Two Tempe police officers were among three people who were taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after a fire broke out at an apartment overnight.
Crews from Tempe Fire Medical Rescue and Mesa Fire and Medical responded to a call at an apartment complex near McClintock Drive and Apache Boulevard. They found a third-floor apartment on fire. The fire began around the kitchen area.
The apartment complex "was not sprinklered," fire officials said.
Crews were able to quickly extinguish the fire and keep it from spreading to other apartments.
All three people who were taken to the hospital had non-life-threatening injuries.
The Greater Phoenix Chapter of American Red Cross responded to the fire.
The fire displaced approximately eight people throughout five apartment units, according to a statement from the Red Cross.
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The 100 Club of Arizona is offering two mobile apps, sponsored by the Bob and Renee Parsons Foundation, to help first responders find mental health resources from a distance, as they cope with the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.
The Bulletproof app for all sworn officers, non-sworn/professional staff and family members is available now, free of charge, for any iPhone or Android device. It is available via the App Store or Google Play
Fireproof, an app for all sworn firefighters, non-sworn fire department staff and family members, will be available via the App Store or Google Play next month.
A special, department specific code is required to access the apps. First responders and their families can request the code from their agency’s wellness coordinator.
“Recent studies have found we’re losing more first responders to suicide than in the line of duty,” said Angela Harrolle, 100 Club of Arizona CEO. “In Arizona, we lost 12 first responders to suicide in 12 months beginning in 2019.
Sun Cities Independent
Mesa and Phoenix have joined forces to order four million masks to protect firefighters and police officers against COVID-19.
Fire Chief Mary Cameli told Mesa City Council last week that firefighters are using the masks at a higher rate than before the outbreak and that they are tapping into a supply of 9,000 expired masks still in storage.
“They are being a little more cautious about it. Right now, we are using it way more than we ever have,’’ she said.
Last year, Mesa firefighters used 4,500 N95 masks, but already have used 2,500 this year, Cameli said. Less effective surgical masks are being used on patients when firefighters perceive a risk.
While the masks might be worn in response to more than one call, they are never used beyond one day, she said.
Mesa also received 100 masks over the weekend from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Cameli said, and more shipments are anticipated.
East Valley Tribune
The Water Wheel Fire and Medical District announced it has a new piece of firefighting equipment, a four-wheel drive Type 1 engine.
The new engine could impact the Insurance Services Office (ISO) rating for the communities it serves, which could mean lower insurance rates for residents.
The engine complements the district’s other equipment by making it possible to have full firefighting capabilities at each of its stations in its 55-square-mile territory.
“The truck has an extremely short wheelbase and four-wheel drive which is ideal for maneuvering on the narrow, winding Forest Service roads in our communities throughout our fire district,” said Ron Sattlemaier, fire chief for the district.
“We now have three of our four Type 1 engines with four-wheel drive which is a great asset for us, especially in the winter dealing with snow-covered roads.”
The district purchased the engine from a fire department in Wisconsin.
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