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Fire House Facts for 8/27/2017-9/2/2017
Storm Damage

From Sunday August 27, 2017 through Saturday September 2, 2017 the Yuma Fire Department responded to 311 emergency calls for service:


  • 12    General Fire Response
    Including: A natural gas smell in a house, an oven fire, smoke in a restaurant from a burner left on, a smoking A/C unit, an illegal trash burn in a backyard, a propane tank on fire, a wood fence on fire caused by resident burning grass, a roof lifted off a manufactured home by storm winds, and various alarms
  • 1     Mutual Aid
    Including: Called to assist Rural Metro with an emergency medical call in the County
  • 25    Motor Vehicle Crashes
    Including:  1 involving a pedestrian, 1 involving a fence, 1 involving a pole, 1 involving a palm tree, and 2 involving fire hydrants
  • 248   Other Medical Emergencies (serious to minor)
    Including: 27 for difficulty breathing, 14 for chest pain, 25 for falls, 18 for unconscious people, 10 seizure cases, 8 possible stroke cases, 6 for intoxicated persons, 6 for intoxicated people, 4 for people under the influence of drugs, 1 drug overdose, 9 for people with psychiatric problems, 6 for heat illness/dehydration, 7 for medical alarms, 2 for children locked in vehicles, 2 for allergic reactions, 3 for choking, 10 for altered or decreased level of consciousness,3 for broken bones, 3 for diabetic emergencies, 1 for dog bite, 1 for an unknown bite, 1 for a bee sting, 10 for man down calls, 2 for uncontrolled bleeding,  4 for bad headaches, 1 for a stabbing, 1 for a gunshot wound, 6 for assaults, 5 for back pain, 15 for abdominal pain, 5 pregnancy related, 1 for a deceased person, 3 for lacerations, 1 sports related injury, and other illnesses and injuries
  • 25    Special Duty, Public Assistance, and Residential Assignments
    Including:  6 for arcing or down power lines, 1 for illegal trash burning, 2 for vehicle fires, 1 for a person stuck in an elevator, 2 for damaged poles, 1 for assisting the police department with a bio-hazard clean-up at a crime scene, and various alarms

September is National Preparedness Month
Our country has recently seen one large scale emergency with Hurricane Harvey and another threatening with Hurricane Irma. This is a good time to ask, what is your level of personal and family preparedness? How would you react if faced with having to leave your home? How about if utilities like electricity, gas, water, or telephone service are disrupted? What if grocery stores are closed due to the emergency? The Yuma area is not immune.

Do you have an emergency plan? What if something happens while you are at work and your family members become separated?  Have you identified a friend or family member living in another part of town that everyone knows to go to if you can’t go home? Do you have a 72 hour supply of non-perishable food and water?

In large scale emergencies, and community disasters, authorities will do their best to reunite families and provide other assistance to the public, but a personal emergency plan, especially one that has been discussed with your family, and practiced, is going to be more effective.

Think about your personal emergency plans now, because during the emergency is not the time for preparation. If you, or a group you belong to, would like to set up a class about Emergency Preparedness, or if you just want more information, contact the Yuma Fire Department Public Information Office at 373-4855, you can also “Follow” us at www.twitter.com/YumaFireDept .