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Fire House Facts for 2/4/2018-2/10/2018
Mesa Heights Arson Fire

From Sunday February 4, 2018 through Saturday February 10, 2018 the Yuma Fire Department responded to 321 emergency calls for service:

  • 4    General Fire Response
    Including: A smell of natural gas at a pharmacy, and various alarms
  • 3    Mutual Aid
    Including: Called to assist YPG with a medical emergency at Fisher’s Landing, called to assist Rural Metro with 2 medical emergencies in the county
  • 30   Motor Vehicle Crashes
    Including:  3 involving rollovers, and 1 involving a power pole
  • 257  Other Medical Emergencies (serious to minor)
    Including: 38 for difficulty breathing, 20 for chest pain, 38 for falls, 16 for unconscious people, 6 seizure cases, 8 possible stroke cases, 1 for an intoxicated person, 1 for a person under the influence of drugs, 3 drug overdoses, 16 for people with psychiatric problems, 1 for dehydration, 4 for medical alarms, 4 for allergic reactions, 16 for altered or decreased level of consciousness, 1 for broken bones, 5 for diabetic emergencies, 5 for man down calls, 1 for a poisoning, 1 for an assault, 3 for back pain, 6 for abdominal pain,  1 for deceased persons, 5 for lacerations, and other illnesses and injuries
  • 27   Special Duty, Public Assistance, and Residential Assignments
    Including:  3 for power lines down, 2 for power pole fires, 1 vehicle fire, 1 for a BBQ grill propane tank fire, 1 for fuel leaking from a semi-truck, and 1 for a brush fire started by illegal burning of trash

It has been just 2 weeks since the Mesa Heights arson fire that destroyed a section of new apartments under construction and damaged several other homes in the area. These types of fires should be everyone’s concern. Every year tens of thousands of fires occur in the United States under suspicious circumstances (many determined to be intentionally set). These fires result in hundreds of deaths and hundreds of millions of dollars in property damage. Fires like this translate into higher insurance costs for everyone and since fires can easily spread from the original location, there is no telling who and what else will be endangered.

You can help your police and fire departments, and help protect your homes and families, when you report suspicious circumstances and persons. Be aware of people hanging around vacant buildings (or acting like they are trying to hide from view) or in business areas (or parks!) after hours (especially late at night). Reporting this type of suspicious activity to the police immediately (9-1-1) can prevent crimes and even save lives.

If you have information about arson crimes, contact the police department, or information can also be provided anonymously through the Silent Witness tip line at 78-CRIME (782-7463).

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