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Fire House Facts 6/21/15 - 6/27/15

From Sunday June 21, 2015 through Saturday June 27, 2015, the Yuma Fire Department responded to 224 emergency calls for service.

  •  8   General Fire Response
    Including: A transformer that blew and power surge melted the wires to a TV in an apartment, a gas line broken by a backhoe, a fire in a carport, and various alarms
  • 1    Mutual Aid
    Including: Called to assist with a rollover crash in Bard, CA
  • 2     Motor Vehicle Crashes
    Including:  1 involving 3 vehicles
  • 196     Other Medical Emergencies (serious to minor)
    Including: 24 for difficulty breathing, 14 for chest pain, 27 fall victims, 12 unconscious people, 7 seizure cases, 6 possible stroke cases, 4 for intoxicated subjects, 3 drug overdose cases, 10 people with psychiatric problems, 7 for dehydration, 5 medical alarms, 1 for child left in vehicle, 1 for allergic reaction, 9 for diabetic emergencies, 1 for spider bite, 1 for human bite, 4 for “man down” calls, 4 for uncontrolled bleeding, 4 for headaches, 1 for a reaction from chemical inhaled while painting, 1 for an assault, 1 for back pain,  8 for abdominal pain,  and other illnesses and injuries
  • 17    Special Duty, Public Assistance, and Residential Assignments
    Including: 1 small trash fire, 3 small brush fires, a transformer sparking, a vehicle smoking, a dumpster fire, a power line down, a car fire, and various alarms

Fireworks can be enjoyable and spectacular, especially around holidays; however, they can also cause serious injury and start dangerous fires. For these reasons, both the State of Arizona and the City of Yuma regulate their sale, possession and use.

For many years, ALL fireworks were illegal, except for supervised (by permit) public displays. In recent years, some types of "consumer fireworks" have been allowed. State law restricts the sale, possession and use by the general public to only those listed as "Permissible Consumer Fireworks" (ARS 13-1601.5a). In general, if it leaves the ground (sky rockets, bottle rockets, etc.), shoots flaming material into the air (roman candles), or explodes (any type of firecracker), it is illegal.

Use of permissible consumer fireworks is further restricted (within the City of Yuma) to private property. City ordinance (139-002.A) says that "the use, discharge or ignition of fireworks is prohibited on all public property including all parks, sidewalks, streets and rights-of-way at all times."

City ordinance (139-006) also is clear that the user is responsible for the costs of any emergency response resulting from the use of fireworks. Of course, as a Fire Department, we see far too much damage and injury, even from fireworks considered by some to be "safe," like sparklers (that burn at temperatures over 1000 degrees). We consider fireworks to be playing with fire and do not condone their use. The large aerial or ground displays, which you might see at public events, are allowed by permit only and there are several planned in our area for this weekend!

For more information about fire and injury prevention classes we offer, contact the Yuma Fire Department Public Information Office at 373-4855, you can also “Follow” us at www.twitter.com/YumaFireDept



Michael H. Erfert, MPIO
Administrative Fire Officer
City of Yuma Fire Department