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Fire House Facts 8/2/15 - 8/8/15

From Sunday August 2, 2015 through Saturday August 8, 2015, the Yuma Fire Department responded to 244 emergency calls for service

  • 14   General Fire Response
    Including: A residential fire in an attic space, a vehicle fire, a dumpster fire, a boat on fire in the street, and various alarms
  •   4    Mutual Aid
    Including: 3 emergency medical calls assisting Rural Metro in the County, and an assist with a fire investigation in San Luis
  •  23     Motor Vehicle Crashes
    Including:  1 involving 3 vehicles, 2 reported as “head-on”, 1 involving a pole, 2 involving buildings, 2 involving pedestrians, 1 involving a wall, and 1 involving 3 vehicles,
  • 185     Other Medical Emergencies (serious to minor)
    Including: 23 for difficulty breathing,20 for chest pain, 23 fall victims, 15 unconscious people, 6 seizure cases, 2 possible stroke cases, 4 for intoxicated subjects, 3 drug overdose cases, 7 people with psychiatric problems, 5 for dehydration, 2 medical alarms, 1 for choking, 4 for diabetic emergencies, 1 for a bee sting, 10 for “man down” calls, 1 for an assault, 1 pregnancy related, 6 for back pain, 6 for abdominal pain, 1 for a baby who swallowed a penney, and other illnesses and injuries       18    Special Duty, Public Assistance, and Residential Assignments Including: 3 snake removals (1 from inside a house), a fuel spill, a fallen power pole with 2 blown transformers that caused a significant power outage, a  dumpster fire, 2 for biohazard clean ups (1 crash related, and 1 shooting related), 1 for power lines down, 1 for aggressive bees , and various alarms

 August is Drowning Impact Awareness Month.

 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.

 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