Yuma Fire Department Press Releases
On Wednesday August 5, 2020, at the regular meeting of the Yuma City Council, a special presentation recognized a City of Yuma Public Works employee for providing lifesaving first aid to a citizen he had found laying on the ground and unresponsive. Jason Brown received the Yuma Fire Department’s Lifesaving Award and a Chief’s coin from Fire Chief Steve Irr. Jason performed CPR on the 79 year old Yuma resident, until YFD Paramedics arrived.
On July 23rd of this year, Jason Brown was on his regular recycling route. At about 7:30 am he was in the 3600 block of Isabel Drive when he notice a person laying on the ground. Jason got out his truck to check on the person and found the 79 year old male to be unresponsive. Jason called 9-1-1 and moved him off an anthill he was laying on. Seeing he was not breathing, Jason began Compression Only Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR).
Jason continued COCPR compressions until YFD Paramedics arrived on the scene. Paramedics assumed care of the patient, who was found to be in cardiac arrest, he was treated and transported to Yuma Regional Medical Center. By arrival at YRMC, he was regaining consciousness. The patient has since been released from YRMC and was able to return home.
YFD personnel who responded that day, were on hand at the Council Meeting to thank Jason for his efforts. All the right things happened that day. The Yuma resident was found shortly after collapsing and 9-1-1 was immediately called. CPR was started and continued until Paramedics arrived to begin Advanced Life Support treatment. YFD Paramedics are trained and equipped to provide the best care for their patients but for every minute a person in cardiac arrest is not receiving CPR, their chances of survival drop by 10 percent.
The Yuma Fire Department is thankful for fellow City of Yuma employees like Jason Brown, ready and willing to help others in need. YFD provides training in Compression Only CPR, for more information about these classes you can contact us at (928) 373-4855.