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Fire House Facts 6/28/15 - 7/4/15

From Sunday June 28, 2015 through Saturday July 4, 2015, the Yuma Fire Department responded to 248 emergency calls for service.

  • 8   General Fire Response
    Including: A bathroom vent fan fire, a vehicle fire in an ADOT garage, and various alarms
  •  3    Mutual Aid
    Including: Called to assist with a 3-vehicle crash and 2 emergency medical calls in the County
  • 19    Motor Vehicle Crashes
    Including:  2 involving motorcycles, 1 involving a pedestrian, and 1 involving a light pole
  • 192     Other Medical Emergencies (serious to minor)
    Including: 23 for difficulty breathing, 12 for chest pain, 23 fall victims, 11 unconscious people, 4 seizure cases, 3 possible stroke cases, 2 for intoxicated subjects, 2 drug overdose cases, 12 people with psychiatric problems, 3 for dehydration, 3 medical alarms, 1 for child left in vehicle, 1 for subject choking, 6 for diabetic emergencies, 6 for “man down” calls, 2 for uncontrolled bleeding, 1 for headaches, 4 for assaults, 3 pregnancy related, 4 for back pain, 5 for abdominal pain, 1 for a deceased subject, 1 drowning fatality on river, and other illnesses and injuries
  • 26    Special Duty, Public Assistance, and Residential Assignments
    Including: 2 for snake removal, 2 for blown power transformers, 3 for power lines down, 1 for a broken power pole, 1 for power pole fire, 1 for a trash fire, 1 for a vehicle fire, 1 fuel spill, 1 gas leak, 1 assistance request for Swift Water Rescue on missing 12 year old on the river in the County (found OK) , and various alarms


      With the summer heat in full swing, water recreation is a common cure for the heat. Yuma has some great water recreation and we would like to take this time to pass along some water safety reminders.


  • Stay aware of your surroundings, water depths, water clarity, currents and other conditions. Be alert for holes, drop-offs, and channels where water depths can suddenly change. Be sure your swimming abilities are up to the conditions, always observe the “buddy system” and never swim alone. Children should always have constant, responsible adult supervision around water.
  • Even adults should never swim alone. Always use the “buddy system”. Never leave children unsupervised around water, and this is even more critical around rivers and lakes.
  • Be sure of your equipment. Always wear an approved Personal Flotation Device (PFD) when you are boating. Inflatable “pool toys” are not “approved” PFDs. It is especially important for children to wear PFDs when in or on natural waterways.
  • Alcohol abuse can increase a person’s risk of drowning. Alcohol can impair judgment and perception. You do want to stay hydrated, but avoid heavily sugared, caffeinated, or alcoholic beverages.
  • “Tubing” on the river (or taking advantage of other local water recreation activities) can be a lot of fun,  with the right equipment and taking the proper precautions!


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