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Fire House Facts for 2/18/2018-2/24/2018
YFD at River Brush Fire

From Sunday February 18, 2018 through Saturday February 24, 2018 the Yuma Fire Department responded to 286 emergency calls for service:

  • 10    General Fire Response
    Including: Hay bales on fire, smoke from an electrical outlet, a restaurant fire caused by self-heating of cleaning rags, and various alarms
  • 4     Mutual Aid
    Including: Called to assist Rural Metro with 4 medical emergencies in the county
  • 15    Motor Vehicle Crashes
    Including:  1 involving a curb 1 involving a tree, 2 involving electrical boxes, 1 rollover, 1 involving a semi-truck, 1 involving a light pole, and 1 involving a head on crash
  • 231   Other Medical Emergencies (serious to minor)
    Including: 35 for difficulty breathing, 23 for chest pain, 31 for falls, 17 for unconscious people, 8 seizure cases, 8 possible stroke cases, 6 for intoxicated persons, 1 for a person under the influence of drugs, 1 drug overdose, 15 for people with psychiatric problems, 2 for medical alarms, 1 for a child locked in a vehicle, 17 for altered or decreased level of consciousness, 1 for broken bones, 4 for diabetic emergencies, 3 for man down calls, 2 for uncontrolled bleeding, 2 for bad headaches, 1 for a small child who ate over the counter medications, 7 for assaults, 3 for back pain, 10 for abdominal pain, 1 for a deceased person, 2 for lacerations, and other illnesses and injuries
  • 20    Special Duty, Public Assistance, and Residential Assignments
    Including:  1 for a boat on fire in a yard, 1 for a power pole down, 1 for illegal burning, 1 for a bee swarm on a vehicle, and 1 for a blown power transformer

This week’s safety message deals with wildfire awareness. With our great winter weather, Yumans may be thinking about more outdoor recreational activity, such as camping. Warm days, but often cold nights will mean camp fires. With low humidity, and occasional periods of gusty winds, fires can spread quickly and be more difficult to stop. Preventing fires is much easier and safer than putting them out. Here are a few things we would like you to keep in mind:  

Use extreme care in the use of all fire, and potentially fire causing activities, whether it be for industrial, home, or recreational use.  

Make sure campfires and smoking materials are extinguished.   

Use spark arrestors in mechanical equipment such as chain saws and off-road vehicles and when you pull off a roadway, be sure not to park in grassy areas.  

Observe “Red Flag” warnings. Those warnings will be issued by the National Weather Service when weather conditions are right for the easy start and rapid spread of wildfires. During such times, citizens should curtail activities that could cause fire and should obey all fire restrictions and area closures.

For more information about fire and injury prevention, contact the Yuma Fire Department Public Information Office at 373-4855 and you can also Follow us at www.twitter.com/YumaFireDept