Arizona News

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Captain Les Roberts Retires from Prescott Fire Department

After over 30 years of service, Prescott Fire Department Captain Les Roberts is retiring. His final shift was today, Tuesday, and will end Wednesday morning at 8am. He was hired in September of 1987 and was among the first paramedics on the department. He has been a Captain since 2001 and an active member of the region’s technical rescue team. When asked of his most memorable call during his long and storied career, he described without hesitation of saving the life of a 14-year-old asthmatic female who had stopped breathing and was turning blue. The quick actions of he and his crew saved the child.
Prescott eNews

Higher safety rating for Town of Queen Creek

VIDEO: In 2017, Queen Creek built two new much-needed fire stations. "We added a fire truck like the one behind me along with 15 new firefighters," said Vance Gray, deputy fire chief for the Town of Queen Creek. That, along with new hydrants around town, improved the safety rating for Queen Creek with the Insurance Services Office, or "ISO," and that has a positive impact on residents. "Private citizens and businesses alike can receive discounts on their insurance," said Gray. And that isn't the only benefit. The new fire stations also mean quicker response times for emergency calls.

Hawaii alert mishap causes Pima County to amp up safeguards

The Pima County Office of Emergency Management is keeping pro-active to prevent accidental alerts from being sent out in light of the Hawaii mishap. "It's really unfortunate that (Hawaii incident) created so much panic but I think it's important that we reassure the citizens of Pima County that we have plans in place to avoid an incident like that,” said Kyla Breslin, emergency management spokeswoman. On Saturday morning, for nearly 40 minutes, people in Hawaii scrambled for shelter, others making contact with loved ones, led to believe an incoming missile from North Korea would mark the end. Hawaii state officials say an employee clicked on the incorrect link, activating a real alert to the masses. Federal agencies are now investigating what led to the false alert.
KVOA-TV NBC 4 Tucson

Pile burning smoke coming from top of Mingus Mountain

The Verde Ranger Fire District will continue its "fuels treatment" Tuesday through Thursday. Ignitions started today on Mingus Mountain for 25 acres which is causing more visible amounts of smoke in the air. Verde Ranger District fire managers plan to continue fuels treatments on Mingus Mountain from Tuesday through Thursday, Jan. 16-18, weather conditions permitting. Benefits from these treatments help to reduce hazardous fuels adjacent to the wildland urban interface and increase ecosystem and community resilience, a news release states. Mingus Mountain piles are located at the end of Forest Road 104A, approximately 2 miles east of Mingus Summit Day Use.
Chino Valley Review

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Firefighter injured while battling blaze in north Phoenix

Authorities say a firefighter has been injured while battling a blaze at a north Phoenix commercial building. Phoenix Fire Department officials say the fire captain suffered a back injury and was taken to a hospital by ambulance. They say the firefighter is expected to be discharged later Sunday. His name hasn't been released yet. Fire officials say about 40 firefighters put out the blaze that broke out about 2 a.m. Sunday at a building that contained used restaurant equipment. They say the cause of the fire is under investigation.
Arizona Daily Sun

3-year-old boy dead after drowning in Tolleson

VIDEO: A 3-year-old boy died at a hospital Sunday afternoon after drowning in Tolleson, firefighters said. The drowning was reported around 3 p.m. near 91st Avenue and Lower Buckeye Road, according to the Phoenix Fire Department. Phoenix police arrived and found the child on the side of the pool, firefighters said. A police officer immediately began CPR. Firefighters arrived shortly after police and started advanced life support measures. The boy was transported to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Phoenix firefighters battle two separate vacant house fires

VIDEO: Firefighters were busy fighting two separate vacant house fires that occurred 30 minutes apart in Phoenix, according to fire officials. The first fire happened just before midnight near 39th Avenue and Thomas Road. Crews arrived on scene to a large fire burning inside a vacant home, said fire officials. They made a quick-fire attack and ensured no victims were inside the home. Firefighters used ladders to cut a ventilation hole into the roof and interior crews were able to extinguish the fire. The second fire occurred around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday near 11th Avenue and Hadley Street.

Ending the stigma: Programs create conversations about mental health in Arizona schools

The conference began when the three co-founders attended a Leadership West event where West Valley police and fire chiefs gathered on a panel to talk about serious issues including school violence, suicide and Black Lives Matter. The panel discussion came six days after a student murder-suicide at a Glendale high school. Rogers, a police chief, prosecutor and others said the warning signs had been on social media but no one talked to someone who could have stopped it. “‘There’s always people talking and communicating. Our problem is, how do we get them to talk to us?’” Rogers recalled of that moment. That led to the first Speak Up conference in January. She said they are expecting 5,000 participants at the January 2018 conference.

Boy, 6, flown out of Madera Canyon after fall

A 6-year-old boy was flown out of Madera Canyon around noon today after falling 10 to 12 feet while climbing on rocks on the Super Trail, according to a Green Valley Fire District spokesman. The boy and his mother met firefighters in the parking lot and he was taken to Banner University Medical Center because he suffered a head injury, said L.T. Pratt, community outreach coordinator for GVFD. The boy, whose hometown is unknown, was conscious as he was loaded into the helicopter but his current condition is unknown, he said.
Sahuarita Sun

Navajo Nation firefighter runs half marathon in full turnout gear for children’s hospital

A Navajo National Fire Department firefighter is winning the hearts and respect of people on social media after finishing the Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon Arizona in full turnout gear this past weekend. Jeremy Curley, 31, took on the herculean effort of running with more than 60 pounds of gear to help raise money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Sunday's run in the Valley wasn't his first time. Curley, who has been a firefighter for eight years, said he's run several half-marathons and a full marathon in his gear. He did his first run in gear in 2016 to memorialize a little girl who was murdered.
Arizona Republic, & KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix

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