A Pueblo Native American legend tells of a demon, who is blinded after losing a bet with the sun and spews out hot lava in his anger. The earth catches fire. A hummingbird then saves the beautiful land of people and animals by gathering clouds from the four directions. Hummingbird uses rain from these clouds to put out the flames. The bright colors on a hummingbird’s throat came after he flew back and forth through the rainbow in search of the rain clouds.
Hummingbirds are magical and in this story they represent the noble purpose of volunteers. What could be a more apt and honorable mascot and logo for AVERT than the Hummingbird!
AVERT is a living metaphor for this legend. The many colors of the rainbow are symbolic of all the skills represented by the individuals in the group.
Like the hummingbird, the All Volunteer Emergency Response Team for Apache County will gather the resources from the four directions when an emergency falls on our County.
We are guided by the principle that those who freely give of themselves and their time in the service of their community deserve our highest respect and deepest gratitude.
AVERT is an acronym for All Volunteer Emergency Response Team. It represents a core group of 25-30 civilian volunteers and contains within its structure the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) unit for Apache County.
We are a corps of volunteer emergency responders whose backgrounds and preparation, through education and training, enables it to effectively fill the support roles requested of it during any emergency or crisis and whose skilled participation makes a significant contribution in supporting the First Responders.
Our mission is to dedicate ourselves through service, duty, and action, to the health and safety of the people of Apache County, and in so doing, we improve the lives of the people, the environment, and the world in which we live.
If you are interested in participating in AVERT for Apache County, please download our application form (in adobe pdf format) and return it to Michael Schacht at the address listed below. Also, if you have questions about what this commitment means, please contact Mr. Schacht. Thank you!
Apache County Public Health Services District
323 S. Mountain Ave., Suite 105
Springerville, AZ 85938
Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in.