Yuma Fire Department Press Releases
From Sunday January 28, 2018 through Saturday February 3, 2018 the Yuma Fire Department responded to 311 emergency calls for service:
- 17 General Fire Response
Including: An arson fire at an apartment construction site that spread to other homes and structures in the neighborhood, 3 stove fires, and various alarms
- 1 Mutual Aid
Including: Called to assist the Somerton Fire Department by backfilling a station
- 34 Motor Vehicle Crashes
Including: 4 involving pedestrians, 1 involving motorcycles, 3 involving rollovers, 1 involving a brick wall, 1 involving a sign, 1 involving a pole, 1 involving a bicyclist, 3 involving buildings, and 2 involving 3 vehicles,
- 242 Other Medical Emergencies (serious to minor)
Including: 24 for difficulty breathing, 27 for chest pain, 24 for falls, 19 for unconscious people, 10 seizure cases, 3 possible stroke cases, 5 drug overdoses, 13 for people with psychiatric problems, 4 for medical alarms, 2 for children locked in vehicles, 2 for choking, 18 for altered or decreased level of consciousness, 3 for fevers, 1 for broken bones, 9 for diabetic emergencies, 6 for man down calls, 3 for uncontrolled bleeding, 4 for bad headaches, 3 for assaults, 4 for back pain, 9 for abdominal pain, 1 pregnancy related, 2 for deceased persons, 1 for drug withdrawals, 2 for lacerations, 1 for a chemical exposure, and other illnesses and injuries
- 17 Special Duty, Public Assistance, and Residential Assignments
Including: 1 to assist YPD with photos of a crash scene, 2 for the smell of natural gas, 1 for a broken water main, 1 for power lines down, 1 for a person stuck in an elevator, and 1 for a brush fire started by fireworks
Many of this week’s emergency responses were to motor vehicle crashes. More vehicles are using our streets this time of year and motorists need to take that into consideration. We all need to be patient, use caution, and follow these simple suggestions:
-Consider your driving time; leave early so you don’t have to rush to get to your destination.
-Plan your route to avoid congestion. You know where the construction is, have alternate routes in mind.
-Drive defensively, and be aware of what is going on around you.
-Avoid distractions such as talking on cell phones, texting, adjusting radios and eating while in traffic.
-Make use of your safety devices, wear your seat belts and be sure children are using proper safety restraints too.
-Be alert to the lights and sirens of responding emergency vehicles, and properly yield to them by pulling over as far as practical to the right, coming to a complete stop, and waiting until they have passed by before safely resuming your travel (often there will be more than one emergency vehicle).
For more information about fire and injury prevention, contact the Yuma Fire Department Public Information Office at 373-4855 and you can also Follow us at www.twitter.com/YumaFireDept