Yuma Fire Department Press Releases
From Sunday October 22, 2017 through Saturday October 28, 2017 the Yuma Fire Department responded to 282 emergency calls for service:
- 10 General Fire Response
Including: 2 hot oil cooking fires, 1 oven fire, a small fire in a grocery store put out by an employee with an extinguisher, and various alarms
- 3 Mutual Aid
Including: Called to assist Rural Metro with a motor vehicle crash and 2 emergency medical calls in the County
- 21 Motor Vehicle Crashes
Including: 3 involving pedestrians, 2 involving motorcycles, 1 involving a tree, , and 1 involving a tractor
- 226 Other Medical Emergencies (serious to minor)
Including: 19 for difficulty breathing, 22 for chest pain, 25 for falls, 9 for unconscious people, 11 seizure cases, 1 possible stroke case, 2 for intoxicated persons, 9 for people under the influence of drugs, 3 drug overdoses, 11 for people with psychiatric problems, 2 for dehydration, 6 for medical alarms, 1 for children locked in a vehicle, 3 for allergic reactions, 1 for choking, 9 for altered or decreased level of consciousness, 1 for fever, 2 for broken bones, 3 for diabetic emergencies, 2 for bites (1 spider, 1 unknown), 1 for a bee sting, 8 for man down calls, 2 for uncontrolled bleeding, 5 for bad headaches, 5 for assaults, 5 for back pain, 16 for abdominal pain, 3 pregnancy related, 3 for lacerations, 1 sports related injury, 1 for a 3 year old with their arm stuck in a speaker box, 1 for a 5 year old locked in a bathroom, 1 for pepper spray in the face, and other illnesses and injuries
- 22 Special Duty, Public Assistance, and Residential Assignments
Including: 1 for a power pole fire, 1 for a large brush fire near Kofa High School, 1 to evaluate smoke in Kofa classrooms the next day, 1 for small brush fires, 1 for a small fire in an electrical pump, 2 for fuel spills, 2 for assisting YPD with clean-up of bio-hazards from crash scenes, 1 for smoke coming from a manhole cover, and various alarms
Many of this week’s emergency responses were to motor vehicle crashes. More vehicles are using our streets this time of year (with more arriving every day!) and motorists need to take that into consideration. We all need to be patient, use caution, and follow these simple suggestions to get thru our hectic winter season safely:
-Consider your driving time; leave early so you don’t have to rush to get to your destination.
-Plan your route to avoid congestion.
-Drive defensively, and be aware of what is going on around you.
-Avoid distractions such as talking on cell phones, texting, adjusting radios and eating while in traffic.
-Make use of your safety devices, wear your seat belts and be sure children are using proper safety restraints too.
-Be alert to the lights and sirens of responding emergency vehicles, and properly yield to them by pulling over as far as practical to the right, coming to a complete stop, and waiting until they have passed by before safely resuming your travel.
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