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Fire House Facts 12/17/17 - 12/23/2017

From Sunday December 17, 2017 through Saturday December 23, 2017, the Yuma Fire Department responded to 310 emergency calls for service.


- 14    General Fire Response
Including: A kitchen fire, a strong smell of gas in a home, and various alarms

- 5     Mutual Aid
Including: Called to assist Rural Metro with 5 medical emergencies in the County

- 23     Motor Vehicle Crashes
Including:  1 involving a motorcycle, 1 involving 3 vehicles, 2 involving bicycles, 2 involving semi-trucks, and 1 reported as head-on

- 242    Other Medical Emergencies (serious to minor)
Including: 35 for difficulty breathing, 27 for chest pain, 34 for falls, 14 for unconscious people, 11 seizure cases, 6 possible stroke cases, 2 for intoxicated persons, 1 for person under the influence of drugs, 3 drug overdoses, 10 for people with psychiatric problems, 3 for medical alarms, 1 for child locked in a vehicle, 2 for allergic reactions, 1 for choking (a 2 year old on candy), 10 for altered or decreased level of consciousness, 2 for fevers, 8 for diabetic emergencies, 6 for man down calls, 3 for bad headaches, 2 for gunshot wounds, 2 for assaults, 3 for back pain, 11 for abdominal pain, 1 pregnancy related, 2 for deceased persons, 1 for alcohol withdrawals, 1 for a person with their fingers stuck in a shopping basket, 1 for a 2 year old who bit into a glass ornament, 1 to assist YPD with a ladder for a person on a roof, and other illnesses and injuries

- 26    Special Duty, Public Assistance, and Residential Assignments
Including:  1 for a vehicle fire, 1 for a fire in a park from a paper floating lantern (illegal), and various alarms

The Yuma Fire Department has responded to over 14,350 emergency calls for service so far in 2017. Many of these calls were for preventable injuries. For 2018, make a “Resolution for Safety” and think about what you can do to make the coming year a safer one for you and your family.  Preventable injuries occur on the street, at home, and at work. Here are a few safety resolutions to consider for 2018:

-Be patient and allow extra time when driving, and plan your route to avoid congestion. This can help you avoid traffic related accidents. -Avoid leaving things cooking unattended on the stove.
-Keep matches and lighters out of reach of children, and never leave an unattended candle burning
-Learn CPR and Basic First Aid. Prepare a 72-hour emergency kit, have and practice emergency plans in your home or at work. This can better prepare you should a personal, family, or community emergency or disaster occur.   
-Oh, and let’s not forget, firearms are not toys or noisemakers for celebrating the New Year. Using firearms to “ring” in the New Year is not only a serious crime, it is also dangerous.
-AND, fireworks that explode (firecrackers), leave the ground (bottle rockets), or send flaming material into the air (roman candles) are all still illegal. Fireworks are also not legal on sidewalks, streets, or in parks and can only be used on private property. Please don’t start your year off with a criminal charge or an emergency room visit!

Have a safe and Happy New Year! For more information about fire and injury prevention classes we offer, contact the Yuma Fire Department Public Information Office at 373-4855, you can also “Follow” us at www.twitter.com/YumaFireDept