Yuma Fire Department Press Releases
From Sunday January 14, 2018 through Saturday January 20, 2018 the Yuma Fire Department responded to 299 emergency calls for service:
- 4 General Fire Response
Including: Various alarms
- 6 Mutual Aid
Including: Called to assist Rural Metro with 5 medical emergencies and a traffic crash in the County
- 24 Motor Vehicle Crashes
Including: 1 involving a motorcycle, 2 involving pedestrians, 1 involving a house, 2 involving walls, 1 involving a pole, 1 involving a bicycle, and 1 rollover
- 248 Other Medical Emergencies (serious to minor)
Including: 24 for difficulty breathing, 25 for chest pain, 35 for falls, 13 for unconscious people, 9 seizure cases, 5 possible stroke cases, 2 for intoxicated persons, 1 for person under the influence of drugs, 1 drug overdose, 18 for people with psychiatric problems, 3 for medical alarms, 2 for children locked in vehicles, 1 for an allergic reaction, 22 for altered or decreased level of consciousness, 1 for fever, 1 for broken bones, 8 for diabetic emergencies, 1 for a dog bite, 4 for man down calls, 1 for uncontrolled bleeding, 1 for a burn patient, 2 for bad headaches, 1 for possible carbon monoxide poisoning, 4 for assaults, 3 for back pain, 7 for abdominal pain, 3 pregnancy related, 1 for drug withdrawals, 2 for lacerations, and other illnesses and injuries
- 17 Special Duty, Public Assistance, and Residential Assignments
Including: 3 for trash can fires, 1 for an illegal trash fire, 1 for a strong gas smell in a backyard, 1 for a strong chemical smell, 1 for a vehicle fire, 1 for a damaged light pole, 1 for a light pole down, 1 for a power pole down, 1 for a tree on fire, and various alarms
This time of year, periods of warmer weather can be followed by high winds and even storms (like we saw just last weekend!). When storms happen, the Yuma Fire Department will normally respond to a variety of related calls for blown transformers, lines down, poles on fire, etc. This is not an uncommon occurrence during rain/wind storms and Yuma residents are asked to use extra caution when these events occur.
If power is out to the lights that control an intersection, treat that intersection like you would a 4-way stop. This is not just a good suggestion, it is the law. Use extra caution, plenty of patience, and don’t drive through areas where the power is out unless it absolutely necessary. If you must go out, be sure to drive appropriately for conditions. Leave extra space between you and the vehicle in front of you, and slow down. And NEVER drive into flooded areas.
Treat all downed wires as if they were power lines and live. Even if they are temporarily not electrified, that may change. These lines can be VERY dangerous and merely stepping on them could cost you your life. When power is out, resist the temptation to go “sightseeing”. You may find the cause of the outage, with tragic results.
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