Yuma Fire Department Press Releases
From Sunday January 7, 2018 through Saturday January 13, 2018 the Yuma Fire Department responded to 307 emergency calls for service:
- 9 General Fire Response
Including: A Christmas tree on fire in a yard, a portable generator on fire in a shopping center parking lot, and various alarms
- 2 Mutual Aid
Including: Called to assist Rural Metro with a medical emergency and a small fire in the County
- 17 Motor Vehicle Crashes
Including: 1 involving a motorcycle, 1 involving 3 vehicles, 2 involving pedestrians, 1 involving a wall, and 1 reported as head-on
- 264 Other Medical Emergencies (serious to minor)
Including: 40 for difficulty breathing, 21 for chest pain, 37 for falls, 20 for unconscious people, 7 seizure cases, 6 possible stroke cases, 6 for intoxicated persons, 4 for persons under the influence of drugs, 4 drug overdoses, 11 for people with psychiatric problems, 1 for dehydration, 1 for child locked in a vehicle, 3 for allergic reactions, 2 for choking, 21 for altered or decreased level of consciousness, 4 for fevers, 7 for diabetic emergencies, 9 for man down calls, 3 for bad headaches, 4 for assaults, 4 for back pain, 6 for abdominal pain, 4 pregnancy related, 1 for deceased person, 1 for a person hit by construction equipment, and other illnesses and injuries
- 15 Special Duty, Public Assistance, and Residential Assignments
Including: 1 for a person stuck in an elevator, 1 for a damaged power pole, 1 for a power pole fire, 1 for a blown transformer, 1 for a vehicle leaking fuel, 1 for a tree on fire, and various alarms
Every week YFD personnel respond to calls from residents whose smoke alarms are sounding. Fortunately this doesn’t always involve a fire, often it just involves a resident needing assistance with the alarm. Frequently this is just a matter of the batteries needing to be replaced, and/or an alarm the resident is not familiar with. Often this is a late night disturbance for the resident (why does that always seem to happen at 2:00am?) that could have been avoided by regularly changing the batteries.
Every year 2000 to 3000 people die in fires here in the United States. It is estimated that half of those who died may have lived, if there had been a working smoke alarm in the home. Most homes these days are equipped with smoke alarms, but due to poor maintenance (often batteries are found to be dead or disconnected) many fail to work properly when a fire occurs.
Batteries should be replaced at least once a year and alarms tested monthly (and alarms replaced every 10 years). Combine these tests with doing home fire drills (your kids do them at school and they are just as important at home!) and your children will be more likely to recognize the sound of the alarm and take the proper action in a real emergency. Smoke alarms do save lives, and they are some of the cheapest insurance you can buy, but they will do no good if they are not working properly.
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