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Fire House Facts: 9/3/2017-9/9/2017
Tent with poles on power lines

From Sunday September 3, 2017 through Saturday September 9, 2017 the Yuma Fire Department responded to 309 emergency calls for service:

  • 14    General Fire Response
    Including: An apartment building fire, an illegal trash burn, an arcing electrical box, a smell of natural gas in a residence, and various alarms
  • 1     Mutual Aid
    Including: Called to assist Rural Metro with an emergency medical call in the County
  • 20    Motor Vehicle Crashes
    Including:  1 involving a vehicle in a canal, 1 involving a motorcycle,  and 3 involving at least 3 vehicles
  • 224   Other Medical Emergencies (serious to minor)
    Including: 30 for difficulty breathing, 25 for chest pain, 19 for falls, 9 for unconscious people, 2 seizure cases, 3 possible stroke cases, 2 for intoxicated persons, 5 for people under the influence of drugs, 2 drug overdoses, 22 for people with psychiatric problems, 1 for heat illness/dehydration, 5 for medical alarms,1 for allergic reactions, 1 for choking, 11 for altered or decreased level of consciousness,1 for broken bones, 2 for diabetic emergencies, 1 for dog bite, 10 for man down calls, 1 for uncontrolled bleeding, 1 for bad headaches, 2 for assaults, 2 for back pain, 15 for abdominal pain, 2 pregnancy related, 1 for a deceased person, 2 for drug withdrawals, 8 for lacerations, 1 for a hand caught in a machine, 1 for a hand crushed between railroad cars, 1 for a broken arm from falling from monkey bars, and other illnesses and injuries
  • 50    Special Duty, Public Assistance, and Residential Assignments
    Including:  1 for a damaged roof, 1 for a gas leak, 1 for an A/C fire, 1 for illegal trash burning, 1 for a bathroom fire caused by a towel ignited by a candle, 1 for another bathroom fire, 1 to assist YPD with a biohazard clean up at a traffic crash, 17 for damaged power poles with power lines down, 1 for a tent with metal poles on power lines, 1 for a tree down on a trailer, 1 for a tree down on wires, 1 for live power lines on railroad tracks, 1 for an antenna on power lines, 1 for a power box arcing, 1 for power lines down on a vehicle (roughly 25-30 storm related responses last week), and various alarms

September is National Preparedness Month

Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, and plenty of severe weather last week in YUMA! This is a good time to ask yourself, what is your level of personal and family preparedness? How would you react if faced with having to leave your home? How about if utilities like electricity, gas, water, or telephone service are disrupted? What if grocery stores are closed due to the emergency? The Yuma area is not immune.

Do you have an emergency plan? What if something happens while you are at work and your family members become separated?  Have you identified a friend or family member living in another part of town that everyone knows to go to if you can’t go home? Do you have a 72 hour supply of non-perishable food and water? Do you let you let your fuel tank get below half empty? Most vehicle can easily get you to another community on a half tank of gas.

In large scale emergencies, and community disasters, authorities will do their best to reunite families and provide other assistance to the public, but a personal emergency plan, especially one that has been discussed with your family, and practiced, is going to be more effective.

Think about your personal emergency plans now, because during the emergency is not the time for preparation. If you, or a group you belong to, would like to set up a class about Emergency Preparedness, or if you just want more information, contact the Yuma Fire Department Public Information Office at 373-4855, you can also “Follow” us at www.twitter.com/YumaFireDept .

You can also download and fill out a Personal or Family Disaster Plan at http://www.yumaaz.gov/documents/yuma-fire-department/COY_EmergencyPlanningGuide-2.pdf