Arizona News

Friday, July 13, 2018

Tucson house fire displaces 3, sends 1 firefighter to hospital

A house fire on Thursday afternoon displaces a family of three and sends a firefighter to the hospital, according to the Tucson Fire Department. TFD responded to the scene of a house fire in the 900 block of West Pennsylvania Street around 4 p.m. to find the structure in flames. Firefighters were only able to fight the flames from the outside, due to the intensity of the fire. It took 25 TFD firefighters 17 minutes after arriving at the scene, to have the fire under control. According to TFD, the family was not at home at the time of the fire, but have been displaced. They will be staying with family and did not require assistance from the Red Cross. One firefighter was taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure, according to TFD, there were no other injuries reported.
Tucson News Now

Tempe Fire Department undergoes dementia awareness training

Rather than the usual heavy gear they wear to combat fires, first responders with the Tempe Fire Department put on a different type of gear on Thursday — which proved to be a challenge. They wore headgear to muffle their hearing, heavy gloves to limit their motion and glasses to obstruct their vision. After that, they went through a simulation exercise where they were given five tasks to complete. It was all part of a training to raise awareness about dementia. “We’re trying to help firefighters and paramedics understand what it feels like to be living with dementia – to experience the confusion and frustration of everyday life,” said Jan Dougherty, special projects consultant with Banner Alzheimer’s Institute.
KTAR 620 - Newsradio

Tiber Mesa Fire Chief thanks community for fire season diligence

This year was possibly the worst wildfire risk our communities have ever seen. Every indicator pointed to the extreme likelihood that we would suffer a catastrophic wildfire. Those indicators, collectively known as the Energy Release Components (ERC’s), were trending as high as, or higher than the year of the Rodeo-Chedeski Fire. Now that the rains have arrived and the wildfire risk has begun to diminish, I would like to extend my sincere appreciation to all of you, residents and visitors, who took the information that was being provided through official sources so seriously, and did your part to keep our communities safe. I am sympathetic to the fact that fire restrictions are inconvenient, and sometimes alter your plans, but together we avoided having a significant fire that may have been devastating to our way of life.
White Mountain Independent

Fire Department: 2-year-old girl dies after being pulled from Goodyear pool

PHOTO: A 2-year-old girl was taken to the hospital where she later died after being pulled from a pool in Goodyear. It happened near McDowell Road and North Pebble Creek Parkway. Firefighters said the girl didn't have a pulse and wasn't breathing while she was on the way to the hospital. About an hour later, police officers confirmed that she had died. It's unclear what led up to the girl being found in the pool. It appears there is no fence around the pool. Police said an investigation is underway.

Northern Arizona Consolidated Fire District appoints Bryant to board, chooses recruiting firm

John Bryant, a former facilities manager and engineer in Southern California, was appointed Tuesday to fill the vacancy for the Northern Arizona Consolidated Fire District governing board by a unanimous 4-0 vote. He joins Carl Hays and Erik Berg, who were appointed in May, and will have to file for election when his term expires in September. “He brings a lot of knowledge and experience. His resume looks pretty good,” director Mike Collins said before nominating Bryant from among six applicants. Bryant said he believes in giving back to his community. He volunteered as a section chief for emergency response in Blythe, California, and has been active in the local Neighborhood Watch program.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Massive fire at Phoenix supermarket causes roof collapse, no injuries reported

VIDEO: Officials say crews have control of a massive three-alarm fire at a Phoenix supermarket. The fire was reported in the back room of a north Phoenix Safeway store just after 6 p.m. on Wednesday. An employee of the store had reportedly called 911. No injuries have been reported in the blaze and fire officials say, "it’s too early to determine the cause of the fire or if weather played a factor in the roof collapse." As crews arrived on the scene, they made a "fast aggressive" attack on the fire and began search and rescue operations while they cleared the store of employees and shoppers. Fire officials say during this time, a section of the roof collapsed which forced crews to pull back.
KNXV-TV Channel 15 ABC

’We didn’t have a lot of hope’: First responders describe incredible Mesa canal rescue

VIDEO: Over the past 48 hours we've seen some incredible images and videos following the first big monsoon storm of 2018 on Monday. But many would probably agree, one of the most incredible to surface was a Mesa canal rescue where a woman was saved from a submerged vehicle. A clip of the incident captured by Merrill Brimley has been viewed nearly 200,000 times. The first responder in the water is firefighter Kyle Kuball. “We didn't have a lot of hope at the time but it was still our job to try and find out,” he said. In the video, Kuball jumps into the canal where the car was submerged. “At that point, I kind of...I'd be recovering a body so I reached out and tried to unbuckle the seat belt and that's when somebody grabbed my hand,” he said.
KVOA-TV NBC 4 Tucson

Crews rescue injured hiker from mile-long lava cave in Flagstaff

While the harrowing rescue of a young Thai soccer team trapped in a cave captured the world's attention, another rescue was happening here in Arizona. A 44-year-old man hiking in the Lava River Cave in Flagstaff was rescued on July 9 after he hurt his ankle near the end of the mile-long cave, according to the Coconino County Sheriff's Office. Details about how the man hurt his ankle were not immediately available. Coconino County Sheriff's Office, in conjunction with Coconino County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue, Guardian Medical Transport and Ponderosa Fire District, responded around 2 p.m. Monday to the incident.
Arizona Republic, & KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix

Monsoon rains douse campfire ban in Coconino National Forest; restrictions remain elsewhere

Monsoon rains have reduced the danger of wildfires in Arizona, prompting forest officials Wednesday to lift the ban on campfires in the Coconino National Forest and reduce fire restrictions in parts of the Kaibab and Tonto national forests. Other federally controlled forests kept fire restrictions in place because of wildfire risks spurred by a lack of significant rain, according to U.S. Forest officials. They urged visitors to remain careful – humans cause more than 90 percent of wildfires in Arizona. Jackie Banks, spokeswoman for Kaibab National Forest, praised the public for “outstanding compliance with fire restrictions this year.” “However, just because restrictions are being lifted does not mean that fires cannot occur,” she said.
KAET-TV Arizona State University

Dane Beck to run for Central Yavapai Fire District Board

Long term Prescott resident and businessman, Dane Beck, announced his intentions to run for an open seat on the board of the Central Yavapai Fire District (CYFD). When asked why he decided to run for the four year term on the board, Dane said: “I’m involved in the community and this opportunity to serve even further is a perfect fit for me. I have a large stake in the area with my companies and feel it’s important to give back, so I’m happy to put my name into the hat.” Dane’s business background and conservative values will help keep the board fiscally sound. He is a graduate of The University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology.
Prescott eNews

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