The Clifton Volunteer Fire Department is state of the art agency and is overseen by Chief Peter Ortega with his team of 21 volunteers. These volunteers conduct business and train at least once a month. They respond to all local calls and assist other fire departments all across southern Greenlee County when called on.
Volunteer firefighters are the kind of people who would show up to help even if there was not a fire department, but they also see the value of building their organization. They are willing to drop their own work to help a neighbor or friend the second their pager goes off, and are willing to put in the hours of training so that they can provide the best help possible to their neighbors.
In communities such as Clifton, when an accident or fire happens, it affects everyone. Neighbors are not casual acquaintances who are seen going to work and coming home, but people who live in our community. They are the people we live next to and are our friends. It is nearly impossible to be emotionally removed from situations that occur. It is not like a movie, where the fireman helps a troubled stranger. Instead, it is likely the call they receive will be an emergency affecting someone they know. It is easy to overlook how personal the struggle is for the volunteer firefighter.
Volunteer firefighters are connected to each person’s life through friends or family. It is impossible to escape those connections when they are the ones going in. In the simplest of terms, rural fire departments represent the best of small communities, being there for one another.
The next time you see Peter or one of our town’s volunteer firemen, please take the time to thank them for a job well done.
Citizen and Council Participation:
The Town Council will consider all proposals taking into account any legitimate propositions or suggestions received during the Town Council’s monthly meeting. These proposals will be made available for public inspection. Approved proposals will be taken under consideration at future Town Council meetings and decisions will be made on which issues that will be considered, pursued and/or implemented.
The Power of Your Voice
I have a simple philosophy that Government is by the people for the people and the sole reason your Town Government exists is to ensure Clifton’s citizens their Safety and Well-being.
It is the sole duty of the Mayor and Town Council to enable and ensure that our citizens and the people who conduct business in our Town are able to do so ethically and lawfully in accordance with the Federal and State Constitutions and laws of the State of Arizona.
When I say “The Power of Your Voice” I do not necessarily mean the volume but when, how we use that voice, and how it affects others. We have had a few controversial issues in Clifton and I find it interesting how quickly word of mouth travels through our fair Town. Of course some that want to share what they may have heard have good motives or well-meaning intentions but at times I wonder if something was lost in the translation.
When residents of Clifton have called or stopped me or have knocked on my door, I have listened to help solve or find a solution to their issues. For the most part just listening to the problems that arise in people’s lives helps validate the issue and therefore bring calm to the situation.
For every yes to a question there could be a no to that same question. There will always be some who will not agree on a decision and that is human nature. We all have a different take on a situation or issue and some things can interrupt our sense of calm.
Your Town Council value your opinions however, try to remember that your words are a reflection of you so use them wisely and kindly if possible. You can still get a point across without attacking a person personally. I believe that when a compromise can be reached both parties have succeeded.
Crime Prevention Watch:
CALL THE CLIFTON POLICE DEPARTMENT or the GREENLEE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE to report any SUSPICIOUS activity at the following telephone numbers:
Clifton Police Department: Emergency 911, 928-865-4145 or 928-865-4566
Greenlee County Sheriff’s Office: Emergency 911, or 928-865-4149
You can be the eyes of your neighborhood and remember you can always remain anonymous!
“The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team.”
Take Pride in Clifton!