Arizona News

Friday, February 15, 2019

Phoenix, Glendale share fire station for faster response

Two's company at Glendale's Fire Station 154. Thanks to a new partnership, the station's radiant yellow fire truck now shares its bay with a bright red Phoenix truck and the firefighters share their kitchen with a new Phoenix crew. In response to a growing number of emergency calls near the city's border that sent Glendale fire units into Phoenix to help, the two cities have made a historic move to combine forces under a single roof at Glendale's Fire Station 154 near 44th Drive and Peoria Avenue. Phoenix Fire Capt. Rob McDade said Phoenix has partnerships with all other Valley fire departments. Through these partnerships and automatic aid agreements, when a call comes out near a city border, the closest fire station is dispatched regardless of which city the station is in.
Arizona Republic, & KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix

Sandwich chain supplies Arizona first responders with $233K in gear

Several cities in Arizona will be able to equip their first responders with new helmets, body armor, rescue and safety gear after receiving grants from the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation. In the Valley, the sandwich chain awarded $233,987 in grants to fire departments in Carefree, Glendale, Guadalupe, Scottsdale and Maricopa, and police in Apache Junction and Buckeye. Arizona Public Service, which has partnered with the foundation fora few years, donated $50,000 to police and fire departments in Eagar and Sedona. “There’s really nothing more important than helping them do their job and do their job safely,” APS spokesman Damon Gross told KTAR News 92.3 FM on Wednesday.
KTAR 620 - Newsradio

Glendale kicks off partnership with Maricopa Ambulance

The city of Glendale and Maricopa Ambulance will work together to respond to residents’ needs faster. An event was held at the Glendale Regional Public Safety Training Center on Thursday where the city and Maricopa Ambulance announced its collaboration. Maricopa Ambulance will provide 13 new ambulances to the Glendale EMS, with advanced life-support equipment and national award-winning advanced safety systems. The company will begin responding to all 911 calls from the city starting next month. Glendale Fire Chief Terry Garrison said there will be three ambulances dedicated just for Glendale, which will effectively decrease the response time.
KTAR 620 - Newsradio

’Tucson Delivers’ New Fire Station

Nearly two years ago, Tucson voters approved a half-cent sale tax increase for road repair and public safety improvements. The city has begun a campaign called "Tucson Delivers" to show voters what they are getting for their money. On Wednesday, city officials revealed one of the largest projects is a new fire station. Battalion Chief Jeff Thompson led visitors single-file down a narrow hallway through the dorm area of Tucson Fire Station Nine, where firefighters sleep on twin beds in rooms the size of a closet. "It's really hard to make those beds too," Thompson said. "If you look at those mattresses, they barely fit in that cubbyhole." Station Nine, on Tucson's east side, was built in 1966. It's nicknamed the "House of Pain" because it houses 14 firefighters and paramedics in a space designed for nine.
Arizona Public Media

Heavy rain brings flooding to parts of northern Arizona

Much of Arizona saw heavy rainfall all day Thursday, especially in the high country. Both Oak Creek Canyon and Beaver Creek experienced heavy flooding. According to the Sedona Fire District, the crest of water in Oak Creek was over 12 feet at about 11:30 p.m. Thursday night. The district says this is the highest crest of water they've seen since 2004. Yavapai County Sheriff's Office (YCSO) said the area of Rimrock along Beaver Creek experienced heavy flooding. YCSO spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn said many of the homes along the creek's edge quickly filled with several feet of water, causing evacuations of the area. The Red Cross and Yavapai County Emergency Management (YCEM) set up a shelter at Beaver Creek Baptist Church for the evacuees.

Chandler fire, police unveil safety plan for schools

On the week of the first anniversary of the Valentine’s Day massacre at a Florida high school, Chandler city and school officials unveiled a new coordinated approach to safety in Kyrene and Chandler Unified schools that focuses on prevention as well as training teachers and other staff in basic life-saving techniques in case the worse should happen. Although Chandler police and fire officials said they are training designated safety teams from each Kyrene and Chandler Unified school in their jurisdiction, the two districts’ officials said those teams will extend that training to staff at schools in neighboring municipalities. Kyrene covers Ahwatukee, Tempe and Guadalupe while Chandler Unified has schools in Gilbert and Queen Creek.
Ahwatukee Foothills News/Chandler Connection

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Accepting the Aftermath: How first responders deal with trauma

Accepting the aftermath, for most of us, means coming home from work a little more tired than yesterday. For many first responders, however, accepting the aftermath of their day comes with memories or tragedy, smelling of blood, and dreaming of death. Some remember certain calls like it was just yesterday. Fourteen years ago, former Yuma police officer Gregory Fell made a choice, a choice that he has not forgotten to this day. “All of the times I’ve drawn my weapon never shot it, but I’ve drawn it like a zillion times. This night, I’m just going, this isn’t good, I don’t even see Mr. Nunez draw, all the sudden he’s just shooting, and then I just reacted to the shooting, and still to this day, I remember my shell in slow motion, like those war pictures, I remember one of my shell casings going out of the gun,” said Fell. Over time, this reality of trauma can place a heavy toll on the mental and physical health of first responders.
KSWT-TV News 13

Department of Public Safety: Co-driver killed in fiery semi crash south of Tucson

Authorities say the co-driver of a semi-truck has died in a fiery crash on Interstate 10 in Southern Arizona. According to the Arizona Department of Public Safety, the semi-truck rolled during the fiery crash on eastbound I-10 between Benson and Willcox at milepost 318 on Thursday morning. DPS says the co-driver of the semi-truck was killed. The freeway is restricted to one lane. DPS says the left lane of I-10 is open, but the right lane and shoulder are closed for clean up.
Fox 10 Phoenix

Yuma departments weigh in on lack of staffing

Although the Yuma City Council approved a pay raise for all city employees in January, leaders of every department wanted to make it clear why they need those raises on the final day of the city council retreat. Many of the city department leaders that spoke at the retreat Tuesday said they are concerned they cannot fill their open positions due to low pay. The City of Yuma human resources department’s statistics back this argument, illustrating 88 employees left in 2018. 72.7 percent of those employees left voluntarily, according to the City of Yuma's human resources. As we've been reporting for months, both Yuma fire and police have trouble recruiting and retaining employees. YPD lost 19 officers voluntarily, according to human resources. It is also something Mayor Doug Nicholls said on day one of the retreat that will be a top priority when it comes to approving the budget.

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