Arizona News

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Yuma fire investigators: their role in putting out flames

When you think of fires, your first thought may be firefighters. However, fire investigators are also an important part of fighting fires. Fire investigators serve different purposes state to state. Locally, Yuma fire investigators determine the origin and cause of fires. The cause may be natural for example, if lightning were to strike a fire or the cause may be accidental for example a stove fire. If the fire is an arson fire intentionally set, then it becomes a police investigation as well. “The fire investigators function as subject matter experts for fire behavior,” said Mike Erfert public information officer with Yuma Fire Department.

Coconino County Sheriff’s Office and Sedona Fire respond to fallen climber

On November 10, 2018 at approximately 2:45 pm, the Coconino County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call about a climbing accident at Oak Creek Vista off of State Route 89A. Multiple agencies responded to assist in the rescue of the injured climber. A 34-year-old female from Phoenix, AZ had sustained multiple serious injuries, including a back injury, when she fell approximately 40 feet as she began her rappel. Due to the location of the patient and the nature of her injuries, Coconino County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue and Sedona Fire District Technical Rope Team members established a technical rope system to lower a rescuer and basket litter to the patient. Highlands Fire and Guardian Medical personnel, along with a Deputy Sheriff, had hiked to the patient’s location to provide initial treatment and help prepare the patient to be raised by the rope system.
Williams-Grand Canyon News

Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office: 6 children on school bus hit by truck that drove through stop sign

Authorities say six children were on a school bus when it was hit by a pickup truck that drove through a stop sign on Tuesday morning. According to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, six children on the school bus were not injured when it was hit by a pickup truck near Southern and El Mirage. The children have been released to their parents. The driver of the school bus was taken to a hospital with minor injuries. The driver of the pickup truck was not hurt. At this time, impairment and speed are not factors in the crash.
FOX 10 Phoenix

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Firefighters respond to blaze at Tucson RV Storage

VIDEO: Firefighters battled a two-alarm blaze at Tucson RV Storage Monday afternoon. The Northwest Fire District said 10-12 RVs, trailers and fifth-wheels were destroyed. Northwest Fire said the wind, on-board propane tanks and close proximity all factored into how quickly the fire spread. Investigators are talking to witnesses now. The fire began around noon and was out by 1 p.m.
Tucson News Now

Eloy sends crew to fight deadly California wildfires

The Eloy Fire District has sent a four-person crew and one vehicle to assist in battling destructive wildfires in California. Eloy Fire Marshal Bob Poindexter said the crew left on Friday, and he was uncertain when exactly they may return. The bigger the fire, he added, the longer crew members remain there. Eloy Fire wouldn't have sent firefighters to California unless their shifts could have been covered by other staff, Poindexter said. According to The Associated Press, the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management will be deploying at least 144 firefighters to California for a 14-day assignment. Some of these crews are from Scottsdale, Tucson, Globe and Glendale.
Pinal Central

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