Arizona News

Friday, February 26, 2021

Phoenix firefighters need security for calls near homeless camp after repeated violence

VIDEO: Phoenix firefighters say an area of downtown Phoenix is so dangerous they now need police officers to secure areas before fire crews can respond to calls. Firefighters told Arizona's Family the homeless population around the CASS shelter has become extremely hostile in the past few weeks, so much so they had to request the Phoenix Police Department to help them just be able to do their jobs. They said it's never been this bad before. "There's a problem. We can say that for sure," said P.J. Dean with the United Phoenix Firefighters Association. When Phoenix firefighters respond to a call, their first thought is to keep others safe. Now, they said the tables have turned. "We've seen hammers, samurai swords, chains, a variety of things that have been utilized as weapons," said Dean. "We can't protect ourselves; we can't defend ourselves and treat people medically at the same time."

Some Arizona health care workers, first responders choosing not to get COVID-19 vaccine

VIDEO: First responders and health care workers were among the first in Arizona who were eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, but we're finding several people in those occupations are opting not to get the shots. Dozens of nurses, firefighters, and police officers have told us they didn't get the vaccine, they don't plan to, and they work with others who feel that same way. Right now, the vaccine is not required, but it has been encouraged. According to data from the Arizona Department of Health Services, more than 1.1 million people have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Those doses have gone to people in long-term care facilities, those who are 65 and older, and teachers, as well as frontline workers.

Follow-Up: Fire investigators search for answers after Phoenix pediatric therapy center fire

VIDEO: Head to Toe Therapy has provided a range of therapies for thousands of kids with special needs but has also had questionable business practices in recent years. Kyle Walsh works an overnight shift and was out for his routine 2 a.m. jog when he saw the foot flames across the street. “It went from really quiet to sirens everywhere,” said Walsh. “The flames were getting really really big. You could hear not explosions but like things crashing down it seemed like it.” The Phoenix Fire Department responded to calls for a fire in the early morning hours Thursday morning at Head to Toe Therapy at 5314 N. 7th Street. Both buildings owned by the company were on fire. Around 50 firefighters worked to set up for defensive operations with a concerted effort of protecting the nearby exposures from burning. For years, the therapy center provided a range of therapies to thousands of kids with special needs.
KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix

Two children and a man critically hurt in crash in north Phoenix

Two children and a man were rushed to the hospital with serious after a crash in north Phoenix on Thursday evening. It happened Thursday evening on 27th Avenue near the Loop 101 Agua Fria Freeway. The crash involved two vehicles and four people, according to a Phoenix Fire Department spokesman. An 8-year-old girl, a 12-year-old boy and a 43-year-old man suffered critical injuries and were driven to the hospital, firefighters said. The fourth person said they didn't need to be taken to the hospital. It's unclear what led up to the crash. An investigation is underway.

Tucson: Psychological First Aid for COVID, and more

COVID-19 is pushing a lot of people to the breaking point--and beyond. And often the people closest to the person in trouble have to recognize the need and do what they can to help until professionals can intervene. It’s an idea called psychological first aid. Volunteers skilled in emergency response are offering free online lessons so anyone can learn this life-saving skill. COVID-19 has the potential to bring stress and heartbreak into every home. The deadly threat to physical health can wear down your mental health as you watch the virus strike family and friends. For several years a group called ICSAVE, formed of first responders and medical volunteers has offered free training in topics like emergency first aid and defense against mass shootings.
KGUN-TV ABC 9 Tucson

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Massive fire destroys central Phoenix hair salon

VIDEO: A fire destroyed a hair salon in central Phoenix early Thursday morning. The Phoenix Fire Department was called to the business near 7th Street and Missouri Avenue just after 2 a.m. When crews arrived on the scene, there were 20-foot flames burning through the roof of the two-story building. Video from the scene shows massive flames engulfing the building and part of the building collapsing. Capt. Scott Douglas with the Phoenix Fire Department says more than 50 firefighters responded to the second-alarm fire. No firefighters were injured. The fire also damaged the building just north of the salon, an occupational and physical therapy clinic called Head To Toe Therapy. A single fire engine was still on the scene dumping water on the building's ruins at 6:30 a.m. Douglas says fire investigators are on the scene to determine the cause and origin of the fire.

Gilbert opens new 50-acre training facility for fire and police

PHOTOS: Police and firefighters will be able to train side by side in a cutting-edge facility that just opened in Gilbert. After nearly two years of construction, the 50-acre property is already being put to good use. The Gilbert Public Safety Training Facility, located at the corner of Power and Pecos roads, includes fire and police training spaces and is equipped with tactical, prop and classroom structures. There's also an indoor shooting range and a driver-training track. “We are proud of this state-of-the-art facility where our police and fire personnel can train together and prepare for anything that may come our way,” said Gilbert Fire & Rescue Chief Jim Jobusch. The facility will welcome its first Gilbert Fire Academy class in March. And Gilbert’s first Police Academy is slated to begin in the fall. Gilbert residents voted to approve the bond to fund the project back in 2018.

Cochise County officials repsonding to fire in Fort Huachuca

PHOTOS: Fire authorities in Cochise County are on scene of a 30-acre fire taking place in Fort Huachuca at Black Tail Canyon. The fire is currently 25% contained. According to Cochise County, fire teams from across southern Arizona have joined Fort Huachuca Fire in fighting the blaze that started around 2 p.m. There is limited information as of now, and the source of the wildfire has not been located. Local residents are asked to avoid the area if possible. We’ll be tracking this incident and keep you updated with any new information.
KOLD-TV CBS 13 Tucson

Mercedes rolls over, catches fire on SR-51 on-ramp in north Phoenix

PHOTO: A driver is lucky to be alive after their Mercedes rolled and caught fire in north Phoenix early Thursday morning. It happened at about 4:30 a.m. on the northbound on-ramp to State Route 51 from Bell Road. The fire could be seen on an ADOT camera in the area. Ground video from the scene showed the burned Mercedes on its side. DPS Sgt. Kameron Lee said the Mercedes was the only vehicle involved in the crash. He also said no injuries were reported. The roadway was clear about 90 minutes after the wreck. No other details were immediately available.
KTVK 3TV & KPHO CBS 5 Phoenix

Arizona reports 121 deaths from coronavirus as outbreak slows

Arizona on Feb. 25 reported 121 deaths from COVID-19 but only 939 additional confirmed cases amid indicators of continued slowing of the coronavirus outbreak. The 939 additional cases marked the first day since Nov. 30 that the state Department of Health Services reported fewer than 1,000 additional confirmed cases. The latest figures increased Arizona’s pandemic totals to 812,907 cases and 15,814 deaths. The state’s coronavirus dashboard indicated COVID-19-related hospitalizations continued to drop and data from The COVID Tracking Project showed that seven-day rolling averages of daily new cases and daily deaths declined from two weeks ago. According to the state’s dashboard, 1,385 COVD-19 patients occupied inpatient beds on Wednesday, down from the pandemic high of 5,082 on Jan. 11.
KSAZ-TV FOX 10 Phoenix

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