Yuma Fire Department Press Releases
As July comes to a close, we would like you to know that August has been proclaimed “Drowning Impact Awareness Month” in the City of Yuma by Mayor Douglas J. Nicholls. This proclamation was also being made for the State of Arizona by Gov. Douglas A. Ducey. The purpose is to raise awareness of the number of cases and the impact of child drowning in Arizona. Even though Arizona is considered a desert state, on average, drowning incidents take the lives of many of our state’s children. Children 4 years old and younger are in the highest risk group.READ MORE
Yuma Fire Department’s firefighters, deployed to help with California wildfires, have returned home! They were notified late Tuesday that they were being demobilized Wednesday morning, and began the process that ended with them beginning their trip back to Yuma. They arrived back in Yuma late Wednesday evening.
Yuma’s firefighters, working as a part of an Imperial Valley Task Force, first left for assignment to the “Detwiler Fire” on Wednesday July 19th. The fire is burning in an area of Mariposa County, northeast of Merced, CA. (nearly 600 miles from Yuma).
YFD firefighters worked 24 hour shifts protecting homes and dealing with spot fires in their assigned areas. Their duties involved significant amounts of hiking in varying terrains. Our firefighters were part of an effort involving nearly 5000 fire personnel, at last count.
All YFD personnel are returning back to their regular duty assignments. Those who were deployed from our department were Fire Captain Rob Welch, Fire Engineer Don Walton, Firefighter Alex Diaz, and Firefighter John Anderson. We are glad to have them back and congratulate them on a job well done!
Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the Fire Service personnel, their families, and others affected by this season’s wildfires.READ MORE