VIDEO: A Phoenix fire engine was traveling approximately 29 mph over the speed limit at the time of a deadly crash in April 2019, according to the police investigation released Wednesday.
The report, released more than nine months after the crash, also said the other vehicle's driver, Kenneth "Chase" Collins, 20, did not possess a valid driver's license and had marijuana in his system. Collins turned left in front of the engine, which was operating with lights and siren activated, according to the report. Police investigators did not specify which driver was at fault for the crash, and they did not recommend criminal charges.
Phoenix Fire Engine 18 was on an emergency call on April 7 when it crashed into Collins' pickup truck on Bethany Home Road at 29th Avenue. The engine rolled over into a schoolyard, and the pickup was crushed. Collins, his girlfriend, Dariana Serrano, 19, and their infant son, Kenneth, all died in the pickup. All three firefighters on the engine were injured.
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Fire departments south of Tucson and even south of the border headed to Rio Rico Wednesday night for cross-border fire training with propane.
It's an exercise that happens once a year.
"The infrastructure down here for natural gas isn't there," Santa Cruz County Emergency Planner Frank Granados said. "A lot of the homes and businesses in Rio Rico, Tubac and Nogales area rely on propane for heating. It's one of the areas we need to deal with. We need to be prepared for propane emergencies."
Granados, a retired Tucson firefighter and senior adviser with Rio Rico Fire District, leads the training.
Firefighters from Guymas, Sonora drove north six hours to learn in this environment.
"They don't have a budget, the majority of these firefighters are volunteers, they do it for the passion of being a firefighter and to save lives and property without pay," Granados said.
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VIDEO: It’s the first hiker rescue of the year for the Northwest Fire District and it probably won’t be the last.
Wednesday afternoon, nearly two dozen firefighters from three different agencies responded to a call regarding an injured woman on the Wild Burro trail in the Dove Mountain area.
Northwest Fire District Deputy Fire Chief Brian Keeley said the hiker was about a mile from the trailhead and was unable to make it out because of her injuries. Crews couldn’t drive to her, meaning they would have to hike about a mile each way carrying medical equipment with them.
That’s when John Polaski drove up.
Polaski owns Trail Dust Jeep Tours in Tucson. He was on his way to do some brush trimming on some nearby trails when he came across the fire trucks.
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Normally when a fire truck shows up, it means bad news. Maricopa Fire Department (MFD) regularly are the first responders to the worst accidents and fires of Maricopa, and they take it all in their stride. However, when Station 574 and their crew showed up to F.O.R. Maricopa Wednesday morning, it was for a much more joyous occasion.
Firefighters hopped down off their truck and began unloading boxes and bags of all kinds of children's winter gear, and a few extras. It was all coming from Peoria Unified School District, where Maricopa Fire Captain Paul Neumann regularly raids their lost and found at the end of the semester for goods to donate to the community.
Neumann says kids often leave their winter jackets behind and never come looking for them. For this latest batch of donations, they stopped counting at about 350 winter jackets.
Wickenburg Fire Department responded to a fire at a residence on the 100 block of Howard Court late Monday night.
WFD Fire Chief Ed Temerowski told The Sun two engines arrived on the scene at 10:38 p.m. The fire started near the chimney, but as of Tuesday morning it could not be determined whether the fire started because the chimney was in use or if nearby wiring was the reason. The fire was contained to the attic of the residence. When WFD arrived, the two occupants of the house were outside. No injuries were reported. The occupants were displaced and stayed at a hotel.
WFD cleared the scene between 12:30 and 1 a.m. Tuesday. Investigators were still at work Tuesday morning.