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Fire House Facts 9/13/15 - 9/19/15

From Sunday September 13, 2015 through Saturday September 19, 2015, the Yuma Fire Department responded to 260 emergency calls for service.

  • 15   General Fire Response
    Including: Railroad tracks on fire, gas leak in a home due to drilling thru a gas line while installing an appliance, a commercial roof fire started by welding, smoke coming from a vehicle dashboard, smell of gasoline in a house, and various alarms
  • 1     Mutual Aid 
    Including:  Assisting with an emergency medical response in the County                  
  • 18     Motor Vehicle Crashes
    Including:  2 involving bicycles, 2 involving vehicle rollovers, 1 involving a pedestrian, 1 reported as head-on, and 1 involving a pole
  • 207    Other Medical Emergencies (serious to minor)
    Including: 23 for difficulty breathing, 23 for chest pain, 20 fall victims, 15 unconscious people, 10 seizure cases, 7 possible stroke cases, 5 for intoxicated subjects, 3 drug overdose cases, 4 people with psychiatric problems, 2 heat/dehydration cases, 3 medical alarms, 1 for child locked in vehicle, 1 allergic reaction, 3 for diabetic emergencies, 1 for a dog bite,  9 for “man down” calls, 3 for bad headaches, 1 for a gunshot wound, 1 for poisoning (3 yr. old who drank “vape” fluid), 6 for assaults, 2 for back pain, 9 for abdominal pain, 3 for deceased persons, 1  for a person locked inside a vehicle, 1 for a person hit in head with a cue ball, 1 for a person shocked by a washing machine, and other illnesses and injuries
  • 19    Special Duty, Public Assistance, and Residential Assignments
    Including: 1 for a snake removal, 1 for a bee swarm (2 dogs injured), 1 for a blown transformer, 1 for a power pole on fire, 1 for downed power lines, 2 for vehicle fires, 1 for a generator smoking at a radio station, and various alarms

September is National Preparedness Month: Preparedness Month has seen quite a bit of stormy weather in AZ. One storm even dumped record amounts of rain in parts of our community. These may be unusual occurrences, but a good reminder that we need to be prepared.  Disasters happen every day. It is just the size that varies. Some are small scale (like car crashes) affecting only a few people, or they could be neighborhood or community wide. How prepared are you? Do you have a plan? Do you have a 72-Hour kit? Have you taken the time to be trained in CPR and First Aid? Think about your personal emergency plans now, because during the emergency is not the time for planning and preparation. A “fill in the blank” Family Disaster Plan and Personal Survival Guide can be downloaded at the Yuma Fire Department page (under Emergency Management) of the City of Yuma website (www.yumaaz.gov). 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 Mike Erfert at Yuma Fire Department at 373-4850.