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Fire House Facts for 2/25/2018-3/3/2018
Paramedic Training

From Sunday February 25, 2018 through Saturday March 3, 2018 the Yuma Fire Department responded to 320 emergency calls for service:

  • 8     General Fire Response
    Including: A smoking microwave oven, a small fire in an apartment ignited by a cigarette, a backyard shed on fire, and various alarms
  • 8     Mutual Aid
    Including: Called to assist Rural Metro with 5 medical emergencies in the county, 1 for assisting Somerton FD by backfilling station while they were fighting a house fire, 1 for assisting in San Luis with a fire and injuries associated with a riot
  • 34    Motor Vehicle Crashes
    Including:  1 involving a tree, 3 involving motorcycles, 3 involving pedestrians, 2 involving school buses, 1 involving a bicycle, 1 involving a pole, 2 rollovers, 1 involving a semi-truck, and 1 involving a head on crash
  • 246   Other Medical Emergencies (serious to minor)
    Including: 29 for difficulty breathing, 16 for chest pain, 34 for falls, 10 for unconscious people, 6 seizure cases, 7 possible stroke cases, 6 for intoxicated persons, 1 for a person under the influence of drugs, 4 drug overdoses, 12 for people with psychiatric problems, 2 for dehydration, 2 for medical alarms, 4 for allergic reactions, 2 for choking, 19 for altered or decreased level of consciousness, 2 for fevers, 1 for broken bones, 2 for diabetic emergencies, 7 for man down calls, 1 for uncontrolled bleeding, 4 for bad headaches, 1 for an assault, 3 for back pain, 13 for abdominal pain, 2 for lacerations, 1 for a 9 year old with their foot stuck in a bicycle, 1 for 2 children (9 and 11 years old) who had fallen into a canal (found safe!), and other illnesses and injuries
  • 24    Special Duty, Public Assistance, and Residential Assignments
    Including:  1 assisting YPD with blood clean up at a scene, 1 vehicle fire, 3 for fuel spills, 1 for strong gas smell in a home, 2 for alley fires, 1 for a smoking electrical outlet, 1 for a small brush fire, and various alarms

What is the difference between a Fire Engine and a Paramedic Transport unit (ambulance)?

You might say that one is a lot bigger, can seat more passengers, and carries water and hoses to extinguish large fires, but if it involves an emergency medical response, there is not much difference. All of our units are Advanced Life Support (ALS) units. This means they each will have at least one paramedic on board, and both would have the same advanced life support equipment and medication administration capabilities. In fact, the biggest difference is that the Paramedic Unit is also designed to be able to transport patients.

Paramedics receive advanced medical training (approximately 2000 hours) to become certified, and are continuous training and evaluated to maintain their certifications. This is necessary for Paramedics to be the eyes, ears, and hands of the emergency room doctor. Equipment advances (like 12 lead heart monitoring). Also new capabilities (such as the Tox-medic for dealing with Hazardous Material and chemical or biological weapon releases or TEMS-Tactical Emergency Medical Support to work with law enforcement in “active shooter” situations) continue to be added our paramedic’s responsibilities.

We often are asked why a Fire Engine is sent on an emergency medical call. Emergency medical calls make up the majority of calls for service modern fire departments respond to. To make the best use of resources, equipment and personnel need to be able to do double duty. In addition, many procedures leading up to the transport of a patient may also be best handled with the extra personnel assigned to an engine company. Critical care tasking for cardiac arrest cases can also take additional emergency medical personnel.

A Paramedic Unit and a Fire Engine or Ladder Truck may also be dispatched because time is essential in these situations. Units may be coming from different geographical locations, and both may be sent to ensure timely service delivery. The goal of the Yuma Fire Department is to get advanced life support to city residents as soon as possible.

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