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Fire House Facts: 7/30/2017-8/5/2017
Monsoon Storm Damage

From Sunday July 30, 2017 through Saturday August 5, 2017 the Yuma Fire Department responded to 247 emergency calls for service:

  • 6    General Fire Response
    Including: A gas leak reported in an apartment, and various alarms
  • 18   Motor Vehicle Crashes
    Including:  1 involving a motorcycle, 1 involving a building, 1 involving 3 vehicles, 1 involving a wall, and 1 involving a pedestrian (foot got run over)
  • 203  Other Medical Emergencies (serious to minor)
    Including: 15 for difficulty breathing, 16 for chest pain, 27 for falls, 8 for unconscious people, 7 seizure cases, 7 possible stroke cases, 1 for person under the influence of drugs, 1 drug overdose, 9 for people with psychiatric problems, 2 for heat illness/dehydration, 4 for medical alarms, 1 for an allergic reaction, 4 for choking, 18 for altered or decreased level of consciousness, 5 for fevers, 2 for broken bones, 6 for diabetic emergencies, 16 for man down calls, 1 for uncontrolled bleeding,  2 for bad headaches, 3 for assaults, 4 for back pain, 11 for abdominal pain, 4 for deceased persons, 2 for lacerations, and other illnesses and injuries
  • 20   Special Duty, Public Assistance, and Residential Assignments
    Including:  1 snake removal, 1 for a damaged power pole, 1 for illegal debris burning, 1 for a vehicle smoking, 2 for power line arcing, 1 for gas leaking from a water heater, 1 for a dumpster fire, 1 for a power pole hit by a train, and various alarms                                                                            

August is Drowning Impact Awareness Month:

Every year many of Arizona’s drowning deaths involve flash floods. In fact, more deaths occur due to flooding than any other thunderstorm related hazard, and over half of all flood related drownings occur when a vehicle is driven into flood waters. Never drive into a flooded wash or other area of running water. Remember, the National Weather Service (NWS) reminds people to  “Turn around, Don’t Drown!”.

Always stay aware of your surroundings, flash floods can quickly change a small stream or roadway thru a wash into a raging current. As little as 6 inches of fast moving water can knock over an adult and just 12 inches can carry away a small car. Never camp in a wash or stream bed. Stay well clear of flood waters, they are a dangerous hazard…not a photo opportunity!

Since peak monsoon season is here, we probably can expect more summer storms to pass through our area. Here are some additional things to keep in mind:

Always treat any power lines as if they were live. Don’t touch them! Leave that to the experts. Even if a line is not charged at that moment, it could become live without warning. A common time for lines to be down would be during or after storms like we have recently experienced. Puddles or flowing water expand the area of danger, so be sure to stay well clear of them. Instead of stepping over them, go all the way around.

“Monsoon Season” runs through the end of September, so be careful and drive safely!  For more information about fire, preparedness and injury prevention/safety classes we offer, contact the Yuma Fire Department Public Information Office at 373-4855, you can also “Follow” us at www.twitter.com/YumaFireDept