We had the good fortune of connecting with East Valley United Black Firefighters and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi East Valley, can you talk to us a bit about the social impact of your business?
Our main focus as a group is to be visible in our community and the involvement and development of our African American communities. There is a perception that minorities, more specifically black youths are not afforded the career opportunities that those of more affluent groups are. About 7 to 12 percent of the fire service is made up of African Americans… we strive to show our community the options they have for a career field, both in and out of the public safety realm, and put them in touch with the appropriate mentor to make their goals a reality.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I think what makes us so different is the fact that we have so many independent and like minded people working together to achieve a goal. We all noticed the need for a change and immediately hit the ground running, working to be the change. Every single one of our broad members is passionate not only about there respective projects and assignments but also about the advancement of the group in general. Everything we do is completely volunteer, no one gets a paycheck for the work they put in and yet that doesn’t stop them from giving there all to this cause.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Arizona has too much to offer in regards to eating, drinking, or activities. Arizona has so much diversity with new restaurants are always popping up that you should be able to find something that you can enjoy.  Weather they are mom and pop places which have some of the best food or you are looking for fine dining not to mention vegan or vegetarian.  Downtown Phoenix is growing with new spots so that would be one of my first places to go checkout for food and also drinks.  We have so many bars and not to mention speakeasies.  Bacanora off Grand Ave. is a great spot for food.  Looking for drinks, you can hit 3 bars at once in the Century Grand off Indian School.  A great option is also following your local foodies off social media such as Instagram.  Code3foodie, azfoodguy, tasteofaz, and many more.

In regards to activities, what do you want to do?  Hiking, we have it.  Paddle boarding, no prob, skiing is an option in the winter.  Summertime there are plenty of places to keep cool if you want to head up North.  I hope that helps.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
First off we would like to thank the Phoenix Chapter of the United Black Firefighters of Arizona for helping us get started up and pointing us in the right direction, and we would also like to thank Mesa Fire and Medical Assistant Chief Forrest Smith for being our senior advisor and helping us get to where we are today.

Website: https://sites.google.com/view/ev-unitedblackfirefighters/home

Instagram: eastvalley_ubff

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