Arizona News

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Golder Ranch Fire Mechanic paralyzed from accident recovering

Brandon Land crashed his motorcycle on the way to work March 5th after trying to avoid hitting a deer. He's a husband, a father of four boys and a brother to the Golder Ranch Fire Department. "He has a broken scapula on the right shoulder, three broken ribs on one side to the other and he's progressing really well," Kevin Land, father of Brandon Land said. Kevin says his son is now bound to a wheelchair and paralyzed from the waist down. "He was in 11 hours of surgery. You know when we got the news of being paraplegic, you know it hit us hard. We were just thankful he's still here with us and we're going to get through this," said Kevin.
KVOA-TV NBC 4 Tucson

Money runs out for Mesa emergency care program

Billed as a new and innovative way to streamline delivery of medical services, the Mesa Fire Department’s community care program was a medical and behavioral health success, getting patients the help they needed in a cheaper, more efficient manner. Although it helped about 13,000 patients in three years, Mesa Fire Chief Mary Cameli reluctantly suspended the program March 1 because she could not deliver on her pledge to make it self-sustaining once the money from a $12.5 million federal grant ran out.
East Valley Tribune

3-year-old ejected, 2 more children critically hurt in Phoenix rollover crash

Fire crews have responded to a serious crash involving two SUVs near 7th Avenue and Bell Road Wednesday afternoon. Crews said a large SUV rolled over multiple times during a crash with a smaller SUV. A 3-year-old boy was ejected from the car, firefighters said. He is in extremely critical but stable condition. A 2-year-old girl found on the floor of the SUV is in extremely critical condition, firefighters said. Another 2-year-old girl was found in an infant carrier and is in critical but stable condition, according to firefighters. Crews said the man and the woman in the large SUV are in stable condition.

Former Phoenix fire captain gets prison sentence for attempted sex assault

The former Phoenix fire captain who pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and attempted sexual assault was sentenced to 7.5 years in prison Wednesday. Jeffrey Charles Wilson was arrested in September 2016 after police released a composite sketch. Several people recognized him and called the police with tips. According to the police report, Wilson drove up to a 19-year-old woman walking near Bethany Home Road and 91st Avenue in Glendale, and asked if she needed a ride. She said no. That’s when police say he got out of his car and started following her. The report says Wilson caught up to her, grabbed her by the hair and dragged her under a bridge where he sexually assaulted her at gunpoint.

Arizona Wildfire Academy director: ‘Firefighter safety is paramount to anything else we do’

With a stern tone, veteran firefighter P.J. Lingley described fire-shelter etiquette. “We don’t joke about [fire shelters],” Lingley said. He was speaking as a volunteer instructor to about 100 students taking Firefighter Training, the most basic course offered by the Arizona Wildfire and Incident Management Academy (AWIMA). The nonprofit academy kicked off its 16th year of operation in Prescott on Saturday, March 10, and wrapped up the session on Friday, March 16. Fire shelters have been used by firefighters since the 1970s, but the tragedy of 2013, when 19 firefighters died in the shelters that were expected to protect them, remind us of the significance of these shelters, as well as their limitations.
Daily Courier

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Queen Creek Fire & Medical Chief Ron Knight Announces Retirement

The Queen Creek Fire & Medical Department (QCFMD) is celebrating 10 years of service, and Fire Chief Ron Knight has been with the department every step of the way. With Knight, Ronmore than 40 years in the fire service, Chief Ron Knight has announced his retirement effective June 30, 2018. Deputy Fire Chief Vance Gray has been named QCFMD’s new fire chief, effective July 1, 2018. “Ron has been an integral component to the success and growth of the Queen Creek Fire & Medical Department,” stated Town Manager John Kross. “The Town is committed to succession planning to ensure our residents and businesses continue to receive quality services and continuity of care. We are fortunate to have an outstanding Deputy Chief who will provide excellent leadership and a smooth transition.”
Queen Creek

Body found after apartment fire in west Phoenix

Firefighters made a disturbing discovery after a fire at an apartment complex in west Phoenix on Tuesday. They said they found a body near 55th Avenue and Indian School Road. The fire was called in around 4:30 p.m. The apartment was on the second floor and fire crews were able to prevent the flames from spreading to other apartments. Investigators haven't said how the person died but said the victim was dead before the fire spread. It's unclear how the fire started. Phoenix police are investigating.

Glendale mini-mart destroyed by 1st-alarm fire, officials say

VIDEO: A Glendale convenience store was completely destroyed by a first-alarm fire early Wednesday morning, according to the Glendale Fire Department. Glendale, Peoria and Phoenix firefighters were dispatched to the first-alarm fire around midnight near 59th and Montebello avenues. "Crews arrived on scene to find a mini mart fully involved, they made a very quick attack with ladder pipes, which is very hard to do on a defensive fire," said Ashley Losch with the Glendale Fire Department. The convenience store, Pronto Mart, was completely ravaged by the flames. Due to structural integrity and firefighter safety, crews are waiting until sunrise to search the structure and begin their fire investigation.

Bullhead City woman pleads guilty to attempted arson

A Bullhead City woman pleaded guilty on Monday to attempted arson of a friend’s home. Brenda Lee Prudham, 55, pleaded guilty to attempted arson of an occupied structure. She had been charged with arson of an occupied structure, aggravated assault, criminal damage and tampering with physical evidence. Under the plea agreement, Prudham will be sentenced to supervised probation, with the possibility of up to one year in county jail. Superior Court Commissioner Billy Sipe Jr. will sentence Prudham on April 18. Chief Deputy Mohave County Attorney James Schoppmann said the fire caused about $20,000 in damage to the victim’s garage.
Mohave Valley Daily News

Man taken to hospital with burns after Glendale apartment fire

VIDEO: A man was taken to a hospital with burns suffered in a Glendale apartment fire Tuesday evening, officials said. Glendale firefighters responded to an apartment fire near Maryland and 67th avenues in Glendale, just before 8 p.m, officials said. A man in his 30s was found unconscious inside the apartment and pulled to safety, officials said. Glendale firefighters had the fire controlled in a few minutes, officials said. The extent of the victim's burn injuries was not immediately available, Glendale fire officials said, adding the man regained consciousness on the way to the hospital.
Arizona Republic, & KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix

Arizona firefighters sent to Texas to help battle multiple wildfires

Several first responders in Arizona will be heading to Texas to help battle a series of wildfires, it was announced Tuesday. The Superstition Fire and Medical District in Superstition, the Christopher-Kohls Fire Department in Payson and the Elephant Head Fire Rescue in Amado will send resources to Texas to help with wildfires, the Arizona State Forestry announced. The resources will be used to “stage for wildfire severity.” The Superstition Fire and Medical District said in a tweet that Engineers Bill Tavaras and Mike Wolfe and Capts. Ruben Briones and Brian Logsdon left for Abilene, Texas, on Tuesday.
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