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Fire House Facts for 2/2/2020-2/8/2020

From Sunday February 2, 2020 through Saturday February 8, 2020 the Yuma Fire Department responded to 338 emergency calls for service:

  • 20    General Fire Response
    Including: Smoke coming from an A/C unit at a grocery store, a damaged and leaking gas line, a vehicle fire, a trash can fire, a house fire, and various alarms                 8     Mutual Aid Including: Called to assist Rural Metro with 8 emergency medical calls in the county
  • 33    Motor Vehicle Crashes
    Including: 1 involving 6 vehicles, 1 involving a motorcycle, 1 involving a bicycle, 2 involving poles, and 1 involving a building
  • 260   Other Medical Emergencies (serious to minor)
    Including: 35 for difficulty breathing, 17 for chest pain, 47 for falls, 15 for unconscious people, 8 seizure cases, 3 possible stroke cases, 2 for intoxicated people, 4 for persons under the influence of drugs, 16 for people with psychiatric problems, 1 for dehydration, 6 for medical alarms, 1 for a child locked in a car, 1 for choking, 18 for altered or decreased level of consciousness, 5 for fevers, 3 for broken bones, 4 for diabetic emergencies, 1 for a dog bite, 5 for man down calls, 2 for bad headaches, 5 for assaults, 5 for back pain, 7 for abdominal pain, 1 for a deceased person, 1 for withdrawals, 3 for lacerations, and other illnesses and injuries
  • 17    Special Duty, Public Assistance, and Residential Assignments
    Including:  2 for assisting motorists with disabled vehicles in traffic, 1 for a gas smell, 1 for a report of elderly neighbor locked out of home, and various alarms

Last week the Yuma Fire Department responded 15 times to reports of unconscious people, with several of those being in cardiac arrest and needing Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). Would you know what to do if someone went into cardiac arrest? According to the University of Arizona’s Sarver Heart Center, every year more than 160,000 people die of sudden cardiac arrest.

Cardiac arrest is a condition where the heart suddenly stops pumping blood. In many cases, the heart goes from a regular heartbeat to random twitching (called ventricular fibrillation). When a person is in cardiac arrest, circulation and blood pressure stop. In this condition, quick action must be taken to increase a person’s chances of survival. These recommended actions are often referred to as the “Chain of Survival” and are:

-Calling 911 (Getting the Paramedics on the way) -Starting CPR  (Chest compressions especially!) -Early Defibrillation (Using an Automated External Defibrillator-AED- if one is available) -Early Arrival of Advanced Care (Paramedics)

Since 2009, the Yuma Fire Department has been providing instruction in the new “Compression Only” CPR (that does not include mouth to mouth resuscitation), and has trained well over 13,000 people!  Studies have shown this method is not only more likely to be used, but also is more effective than traditional CPR.

For more information about COCPR classes, or other fire and injury prevention classes we offer, contact the Yuma Fire Department Public Information Office at 373-4855 and you can also follow us at www.twitter.com/YumaFireDept