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Fire House Facts 8/23/15 - 8/29/15

From Sunday August 23, 2015 through Saturday August 29, 2015, the Yuma Fire Department responded to 238 emergency calls for service.

  • 8   General Fire Response
    Including: A vehicle fire, a gas leak at a residence, an oven fire in an apartment, and various alarms
  •  12     Motor Vehicle Crashes
    Including:  1 involving a pole, 2 involving motorcycles, and 1 involving 3 vehicles
  • 193    Other Medical Emergencies (serious to minor)
    Including: 20 for difficulty breathing, 17 for chest pain, 26 fall victims, 15 unconscious people, 7 seizure cases, 5 possible stroke cases, 5 for intoxicated subjects, 1 drug overdose cases, 12 people with psychiatric problems, 5 for dehydration/heat related, 1 medical alarm, 1 for child locked in vehicle, 1 choking case, 3 for diabetic emergencies, 5 for “man down” calls, 1 for a gunshot wound, 5 for back pain, 7 for abdominal pain, 1 for possible broken ankle due to large motor falling on legs, a person who set fire to their robe, and other illnesses and injuries
  • 25    Special Duty, Public Assistance, and Residential Assignments
    Including: 1 snake removal, 2 small brush fires, 2 dumpster fires, 2 vehicle fires, a person stuck in an elevator, and various alarms

September is National Preparedness Month

Although we are nearing the official end of Monsoon Season here in the desert southwest, there is still a good possibility we may see some additional storm activity. What is your level of personal and family preparedness? How would you react if faced with having to leave your home? How about if utilities like electricity, gas, water, or telephone service are disrupted? What if grocery stores are closed due to the emergency? The Yuma area is not immune.

Do you have an emergency plan? What if something happens while you are at work and your family members become separated?  Have you identified a friend or family member living in another part of town that everyone knows to go to if you can’t go home? Do you have a 72 hour supply of non-perishable food and water?

In large scale emergencies, and community disasters, authorities will do their best to reunite families and provide other assistance to the public, but a personal emergency plan, especially one that has been discussed with your family, and practiced, is going to be more effective.

Think about your personal emergency plans now, because during the emergency is not the time for preparation. If you, or a group you belong to, would like to set up a class about Emergency Preparedness, or if you just want more information, call the Public Information Office  at Yuma Fire Department at 373-4855.