The Department of Homeland Security is awarding the Tucson Fire Department nearly $8.6 million through the Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) grant program. The funding will be used to hire 54 firefighters, replacing 41 firefighters lost through attrition and adding 13 new positions. The SAFER program was created to provide funding directly to fire departments, with a goal of enhancing the local fire departments’ abilities to comply with staffing, response, and operational standards.
The 2nd annual Kidz Expo & Back to School Event will run from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. tomorrow at the El Pueblo Regional Center, 101 W. Irvington Road. More than 1,000 backpacks will be given to kids between 6-13 years old. In addition, the Tucson Police Department and TMC SAFE Team will offer free car seats to parents who take a class tomorrow, and there will be free immunizations, live music, dancing, raffles, and entertainment.
Road crews will begin milling and paving Country Club Road from 22nd Street to Aviation Parkway on Monday and Tuesday. Due to the narrow width of the roadway, the southbound lane on Country Club, from 22nd Street to Aviation Parkway, will be closed to through traffic during work hours, 6 a.m.-6 p.m. Northbound travel will not be affected by this work. Electronic message boards will be in place to alert motorists of the upcoming closure.
The City of Tucson Parks and Recreation Department, along with Visit Tucson and Pima Community College, will host the Jennie Finch Softball Camp at the Lincoln Park Softball Complex, 8116 E. Escalante Road. The camp, Oct. 24-25, is open to all girls third grade and up.
Do you have unused chemicals, oils or pesticides sitting in your shed or garage? The City of Tucson is hosting a Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection tomorrow from 8 a.m.-noon at the Eastside Service Center, 7575 E. Speedway Blvd. Drop off at HHW is free for City of Tucson residents. There is a fee of $10 for each television and $2 for each monitor brought in without a computer.
All 15 members of the City Police Chief Appointment Advisory Committee have been chosen. The Mayor and Tucson City Council created the committee last month as part of the process to replace Tucson Police Chief Roberto Villaseñor, who plans to retire in December. The Council each made two appointments to the committee and the City Manager selected one member.
The Midvale Park Neighborhood Association is partnering with Tucson Clean & Beautiful, the City of Tucson Ward 1 Council Office, and Woods Apartments to celebrate National Night Out. The night is an annual community-building campaign promoting police and community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make neighborhoods safer.
Are you looking for some family-friendly entertainment on a Friday night? Movies in the Park, a Tucson summer staple since 2003, returns tomorrow to Reid Park with a free showing of How to Train Your Dragon 2 at dusk.
Residents are invited to bring blankets and chairs to enjoy a free movie every other Friday at the DeMeester Outdoor Performance Center, 900 S. Randolph Way. Pre-movie events begin at 5:30 p.m. with live music, jumping castles, balloon animals, and arts and crafts exhibits. Popcorn, soda, and food truck vendors also will be available for an additional charge.
Do you have a question about City of Tucson Parks and Recreation? Community Promotions and Marketing Manager Sierra Davenport is answering your questions on Tucson 12 and social media. This month's edition focuses on dog parks in Tucson. Send your questions to email@example.com, and watch the latest "Sierra Says."