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Fire House Facts 7/26/15 - 8/1/15

From Sunday July 26, 2015 through Saturday August 1, 2015, the Yuma Fire Department responded to 228 emergency calls for service.

  •  11   General Fire Response
    Including: 3 calls for gas leaks in homes, 1 for gas line hit by construction crew, and various alarms
  • 12     Motor Vehicle Crashes
    Including:  1 involving 3 vehicles, 1 involving a bicycle, 1 involving a tree, 1 involving a semi-truck (with occupant pinned in other vehicle), 1 involving a tractor, and 1 involving a rollover with vehicle on fire (fatality)
  • 198     Other Medical Emergencies (serious to minor)
    Including: 18 for difficulty breathing, 18 for chest pain, 28 fall victims, 5 unconscious people, 6 seizure cases, 4 possible stroke cases, 6 for intoxicated subjects, 3 drug overdose cases, 12 people with psychiatric problems, 1 for dehydration, 4 medical alarms, 1 for child left in vehicle, 2 for diabetic emergencies, 1 for a cat bite, 10 for “man down” calls, 1 for uncontrolled bleeding, 7 for headaches, 4 for assaults,1 pregnancy related, 5 for back pain, 5 for abdominal pain, 1 response possible water rescue of missing 14 year old (found unharmed, just misplaced), EMS standby for YPD during barricaded suspect incident, and other illnesses and injuries
  • 7    Special Duty, Public Assistance, and Residential Assignments
    Including: A shorted out residential power box, blown breakers on a power pole due to being hit by a bird, and various alarms

August is Drowning Impact Awareness Month.  Children 4 years old and younger are at greatest risk for drowning. There are a few basic steps to reduce this risk, we call it the ABCs of drowning prevention.

“A” is for Adult supervision. If children are around water, they need constant, responsible, undistracted, adult supervision. Designate a “Water Watcher” whose only responsibility is to watch the children. If that person has to leave the area, someone else takes over or everyone leaves the pool area with them.

“B” is for Barrier fencing. Every pool should be enclosed by a barrier fence at least 4 feet high. It should have a self-closing, self-latching gate. Pool toys should not be left in the pool, they attract children, and furniture should not be near the exterior fence where it can be used to crawl over.  Pool alarms are also added security (there are even alarms that can be attached to the child!).

“C” is for Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), learn how to perform CPR in the event that the unthinkable does happen. In addition, although we cannot “waterproof” our children, teach them to swim (the City of Yuma’s Parks and Recreation program has many great classes). First responders often hear “It was only a few seconds” or “I thought someone else was watching”.  Do all you can do to prevent drowning ( www.preventdrownings.org  provides some excellent tips) and have a fun and safe summer.

Keeping children healthy and safe are the goals of Fire Departments and other prevention institutions in Arizona. “Drowning Impact Awareness Month” is one way to raise awareness and remind people that there is no substitute for constant, responsible, focused, (even relentless!) adult supervision of children around water. The consequences of failure are just too great…

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

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