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Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Woman hospitalized after being burned in Phoenix RV fire

A woman has been hospitalized in extremely critical condition after she was burned in a motor home fire late Monday night in Phoenix. According to Capt. Scott Douglas with the Phoenix Fire Department, crews responded to 43rd Avenue and Osborn just after 11 p.m. on Jan. 17 for reports of an RV on fire in the backyard of a home. Once at the scene, firefighters quickly put out the fire, which was contained to the RV and did not spread to the house. The woman, who has not been identified, was taken to a local trauma and burn center. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.
KSAZ-TV FOX 10 Phoenix

Family of late Jacki deHaro advocates for firefighter safety in Tucson

VIDEO: Laura Baker's home is filled with memories of firefighting. It was the career she pursued alongside her wife, Jacki deHaro. "I loved my work and I will give back and help others as much as I can, in whatever form that is. I love our community, but I am going to take care of myself. I know I need to, especially with my grief," said Baker. DeHaro was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer in 2018. She fought hard for two years. "She was a fighter. She was full of life. We decided we will live. We were going to live through this and be grateful for every day," said Baker. Baker and deHaro worked together at the Tucson Fire Department. In recent years, the department has been at the center of research studies to learn about the link between firefighting and cancer. "As a firefighter there are inherent risks that you take. As we sign up for the service, I think we're aware of that.
KGUN-TV ABC 9 Tucson

Baby girl hospitalized after being pulled from Paradise Valley pool

Phoenix fire officials say an 18-month-old girl is extremely critical condition after being pulled from a pool in Paradise Valley. Firefighters responded to a home near 40th Street and Camelback Road around 10 a.m. Saturday morning. When crews arrived, they learned that an 18-month-old baby girl had been pulled from the bottom of a family swimming pool. It's not immediately clear if there was a fence around the pool or how long she was underwater. Relatives began conducting CPR and firefighters found the child "warm and moaning." The girl was taken to a nearby ambulance in "extremely critical condition." Fire crews say a crisis response team is meeting with family members at an area hospital.

Follow-up: Phoenix Fire plans to use drones on mountain rescue calls this summer

Phoenix firefighters should have new tools to deal with mountain rescues this summer. The city’s public safety subcommittee recently approved a request by the department to begin using drones. Executive Assistant Chief Scott Walker said sending a drone to find a stranded hiker could be more efficient, "Oftentimes we send crews up from all sides of the mountain to try to find that victim, this would significantly reduce the amount of impact on our firefighters hiking up and also find that person much faster." Last year, several firefighters became ill after performing mountain rescues in extreme heat. The firefighters’ union then convinced the city to ban hiking on Camelback Mountain and Piestewa Peak on the hottest days.

Two people in critical condition, 1 extricated after crash near Buckeye

At least two people were taken to a local hospital in critical condition after a crash near State Road 85 and Southern Avenue Saturday. Buckeye Valley fire officials say a two-vehicle crash was reported just before noon. There were four people involved, and one person had to be extricated from the car. Two of the victims were left in critical condition. No other information was immediately available and the cause of the crash was not released.
KNXV-TV ABC 15 Phoenix

Friday, January 14, 2022

Late Tucson firefighter, Tom Quesnel, paved way for cancer prevention

VIDEO: Inside her Tucson home, Janet Quesnel, is enjoying retirement. She spends time with her two sons and five grandchildren, but not a day goes by the she doesn't think about her late husband, Tom. "He got very ill in the spring of 2012. It took a couple of months to really get it pinpointed as to what he had going on. Once they pinpointed it, it was leukemia," said Quesnel. Tom battled cancer for two years. He took a step back from work and a job that he very much loved to do. "He had thought about being a firefighter all along. He thought that would be what he wanted to do from there on out," said Quesnel. Tom worked his way up in the ranks and eventually became a Fire Cause Investigator. Even after his diagnosis, he never lost sight of his family at the Tucson Fire Department. He began researching the link between firefighting and cancer.
KGUN-TV ABC 9 Tucson

Honor Guard of Yuma firefighters selected to lead memorial event

PHOTO: The Honor Guard from the Yuma Chapter of the United Yuma Firefighters Association will be hosting this year’s annual Arizona Fallen Firefighter and Emergency Paramedic Memorial event, which is being held in Phoenix on Sunday. Firefighter/paramedic Cory Tolman, of the Yuma Fire Department, explained that each year a different department from around the state is selected to lead the Honor Guard portion of the event and this year the privilege rests with Yuma.
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Tucson Fire Department working to reduce cancer risk for front line workers

VIDEO: Layers of smoke, ash and debris: it's all in a typical day's work for a Tucson firefighter. "It's more like a HAZMAT scene than sometimes it is a fire itself. Because all of the things that we build our homes with, that we fill our homes with, when they burn, they give off toxins that increase the levels of our exposures and then, ultimately, could lead to cancer," said Tucson Fire Department Safety and Wellness Division Deputy Chief, Darin Wallentine. Firefighters are 9% more likely to develop cancer. That discovery was made with the help of the Tucson Fire Department. Their employees are at the center of a research study that has been conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), NIOSH, University of Miami and the University of Arizona since 2014.
KGUN-TV ABC 9 Tucson

Phoenix hoping to launch citywide drones program

Phoenix could become the latest Valley city to utilize drones for flying into dangerous situations or surveying public facilities. City officials presented a three-phased plan on Wednesday for how it would like its departments to begin flying unmanned aerial devices within the next year. Phoenix firefighters hope to launch their first drones by this summer, followed by the parks department and then the city's police department. Assistant Fire Chief Scott Walker said introducing drones across the city could help public safety agencies operate more efficiently as Phoenix continues to grapple with a staffing shortage. "The drone program could really enhance our current staff as we go out to serve our community," Walker said. "We can simply do more with one person with a drone than maybe with two or three people in the same time frame."
KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix

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