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Fire House Facts 8/16/15 - 8/22/15

From Sunday August16, 2015 through Saturday August 22, 2015,the Yuma Fire Department responded to 269  emergency calls for service.

  •       7   General Fire Response
    Including: A BBQ grill propane tank on fire, a trailer on fire in county area bordering city, a small fire outside a residence, an alley dumpster fire, and various alarms
  •       6    Mutual Aid
    Including: A trailer fire in CA near Algodones, a residential fire in Winterhaven, a tree fire in the county, 2 emergency medical calls in the county, and 1 emergency medical call in Somerton
  •      23     Motor Vehicle Crashes
    Including:  1 involving a pedestrian, 1 involving a bicycle, 1 rollover, 1 where occupant needed to be extricated, and 1 involving 3 vehicles
  •  209    Other Medical Emergencies (serious to minor)
    Including: 24 for difficulty breathing, 17 for chest pain, 24 fall victims, 18 unconscious people, 7 seizure cases, 2 possible stroke cases, 4 for intoxicated subjects, 2 drug overdose cases, 8 people with psychiatric problems, 7 for dehydration/heat related, 6 medical alarms, 1 allergic reaction, 4 for diabetic emergencies, 10 for “man down” calls, 1 for a stabbing, 5 for assaults, 1 pregnancy related, 5 for back pain, 15 for abdominal pain, 1 for a mustache burned when an oxygen line caught fire, and other illnesses and injuries       19    Special Duty, Public Assistance, and Residential Assignments Including: 1 snake removal, 2 small brush fires, a boat on fire, 4 for power lines down, 3 small fires in backyards, a garbage truck on fire, a trash can fire, a fuel spill, a power line sparking, a small chemical spill, a blown transformer, and various alarms

 August is Drowning Impact Awareness Month.

Since peak monsoon season is here, we probably can expect more summer storms to pass through our area. Here are some things to keep in mind. Never drive into a flooded wash or other area of running water. “Turn around, Don’t Drown!”

Always treat any power lines as if they were live. Don’t touch them! Leave that to the experts. Even if a line is not charged at that moment, it could become live without warning. A common time for lines to be down would be during or after storms like we have recently experienced. Puddles or flowing water expand the area of danger, so be sure to stay well clear of them. Instead of stepping over them, go all the way around.

If power is out, intersections may be dark and the traffic control lights may not be working. If that is the case, approach the intersection with caution and treat it as if it was controlled by four way stop signs. It is not just a good safety procedure, it is the law!

The time to make our personal and family plans/preparations are BEFORE the emergency occurs. We probably have not seen the end of “Monsoon Season,” so be careful and drive safely!  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