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Fire House Facts: 7/16/2017-7/22/2017
Protective Gear on a Bee Swarm run

From Sunday July 16, 2017 through Saturday July 22, 2017 the Yuma Fire Department responded to 242 emergency calls for service:

  • 10    General Fire Response
    Including: A house fire started by a bathroom fan, a cooking fire, 2 responses for gas smells in homes, and various alarms
  • 15    Motor Vehicle Crashes
    Including:  2 involving pedestrians, 1 involving a bicycle, 1 involving a motorcycle, 1 involving a wall, and 1 involving 3 vehicles
  • 200   Other Medical Emergencies (serious to minor)
    Including: 18 for difficulty breathing, 22 for chest pain, 25 for falls, 11 for unconscious people, 9 seizure cases, 5 possible stroke cases, 5 for intoxicated persons, 4 persons under the influence of drugs, 4 drug overdoses, 8 for people with psychiatric problems, 3 for heat illness/dehydration, 2 for medical alarms, 1 for an allergic reaction, 1 for a choking case, 11 for altered or decreased level of consciousness, 4 for fevers, 1 for broken bones, 1 for a diabetic emergency, 1 for a person stung 40 times by bees, 10 for man down calls, 2 for uncontrolled bleeding, 2 for assaults, 7 for back pain, 6 for abdominal pain, 2 for deceased persons, 3 for lacerations, 1 for a bicyclist who rode into a pole, 1 for a fish hook stuck in a foot, and other illnesses and injuries
  • 17    Special Duty, Public Assistance, and Residential Assignments
    Including:  1 snake removal, 1 for a person stuck in an elevator, 1 for a trash truck on fire, 2 for other vehicle fires, 2 for fuel spills, 1 for a blown power transformer, and various alarms

    Last week the Yuma Fire Department responded to a case of a person receiving multiple bee stings. Each year the Yuma Fire Department will be asked to respond to bee swarms. Although bee sting deaths are rare, they do occur and people with allergies to these stings are particularly at risk. Bees can swarm into a location and stay for only a couple of hours, or make it their new home. Not all bees are “killer bees,” (in AZ since 1993) but people do need to be cautious when outdoors hiking, hunting, fishing, biking, etc. They won’t form a large swarm and “hunt” for you (That’s a Hollywood thing!), but they will defend themselves aggressively.

    If you are attacked, run away quickly until you reach shelter (a vehicle or building). Do not try to stand still in an attempt to fool the bees. Do not try to fight the bees. They have the advantage of numbers. Although it may be tempting, do not jump into water (especially canals, which could be more dangerous than the bees!). The bees will wait for you to come up for air. Do not swat at bees or flail your arms.

    Do wear light colored clothing. Check your house and yard regularly (fill cracks and crevices in walls). Remove piles of junk from your yard. Be aware of your surroundings, keep escape routes in mind. Watch for warning signs (flying at your face, buzzing your head, etc.). Keep away from bee colonies/swarms.

    YFD will respond if someone is being attacked or has been injured, but otherwise call a beekeeper or exterminator if you encounter a swarm.

    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