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CU volunteers help man wildfire command center
PHOENIX (6/30/10)--Arizona State CU, based in Phoenix, has helped with efforts in fighting a huge wildfire in the Coconino National Forest. It provided employee volunteers to help answer phones at a nearby command center and aided helpless animals affected by the fire. “We assisted in moving an animal shelter [from the path of the fire] and provided cash contributions to that agency to help it set up a makeshift facility for the animals,” Paul Stull, senior vice president of marketing for the $1.29 billion-asset credit union, told News Now. “We can’t fight the fire; we’re not experts at that, but we certainly can help the people that do,” Stull said. “This is really good time for the credit union to show its commitment to the community.” Fire crews are working toward full containment of the Schultz fire four miles north of Flagstaff, Ariz. The U.S. Forest Service said the fire is 75% contained after burning 15,075 acres. Tuesday’s crew work included checking on hot spots and rehabilitating areas that burned (KSWT.com via Associated Press June 29). The cost of fighting the wildfire is more than $7.6 million. The person or persons who set the wildfire after leaving an abandoned camp fire remain at large. Pam Leffel, who manages an Arizona State CU branch near the fire zone, has been in the forefront of the credit union’s efforts to help. “She has led a response mostly because we are involved in the community,” Stull said. “But also because many of our members have been evacuated from their homes. "We have responded to wildfires in the past to aid those who were evacuated and to help firefighters save homes; it’s a pretty important thing,” he added. “Our view of it is--that during really tough times--a credit union can show its brand value very well.”
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