Upcoming Events

October 19, 2019

Get Lei’d for Kenny

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Get Lei’d for Kenny is a Hawaiian themed event that pays tribute to our military and is in memory of Army Sergeant Kenny Schall who died in Iraq in 2005 at the age of 22. The day consists of live music, good food, cold beer, good company, and a great cause. Be sure to click “going” on this event page so you can stay updated on what is happening at this year’s event.

TO REGISTER: Go to www.glfk8.com and order a Get Lei’d for Kenny shirt for everyone that is going. Shirts will not ship until late September so keep that in mind when you enter your mailing address. WEARING YOUR SHIRT IS YOUR TICKET IN THE DOOR. Last year the event sold out, so order your shirt ASAP so you’re not left outside!!!




November 16, 2019

Firefighter Ball

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The 2019 United Phoenix Firefighters Ball is set for November 16, 2019 at the Tempe Mission Palms Resort & Spa. We are excited to announce that this year’s event will be hosted by Retired Army Colonel Gregory Gadson! We are grateful that longtime friend and supporter of United Phoenix Firefighters Charities; For Those Without A Voice has signed on again to be our 4th Alarm Sponsor!


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Fire Station 2 IPA Events

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April 2020

Gary Pykare Bass Tournament

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The 29th Annual Gary Pykare Bass Tournament will be held in April 2019 (dates TBD) at Roosevelt Lake. The event is in memory of Phoenix Fire Captain Gary Pykare who passed away on May 12, 1996 from cancer caused by our profession. Gary was loved member of our department famous for reminding us to “live your interview” and be the employee you promised you would be, Gary is truly missed. Event participants enjoy fishing, camping, dinner, and fellowship over the three day event with all proceeds to benefit the Pykare Cancer Fund to help Firefighters with Cancer.

When dates are announced you can register for Tournament at www.shop493.com .
MUST have at least 1 firefighter on your fishing team.

Ongoing Events

Annual Fill the Boot Campaign

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The International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) is the largest national sponsor of the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). More than 280,000 members of the IAFF in the United States and Canada are pledged to saving lives, both as fire fighters and paramedics and as the strongest campaigners for the worldwide research efforts of MDA to eradicate 40 neuromuscular diseases. The contributions of the fire fighters also go towards MDA’s summer camps for children, professional and public health education, and other programs.

As the greatest contributor to MDA, fire fighters are everywhere in the efforts of MDA to raise money. The IAFF is the biggest sponsor of MDA’s Labor Day Telethon and it contributed a record breaking $23.5 million in year 2006 as a consequence of the overwhelming enthusiasm and contribution of tens and thousands of fire fighters and paramedics across the US and Canada. IAFF members have donated nearly $275 million to MDA since 1954.

The IAFF raised millions of dollars throughout the entire year through their passionate Fill the Boot campaigns, in which fire fighters greet motorists, shoppers and others and ask them to donate money to MDA. This year’s upcoming IAFF-MDA events are expected to raise even more to cure these crushing illnesses.

The marriage between the devotion of fire fighters with the cause of MDA has emerged as one of the strongest example of selflessness in the history of charity, and IAFF General President Harold A. Schaitberger is committed to elevating this tradition to even higher levels. The IAFF is designing a plan to further expand and enhance the IAFF’s relationship and role with MDA.

Over the ensuing decades, the commitment of the professional fire fighters to the cause of MDA has further elevated their status as extraordinary professionals who not only put their lives at stake to save citizens from ruthless flames, but also give their time to save the lives of the innocent from equally merciless neuromuscular diseases. The devotion of IAFF members has not only helped MDA, but also united fire fighters in a community where they share their team strength and brotherhood to give better meaning to lives and hope for the future.

Babysitter Classes

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The United Phoenix Fire Fighter Association holds Babysitter Certification classes at local community centers throughout the valley. Classes can also be arranged for Girl Scout Troops or large groups at different locations if desired. This class is geared toward youths starting and the age of 10 and up. The students will learn the ins and outs of babysitting along with CPR, what to do in choking emergencies and 1st aid training. Our goal is to not only help babysitters keep the children they watch safe, but to keep themselves safe as well.

Please contact us at babysitter@local493.org with questions or for more information on registering or setting up a class.

CPR Classes

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The United Phoenix Fire Fighters Charities offers training in American Heart Association CPR/AED and First Aid classes. All classes are open the community and there is no pre-registration. Class participants will receive an American Heart Association Card at the end of training. The fee for the class is $40.00 per person.

CPR/AED and CPR/First Aid Courses – Held the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month at 5 pm. . Washington Activity Center located at 2240 W Citrus Way, 23rd Avenue just north of Bethany Home Road.

No courses held on major holidays and the week of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s.

We also offer classes to groups of 8 or more held at your location.

For more information please call our office at 602-277-1500 and ask for Kenny Nixon or email at knixon@Local493.org. Please allow 24 hours for a return call or email.

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