Paul's Note - March 18, 2022

A member of my staff got to see close our fire department’s work close-up last night. 

He was at a gathering at his brother’s apartment complex with a couple of other friends when they were told by other residents that there was a fire in the building. Only a few people were home, and everyone got out safely. It was a full alarm fire, with Battalion 1, Engines 1, 2, 15, Ladder 1, and Paramedics 3 and 11 responding within minutes. The fire, which apparently only involved a small part of the roof of the complex, was quickly put out. 

Full credit goes to the men and women of the Tucson Fire Department for their immediate and professional response. The situation could have become a lot worse, and their actions kept both the residents and neighbors safe. 

Also, I’d like to make mention of some of the work that happens after a fire. A TFD investigator was on scene last night and interviewed several residents. A paramedic unit stayed on scene long after it was established that the civilians were safe. They provided a quick check up and rest area for the firefighters after the flames were extinguished. A building inspector from our Planning and Development Services Department showed up as the fire fighters were packing up to look through the building to make sure it was safe for residents. Personnel from Tucson Electric Power and Southwest Gas also came in to make sure that service could be restored safely. 

Again, thank you to our Tucson Fire Department. 

I’ve been working with Councilmember Dahl to get our pools open for a longer season this year. This isn’t the first time I’ve mentioned this in my newsletter, but it bears repeating: with our summers getting hotter and longer, public pools that are open for Tucson families are a necessity. 

One of the issues is with staffing. Pools are fun, but we need to keep our kids and their families safe. Parks and Recreation has put out the call for lifeguards both at our public pools and at the Edith Ball Adaptive Recreation Center, which is our aquatics facility for people with disabilities. 

If you or someone you know is at least fifteen years old and an experienced swimmer, please encourage them to apply. The links with application information are below: 

Lifeguard - City Pools 

Lifeguard – Edith Ball Adaptive Recreation Center 

A little more than 20 years ago, a new professional basketball league was created with a familiar name, the American Basketball Association. Today, there are more than 150 teams nationwide, including our own Tucson Buckets who are in their 6th season. This year, the Buckets finished the regular season on an 11-game win streak, with a record of 15-5, and they qualified for the playoffs in the South Division of the Pacific Region. This weekend, they’ll host the other 7 playoff teams in the division here in Tucson at Cienega High school. There will be 4 games played on Saturday and 2 games on Sunday. The cost for each game is only $10, and if you want to watch all 4 on Saturday, you can buy a day pass for $30. Take a look at the bracket for tip times. I know we’re all rooting this weekend for our U of A men’s and women’s teams as they compete in their respective NCAA tournaments but if you need more live basketball this weekend, please consider heading out to Cienega to cheer on the Tucson Buckets. During their 6 years in Tucson, the team members and coaches have given a lot back to our community in volunteer hours, basketball camps for kids, and promoting local charities.