Yuma Fire Department Press Releases
From Sunday August 13, 2017 through Saturday August 19, 2017 the Yuma Fire Department responded to 260 emergency calls for service:
- 6 General Fire Response
Including: Palm trees on fire at river, and various alarms
- 17 Motor Vehicle Crashes
Including: 1 involving a bicycle, 2 involving 3 vehicles, 1 involving a power pole, 1 through a fence into a backyard, and 2 involving a pedestrians
- 221 Other Medical Emergencies (serious to minor)
Including: 21 for difficulty breathing, 21 for chest pain, 29 for falls, 11 for unconscious people, 7 seizure cases, 2 possible stroke cases, 4 for intoxicated people, 4 for people under the influence of drugs, 3 drug overdoses, 11 for people with psychiatric problems, 1 for heat illness/dehydration, 6 for medical alarms, 2 for kids in vehicles, 3 for choking, 10 for altered or decreased level of consciousness, 1 for broken bones,4 for diabetic emergencies, 1 for a bee sting, 7 for man down calls, 2 for bad headaches, 6 for assaults, 2 for back pain, 9 for abdominal pain, 1 pregnancy related, 1 for deceased person, 3 for lacerations, 1 for roach poison sprayed in face (had one last week too?), 1 for child injured falling from monkey bars (2nd week in a row for this too?), 1 for a severed finger, 1 for a household electrical shock, 1 for irritated eyes from smoke bomb on school bus, and other illnesses and injuries
- 16 Special Duty, Public Assistance, and Residential Assignments
Including: 1 for a power pole smoking, 1 for a found child, 4 vehicle fires (2 intentionally set), 1 for an illegal fire in a yard, 1 for fuel leaking from a vehicle, and various alarms
August is Drowning Impact Awareness Month
Yuma has some great water recreation and we would like to take this time to pass along some water safety reminders.
- Stay aware of your surroundings, water depths, water clarity, currents and other conditions. Be alert for holes, drop-offs, and channels where water depths can suddenly change. Be sure your swimming abilities are up to the conditions, always observe the “buddy system” and never swim alone. Children should always have constant, responsible adult supervision around water. And learn CPR-It does save lives!
- Never leave children unsupervised around water, and this is even more critical around rivers and lakes. Even adults should never swim alone. Always use the “buddy system”. Alcohol abuse can increase a person’s risk of drowning. Alcohol can impair judgment and perception. .You do want to stay hydrated, but avoid heavily sugared, caffeinated, or alcoholic beverages.
- Be sure of your equipment. Always wear a Coast Guard approved Personal Flotation Device (PFD) when you are boating. Inflatable “pool toys” are not “approved” PFDs. It is especially important for children to wear PFDs when in or on natural waterways. Even approved PFDs are no substitute for adult supervision of children around water.
- “Tubing” on the river (or taking advantage of other local water recreation activities) can be a lot of fun, with the right equipment and taking the proper precautions!
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