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No new growth on Horse Fire – containment now at 49%
There has been significant progress in the suppression of the Horse Fire. With 49% containment, the western perimeter is now secure, according to a South West Area Incident Management Team 2 news release Friday morning, Oct. 23. Crews successfully extinguished all heat sources on the southern tip and southeastern area.
- PUB DATE: 10/23/2020 1:01:18 AM - SOURCE: Daily Courier
Posted on Fri, 23 Oct 2020 08:01:18 GMT



Seven Heber-Overgaard Fire District staff test positive for COVID
The Heber-Overgaard Fire District issued a press release at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21, that seven staff members have tested positive for COVID-19. Six of the positive cases are firefighters and one case is administrative personnel. “As cases of the coronavirus continue to increase in Navajo County, some public safety agencies have been impacted more than others,” states the press release.
- PUB DATE: 10/23/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: White Mountain Independent - Metered Site
Posted on Fri, 23 Oct 2020 07:00:00 GMT



Tempe Man Dies After Running Into Traffic On The Freeway: Department of Public Safety
A man was killed after running into traffic on a Tempe freeway, the Arizona Department of Public Safety said Thursday. Officials said the fatal crash occurred at around 11:30 p.m. on the U.S. 60 near Priest Drive. The man had been in a single-car crash and fled the scene. He was hit by a car and died.
- PUB DATE: 10/23/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Tempe Patch
Posted on Fri, 23 Oct 2020 07:00:00 GMT



Green Valley: One dead in crash on Interstate 19, roadway back open following investigation
PHOTO: At least one person is dead following a crash between a passenger vehicle and semi-truck on Interstate 19 on Thursday, Oct 22. The crash happened at around 12:45 p.m. in the northbound lanes of the highway near Duval Mine Road, according to an email from the Green Valley Fire District. Two people were in the passenger vehicle, one died at the scene and the other person was taken to Banner University Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.
- PUB DATE: 10/22/2020 4:22:33 PM - SOURCE: KOLD-TV CBS 13 Tucson
Posted on Thu, 22 Oct 2020 23:22:33 GMT



Tucson develops task force to address workplace problems at 911 dispatch center
The results of a workplace assessment recently completed for Tucson’s Public Safety Communications Department has caused concern among city leaders who are working to address “fundamental problems in the operation of the department.” The department is responsible for dispatching 911 calls for police and fire departments.
- PUB DATE: 10/21/2020 6:05:39 PM - SOURCE: Tucson Arizona Daily Star
Posted on Thu, 22 Oct 2020 01:05:39 GMT



More than 934,000 acres of land have burned in Arizona due to 2,200 fires this year so far
It's no secret that Monsoon didn't show up this year and we have seen the two hottest Arizona months recorded during that same time. Because of that, we have seen an uptick in late-season fires, but we should start to see them slow down in the next couple of weeks. The Encinos, Racetrack, Catalina and Ironwood are four fires that have burned in Southern Arizona in just the last few weeks.
- PUB DATE: 10/22/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KVOA-TV NBC 4 Tucson
Posted on Thu, 22 Oct 2020 07:00:00 GMT



Horse Fire containment increases to 32%, nearly 9,500 acres burned
Fire crews have increased containment on the west side of the Horse Fire which has now burned nearly 9,500 acres in the Prescott National Forest near the town of Crown King. Fire officials said Wednesday morning the human-caused fire is "moving and making short runs" in the northeast corner where it is being monitored, according to a news release.
- PUB DATE: 10/21/2020 12:47:24 PM - SOURCE: Arizona Republic, AZCentral.com & KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix
Posted on Wed, 21 Oct 2020 19:47:24 GMT



Brush fire burning near Ben Avery Shooting Facility in north Phoenix
A small brush fire is burning near Ben Avery Shooting Facility in north Phoenix. Phoenix fire said the 50-acre brush fire is not threatening any structures, Interstate 17 or the range itself. More than 100 firefighters from Phoenix and nearby agencies are working to contain the fire. The cause of the fire is currently unknown.
- PUB DATE: 10/21/2020 3:13:06 PM - SOURCE: KASW-CW6 & KTVK-3TV (azfamily.com)
Posted on Wed, 21 Oct 2020 22:13:06 GMT



Small plane makes emergency landing on Navajo County highway
No injuries were reported after a plane made an emergency landing on an Arizona highway, officials said Wednesday. The small plane made the landing at about 11:15 a.m. on U.S. 60 between Cibecue and Show Low. The sole pilot then pushed the aircraft off the road, according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety.
- PUB DATE: 10/22/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTAR 620 - Newsradio
Posted on Thu, 22 Oct 2020 07:00:00 GMT



Flames engulf Scottsdale home, leaving neighbors surprised
VIDEO: Fierce flames engulfed a north Scottsdale home on Tuesday, as more than a dozen firefighters responded to put out the blaze. Despite the best efforts of first responders, the home was gutted, leaving behind nothing more than a shell. “I just couldn’t believe it, the flames were really high, really high,” One neighbor described the flames.
- PUB DATE: 10/20/2020 11:20:55 PM - SOURCE: KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix
Posted on Wed, 21 Oct 2020 06:20:55 GMT



Grant provides Sierra Vista firefighters with bikes to assist rescues
Getting emergency attention quickly and efficiently to anyone in distress at a city festival, parade or sporting event has never been easier now that the Sierra Vista Fire Department has outfitted its firefighter/paramedics with mountain bikes equipped with almost everything an ambulance has. The EMS Bike Patrol is not a new idea for the fire department, said Fire Chief Brian Jones, but it’s been brought back with two new mountain bikes and a revamped Polaris Ranger vehicle designed to zip in and out where no ambulance can go.
- PUB DATE: 10/20/2020 4:48:33 PM - SOURCE: Sierra Vista Herald - Metered Site
Posted on Tue, 20 Oct 2020 23:48:33 GMT



Arizona wildland firefighters adjust to COVID threats amid record-breaking season
The West Coast has experienced a record-breaking wildfire season amid the pandemic. Firefighters have adjusted to minimize the threat of COVID-19. Southern Arizona watched as more than 1,000 firefighters battled the Bighorn Fire this summer. However, not even one tested positive for virus while fighting it, according to Steven Miranda, the fire management officer for the Coronado National Forest.
- PUB DATE: 10/20/2020 7:49:27 PM - SOURCE: KOLD-TV CBS 13 Tucson
Posted on Wed, 21 Oct 2020 02:49:27 GMT



After 56 years, Pine-Strawberry fire chief retiring
PHOTOS: After a remarkable 56-year firefighting career, including the last six years in Pine-Strawberry, Gary Morris is officially hanging up his gear and retiring. Morris signs off as chief of the Pine-Strawberry Fire Department (PSFD) on Monday, Nov. 2. Morris initially thought he was just filling in temporarily in May 2014 while the fire board looked for a new chief.
- PUB DATE: 10/20/2020 4:55:21 AM - SOURCE: Payson Roundup - Metered Site
Posted on Tue, 20 Oct 2020 11:55:21 GMT



Update: Horse Fire continues to grow in Prescott National Forest
More than 9,100 acres in the Prescott National Forest have been burned by the growing Horse Fire as of Tuesday morning. Forest officials said Tuesday that the fire had burned 9,162 acres with 21% containment. Residents in nearby communities, including Crown King, have been evacuated from their homes since Friday, as more than 300 fire crews try to suppress the fire.
- PUB DATE: 10/20/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix
Posted on Tue, 20 Oct 2020 07:00:00 GMT



Crews slow spread of Horse Fire burning near Prescott
Crews are making headway against a forest fire that has been burning for several days north of Phoenix. The Horse Fire has incinerated 8,968 acres in the Prescott National Forest as of Monday morning, fire authorities said and was 21% contained, spreading just 18 acres overnight. That was marked improvement from the speed the fire was growing when it began Thursday afternoon, estimated at about 300 acres by the time it was reported.
- PUB DATE: 10/18/2020 12:48:44 PM - SOURCE: KTAR-FM 92.3 Glendale
Posted on Sun, 18 Oct 2020 19:48:44 GMT



Man rescued from trench collapse in Phoenix
A man was rescued from a trench Monday morning near Peoria and 35th avenues. Phoenix fire rescued him from a 12 foot collapsed trench around 9:30 a.m. and he was buried up to his waist. According to the fire department, the man was able to breathe and was communicating with crews on scene. Phoenix Fire's Technical Rescue Crews were able to get a ladder in to assist the man and get him out of the trench.
- PUB DATE: 10/19/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KASW-CW6 & KTVK-3TV (AZFAMILY.COM)
Posted on Mon, 19 Oct 2020 07:00:00 GMT



Race Track Fire grows to 150 acres near Redington Pass
Firefighters are battling a wildfire that started Saturday near Redington Pass, according to the Forest Service. The Race Track Fire had moderate growth over night, and is burning approximately 150 acres with 30% containment. The Forest Service says Type 4 incident, three type six engines are assigned to the fire where they will continue to work to improve existing contained lines.
- PUB DATE: 10/18/2020 6:16:34 PM - SOURCE: KGUN-TV ABC 9 Tucson
Posted on Mon, 19 Oct 2020 01:16:34 GMT



Catalina Fire burning near Oro Valley
A wildfire broke out Sunday evening east of Oracle and Rancho Vistoso. According to Golder Ranch Fire District, there are no structures in danger, nor any evacuations underway, but smoke can be smelled in southern Oro Valley. Crews from Golder Ranch Fire District, Northwest Fire District and the Arizona State Forestry are responding to the fire.
- PUB DATE: 10/18/2020 10:37:17 PM - SOURCE: KGUN-TV ABC 9 Tucson
Posted on Mon, 19 Oct 2020 05:37:17 GMT



Arizona's fire season could stretch into November and December
Arizona's fire season may drag out a little longer. "If the weather continues as it is, this fire season could definitely stretch into November, maybe December," said Shawn Gilleland with Rural Metro Fire Department. "Currently, we're looking at about 14 to 16 active fires." He said the state needs moisture.
- PUB DATE: 10/19/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KASW-CW6 & KTVK-3TV (AZFAMILY.COM)
Posted on Mon, 19 Oct 2020 07:00:00 GMT



Scottsdale Fire Department flying drones to increase public, firefighter safety
Scottsdale Fire Department is embracing new drone technology to increase the safety of its firefighters and reduce wait times on rescue missions. Drones have been used by the Scottsdale Fire Department for about a month; however, Thursday was the official launch of the program. In the past month, the drones have flown six times to assist in structure fires.
- PUB DATE: 10/15/2020 3:02:57 PM - SOURCE: Arizona Republic, AZCentral.com & KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix
Posted on Thu, 15 Oct 2020 22:02:57 GMT



Evacuation ordered for Crown King because of Horse Fire
Crown King has been ordered to evacuate because of a nearby wildfire. The Horse Fire is burning 5 miles northeast of Crown King. At 8:30 a.m., the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office released the following message: There is a wildfire threatening your area. A mandatory evacuation has been issued for resident’s located in Crown King.
- PUB DATE: 10/16/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOLD-TV CBS 13 Tucson
Posted on Fri, 16 Oct 2020 07:00:00 GMT



As Western fires burn, focus narrows on forest management - But it's easier said than done.
In June 2002, nearly half a million acres burned in the Arizona high country. At the time, the Rodeo-Chediski Fire was the largest wildfire in the state’s history. There was too much fuel in the forest, a buildup that began more than a century ago. Enough people saw the record-breaking fire and agreed that something needed to be done to prevent the next big fire.
- PUB DATE: 10/15/2020 3:53:06 PM - SOURCE: Cronkite News
Posted on Thu, 15 Oct 2020 22:53:06 GMT



Cottonwood Firefighters Test Positive For COVID-19
Nearly a dozen firefighters in Cottonwood have tested positive for COVID-19 in recent weeks, according to the Verde Valley Independent. Cottonwood City Manager Ron Corbin told the Independent that of the ten firefighters who were infected, one has successfully quarantined and returned to work. Nine others are still in the quarantine process.
- PUB DATE: 10/15/2020 3:08:04 PM - SOURCE: KNAU Arizona Public Radio
Posted on Thu, 15 Oct 2020 22:08:04 GMT



Fire bladders vandalized in Round Valley
Vandals slashed two water bladders in Round Valley at the end of September, potentially slowing the response to fires in one of the longest fire seasons ever. The Army surplus bladders give fire trucks and helicopters a source of water in remote areas, making it possible to douse a fire when it’s small.
- PUB DATE: 10/16/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Payson Roundup - Metered Site
Posted on Fri, 16 Oct 2020 07:00:00 GMT



Phoenix: Man's body found during mobile home fire in Laveen
VIDEO: Firefighters made a disturbing discovery when they found a body while putting out a fire at a mobile home in Laveen on Wednesday evening. Witnesses called 911 after seeing fire and smoke coming from the mobile home near 43rd and Southern avenues. When firefighters got there, they quickly went inside to battle the flames and search for anyone inside.
- PUB DATE: 10/14/2020 6:37:11 PM - SOURCE: KASW-CW6 & KTVK-3TV (azfamily.com)
Posted on Thu, 15 Oct 2020 01:37:11 GMT



Small wildfire near Tonto Creek causing smoke near the Rim
At approximately 9 a.m. this morning, the Heber/Overgaard Fire District shared information via social media about a 2-acre wildfire that started in the Tonto National Forest, below the Rim. The Horton Fire is burning in timber areas in the Payson Ranger District. "There are no evacuations at this time," states a press release from the USFS, Tonto National Forest.
- PUB DATE: 10/14/2020 3:29:40 PM - SOURCE: White Mountain Independent - Metered Site
Posted on Wed, 14 Oct 2020 22:29:40 GMT



Opioid abuse remains scourge in Arizona but there are ways to fight back
In Arizona and Yavapai County, opioid abuse is not over exaggerated – six people a day die of an opioid overdose. In 2019, the MATForce-founded Yavapai County Fatality Review Board logged the first opioid death of someone under the age of 17; the statistics show there were 68 overdose deaths, the majority are a combination of opioids and other drugs.
- PUB DATE: 10/15/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Daily Courier
Posted on Thu, 15 Oct 2020 07:00:00 GMT



Man found dead after house fire in north Phoenix
PHOTO: Police are investigating after a man was found dead in a house fire in Phoenix Tuesday morning. Just after 7:30 a.m., the Phoenix Fire Department responded to a call about a home that had caught fire near 32nd Street and Bell Road. Firefighters arrived at the home to find an intense working fire.
- PUB DATE: 10/13/2020 4:21:24 PM - SOURCE: KASW-CW6 & KTVK-3TV (azfamily.com)
Posted on Tue, 13 Oct 2020 23:21:24 GMT



Firefighters control midtown Tucson apartment fire
PHOTO: On Tuesday, Oct. 13, firefighters from the Tucson Fire Department responded to a midtown apartment complex fire in the 2600 block of North Alvernon Way, north of Flower Street. Once on scene, crews immediately pulled hose lines to initiate attacks against the flames on the second floor of a two-story apartment complex.
- PUB DATE: 10/13/2020 4:08:34 PM - SOURCE: KOLD-TV CBS 13 Tucson
Posted on Tue, 13 Oct 2020 23:08:34 GMT



Arizona reports 683 new COVID-19 cases and 8 new known deaths
Arizona reported 683 new COVID-19 cases and eight new known deaths on Tuesday as hospital metrics for the disease continue to remain relatively stable. Identified cases rose to 226,734 and known deaths are at 5,767, according to the daily report from the Arizona Department of Health Services. The number of patients hospitalized statewide for known or suspected COVID-19 cases was at 706 on Monday, up from 667 on Sunday, 630 on Saturday, 685 on Friday and the same as Thursday.
- PUB DATE: 10/13/2020 10:29:17 AM - SOURCE: Arizona Republic, AZCentral.com & KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix
Posted on Tue, 13 Oct 2020 17:29:17 GMT



Town of Fountain Hills is 'StormReady'
PHOTO: The National Weather Service has presented the Town of Fountain Hills with its StormReady Community designation. The presentation was made virtually at the Oct. 6 Town Council meeting by Marv Percha, Jr. with the weather service Phoenix office. Fountain Hills Rural/Metro Fire Chief Dave Ott and Assistant Chief/Fire Marshal Mike Winters accepted the presentation.
- PUB DATE: 10/14/2020 1:02:02 AM - SOURCE: Fountain Hills Times
Posted on Wed, 14 Oct 2020 08:02:02 GMT



Arizona Fire officials claim success in fighting COVID-19 while fighting fires
PHOTO: Battling wildfires while battling the COVID-19 pandemic “definitely added a new challenge” for Arizona fire officials this year, but it’s a challenge many say they have met. Exact numbers are hard to come by, but calls to fire departments around the state found most officials reporting only a handful of positive test results on their crews – and they believe many of those came from exposure off the job.
- PUB DATE: 10/13/2020 7:48:16 AM - SOURCE: KOLD-TV CBS 13 Tucson
Posted on Tue, 13 Oct 2020 14:48:16 GMT



Timber Mesa Deputy Chief appointed to statewide board
Randy Chevalier, Deputy Chief for the Timber Mesa Fire and Medical District, has been appointed to represent fire districts from Navajo and Apache counties on the Arizona Fire Districts Association (AFDA) Board of Directors. AFDA represents more than 150 fire districts from across the State of Arizona and focuses on education of the State’s more than 600 elected fire board members as well as fire chiefs.
- PUB DATE: 10/13/2020 5:57:34 AM - SOURCE: White Mountain Independent - Metered Site
Posted on Tue, 13 Oct 2020 12:57:34 GMT



Arizona reports 475 new COVID-19 cases and no new deaths, hospitalizations are stable
Arizona reported 475 new COVID-19 cases and no new known deaths Monday, as hospital metrics for the disease remain relatively stable. Identified cases rose to 226,050 and known deaths are at 5,759, according to the daily report from the Arizona Department of Health Services. The number of patients hospitalized statewide for known or suspected COVID-19 cases was at 667 Sunday, up from 630 Saturday and down from 685 Friday.
- PUB DATE: 10/12/2020 11:58:47 AM - SOURCE: Arizona Republic, AZCentral.com & KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix
Posted on Mon, 12 Oct 2020 18:58:47 GMT



John Wisner to take over Pine-Strawberry Fire Department
PHOTO: After nearly three decades with the same fire department, John Wisner is about to take on a new challenge. Wisner is retiring as chief of the Hellsgate Fire Department on Oct. 28. And on Nov. 2, he takes over as the new chief of the Pine-Strawberry Fire Department. Wisner takes on a district solidly led by Gary Morris since 2014.
- PUB DATE: 10/9/2020 1:03:16 PM - SOURCE: Payson Roundup
Posted on Fri, 09 Oct 2020 20:03:16 GMT



Two wildfires in southern Pima County blanket Tucson in smoke
PHOTO: Smoke from two fires in southern Pima County have periodically drifted to the Tucson area this week. According to the Arizona State Forestry Service, the human-caused Espinosa Fire began Tuesday about seven miles north of Arivaca. The Encinos Fire began Wednesday about five miles west of the Espinosa Fire, but officials haven't said what caused it.
- PUB DATE: 10/9/2020 10:11:10 PM - SOURCE: KGUN-TV ABC 9 Tucson
Posted on Sat, 10 Oct 2020 05:11:10 GMT



Rio Verde Fire District bond proposal to be outlined in virtual presentation Oct. 14
The Rio Verde Fire District Board is proposing a $5 million General Obligation Bond for voters in the district to consider on the Nov. 3 ballot. Following the virtual Firewise meeting scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 14, Rio Verde Fire Chief Jay Ducote will provide an overview of the purpose of the Fire Station bond referendum and answer questions.
- PUB DATE: 10/10/2020 1:04:15 AM - SOURCE: Fountain Hills Times - Metered Site
Posted on Sat, 10 Oct 2020 08:04:15 GMT



Four CoreCivic employees have died of COVID-19: 3 at a Florence prison and 1 at Eloy immigration detention center
Four employees at facilities in Arizona owned by CoreCivic have died after being infected with COVID-19. Three of the employees worked at the Central Arizona Florence Correctional Complex, and one worked at the Eloy Detention Center. The deaths were disclosed Friday by a CoreCivic official a day after the Arizona Industrial Commission cleared CoreCivic of violating any safety and health regulations in connection with one of the deaths at the Central Arizona Florence Correctional Complex, a private prison owned and operated by the Nashville-based company.
- PUB DATE: 10/10/2020 7:45:16 AM - SOURCE: Arizona Republic, AZCentral.com & KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix
Posted on Sat, 10 Oct 2020 14:45:16 GMT



Area firefighters to Cave Creek: We can’t help you
Cave Creek officials are exploring ways to provide fire protection and emergency medical services for the town, instead of relying on nearby municipalities’ departments. The town hired independent consultant Kevin Roche of PSRM, who reviewed the recent fires and prepared a report for the council. Its current model of voluntary subscription fire and EMS is not sustainable, Roche said in his report.
- PUB DATE: 10/8/2020 1:02:59 PM - SOURCE: Foothills Focus
Posted on Thu, 08 Oct 2020 20:02:59 GMT



Retired doctor donates FIDO BAGS to Mohave County first responders
PHOTO: More than 500,00 domestic animals, commonly referred to as four-legged family members, are affected by fires each year in the U.S., and an estimated 40,000 of them die from smoke inhalation. Local fire departments can’t provide first aid to pets suffering from smoke inhalation because they’re only equipped with human emergency supplies.
- PUB DATE: 10/9/2020 1:07:55 AM - SOURCE: The Miner
Posted on Fri, 09 Oct 2020 08:07:55 GMT



Mt. Lemmon firefighters need help raising money for a new generator
The Mount Lemmon Fire District is looking to raise $15,000 for a new generator to use when power goes out at their station. According to Sally Crum who organized a GoFundMe, says using a generator during power outages will help firefighters to communicate and operate equipment in any situation. Their current generator is over 60-years-old.
- PUB DATE: 10/8/2020 12:31:36 PM - SOURCE: KOLD-TV CBS 13 Tucson
Posted on Thu, 08 Oct 2020 19:31:36 GMT



Arizona reports 683 new COVID-19 cases, 3 deaths and similar hospital numbers to day prior
Arizona reported 683 new COVID-19 cases and three new known deaths Friday, as hospital metrics for the disease remain relatively stable from the day prior. Identified cases rose to 224,084 and known deaths are at 5,746, according to the daily report from the Arizona Department of Health Services. The number of patients hospitalized statewide for known or suspected COVID-19 was at 706 on Thursday, down from 728 on Wednesday, which was the most inpatients since Sept.
- PUB DATE: 10/9/2020 11:03:17 AM - SOURCE: Arizona Republic, AZCentral.com & KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix
Posted on Fri, 09 Oct 2020 18:03:17 GMT



Kingman: Four residents escape structure fire without injury
PHOTO: Four engines and three battalion chiefs from the Northern Arizona Consolidated Fire District and Kingman Fire Department were able to keep a residential structure fire in the 3900 block of Ryan Avenue from spreading to neighboring residences on Tuesday, Oct. 6. Units were dispatched to the incident at approximately 8:40 a.
- PUB DATE: 10/8/2020 1:04:36 AM - SOURCE: The Miner
Posted on Thu, 08 Oct 2020 08:04:36 GMT



Phoenix Fire stressing safety at haunted houses during Halloween
Haunted houses are meant to be scary but they also need to be safe. The Phoenix Fire Department says there are only two approved haunted houses in the city – The 13th Floor and Fear Farm. Fire marshals inspect walkways, exits and props inside ensuring the spooky setting is up to fire code in the event of an emergency.
- PUB DATE: 10/8/2020 4:53:04 AM - SOURCE: KTAR 620 - Newsradio
Posted on Thu, 08 Oct 2020 11:53:04 GMT



Man accused of setting Scottsdale apartment complex on fire
Fierce flames were caught on camera as Scottsdale police officers risked their lives going door-to-door to try and get people out after a man allegedly set his apartment on fire. Police said one of the tenants started that fire, with witnesses claiming he yelled “you all should die” as he ran away. “Scary, the chaos was extreme,” Barbara Fournier, a neighbor, said as she watched the flames and police go door-to-door.
- PUB DATE: 10/7/2020 1:11:38 PM - SOURCE: KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix
Posted on Wed, 07 Oct 2020 20:11:38 GMT



Tucson: Watch how quickly a fire can take over your home or office
VIDEO: As we get used to the fact that our homes are becoming our places of business (and, in some cases, our schools and daycare) for the foreseeable future, what are the most important steps to take to make them fire-safe? October is National Fire Prevention Month. Consider getting your business retrofitted with a fire sprinkler system and taking advantage of the new tax incentives.
- PUB DATE: 10/6/2020 4:19:05 PM - SOURCE: KGUN-TV ABC 9 Tucson
Posted on Tue, 06 Oct 2020 23:19:05 GMT



Texas Roadhouse treats Douglas’ first responders
PHOTO: The Douglas Business Network in conjunction with the Texas Roadhouse out of Sierra Vista treated approximately 40 of Douglas’ first responders to lunch Oct. 1. The event took place in the lobby of Borderland Chevrolet, Buick, GMC. Ralph Robles of the DBN said many Douglas residents eat at the Texas Roadhouse when they are in Sierra Vista and so he reached out to the manager Saul Pichardo to see if there was a way they would come to Douglas and feed our first responders.
- PUB DATE: 10/7/2020 1:18:20 AM - SOURCE: Sierra Vista Herald - Metered Site
Posted on Wed, 07 Oct 2020 08:18:20 GMT



Tree worker killed in Phoenix, trapped by 700 pounds of palm fronds
VIDEO: A tree worker is dead after being crushed by palm fronds in Phoenix. According to Phoenix fire, the situation happened near 20th Street and Indian School Road on Tuesday Morning. A man in his 40s was working in the tree when he was crushed by approximately 700 pounds of palm fronds. When firefighters arrived on the scene they found the tree trimmer 20 feet up from the ground in the backyard of a home.
- PUB DATE: 10/6/2020 1:08:50 PM - SOURCE: KASW-CW6 & KTVK-3TV (azfamily.com)
Posted on Tue, 06 Oct 2020 20:08:50 GMT



Yuma firefighters return from nearly two-week deployment in California
After being deployed for nearly two weeks, the second group of Yuma firefighters sent to help fight wildfires in California has returned home. On Friday, the firefighters began demobilizing and arrived back in Yuma later the same night. Yuma firefighters, working as part of an Imperial Valley Task Force, first left for assignment to the “El Dorado Fire” in the area of Yucaipa, Calif.
- PUB DATE: 10/6/2020 1:06:34 PM - SOURCE: Yuma Sun.com (Yuma Daily Sun)
Posted on Tue, 06 Oct 2020 20:06:34 GMT



Tanker truck topples in Payson roundabout
PHOTO: Highway 87 was closed on the north end of town for 11 hours Friday after a propane tanker truck rolled in the Tyler Parkway roundabout. It was a tense few hours as crews worked to evacuate the area given concerns the truck could explode. Luckily, the truck, carrying 9,000 gallons of liquid propane, was not leaking, said Payson Fire Chief David Staub.
- PUB DATE: 10/6/2020 1:02:39 PM - SOURCE: Payson Roundup
Posted on Tue, 06 Oct 2020 20:02:39 GMT



Mesa firefighter battling rare cancer contracted on job raising awareness
PHOTO: For the past 13 years, Trevor Madrid has fought fires in the city of Mesa. Now he’s been taken off a firetruck to fight for his life. In March 2019, Madrid was 33 years old when diagnosed with an extremely rare cancer called synovial sarcoma. Since, he has worked to find the best possible course of action to fight such a rare cancer that only one to three people out of 1 million are said to contract.
- PUB DATE: 10/6/2020 4:49:41 AM - SOURCE: KTAR 620 - Newsradio
Posted on Tue, 06 Oct 2020 11:49:41 GMT



Arizona reports 864 new coronavirus cases, 6 more deaths
Arizona health authorities reported 864 new coronavirus cases and six additional deaths on Tuesday morning. That put the state’s documented totals at 221,934 COVID-19 infections and 5,713 fatalities, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services. It was the first daily case report over 800 since Sept.
- PUB DATE: 10/6/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTAR 620 - Newsradio
Posted on Tue, 06 Oct 2020 07:00:00 GMT



Prescott woman suffers life-threatening injuries after collision
PHOTOS: A 26-year-old Prescott woman had to be extricated from her vehicle and flown by helicopter to a Phoenix-area hospital after suffering life-threatening injuries in a two-car collision at Gurley Street and Gail Gardener Way on Saturday. On Monday, Prescott police and fire departments had no update on her condition.
- PUB DATE: 10/6/2020 1:02:01 AM - SOURCE: Daily Courier
Posted on Tue, 06 Oct 2020 08:02:01 GMT



No injuries reported in Green Valley RV fire
PHOTOS: An RV was destroyed by fire early off I-10 in Green Valley early on Tuesday morning, Oct. 6. According to the Green Valley Fire District, no injuries were reported. The owner of the RV had reported mechanical issues preceded the fire. No additional information was immediately available.
- PUB DATE: 10/6/2020 7:48:14 AM - SOURCE: KOLD-TV CBS 13 Tucson
Posted on Tue, 06 Oct 2020 14:48:14 GMT



New EMS station will benefit Sierra Vista and Fort Huachuca, fire officials say
A new EMS station planned for Buffalo Soldier Trail and Seventh Street will be doubly beneficial — it will provide faster response times for that area of the city, as well as a second ambulance to Fort Huachuca, officials said. Last week Sierra Vista officials learned the city was one of 16 governmental entities in the country to be awarded a grant from the U.
- PUB DATE: 10/3/2020 4:14:53 PM - SOURCE: Sierra Vista Herald
Posted on Sat, 03 Oct 2020 23:14:53 GMT



'Cook Like a Firefighter' competition raises awareness about kitchen fire safety
PHOTO: Firefighters across Arizona are pulling out all the stops for a big cook-off competition called “Cook Like a Firefighter.” It’s not just about culinary skills, it’s to raise awareness about kitchen fire safety. “We invited all of the fire departments across the state of Arizona,” said Mik Milem, Chief Operations Officer at the Arizona Burn Foundation, an organization working to help burn survivors and their families and raise awareness about fire safety.
- PUB DATE: 10/4/2020 4:39:06 PM - SOURCE: KPVX-TV NBC12 Phoenix
Posted on Sun, 04 Oct 2020 23:39:06 GMT



Arizona reports 355 new COVID-19 cases, 1 death and relatively stable hospital numbers
Arizona reported 355 new COVID-19 cases and one new known death on Sunday, as hospital metrics for the disease remain relatively stable. Identified cases rose to 220,754 and known deaths are at 5,706, according to the daily report from the Arizona Department of Health Services. The number of patients hospitalized statewide for known or suspected COVID-19 was at 545 on Saturday, lower than Friday's 605 and the previous three days.
- PUB DATE: 10/4/2020 11:50:46 AM - SOURCE: Arizona Republic, AZCentral.com & KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix
Posted on Sun, 04 Oct 2020 18:50:46 GMT



Fallen Arizona firefighters remembered during national tribute
VIDEO: Four Phoenix-area firefighters who died of job-related cancer last year will be among those remembered during a nationwide tribute this weekend. On Sunday morning, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation’s production of America’s Tribute to Fallen Firefighters will honor the lives of 82 firefighters who died in the line of duty in 2019 and 21 who died in previous years.
- PUB DATE: 10/2/2020 12:23:27 PM - SOURCE: KTAR 620 - Newsradio
Posted on Fri, 02 Oct 2020 19:23:27 GMT



Two children killed in crash northwest of Wickenburg, possible driver impairment
The driver of a pickup truck may have been impaired at the time of a crash outside of Phoenix that killed two children traveling in a van with their family, authorities said. Arizona Department of Public Safety officials said the driver was airlifted to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries after Saturday’s crash northwest of Wickenburg.
- PUB DATE: 10/4/2020 9:23:49 AM - SOURCE: Tucson Arizona Daily Star
Posted on Sun, 04 Oct 2020 16:23:49 GMT



Woman sent to hospital after Solomon bee attack
A woman was taken to the hospital Friday afternoon after being attacked by bees in Solomon. The Safford Fire Department received a call about a woman with a bee allergy being attacked by bees on South Second Avenue around 2:30 p.m.. When authorities arrived, the woman, who was in her mid-50s, was conscious and alert and paramedics took her to the hospital as a precaution, said Graham County Undersheriff Jeff McCormies.
- PUB DATE: 10/3/2020 1:03:15 AM - SOURCE: Eastern Arizona Courier
Posted on Sat, 03 Oct 2020 08:03:15 GMT



Tucson’s first woman assistant fire chief retires
VIDEO: One of Tucson's finest has retired. Laura Baker was the first woman to be named assistant chief in Tucson. She joined the department in 1994. "This is the best job in the world and I still feel that after 26 years. The message that I would send to my brothers and sisters on the fire department and in public safety is to take care of yourselves," Baker said.
- PUB DATE: 10/2/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KVOA-TV NBC 4 Tucson
Posted on Fri, 02 Oct 2020 07:00:00 GMT



Glendale Fire Department has new program to end growing suicide rates nationwide
VIDEO: The City of Glendale has a new peer support program they hope will help end suicide growing rates among firefighters. The program is one of the first of its kind in the state, addressing nationwide statistics that firefighters are more likely to die by suicide than on the job. One hundred twenty times a day, that’s the amount firefighters here in Glendale are called to duty.
- PUB DATE: 9/30/2020 4:38:50 PM - SOURCE: KASW-CW6 & KTVK-3TV (azfamily.com)
Posted on Wed, 30 Sep 2020 23:38:50 GMT



First responders remind residents to 'Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!'
Fire Protection Week officially begins on Sunday. The Sierra Vista Fire and Medical Services is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association to support this year’s fire prevention week campaign. According to the NFPA, cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries in the United States.
- PUB DATE: 10/1/2020 5:46:38 PM - SOURCE: KOLD-TV CBS 13 Tucson
Posted on Fri, 02 Oct 2020 00:46:38 GMT



Maricopa Fire crews douse truck blaze in driveway
Firefighters responded Thursday to a home where a pick-up truck caught fire in a driveway. The smoky fire in the bed of a vehicle parked at a residence on West Pariso Lane was reported by neighbors, according to MFD Fire Chief Chris Bolinger. Crew members with Maricopa Fire Engine 575 extinguished the flames quickly thanks to an alert neighbor, and prevented the flames from spreading to the house, Bolinger said.
- PUB DATE: 10/1/2020 4:33:57 PM - SOURCE: inMaricopa.com
Posted on Thu, 01 Oct 2020 23:33:57 GMT



Cottonwood apartment fire displaces residents
Just before 2 p.m. Tuesday, Cottonwood Fire and Medical Department responded to a report of a fire in an apartment complex located in the 100 block of South 7th Street. Upon arrival, firefighters found smoke coming from the doorway of a downstairs apartment located in a four-unit residence within the apartment complex, according to a news release from the City of Cottonwood.
- PUB DATE: 10/1/2020 11:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Verde Independent
Posted on Thu, 01 Oct 2020 18:00:00 GMT



Fire breaks out at Glendale home where a man was stabbed
VIDEO: A fire broke out a Glendale home where police were investigating a stabbing early Thursday morning. Glendale police say it all started when officers were called to the Palm Shadows Mobile Home Park near 51st and Orangewood avenues for a report of a stabbing just before 12:30 a.m. Officers found the man with stab wounds and the home on fire.
- PUB DATE: 10/1/2020 6:51:20 AM - SOURCE: KASW-CW6 & KTVK-3TV (azfamily.com)
Posted on Thu, 01 Oct 2020 13:51:20 GMT



Scottsdale fire inspectors use new tech to track construction-caused brush fires
VIDEO: As Arizona wraps up another very dry monsoon season, the Scottsdale Fire Department has developed a system to help prevent and track brush fires – software to keep track of potential fire threats. Fire inspector Joe Kamal drives all over town looking for construction sites to visit to see how their fire safety checks out.
- PUB DATE: 10/1/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KASW-CW6 & KTVK-3TV (azfamily.com)
Posted on Thu, 01 Oct 2020 07:00:00 GMT



Bond proposition for new fire station and updates in Green Valley
The Green Valley Fire District is placing a $13 million bond proposition on the November ballot for the first time in its history. Chief Chuck Wunder says a lot has changed since their headquarters station was built. “We are so much more well educated on the impact on our firefighters than we were a long time ago,” said Wunder.
- PUB DATE: 10/1/2020 6:21:51 AM - SOURCE: KGUN-TV ABC 9 Tucson
Posted on Thu, 01 Oct 2020 13:21:51 GMT



County leadership needed on fire protection, Florence chief says
Unincorporated areas, especially the ones south of town, are growing. But If there’s a big fire, there’s no telling who — if anyone — will show up to fight it. It’s a problem goes back 40 years, and is now becoming critical, Florence Fire Chief David Strayer said. “We’re pressured constantly to respond out there.
- PUB DATE: 10/1/2020 12:38:30 AM - SOURCE: Pinal Central
Posted on Thu, 01 Oct 2020 07:38:30 GMT



Patriot Tour stops in South Tucson
VIDEO: Flags flew as patriotic-themed fire engines and a line of motorcycles made an unofficial stop at the South Tucson Police Station. The Patriot Tour was hosted by Tucson Back the Blue Line. “We’re all in this together," said former firefighter Andy Trujillo. "It’s representative of not only the fire service but police, military and so on and that’s something I feel really strongly about.
- PUB DATE: 9/29/2020 6:09:46 PM - SOURCE: KOLD-TV CBS 13 Tucson
Posted on Wed, 30 Sep 2020 01:09:46 GMT



Sears Fire near Cave Creek holds at nearly 15,000 acres, now 30% contained
VIDEO: Firefighters held the Sears Fire under 15,000 acres on Tuesday and increased containment to 30%, officials said. The fire, which sparked near Forest Service Road and Sears Kay Ranch on Friday, grew by 225 acres Tuesday to a total of 14,476 acres after growing by far more on previous days. Fire crews were monitoring infrastructure on Humboldt Lookout and structures in the Camp Creek recreation residences, according to a Tonto National Forest news release.
- PUB DATE: 9/29/2020 9:18:21 PM - SOURCE: Arizona Republic, AZCentral.com & KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix
Posted on Wed, 30 Sep 2020 04:18:21 GMT



Different firm sought to design plans for Bullhead City Fire station
The Bullhead City Fire Department board has changed course and will seek a working relationship with the second bidder, not the lowest bidder, to create architectural drawings for a new Fire Station No. 2. The lowest bidder, Artistic Drafting, didn’t have the required credentials for this type of job so the BCFD recommended the board opt to begin discussions with the next-lowest bidder, Seabury Fritz Architects Inc.
- PUB DATE: 9/30/2020 12:54:42 AM - SOURCE: Mohave Valley Daily News
Posted on Wed, 30 Sep 2020 07:54:42 GMT



Gila County swelters in the grip of ‘extreme drought’
PHOTO: Arizona’s not on fire like California, Washington and Oregon. But that doesn’t mean we’re not having our own little disaster. On the heels of “exceptional” drought and the hottest, driest Arizona summer on record, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has declared farmers and ranchers in 13 Arizona counties each eligible for up to $500,000 in emergency disaster loans due to the drought.
- PUB DATE: 9/29/2020 1:04:42 PM - SOURCE: Payson Roundup
Posted on Tue, 29 Sep 2020 20:04:42 GMT



Timber Mesa captain retires
Captain Eric Anderson of the Timber Mesa Fire and Medical District has retired from the agency. His last shift at Timber Mesa was on September 23rd, 2020 at station 19 in White Mountain Lake. Anderson started his career in public safety as a Navajo County Sheriff’s deputy. After that he began his career in the fire service by joining the Linden Fire District where he ultimately became the Fire Chief prior to merging to become Timber Mesa.
- PUB DATE: 9/29/2020 6:00:23 AM - SOURCE: White Mountain Independent
Posted on Tue, 29 Sep 2020 13:00:23 GMT



Fire north of Phoenix grows to more than 14,000 acres, 15% contained
Firefighters are working to get a grip on a wildfire north of Phoenix that has destroyed several structures including at least four homes, 10 outbuildings and two vehicles. The blaze, which was first reported Friday afternoon in the Tonto National Forest, has grown to more than 22 square miles Monday with 15% containment as crews do burnout operations.
- PUB DATE: 9/29/2020 7:43:42 AM - SOURCE: KNAU-FM NPR
Posted on Tue, 29 Sep 2020 14:43:42 GMT



Dry, hot summer keeps Scottsdale firefighters busy battling brush fires
The dry, hot summer has kept the Scottsdale Fire Department busier than normal this fire season. Firefighters have already responded to at least 80 brush fires in or near Scottsdale this year, which higher than past years. During this time last year, Scottsdale firefighters responded to 73 brush fires and to 30 brush fires three years ago.
- PUB DATE: 9/29/2020 4:56:47 AM - SOURCE: KTAR 620 - Newsradio
Posted on Tue, 29 Sep 2020 11:56:47 GMT



9-1-1 outages restored throughout portions of northern and southern Arizona
VIDEO: Officials say 9-1-1 has been restored throughout parts of northern and southern Arizona as of Monday evening. In southern Arizona, the Pima and Cochise County Sheriff's Departments, Tucson police, Oro Valley police, Northwest Fire District, and the City of Tucson were all reporting outages. In northern Arizona, agencies across Yavapai County and Flagstaff reported outages.
- PUB DATE: 9/28/2020 6:03:26 PM - SOURCE: KNXV-TV ABC 15 Phoenix
Posted on Tue, 29 Sep 2020 01:03:26 GMT



Sears Fire burning north of Cave Creek grows to 9,200 acres with zero containment
A wildfire burning just northeast of Cave Creek in the Tonto National Forest has rapidly grown to more than 9,000 acres with zero percent containment as of Sunday. The Sears Fire had burned 9,200 acres since it first sparked on Friday afternoon. Firefighters are continuing to patrol and monitor the blaze.
- PUB DATE: 9/28/2020 6:19:27 AM - SOURCE: KPNX-TV NBC12 Phoenix
Posted on Mon, 28 Sep 2020 13:19:27 GMT



Phoenix Fire and restaurant workers save man who suffered heart attack in Taco Bell drive thru
A Valley man is alive thanks to the life-saving efforts of a Phoenix fire captain and restaurant workers who were in the right place and at the right time. Michael Harris suffered a heart attack while in a Taco Bell drive-thru last week in North Phoenix. The United Phoenix Firefighters Association says it happened across the street from Phoenix Fire Station 56.
- PUB DATE: 9/26/2020 11:25:35 PM - SOURCE: KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix
Posted on Sun, 27 Sep 2020 06:25:35 GMT



Mental health resources improving for Phoenix first responders, but stigma still a barrier
VIDEO: First responders deal with dangerous and traumatic situations on a regular basis. But calls involving a child death can stick with them for a very long time. Some experts say it’s getting easier for police officers and firefighters to get mental health support, but more can be done. This week, first responders went to a call in south Phoenix where a baby was found dead near a dumpster.
- PUB DATE: 9/26/2020 12:22:22 AM - SOURCE: KASW-CW6 & KTVK-3TV (azfamily.com)
Posted on Sat, 26 Sep 2020 07:22:22 GMT



Follow-up: Gasoline explosion leads to home fires in Hillcrest Bay
PHOTO: An accidental gasoline explosion in a garage is being cited as the cause of a fire the evening of Wednesday, Sept. 23 in Hillcrest Bay. Two homes were completely destroyed, and one person was transported from the scene with burns on his hands and legs. Hillcrest Bay is located off State Route 95 just south of the Bill Williams River Bridge.
- PUB DATE: 9/26/2020 1:03:06 AM - SOURCE: Parker Pioneer
Posted on Sat, 26 Sep 2020 08:03:06 GMT



Rincon Valley Fire crews respond to trench rescue near Vail
Rincon Valley Fire District crews responded to a trench rescue near Vail Friday evening. Fire officials say four units responded to the area of South Highway 83 near East Mesquite Mesa Trail just before 7 p.m. for an adult man in his 60s who reportedly fell into the trench while walking in the area.
- PUB DATE: 9/25/2020 10:29:10 PM - SOURCE: KGUN-TV ABC 9 Tucson
Posted on Sat, 26 Sep 2020 05:29:10 GMT



Seven Tubac firefighters going to great lengths to save people
VIDEO: As companies race to find a vaccine for COVID-19, seven Tubac firefighters are volunteering their time and bodies to test one out. Reyver Fontes, another one of the firefighters in this trial, is still just a probationary firefighter for the Tubac Fire District. He said he wanted to step up because he worries about bringing the virus back to his fellow firefighters and to his family.
- PUB DATE: 9/25/2020 7:43:48 AM - SOURCE: Tucson News Now
Posted on Fri, 25 Sep 2020 14:43:48 GMT



Donation provides FIDO bags for Bullhead City first responders
PHOTO: On July 19, a dog that was in a fire in Bullhead City was saved when Bullhead City Fire Department Emergency Medical Technician Kim Miles employed a “FIDO” bag to save its life. On Thursday, Deputy John Wilson, of the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office, was able to provide “FIDO” bags to other local first responders in a ceremony at the Anderson Auto Group Fieldhouse in Bullhead City.
- PUB DATE: 9/25/2020 12:40:02 AM - SOURCE: Mohave Valley Daily News
Posted on Fri, 25 Sep 2020 07:40:02 GMT



Firefighters rescue dog trapped in apartment fire in Glendale
VIDEO: Firefighters came to the rescue of a dog who got trapped in a burning apartment in Glendale Thursday afternoon. The first-alarm fire broke out at a complex near 67th Avenue and Ocotillo Road. Glendale, Phoenix and Peoria fire crews responded. When the first crews arrived, they saw heavy smoke and fire coming from the second floor.
- PUB DATE: 9/24/2020 6:22:43 PM - SOURCE: KASW-CW6 & KTVK-3TV (azfamily.com)
Posted on Fri, 25 Sep 2020 01:22:43 GMT



State reports 568 new COVID-19 cases, 34 new deaths and stable hospital numbers
Arizona on Thursday reported 568 new COVID-19 cases, 34 new known deaths and a stable number of hospitalizations that remains well below the peak of the state's surge in July. Identified cases rose to 215,852 and known deaths are at 5,559, according to the daily report from the Arizona Department of Health Services.
- PUB DATE: 9/24/2020 12:22:10 PM - SOURCE: Arizona Republic, AZCentral.com & KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix
Posted on Thu, 24 Sep 2020 19:22:10 GMT



Firefighter-Owned Sentinel Peak Brewing is now Firetruck Brewing Company in Tucson
After a year of planning and development, the firefighter-owned Sentinel Peak Brewing Company recently rebranded as Firetruck Brewing Company to help build brand-identity as a company dedicated to first responders, according to co-owner Taylor Carter. “For years, people would walk into our midtown location and see our fire truck mural on the wall,” Carter said.
- PUB DATE: 9/25/2020 5:33:27 AM - SOURCE: Inside Tucson Business
Posted on Fri, 25 Sep 2020 12:33:27 GMT



Fire damages homes in Hillcrest Bay
PHOTO: Fire damaged four homes the evening of Wednesday, Sept. 23 in Hillcrest Bay, which is located off State Route 95 north of Parker near the Bill Williams River Bridge. Buckskin Fire Chief Troy Maloney said preliminary reports indicated the fire started in the garage of one structure and quickly spread to the others.
- PUB DATE: 9/24/2020 1:25:28 AM - SOURCE: Parker Pioneer
Posted on Thu, 24 Sep 2020 08:25:28 GMT



Peoria Fire-Medical Peer Support Team Battles PTSD
PHOTO: They save your homes. When a call comes in about a raging fire, they jump in the engine, sirens race to the scene and battle to keep a home from burning down. But those are the rare calls. For the most part, firefighters are the last line of defense, fighting to keep people from crossing over from life to death.
- PUB DATE: 9/24/2020 1:21:43 AM - SOURCE: Peoria Times
Posted on Thu, 24 Sep 2020 08:21:43 GMT



Ron Sauntman to replace Mike Kuykendall as Cottonwood Fire Chief
Mike Kuykendall became Cottonwood’s Fire Chief in 2012, after having first joined the Cottonwood Fire Department in 1987 as a volunteer and joining full-time in 1989. In 2015, when he became eligible for Arizona’s retirement system, Kuykendall entered the Delayed Retirement Option Program, giving him up to five more years to stay on as chief before retiring.
- PUB DATE: 9/24/2020 1:02:39 AM - SOURCE: Camp Verde Journal/Cottonwood Journal Extra
Posted on Thu, 24 Sep 2020 08:02:39 GMT



Arizona reports 438 new COVID-19 cases, 27 deaths and a slight rise in hospitalizations
Arizona reported 438 new COVID-19 cases and 27 new known deaths Wednesday, and the number of patients hospitalized with suspected and confirmed new coronavirus infections increased for the second day in a row. Identified cases rose to 215,284 and known deaths are at 5,525, according to the daily report from the Arizona Department of Health Services.
- PUB DATE: 9/23/2020 12:56:27 PM - SOURCE: Arizona Republic, AZCentral.com & KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix
Posted on Wed, 23 Sep 2020 19:56:27 GMT



Bullhead City Fire Department starts process for new Station No. 2
The Bullhead City Fire Department will move forward with construction of a new structure to house Fire Station 2, which is in the 1200 block of Highway 95 across from Bullhead Community Park. On Tuesday, the Bullhead City Fire District governing board voted to certify the finding of the facilities committee, which looked over bids submitted by companies seeking to create the architectural drawings needed for the project.
- PUB DATE: 9/22/2020 11:51:47 PM - SOURCE: Mohave Valley Daily News
Posted on Wed, 23 Sep 2020 06:51:47 GMT



Phoenix sees uptick in mountain rescues during unseasonably warm September
PHOTO: The Phoenix Fire Department has seen an uptick in mountain rescues during mid-September. Firefighters have already responded to five hikers needing help this week, because September does not always mean cool temperatures in the Valley. When coronavirus forced gyms to close, Phoenix firefighters had a lot of mountain rescues.
- PUB DATE: 9/22/2020 6:18:08 PM - SOURCE: KJZZ-FM 91.5
Posted on Wed, 23 Sep 2020 01:18:08 GMT



Firefighters douse small fire in Mountainaire
PHOTO: Highlands Fire District contained a small fire that was reported by residents early Tuesday in Mountainaire. Firefighters set up a fire line and soaked the fire with water and foam. The fire was reported on U.S. Forest Service land before 6 a.m, and didn't grow larger than a tenth of an acre, according to a press release.
- PUB DATE: 9/22/2020 3:06:13 PM - SOURCE: Arizona Daily Sun
Posted on Tue, 22 Sep 2020 22:06:13 GMT



One man dead, another seriously hurt in Tucson wall collapse
One man was killed and another seriously injured after a wall collapsed Tuesday inside an office building on Tucson’s southwest side, authorities said. Tucson Fire Department officials said crews were called out about 10 a.m. and one victim was declared dead at the scene and the other was taken to a hospital with serious injuries.
- PUB DATE: 9/22/2020 2:09:28 PM - SOURCE: Tucson Arizona Daily Star
Posted on Tue, 22 Sep 2020 21:09:28 GMT



Arizona reports 595 new COVID-19 cases and a record low number of patients on ventilators
Arizona reported 595 new COVID-19 cases and 20 new known deaths Tuesday, and the number of patients with the new coronavirus on ventilators dropped to a record low. Identified cases rose to 214,846 and known deaths are at 5,498, according to the daily report from the Arizona Department of Health Services.
- PUB DATE: 9/22/2020 12:49:07 PM - SOURCE: Arizona Republic, AZCentral.com & KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix
Posted on Tue, 22 Sep 2020 19:49:07 GMT



Wildfires throw harsh light on forest management in Rim County and the White Mountains
Fires that have charred 5 million acres on the west coast and killed at least 27 people have highlighted the long, frustrating, stalled effort to avoid catastrophe in Rim County and the White Mountains. “The death of our citizens is simply not an option,” said Rep. Tom O’Halleran, whose congressional district includes much of North Eastern Arizona — including Flagstaff, Rim Country and the White Mountains.
- PUB DATE: 9/22/2020 5:18:39 AM - SOURCE: White Mountain Independent - Metered Site
Posted on Tue, 22 Sep 2020 12:18:39 GMT



Mesa firefighter unbeaten, unbowed in cancer fight
It’s late on Day 548 since Trevor Madrid learned about the rare cancer attacking his gut and the 35-year-old is laughing long and loud. It should not surprise that a Mesa fire fighter who runs into burning buildings for a living laughs in the face of the Big C. His laughter keeps coming, as do his expressions of conviction.
- PUB DATE: 9/22/2020 2:52:35 AM - SOURCE: East Valley Tribune
Posted on Tue, 22 Sep 2020 09:52:35 GMT



‘I think I’m done’: Glendale firefighters battle PTSD
PHOTO: They save your homes. When a call comes in about a raging fire, they jump in the engine, race to the scene, blast water hoses into the flames and battle to keep a home from burning down. “That’s what we train for—that’s the exciting part of our job,” said Ashley Losch, of the Glendale Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 9/22/2020 1:14:55 AM - SOURCE: Glendale Star
Posted on Tue, 22 Sep 2020 08:14:55 GMT



Arizona reports 233 new COVID-19 cases, hospitalization trend continues decline
Arizona reported 233 new COVID-19 cases and two new known deaths Monday, and the number of patients hospitalized with the novel virus remained continued an overall decline. Identified cases rose to 214,251 and known deaths totaled 5,478, according to the daily report by the Arizona Department of Health Services.
- PUB DATE: 9/21/2020 11:45:46 AM - SOURCE: Arizona Republic, AZCentral.com & KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix
Posted on Mon, 21 Sep 2020 18:45:46 GMT



 

 
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