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Friday, May 24, 2019

Tucson Fire Department douses car fire in Midtown neighborhood

VIDEO: As Tucson firefighters worked to knock down and staunch the flames, an electrical component exploded and sent bits of plastic into the air, as fire consumed a late-model Ford Focus in a North University neighborhood Thursday morning. The driver, a 20-year-old student, was unharmed by the flames, suffering only a minor burn to one finger. She said that just after she dropped off her sister at Salpointe Catholic High School around 8 a.m, she smelled smoke and pulled over. Soon, she saw flames and she quickly abandoned the vehicle, leaving her purse and other personal belongings in the car. The car was almost completely destroyed by the fire.
Tucson Sentinel

Follow-up: Phoenix firefighter laid to rest after dying of job-related cancer

VIDEO: Funeral services for 31-year-old Brian Beck Jr. happened Thursday morning at Christ Church of the Valley in North Phoenix. Beck was an 11-year veteran of the Phoenix Fire Department. Over the weekend, Beck, of Phoenix Fire Station No. 33, died after his battle with cancer contracted in the line of duty. “Brian contracted this terrible disease simply because he was doing his job as a firefighter,” Phoenix Fire Chief Kara Kalkrenner said. “Now, in his honor, we will continue to fight our professions war on occupational cancer,” said Steve Beuerlein, president of Local 493. Beck leaves behind his wife and three small children. Beyond the Valley native's career, his family was his life. “They were everything he wanted,” said Crystie Hicks, Beck’s cousin.

Tucson: Firefighters extinguish fire near south-side church

Crews from the Tucson Fire Department were called to a fire near the Santa Cruz Catholic Church early on Wednesday, May 22. According to information from TFD, the fire happened shortly before 2:30 a.m. in the 1200 block of South Sixth Avenue. At least one caller thought the church was on fire, but firefighters found the fire in a nearby block building. It took firefighters 18 minutes to get the fire under control. There were no injuries reported. The building was unoccupied. Investigators are working to determine the cause and origin of the fire.
Tucson News Now

CAFMA Fire Chief Freitag Selected as President of AZ Fire Chiefs Association

At the May governing Board of Directors meeting for Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority (CAFMA), Fire Chief Scott Freitag announced, “I have been informed that I will be officially the President of the Arizona Fire Chief’s Association and will be sworn in at the July Conference.” There was light applause after the announcement. “What’s that pay?” asked Director Dave Dobbs with a grin. “As much as you get,” Freitag retorted lightheartedly.
Prescott eNews

Late snowstorm leads to multi-vehicle crash on I-40 near Parks

A multi-vehicle crash blocked the roadway on westbound Interstate 40 at milepost 178 near Parks this morning, May 23. According to Ponderosa Fire Department, the accident involved two semi-trucks, a tour bus and four passenger vehicles. No major injuries were reported. Williams Unified School District teacher Beverly Stearns, who was recently selected as Coconino County Teacher of the Year, was involved in the accident while driving the vehicle donated by Findlay Toyota. Stearns was reported to be uninjured in the accident. Guardian medical Transport, Lifeline Ambulance, Flagstaff Fire Department, Highlands Fire District, Arizona Department of Transportation, Arizona Department of Public Safety and Camp Navajo Fire all responded to the accident.
Williams-Grand Canyon News

Mesa family of firefighters surprised with luxury stay for two

Love thy neighbor is more than a bible quote for a Mesa family of firefighters. It is their way of life. “Carley moved into the neighborhood,” said Donann. “They have two kids who go to our school. They are in the fire service and my husband is also in the fire service. So, any event that they do, you know, we invite each other to those things. She has helped families that they run calls on and do anything that she can to help” “It was March 4, all of a sudden, I had this pain,” said Donann. “I had an x-ray and it showed that I had a kidney stone. I actually texted Carley. I asked her, ‘Can you take me to the hospital?’ They did an ultrasound. The pain kind of subsided a little bit and I went home.” That night Donann got very sick and her husband took her back to the hospital. “I had a CT scan and it showed that the stone was a lot bigger,” said Donann. “In a few hours I just crashed. I was in septic shock.” Donann fought back tears, remembering the night that changed her life.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Lowest paid first responders in Yuma County could see raises

VIDEO: Somerton-Cocopah firefighters are the lowest paid in Yuma County which has caused several to head to other departments. The City of Somerton is working to fix that with raises for those first responders and other city employees. The city is looking to give all of their employees a two-percent raise in their upcoming budget, but firefighters will see that two-percent plus fifty cents, according to City Manager Ian McGaughey. Fire Chief Paul De Anda explained the starting wage for a firefighter is $11.50. "The mayor, the council, the city manager, the finance director, they're all conscious of the fact that our people need to get paid more. But, as I said, you can't pull blood out of a turnip. So, our tax base isn't so that it's producing enough revenue to support all the city functions at that level.

Maroon Fire northeast of Flagstaff allowed to burn

The Maroon Fire burning northeast of Flagstaff has grown to more than 26 acres this week. The fire is not expected to impact homes, and is currently being allowed to burn in order to consume forest debris. The fire was caused by lightning and discovered on May 16. "This fire, as with any wildfire, does not have a planned end date, but firefighters are restricting fire activity to a 14,700-acre planning area where the fire may run its natural course," according the national forest's media release. The fire is located around 16 miles northeast of Flagstaff, near Leupp Road, Forest Roads 244 and 244A. Coconino National Forest expects light smoke to move northeast and impact homes near Moon Crater and areas of the Hopi Reservation.
Arizona Daily Sun

Bullhead City: Fiesta held to celebrate Emergency Medical Services week

Western Arizona Regional Medical Center marked Emergency Medical Services Week with a fiesta to celebrate the work done by personnel such as firefighters, emergency medical technicians and paramedics. Area EMS employees were invited to a lunch of Mexican favorites, including non-alcoholic margaritas, snow cones and iced coffee drinks. While many workers had enough time to eat in the cafeteria, some had to take their meals on the run to enjoy later when they had the time. Emergency dispatchers received their meals delivered by helicopter. WARMC employees Emily Stevens, chief nursing officer, and Marilyn Pollock, director of risk management, were flown by Tristate CareFlight from the hospital helipad to the Bullhead City 911 Center to ensure the meals got into the hands — and stomachs — of the emergency workers.
Mohave Valley Daily News

No injuries after Arizona Department of Agriculture pickup catches on fire in Somerton

No injuries were reported after an Arizona Department of Agriculture pickup truck caught on fire due to surrounding hay at West County 18th Street and South Avenue E Wednesday afternoon. Somerton Cocopah Fire Department said firefighters arrived at the scene and found an Arizona Department of Agriculture Inspector’s pickup truck that was fully involved. The driver was not injured, according to authorities. The driver, an inspector with the Department of Agriculture, was examining a date palm grove. Fire officials said dry hay had been spread on the sand path adjoining the date palm grove. When the two-wheeled drive pickup’s rear tires became buried in the sand, the heat of the vehicle lit up the dry hay and caused the vehicle to catch on fire.
KSWT-TV News 13

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