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Fire House Facts for 1/5/2020-1/11/2020
Vehicle Extrication

From Sunday January 5, 2020 through Saturday January 11, 2020 the Yuma Fire Department responded to 329 emergency calls for service:

  • 9    General Fire Response
    Including: An fire sprinkler activation due to something being hung on the sprinkler head, strong gas smell in an apartment, a trash fire in a yard, a piece of furniture burning in a field, an unknown substance leaking from a container (turned out to be bleach), and various alarms                
  • 5    Mutual Aid
    Including: Called to assist Rural Metro with 4 emergency medical calls in the county and 1 to assist Wellton on a traffic crash on I-8 near Wellton
  • 20   Motor Vehicle Crashes
    Including: 2 involving pedestrians, 1 involving a motorcycle, 1 involving a golf cart, and 3 involving at least 3 vehicles
  • 276  Other Medical Emergencies (serious to minor)
    Including: 42 for difficulty breathing, 15 for chest pain, 43 for falls, 20 for unconscious people, 13 seizure cases, 4 possible stroke cases, 4 for persons under the influence of drugs, 4 drug overdoses, 15 for people with psychiatric problems, 1 for dehydration, 2 for medical alarms, 2 for allergic reactions, 1 for choking, 25 for altered or decreased level of consciousness, 4 for fever, 5 for diabetic emergencies, 6 for man down calls, 2 for uncontrolled bleeding, 2 for bad headaches, 3 for assaults, 6 for back pain, 8 for abdominal pain, 1 pregnancy related, 2 for deceased persons, 2 for lacerations, 1 for a person trapped and injured under a dune buggy, and other illnesses and injuries
  • 19   Special Duty, Public Assistance, and Residential Assignments
    Including:  1 for fuel leaking from a vehicle,1 for a trailer full of hay on fire in a roundabout, 1 for a standby at YRMC, 2 for special event appearances, 3 for vehicle fires, 3 for illegally burning trash in a yard, and various alarms

Many of this week’s emergency responses (20) were to motor vehicle crashes with injuries, with several involving 3 or more vehicles. 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. And in bad weather (Like those foggy conditions like we have been having this week!!!) consider if you really need to go out now or if you can wait till it clears up.

-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 classes we offer, contact the Yuma Fire Department Public Information Office at 373-4855, you can also “Follow” us at www.twitter.com/YumaFireDept