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Fire House Facts for 9/17/2017-9/23/2017
River Fire

From Sunday September 17, 2017 through Saturday September 23, 2017 the Yuma Fire Department responded to 251 emergency calls for service:

  • 11    General Fire Response
    Including: 2 fires extinguished by fire sprinkler systems (a commercial building and an hotel), and various alarms
  • 2     Mutual Aid
    Including: Called to assist with an emergency medical call in the Winterhaven and called to assist Rural Metro with a building fire in the County
  • 13    Motor Vehicle Crashes
    Including:  1 involving a rollover, 1 involving a motorcycle, 1 involving a wall, 1 involving a pole, 1 involving a bicycle,  and 1 reported as a head-on crash
  • 208   Other Medical Emergencies (serious to minor)
    Including: 23 for difficulty breathing, 16 for chest pain, 33 for falls, 10 for unconscious people, 7 seizure cases, 4 possible stroke cases, 9 for intoxicated persons,  4 for people under the influence of drugs, 1 drug overdose, 13 for people with psychiatric problems, 2 for heat illness/dehydration, 2 for medical alarms,  1 for a child locked in a vehicle, 2 for allergic reactions, 10 for altered or decreased level of consciousness, 2 for fevers, 1 for broken bones, 2 for diabetic emergencies,  1 for a dog bite, 7 for man down calls, 2 for uncontrolled bleeding, 3 for bad headaches, 1 for a gunshot wound, 3 for assaults, 8 for abdominal pain,  2 for a deceased person, 3 for lacerations, 1 sports related (head butting in a soccer game), 1 for a broken arm from falling from monkey bars, 1 for a 5 year old with a bug  in their ear, and other illnesses and injuries
  • 17    Special Duty, Public Assistance, and Residential Assignments
    Including:  1 for a snake removal, 1 for a cooking fire, 1 for a dumpster fire, 1 for power lines down, 2 for people stuck in elevators, 1 for a tree on fire, 1 for a mobile home fire, 1 small brush fire, 2 vehicle fires, and various alarms

Safety Message

With our cooling temperatures, Yumans may be thinking about more outdoor recreational activity, such as camping. Warm days, but often cold nights will mean camp fires. With low humidity, and occasional periods of gusty winds, fires can spread quickly and be more difficult to stop. Preventing fires is much easier and safer than putting them out. Here are a few things we would like you to keep in mind:        

Use extreme care in the use of all fire, and potentially fire causing activities, whether it be for industrial, home, or recreational use. Make sure campfires and smoking materials are extinguished.  Use spark arrestors in mechanical equipment such as chain saws and off-road vehicles. When you pull off a roadway, be sure not to park in grassy areas.        

Observe “Red Flag” warnings. Those warnings will be issued by the National Weather Service when weather conditions are conducive to the easy start and rapid spread of wildfires. During such times, citizens should curtail activities that could cause fire and should obey all fire restrictions and area closures.

Fortunately Yuma does not have much of the “Wildland-Urban interface” where brush and forest lands enter into our community. Areas traditionally of greatest risk here have been along the Colorado River. The City’s development of parkland areas along the river, like the West and East Wetlands, have reduced the threat to our community by reducing fuel and adding green space areas.

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