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Fire House Facts for 12/3/2017-12/9/2017
Engine deployed to CA Wildfires

From Sunday December 3, 2017 through Saturday December 9, 2017 the Yuma Fire Department responded to 290 emergency calls for service:

  • 8    General Fire Response
    Including: A burning TV in an RV, an unsafe warming fire near apartments, a stove top fire (cook had fallen asleep), and various alarms
  • 3    Mutual Aid
    Including: Called to assist with a medical emergency in Somerton, and called to assist with 2 other medical emergencies in the County
  • 20   Motor Vehicle Crashes
    Including:  1 involving a wall, 2 involving semi-trucks, 1 involving a pedestrian,  1 rollover, and 1 reported as head-on
  • 232  Other Medical Emergencies (serious to minor)
    Including: 34 for difficulty breathing, 17 for chest pain, 35 for falls, 13 for unconscious people, 6 seizure cases, 9 possible stroke cases, 3 for intoxicated persons, 3 for persons under the influence of drugs, 4 drug overdoses, 9 for people with psychiatric problems, 1 for dehydration, 1 for a child locked in vehicle, 3 for allergic reactions, 9 for altered or decreased level of consciousness, 2 for fevers, 9 for diabetic emergencies, 3 for man down calls, 3 for bad headaches, 3 for assaults, 3 for back pain, 14 for abdominal pain, 3 pregnancy related, 2 for possible deceased persons, 1 for a child who accidently brushed their teeth with prescription medication, 1 for a person injured by a forklift, and other illnesses and injuries
  • 27   Special Duty, Public Assistance, and Residential Assignments
    Including:  1 for a snake removal, 1 for a power pole sparking, 1 for a fire in a school’s AC unit, 1 for a fuel leak at gas pumps, 1 for a person stuck in an elevator, 1 for a fire in a yard, 1 for a vehicle fire, and various alarms

Some of our recent fires were trash and yard debris fires, both happen way too often. Burning trash and large bonfires are not allowed without permits. A bonfire within residential neighborhoods can be a nuisance and a hazard. Keep recreational fires small (3’ x 3’ in diameter, or less) and don’t burn trash, or anything that will give off heavy smoke or toxic fumes.

Fires too close to combustible materials 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.

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 cooking/heating fires small and attended (and fully extinguished after use). Also, be aware of weather conditions, such as the wind speed and direction.

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