as 2016 Volunteer of the Year.

Every year, a DMFD Volunteer of the Year is honored during the annual holiday celebration and award ceremony. The prestigious Volunteer of the Year Award is based on participation, commitment, and initiative. The selection begins with nominations from peers, and the final selection by a committee of past winners and fire department personnel.

Hutchison, the 2016 award winner, began volunteering with the department in 2009, and has been a dedicated member ever since. She’s mostly a behind the scenes person, who’s been key in the development of strategic plans, award and grant applications, and has a knack for connecting individuals.

The award was presented by DMFD Fire Chief Mark Nichols. Past award recipients include Murray Gordon, Mike Chambers, and Marcia Mastrin.

Individuals who volunteer with the department do so under the direction of the DMFD Citizen Corps as Community Emergency Response Team or Fire Corps. Both are national programs that support local fire service. DMFD launched their CERT program in 2004. This year, volunteers logged more than 1,600 hours and supported the department and community with 15 major events and many smaller ones.

CERT focuses on disaster preparedness and basic response skills such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Anyone interested in taking the next DMFD CERT class that begins in March can email or call Paul Schickel at (623) 695-1424.

Individuals interested in becoming a volunteer with DMFD should email for information about the open application period in January.