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Fire House Facts for 11/12/2017-11/18/2017
Brush Fire

From Sunday November 12, 2017 through Saturday November 18, 2017 the Yuma Fire Department responded to 281 emergency calls for service:

  • 10   General Fire Response
    Including: 1 for a house fire, 1 for an illegal backyard trash fire, 2 for fires in abandoned houses, and various alarms
  • 19   Motor Vehicle Crashes
    Including:  2 involving semi-trucks, 1 involving a motorcycle, 1 involving a house, and 2 head-on crashes
  • 229  Other Medical Emergencies (serious to minor)
    Including: 24 for difficulty breathing, 22 for chest pain, 29 for falls, 8 for unconscious people, 9 seizure cases, 4 possible stroke cases, 6 for intoxicated people, 2 for people under the influence of drugs, 3 for drug overdoses, 13 for people with psychiatric problems, 7 for medical alarms, 3 for allergic reactions, 1 for choking, 11 for altered or decreased level of consciousness, 3 for fevers, 11 for diabetic emergencies, 1 for a dog bite, 7 for man down calls, 1 for bad headaches, 3 for assaults, 5 for back pain, 18 for abdominal pain, 3 pregnancy related,  4 for lacerations, 1 sports related (head to head contact), and other illnesses and injuries
  • 23   Special Duty, Public Assistance, and Residential Assignments
    Including:  1 for a vehicle fire, 1 for a fence fire, 2 for dumpster fires, 3 for illegal backyard trash burning, and various alarms

Last week the Yuma Fire Department responded to a number of trash and yard debris fires, both happen way too often. These types of fires within residential neighborhoods can be a nuisance and a hazard. Fires too close to other combustibles and property lines pose the risk of serious fire spread, especially under windy conditions. Un-permitted fires are unlawful and also result in many unnecessary Fire Department responses, possibly delaying response to other serious emergencies.

You can also reduce the risk to you and your neighbors by keeping your property free of dry, dead vegetation and other flammable or combustible debris. This can avoid a small fire in the yard becoming a large fire threatening your home and neighborhood.

So, use a grill, a fireplace, or fire pit, and keep these cooking/heating fires small (no more than 3’ in diameter) and attended (and fully extinguished after use). Also, be aware of weather conditions, such as the wind speed and direction. If you are camping, be sure of the local fire regulations and conditions. For information regarding permits for fires on your property in the City of Yuma, contact the Yuma Fire Department at 373-4850.

For more information, or to set up a safety or injury prevention class, call Mike Erfert at 373-4850.