Yuma Fire Department Press Releases
Starting at 5am, a total of ten (10) Yuma Fire Department firefighters held the first of what they hope will become an annual stair climb event. Each participant climbed a 3 story burn tower 37 times for the equivalent of the 110 flights of stairs of the World Trade Center Twin Towers. This was done to honor the 343 firefighters and 72 law enforcement officers who lost their lives on 9/11 while answering the calls for help and climbing flight after flight to the aid of victims of the terrorist attack. This inaugural event was held at the Public Safety Training Facility, 3575 South Avenue 4E.READ MORE
On Monday September 10, 2018, at about 9:40 am, a fire was reported in a compactor at the rear of the Target store, 1450 South Yuma Palms Parkway. Arriving Yuma Fire Department personnel found there had been a fire in the store’s commercial trash compactor. That fire activated a fire suppression sprinkler head in the compactor room, containing and extinguishing the fire. Firefighters were able to shut down the water flow and ensure the fire was out.READ MORE
At last night’s City Council meeting it was announced that, in addition to the Yuma Fire Department again being certified as an Accredited Agency, Battalion Chief Michael Walton had completed the Executive Fire Officer (EFO) Program of the National Fire Academy. Mike is one of only 2 currently serving YFD members who have completed the program. Fire Chief Steve Irr is the other member from YFD.
Chief Irr, who completed the program in 2011, pointed out that “successful completion takes individual dedication, family support, and willingness of co-workers to step up and fill in to keep YFD running smoothly” when away for classes. Chief Walton added “It was a lot of hard work, but I learned much to help me better serve my community. I appreciate the opportunity to participate in the EFO program”.
The National Fire Academy is located in Emmitsburg, MD and the Executive Fire Officer Program provides senior fire officers with a broad perspective on various facets of fire and emergency services administration. The courses and accompanying research examine how to exercise leadership when dealing with difficult or unique problems within communities.
EFO Program students, enhance their professional development through a series of four graduate and upper-division-baccalaureate equivalent courses taken over a four-year period. Each course is two weeks in length. You must complete an Applied Research Project (ARP) that relates to your organization within six months after the completion of each of the four courses.READ MORE