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Fire departments focus on managing mental health after high-stress calls
VIDEO: There's a new push to provide more mental health services for firefighters in the Valley. ABC15 spoke with firefighters from the Phoenix Fire Department. They say for a long time there was a stigma surrounding mental health among the men and women in the department. Captain Jake Van Hook says some compartmentalize their feelings after traumatic calls, even turning to alcohol or drugs to cope.
- PUB DATE: 3/23/2018 6:09:35 AM - SOURCE: KNXV-TV Channel 15 ABC
Posted on Fri, 23 Mar 2018 13:09:35 GMT

Cunningham named interim fire chief in Golden Valley
Dave Cunningham has been hired as interim fire chief of the Golden Valley Fire District and will begin his new job April 1, GVFD spokesman Butch Meriwether said. Cunningham, a captain and 23-year veteran of the fire district, takes over for Jack Yeager, who resigned as interim chief to take a job as building and life safety inspector for Kingman Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 3/23/2018 7:26:55 AM - SOURCE: Kingman Daily Miner
Posted on Fri, 23 Mar 2018 14:26:55 GMT

Nearly 80 firefighters respond to 2nd-alarm fire at Phoenix RV dealership
VIDEO: Nearly 80 firefighters were busy fighting a second-alarm fire overnight at a Phoenix RV dealership. According to Cpt. Jake Van Hook with the Phoenix Fire Department, somewhere between 60 to 80 firefighters responded to the blaze at La Mesa RV near 75th Avenue and McDowell Road. "Just after about 12:30 a.
- PUB DATE: 3/23/2018 3:48:51 AM - SOURCE: KASW-CW6 & KTVK-3TV (azfamily.com)
Posted on Fri, 23 Mar 2018 10:48:51 GMT

Firefighters save 2 from drowning in Lake Pleasant
One of the best-kept secrets in Peoria is Lake Pleasant, a manmade lake that attracts boaters and swimmers from around the world, but visitors’ safety is of the utmost priority. The Rescue Swimmer Boat Operator Program (RSB) has been operating at the lake after the City Council decided to increase safety measures at the lake.
- PUB DATE: 3/23/2018 1:47:35 AM - SOURCE: Peoria Times
Posted on Fri, 23 Mar 2018 08:47:35 GMT

Fire crews battle blaze at Phoenix apartment complex
Phoenix firefighters responded to a fire of a single-story apartment complex in Phoenix Thursday. The fire was described as being aggressive and fast-moving. It destroyed two units in the small, u-shaped apartment complex near Seventh Street and Roeser Road. Fire crews arrived on the scene and found heavy smoke and flames coming from the gable end of one of the three separate buildings that make up the complex.
- PUB DATE: 3/23/2018 4:20:54 AM - SOURCE: KASW-CW6 & KTVK-3TV (azfamily.com)
Posted on Fri, 23 Mar 2018 11:20:54 GMT

Golder Ranch Fire Mechanic paralyzed from accident recovering
Brandon Land crashed his motorcycle on the way to work March 5th after trying to avoid hitting a deer. He's a husband, a father of four boys and a brother to the Golder Ranch Fire Department. "He has a broken scapula on the right shoulder, three broken ribs on one side to the other and he's progressing really well," Kevin Land, father of Brandon Land said.
- PUB DATE: 3/21/2018 6:22:21 PM - SOURCE: KVOA-TV NBC 4 Tucson
Posted on Thu, 22 Mar 2018 01:22:21 GMT

Money runs out for Mesa emergency care program
Billed as a new and innovative way to streamline delivery of medical services, the Mesa Fire Department’s community care program was a medical and behavioral health success, getting patients the help they needed in a cheaper, more efficient manner. Although it helped about 13,000 patients in three years, Mesa Fire Chief Mary Cameli reluctantly suspended the program March 1 because she could not deliver on her pledge to make it self-sustaining once the money from a $12.
- PUB DATE: 3/22/2018 6:48:41 AM - SOURCE: East Valley Tribune
Posted on Thu, 22 Mar 2018 13:48:41 GMT

3-year-old ejected, 2 more children critically hurt in Phoenix rollover crash
Fire crews have responded to a serious crash involving two SUVs near 7th Avenue and Bell Road Wednesday afternoon. Crews said a large SUV rolled over multiple times during a crash with a smaller SUV. A 3-year-old boy was ejected from the car, firefighters said. He is in extremely critical but stable condition.
- PUB DATE: 3/21/2018 6:53:36 PM - SOURCE: 12news
Posted on Thu, 22 Mar 2018 01:53:36 GMT

Former Phoenix fire captain gets prison sentence for attempted sex assault
The former Phoenix fire captain who pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and attempted sexual assault was sentenced to 7.5 years in prison Wednesday. Jeffrey Charles Wilson was arrested in September 2016 after police released a composite sketch. Several people recognized him and called the police with tips.
- PUB DATE: 3/21/2018 3:26:05 PM - SOURCE: KASW-CW6 & KTVK-3TV (azfamily.com)
Posted on Wed, 21 Mar 2018 22:26:05 GMT

Arizona Wildfire Academy director: ‘Firefighter safety is paramount to anything else we do’
With a stern tone, veteran firefighter P.J. Lingley described fire-shelter etiquette. “We don’t joke about [fire shelters],” Lingley said. He was speaking as a volunteer instructor to about 100 students taking Firefighter Training, the most basic course offered by the Arizona Wildfire and Incident Management Academy (AWIMA).
- PUB DATE: 3/21/2018 1:04:53 PM - SOURCE: Daily Courier
Posted on Wed, 21 Mar 2018 20:04:53 GMT

Queen Creek Fire & Medical Chief Ron Knight Announces Retirement
The Queen Creek Fire & Medical Department (QCFMD) is celebrating 10 years of service, and Fire Chief Ron Knight has been with the department every step of the way. With Knight, Ronmore than 40 years in the fire service, Chief Ron Knight has announced his retirement effective June 30, 2018. Deputy Fire Chief Vance Gray has been named QCFMD’s new fire chief, effective July 1, 2018.
- PUB DATE: 3/21/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Queen Creek
Posted on Wed, 21 Mar 2018 07:00:00 GMT

Body found after apartment fire in west Phoenix
Firefighters made a disturbing discovery after a fire at an apartment complex in west Phoenix on Tuesday. They said they found a body near 55th Avenue and Indian School Road. The fire was called in around 4:30 p.m. The apartment was on the second floor and fire crews were able to prevent the flames from spreading to other apartments.
- PUB DATE: 3/20/2018 5:22:18 PM - SOURCE: KASW-CW6 & KTVK-3TV (azfamily.com)
Posted on Wed, 21 Mar 2018 00:22:18 GMT

Glendale mini-mart destroyed by 1st-alarm fire, officials say
VIDEO: A Glendale convenience store was completely destroyed by a first-alarm fire early Wednesday morning, according to the Glendale Fire Department. Glendale, Peoria and Phoenix firefighters were dispatched to the first-alarm fire around midnight near 59th and Montebello avenues. "Crews arrived on scene to find a mini mart fully involved, they made a very quick attack with ladder pipes, which is very hard to do on a defensive fire," said Ashley Losch with the Glendale Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 3/21/2018 6:18:04 AM - SOURCE: KASW-CW6 & KTVK-3TV (azfamily.com)
Posted on Wed, 21 Mar 2018 13:18:04 GMT

Bullhead City woman pleads guilty to attempted arson
A Bullhead City woman pleaded guilty on Monday to attempted arson of a friend’s home. Brenda Lee Prudham, 55, pleaded guilty to attempted arson of an occupied structure. She had been charged with arson of an occupied structure, aggravated assault, criminal damage and tampering with physical evidence.
- PUB DATE: 3/20/2018 11:11:18 PM - SOURCE: Mohave Valley Daily News
Posted on Wed, 21 Mar 2018 06:11:18 GMT

Man taken to hospital with burns after Glendale apartment fire
VIDEO: A man was taken to a hospital with burns suffered in a Glendale apartment fire Tuesday evening, officials said. Glendale firefighters responded to an apartment fire near Maryland and 67th avenues in Glendale, just before 8 p.m, officials said. A man in his 30s was found unconscious inside the apartment and pulled to safety, officials said.
- PUB DATE: 3/20/2018 10:43:52 PM - SOURCE: Arizona Republic, AZCentral.com & KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix
Posted on Wed, 21 Mar 2018 05:43:52 GMT

Arizona firefighters sent to Texas to help battle multiple wildfires
Several first responders in Arizona will be heading to Texas to help battle a series of wildfires, it was announced Tuesday. The Superstition Fire and Medical District in Superstition, the Christopher-Kohls Fire Department in Payson and the Elephant Head Fire Rescue in Amado will send resources to Texas to help with wildfires, the Arizona State Forestry announced.
- PUB DATE: 3/20/2018 7:10:02 PM - SOURCE: KTAR 620 - Newsradio
Posted on Wed, 21 Mar 2018 02:10:02 GMT

Brush fire reported near East 8th Street in Wellton
The fire began around 6 p.m. when Wellton Fire Department was called to assist Tacna Fire Department after reports of a brush fire. After arriving at the scene located at Avenue 35E and County 8th Street, authorities discovered that the riverbed was on fire between the agriculture field and the desert.
- PUB DATE: 3/19/2018 10:15:36 PM - SOURCE: KYMA-TV NBC 11 Yuma
Posted on Tue, 20 Mar 2018 05:15:36 GMT

Rural Metro firefighters train for Wildland fires
VIDEO: But first, they have to quality for the front line assignment. The firefighters are taking a nationally recognized test where they walk three miles with a 45 pound vest in under 45 minutes. Taking the test for the first time as a Rural Metro firefighter is Corey Pangrac. He said it is a mind workout as well as well as having to push yourself.
- PUB DATE: 3/19/2018 7:42:01 PM - SOURCE: KVOA-TV NBC 4 Tucson
Posted on Tue, 20 Mar 2018 02:42:01 GMT

Update: Third firefighter burned in Laguna Fire burning near Yuma, officials report
Authorities say a third firefighter was injured while fighting a brush fire near Yuma over the weekend. On Friday, two State Forestry firefighters suffered burns after falling into an ash pit while battling the Laguna Fire which is burning just 14-miles northeast of Yuma. One of the firefighters suffered 2nd- and 3rd-degree burns and remains hospitalized, officials said.
- PUB DATE: 3/19/2018 3:37:11 PM - SOURCE: KNXV-TV Channel 15 ABC
Posted on Mon, 19 Mar 2018 22:37:11 GMT

Tucson family temporarily displaced by house fire near Country Club, 36th
A Tucson family of eight is looking for a place to stay Monday night, after the room where their boiler was caught fire. The Tucson Fire Department received a call about a house fire around 6:35 p.m. Monday, in the 3000 block of East Proctor Vista, near Country Club and 36th. Crews arrived at the scene and saw smoke from the roof and a small amount of flames, it took them only five minutes to control the fire.
- PUB DATE: 3/19/2018 8:39:45 PM - SOURCE: Tucson News Now
Posted on Tue, 20 Mar 2018 03:39:45 GMT

Tucson firefighters seek $3.7M funding boost for pay hikes, new hires
The Tucson City Council is mulling a request from the Tucson Fire Fighters Association for $3.7 million in additional funding that would be used primarily to hire new firefighters and offer better pay for its more experienced members. Firefighters are leaving the Tucson Fire Department for communities where they are being offered better pay, fewer calls and guaranteed raises in the future, says the union representing Tucson firefighters.
- PUB DATE: 3/18/2018 6:17:09 PM - SOURCE: Tucson Arizona Daily Star
Posted on Mon, 19 Mar 2018 01:17:09 GMT

Family friend describes aftermath of Phoenix girl badly burned in fire pit explosion
VIDEO: A north Phoenix 8-year-old girl is in a medically induced coma after suffering severe burns to her body in an explosion. The explosion happened around 6 p.m. Saturday night. Neighbors were gathering for a barbecue when some kind of flammable liquid placed near a fire pit exploded. Isabella was burned on more than 50 percent of her body.
- PUB DATE: 3/18/2018 11:39:53 PM - SOURCE: KASW-CW6 & KTVK-3TV (azfamily.com)
Posted on Mon, 19 Mar 2018 06:39:53 GMT

Two firefighters suffer burns battling small wildfire near Yuma
Two firefighters suffered burns while battling a small wildfire being called the Laguna Fire near Yuma on Friday. The Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management says one firefighter suffered second and third degree burns, while the other suffered first degree (less severe) burns. The fire started around 2 p.
- PUB DATE: 3/16/2018 9:49:23 PM - SOURCE: KNXV-TV Channel 15 ABC
Posted on Sat, 17 Mar 2018 04:49:23 GMT

Glendale crews battle vacant building, vehicle fires
VIDEO: Firefighters with the Glendale Fire Department were able to contain two fires that occurred in the same area Monday morning. The incidents, which were a vehicle fire and a first-alarm building fire took place near the area of 60th and Glendale avenues. Glendale fire crews were able to contain the vehicle fire.
- PUB DATE: 3/19/2018 7:10:46 AM - SOURCE: KASW-CW6 & KTVK-3TV (azfamily.com)
Posted on Mon, 19 Mar 2018 14:10:46 GMT

3 residents displaced following east side Tucson apartment fire
Tucson firefighters responded to an apartment fire, which displaced three tenants on Tucson's east side Sunday afternoon. A fire crew was dispatched at 12:54 p.m. to the apartment in the area of 5th Street and Wilmot Road. A resident initially reported smoke was coming out of vents inside their ground floor apartment.
- PUB DATE: 3/18/2018 6:17:07 PM - SOURCE: Tucson Arizona Daily Star
Posted on Mon, 19 Mar 2018 01:17:07 GMT

Phoenix fire rescues 3 hikers from Camelback Mountain
The Phoenix Fire Department rescued three hikers from Camelback Mountain Friday morning. According to Phoenix fire, one of the hikers rescued was a woman who had an ankle injury. Phoenix fire's rescue crews used the big wheel operation to get her off of the mountain. The second patient rescued was a 65-year-old man.
- PUB DATE: 3/16/2018 11:49:39 AM - SOURCE: KASW-CW6 & KTVK-3TV (azfamily.com)
Posted on Fri, 16 Mar 2018 18:49:39 GMT

3-year-old boy drowns in backyard pool in north Phoenix
VIDEO: A 3-year-old boy has died after drowning in a pool in the backyard of a north Phoenix home, officials said. Phoenix firefighters took the boy to Phoenix Children’s Hospital after responding to a report of a drowning just before noon, according to Phoenix Fire Department spokesman Jake Van Hook.
- PUB DATE: 3/15/2018 7:41:15 PM - SOURCE: Arizona Republic, AZCentral.com & KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix
Posted on Fri, 16 Mar 2018 02:41:15 GMT

Phoenix Fire Department: Historic & vacant home destroyed fire; family calls it arson
VIDEO: Former owners of a historic vacant home that went up in flames near 13th and Monroe streets early Thursday morning said it was the target of an arsonist. According to the Phoenix Fire Department, when crews arrived, they declared it a defensive fire due to a large amount of fire in the house. Crews set up large streamlines to extinguish the fire while also extending hand lines to protect the surrounding homes.
- PUB DATE: 3/15/2018 6:56:15 PM - SOURCE: KASW-CW6 & KTVK-3TV (azfamily.com)
Posted on Fri, 16 Mar 2018 01:56:15 GMT

Follow Up: Over 800 students participate in wildfire training in Prescott
Over 800 students are participating in the 16th annual Arizona Wildfire and Incident Management Academy in Prescott. The academy kicked off on March 10 at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott. 888 students from 23 states and Canada are registered to take over 50 wildfire-related classes. The students will take part in classes for chain saws, public information, logistics and fire behavior analysis.
- PUB DATE: 3/15/2018 6:27:25 PM - SOURCE: KNXV-TV Channel 15 ABC
Posted on Fri, 16 Mar 2018 01:27:25 GMT

Sun City expands ambulance agreements
Sun City Fire and Medical Department officials are expanding their West Valley mutual aid for ambulance calls. As part of the agreement between Sun City Fire District and American Medical Response, the company that bought Rural Metro, AMR units were repositioned to provide limited service between midnight and 6 a.
- PUB DATE: 3/14/2018 12:44:21 PM - SOURCE: Sun Cities Independent
Posted on Wed, 14 Mar 2018 19:44:21 GMT

First responder training in Mesa helps girls break barriers
VIDEO: With the wail of fire engine sirens, the squeal of police car tires and the screams of high school girls, they had all the makings of a major emergency in Mesa on Wednesday. Until you realized they were not screams of terror but pure excitement. “That was amazing, that first curve caught me off guard.
- PUB DATE: 3/14/2018 4:58:01 PM - SOURCE: KASW-CW6 & KTVK-3TV (azfamily.com)
Posted on Wed, 14 Mar 2018 23:58:01 GMT

2 people found safe after kayaks overturn at Lake Pleasant
Two people were found safe in Lake Pleasant after their kayaks overturned and they were reported missing Wednesday afternoon, officials said. Peoria Fire-Medical Department officers responded to a call saying that a man and a woman, both 19, had overturned in their kayaks in choppy waves with winds at 15 to 20 mile per hour, the department said.
- PUB DATE: 3/14/2018 9:53:39 PM - SOURCE: Arizona Republic, AZCentral.com & KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix
Posted on Thu, 15 Mar 2018 04:53:39 GMT

Multitasker causes fire in Tucson student housing complex
A college student who decided to take a quick shower while cooking dinner is being blamed for a Wednesday evening kitchen fire at a student housing complex in downtown Tucson. A damage estimate is still being determined in the blaze that occurred on the top floor of The Cadence on East Congress Street and was doused by an automatic sprinkler system.
- PUB DATE: 3/14/2018 11:32:52 AM - SOURCE: Tucson Arizona Daily Star - Metered Site
Posted on Wed, 14 Mar 2018 18:32:52 GMT

Familiar face will take over White Mountain Lake fire operations
Navajo County plans to appoint a Phoenix-based consultant to serve as an administrator for what’s left of the White Mountain Lake Fire District Governing Board and its fire department. John Flynn, a managing principal member of PolicyLogic, LLC, a government affairs and consulting firm based in Phoenix, is expected to be appointed Tuesday by the Navajo County Board of Supervisors on the recommendation of County Attorney Brad Carlyon’s office.
- PUB DATE: 3/13/2018 1:54:53 PM - SOURCE: White Mountain Independent
Posted on Tue, 13 Mar 2018 20:54:53 GMT

Firefighters rescue woman trapped in car in Phoenix canal
Phoenix firefighters rescued a woman who was trapped in a small car in a canal. Firefighters used a ladder and safety ropes as they removed the woman from the car, and she then was able to climb up to the top of the ladder Wednesday morning.The Fire Department says the woman wasn't injured and that she accidentally drove into the canal while trying to turn around after making a wrong turn.
- PUB DATE: 3/14/2018 8:11:27 AM - SOURCE: Fox 10 Phoenix
Posted on Wed, 14 Mar 2018 15:11:27 GMT

Fitness keeps Sierra Vista firefighters, EMTs ready for the job
When the alarm goes off, the men and women of Sierra Vista Fire and Medical Services have to be ready for anything. Because when you’re fighting a blaze, rescuing a civilian or tearing down pieces of charred building with nothing but a couple tools and your hands, it’s a true matter of life and death.
- PUB DATE: 3/14/2018 6:41:30 AM - SOURCE: Sierra Vista Herald
Posted on Wed, 14 Mar 2018 13:41:30 GMT

Drexel Heights firefighters teach fire-safety lessons
VIDEO: For Drexel Heights Fire District, March Madness doesn't mean basketball, it means fire safety at schools. This is the 15th anniversary of the Mini Muster events. Second-graders around Tucson complete fire safety lessons and are rewarded with outdoor events. The kids get to practice the skills they learned.
- PUB DATE: 3/14/2018 9:48:56 AM - SOURCE: KVOA-TV NBC 4 Tucson
Posted on Wed, 14 Mar 2018 16:48:56 GMT

Verde Valley Fire District receives car seat grant
Verde Valley Fire District was recently awarded a grant in the amount of $9,875.00 from the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety to continue their program to provide free car seats to low-income families. Motor vehicle crashes are the number one cause of death amongst children ages 1 – 19. The District’s car seat program provides car seats at no cost to low-income families with insufficient means and provides free car seat check-ups and assistance with installation to anyone.
- PUB DATE: 3/13/2018 8:40:57 PM - SOURCE: Verde Independent
Posted on Wed, 14 Mar 2018 03:40:57 GMT

Sedona Fire District uses drone to rescue injured bicyclist
Battalion Chief Dave Cochrane arrived on the scene and chose to deploy the district’s second and newest drone, which was donated two months ago. “All they had to go on was the general vicinity,” Davis said. “Within two minutes the drone was set up. They found the trail and followed it until they found the mountain biker.
- PUB DATE: 3/13/2018 2:36:22 AM - SOURCE: Sedona Red Rock News
Posted on Tue, 13 Mar 2018 09:36:22 GMT

Wildland Fire Summirt coming to Pinetop
The third annual Arizona Wildland-Urban Interface and Firewise Summit will be held April 27-28 at Hon-Dah Resort and Casino conference center. The conference runs from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, and Saturday 9 a.m. to noon. Registration is free. This two-day summit is designed for homeowners, community members and emergency response agencies to exchange information on various wildfire preparedness and mitigation actions, in an effort to reduce loss and increase safety within their community.
- PUB DATE: 3/13/2018 5:17:52 AM - SOURCE: White Mountain Independent
Posted on Tue, 13 Mar 2018 12:17:52 GMT

1,000-plus firefighters attending Prescott Wildfire Academy
Even for the annual Arizona Wildfire and Incident Management Academy, the number of firefighters in the Prescott area this week is well above average. The academy’s 2018 session began Saturday, March 10, and will continue through Friday, March 16. It takes place every year on the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University campus in Prescott and provides everything from beginner’s wildfire training to the most advanced.
- PUB DATE: 3/12/2018 1:30:43 PM - SOURCE: Daily Courier
Posted on Mon, 12 Mar 2018 20:30:43 GMT

Verde Valley Fire District, crews respond to house fire in Bridgeport
Verde Valley Fire District responded to a fire outside a home on Bridle Path Road in Bridgeport Monday morning, according to officials. The cause of the fire is still being investigated but officials believe it was caused by a generator operating on the porch. “The occupant had problems with it and when he got it going, he went in the house.
- PUB DATE: 3/13/2018 10:16:28 AM - SOURCE: Verde Independent
Posted on Tue, 13 Mar 2018 17:16:28 GMT

Dog dies in house fire in south Phoenix
A family dog didn't make it out alive when a fire started at a home in south Phoenix on Sunday afternoon, firefighters said. Fire crews were called out to the home near Southern Avenue and Central Avenue. When they arrived, they said the flames were in the living room and the attic. Everyone inside the home was able to make it out OK.
- PUB DATE: 3/11/2018 5:28:06 PM - SOURCE: KASW-CW6 & KTVK-3TV (azfamily.com)
Posted on Mon, 12 Mar 2018 00:28:06 GMT

Tim Ernster steps down from Sedona Fire District
The Sedona Fire District Governing Board just filled a vacancy left by clerk Corrie Cooperman. Soon, they’ll be doing it all over again. During the Wednesday, Feb. 21, meeting, Tim Ernster announced that unless circumstances change, it would be his last meeting as a board member. Ernster, who was appointed to the board three years ago and is a former Sedona city manager, said he put his Sedona home up for sale this past spring.
- PUB DATE: 3/9/2018 12:01:12 PM - SOURCE: Sedona Red Rock News
Posted on Fri, 09 Mar 2018 20:01:12 GMT

Yuma County: Classes aim to better interaction between first responders, those with autism
The Yuma County Department of Public Health is holding a series of free training sessions this week designed to teach young people with autism and related conditions and first responders how to interact safely with one another. Ryan Butcher, injury prevention coordinator for the health department, said, “The parents with children living with intellectual or developmental disabilities will have an opportunity to learn more about what they and their child can do to better interact with law enforcement and EMS.
- PUB DATE: 3/12/2018 1:48:30 AM - SOURCE: Yuma Sun.com (Yuma Daily Sun) - Metered Site
Posted on Mon, 12 Mar 2018 08:48:30 GMT

Copper Canyon Fire, Verde Valley Fire looking for reserve firefighters
For close to two years, an Intergovernmental Agreement between Copper Canyon Fire and Medical Authority and Verde Valley Fire District has allowed the two districts to share its reserve firefighters. According to Verde Valley Fire Chief Nazih Hazime, the two districts are looking to hire about 18 additional reservists as several of the two fire districts’ reserve firefighters “have been picked up by other agencies.
- PUB DATE: 3/10/2018 5:10:26 PM - SOURCE: Verde Independent
Posted on Sun, 11 Mar 2018 01:10:26 GMT

Northwest Fire District names new fire chief
The Northwest Fire District Governing Board selected Brad Bradley to succeed retiring Fire Chief Michael J. Brandt effective July 1, 2018, pending approval of Bradley’s final contract. The announcement signifies the start of the transition process to coincide with the planned retirement of Chief Brandt on June 30, 2018.
- PUB DATE: 3/9/2018 8:48:22 AM - SOURCE: Tucson Local Media
Posted on Fri, 09 Mar 2018 16:48:22 GMT

Phoenix firefighters extinguish fire inside Terminal 4 at Sky Harbor
VIDEO: The Phoenix Fire Department responded to a fire inside Terminal 4 at Sky Harbor International Airport Thursday night. The fire is believed to have been started by a wood burning stove at Blanco Tacos in the A concourse. The fire was also reportedly in a ventilation system in the area at one point.
- PUB DATE: 3/8/2018 10:29:10 PM - SOURCE: KNXV-TV Channel 15 ABC
Posted on Fri, 09 Mar 2018 06:29:10 GMT

Brush fire kept from reaching Mohave Valley homes
A quick response by firefighters kept a Thursday afternoon fire from causing damage to nearby structures, authorities said. At 1:40 p.m., the Mohave Valley Fire Department received a report of a structure fire in the 8200 block of Boundary Peak Road. Fire Marshal Don Gibson said. Crews arrived to find a vegetation fire that was threatening structures, Gibson said.
- PUB DATE: 3/8/2018 10:22:59 PM - SOURCE: Mohave Valley Daily News
Posted on Fri, 09 Mar 2018 06:22:59 GMT

Campbell remembered for role in Golden Shores Fire Department history
Earnie Campbell helped establish the Golden Shores Fire Department and the Golden Shores Community Baptist Church. On Monday, those two facilities will take part in Campbell’s final farewell. Campbell died recently at the age of 83. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the Community Baptist Church in Topock.
- PUB DATE: 3/8/2018 10:22:57 PM - SOURCE: Mohave Valley Daily News
Posted on Fri, 09 Mar 2018 06:22:57 GMT

100-year-old retired Phoenix firefighter knows how to live
Some weeks, you cannot stomach another cynical look at our cynical times. Instead, you seek a few hundred words of inspiration. Then you spot Captain Benny Ashley shuffling across Columbus Avenue in midtown Phoenix and you know his is exactly the story to tell. Why? Because Benny Ashley is 100 years old.
- PUB DATE: 3/8/2018 1:08:01 PM - SOURCE: Ahwatukee Foothills News/Chandler Connection
Posted on Thu, 08 Mar 2018 21:08:01 GMT

Prop 101 helping public safety in Tucson
VIDEO: It was show and tell at the Tucson Convention Center in downtown Tucson, for the Tucson Delivers program. This program came from the half cent sales tax that voters approved last year. Mayor Jonathan Rothschild says, this tax will generate $250 million over a 5-year period, allowing the city to improve roads as well as provide improvements to public safety vehicles, facilities and equipment.
- PUB DATE: 3/7/2018 6:53:33 PM - SOURCE: Tucson News Now
Posted on Thu, 08 Mar 2018 02:53:33 GMT

Sedona Fire, DPS Ranger Helicopter rescue hiker who fell from Cathedral Rock
VIDEO: Sedona Fire and an Arizona Department of Public Safety Ranger helicopter from Flagstaff, with the help of the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office, rescued a hiker that fell about 15 feet and tumbled another 15 feet on the backside of Cathedral Rock Tuesday afternoon. “They were in stable condition but in a very inaccessible location.
- PUB DATE: 3/7/2018 11:56:41 AM - SOURCE: Verde Independent
Posted on Wed, 07 Mar 2018 19:56:41 GMT

Tucson Fire hiring for 28 positions
The Tucson Fire Department is accepting applications for firefighters. The recruitment process is open and the department is working to fill 28 positions. Those spots were left open by firefighters who have retired or have left the department. “We are looking for the energetic, motivated individual, but more than anything because we serve a diverse population we want to make sure we have diverse population within our department so we can represent the community that we serve,” Capt.
- PUB DATE: 3/8/2018 5:57:14 AM - SOURCE: Tucson News Now
Posted on Thu, 08 Mar 2018 13:57:14 GMT

Aloha! Arizona drivers spot Hawaiian firetruck on roadways
Some Arizona drivers were probably wondering just how lost they were this week when a Honolulu Fire Department truck cruised by on the highway. But hopefully those drivers did not bust out the sandals and beach towels, as the truck was merely passing through the northern part of the Grand Canyon State on Interstate 40.
- PUB DATE: 3/7/2018 3:19:53 PM - SOURCE: KTAR 620 - Newsradio
Posted on Wed, 07 Mar 2018 23:19:53 GMT

Woman, dogs, neighbors escape Tucson duplex fire unharmed
Firefighters from the Tucson Fire Department extinguished a midtown house fire on Thursday morning, March 8, and rescued a dog in the process. Before firefighters arrived, the 26-year-old resident was able to escape the fire with one of her dogs. Firefighters found the other in a kennel and were able to bring it out to safety.
- PUB DATE: 3/8/2018 8:07:00 AM - SOURCE: Tucson News Now
Posted on Thu, 08 Mar 2018 16:07:00 GMT

'Personal drone' sparks 335-acre wildfire north of Flagstaff
A "personal drone" burst into flames Tuesday afternoon, sparking a wildfire that quickly grew to more than 300 acres in northern Arizona, officials said. The Kendrick Fire, southeast of Kendrick Park and northwest of Flagstaff, started about 12:35 p.m. and quickly blackened about 335 acres of grass before crews stopped its spread, Coconino National Forest spokesman George Jozens said.
- PUB DATE: 3/6/2018 6:25:48 PM - SOURCE: Arizona Republic, AZCentral.com & KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix
Posted on Wed, 07 Mar 2018 02:25:48 GMT

Bullhead City Fire District bond committee forms citizens advisory committee
The Bullhead City Fire District’s bond committee is taking a firm shape. In its first meeting since the fire district’s governing board voted last month to create it, the panel chose Paul Bull as its chairman and Heather Brennan as vice chairwoman. The fire board voted to name a slate of eight citizens to the advisory committee, with the understanding that seven would be regular members and the eighth would be an alternate.
- PUB DATE: 3/6/2018 11:15:30 PM - SOURCE: Mohave Valley Daily News
Posted on Wed, 07 Mar 2018 07:15:30 GMT

Drones helping Sedona firefighters with rescues
The Sedona Fire District now has technology on its side as it starts to use drones to help fire crews get outdoor recreationists to safety much faster. Saturday afternoon, a Utah mountain biker was taken to the hospital in Flagstaff after a 30-foot fall on the popular Highline Trail in Sedona. This call for service was captured by one of the Sedona Fire District’s two drones, which Fire Chief Kris Kazian, said was donated.
- PUB DATE: 3/6/2018 6:04:55 PM - SOURCE: 12news
Posted on Wed, 07 Mar 2018 02:04:55 GMT

Phoenix sees drop in qualified candidates for firefighter jobs
VIDEO: There’s been a massive drop in the number of qualified firefighter and paramedic candidates in the Valley, and that could impact the kind of help residents receive in an emergency down the road. According to data from the Phoenix Fire Department, the number of people who tested to become a firefighter in 2017 was around 1,000.
- PUB DATE: 3/5/2018 3:05:32 PM - SOURCE: KASW-CW6 & KTVK-3TV (azfamily.com)
Posted on Mon, 05 Mar 2018 23:05:32 GMT

White Mountain Lake Fire District: No leadership, no board quorum
A two and one-half hour White Mountain Lake Fire District (WMLFD) board meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 28, brought two more resignations to an already fractured fire department and dwindling board of directors. One of those resignations was from interim fire chief, Brandon Green, who was the department’s assistant chief.
- PUB DATE: 3/6/2018 5:37:34 AM - SOURCE: White Mountain Independent
Posted on Tue, 06 Mar 2018 13:37:34 GMT

Phoenix tests 'HeatReady' program to prepare for extreme heat
VIDEO: Phoenix is working on a first-of-its-kind heat readiness program that would help the city prepare for extreme heat the way other cities prepare for storms. The program would build on existing efforts to address immediate needs, such as cooling centers for people who can't otherwise escape the heat, and long-term remedies, such as planting trees to provide shade and cool neighborhoods.
- PUB DATE: 3/6/2018 6:03:28 AM - SOURCE: Arizona Republic, AZCentral.com & KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix
Posted on Tue, 06 Mar 2018 14:03:28 GMT

Phoenix firefighters face more hostile environments than ever
Police officers put their lives on the line every day to protect our communities, but so do firefighters and now they're facing a more hostile environment than ever before. Leaders within the Phoenix Fire Department say that not a day goes by that a firefighter isn't assaulted in some way across the Valley, whether it's by weapons, fists or even being spit on by someone.
- PUB DATE: 3/5/2018 4:54:51 AM - SOURCE: KNXV-TV Channel 15 ABC
Posted on Mon, 05 Mar 2018 12:54:51 GMT

Crew contains apartment fire in west Phoenix; 6 people displaced
VIDEO: Six people were displaced after a fire damaged their first-floor apartment in west Phoenix on Sunday morning, a fire official said. Capt. Jake Van Hook, a Phoenix Fire Department spokesman, said a mother and her teenage son were in the unit when the fire started, but they didn't suffer any injuries.
- PUB DATE: 3/4/2018 11:20:29 AM - SOURCE: Arizona Republic, AZCentral.com & KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix
Posted on Sun, 04 Mar 2018 19:20:29 GMT

Arizona sheriffs launch program to promote safety for wildfire season
Arizona wildfire season could start early in 2018 thanks to an unusually dry and warm winter. Arizona’s Sheriff’s Association wants Arizonans to be prepared to the state’s wildfire season. All the state’s sheriffs have adopted a “Ready, Set, Go!” program that helps educate residents about proactive measures to take before an emergency and how to act when their community is threatened.
- PUB DATE: 3/3/2018 8:42:27 PM - SOURCE: KASW-CW6 & KTVK-3TV (azfamily.com)
Posted on Sun, 04 Mar 2018 04:42:27 GMT

Woman dies after being struck by car that crashed into a Tucson McDonald's drive-thru
A female pedestrian was killed Saturday after a car struck her and then crashed into a Tucson McDonald's drive-thru, smashing into a second vehicle waiting for a fast-food order, police said. Tucson police Sgt. Pete Dugan said the driver of a gold SUV was traveling northbound on Kolb Road, which turns into Grant Road at Tanque Verde Road, when he lost control of the vehicle while accelerating through the intersection.
- PUB DATE: 3/3/2018 5:06:13 PM - SOURCE: Arizona Republic, AZCentral.com & KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix
Posted on Sun, 04 Mar 2018 01:06:13 GMT

Black Phoenix firefighter shares life lessons on and off job
Phoenix Fire Capt. Courtney Jenkins is the former president of a black firefighters’ group. But he doesn’t focus on race. “I see myself as a man first, and culturally second,” said Jenkins, 55. “I realize there’s only one race, and it’s human.” The captain of Fire Station 57, nestled at the foot of South Mountain, Jenkins has had nearly three decades to craft his philosophy as a firefighter.
- PUB DATE: 3/1/2018 7:07:15 PM - SOURCE: KAET-TV Arizona State University
Posted on Fri, 02 Mar 2018 03:07:15 GMT

Follow Up: Central Yavapai Fire District boards’ attorney responds to fire district’s alleged criminal conduct
Nicolas Cornelius, the attorney for the Central Yavapai Fire District (CYFD), has drawn a line in the sand. At the request of the CYFD board of directors during its regular monthly meeting on Monday, Feb. 26, Cornelius said in the meeting that recent accusations regarding alleged criminal conduct of the fire district and its board members will no longer be a topic of discussion during the board’s meetings unless an investigation calls for it.
- PUB DATE: 3/2/2018 6:02:15 AM - SOURCE: Ccvrnews
Posted on Fri, 02 Mar 2018 14:02:15 GMT

Cameras capture pair setting fire to dumpster, neighbors report similar fires in Phoenix
VIDEO: Residents and business owners in one central Phoenix neighborhood are on edge after a series of dumpster fires in a matter of days. Surveillance footage captured Monday night outside a business on 7th Street near Rose Lane appears to show two people setting fire to a roll-away dumpster. Neighbors say a blue recycling bin on 10th Street and Rose was set fire the same night, and late Wednesday, a roll-away dumpster outside a home near 9th Place and Rose caught fire.
- PUB DATE: 3/2/2018 2:04:57 AM - SOURCE: KASW-CW6 & KTVK-3TV (azfamily.com)
Posted on Fri, 02 Mar 2018 10:04:57 GMT

Officials anticipating active Arizona wildfire season
VIDEO: Many parts of the country are dealing with rain, snow and possible mudslides, but the concern in Arizona continues to be drought and wildfires. Forestry and Fire Management officials tell ABC15 they expect wildfire season to start early and to be pretty active. There has already been at least two wildfires in northern Arizona this year.
- PUB DATE: 3/2/2018 4:29:31 AM - SOURCE: KNXV-TV Channel 15 ABC
Posted on Fri, 02 Mar 2018 12:29:31 GMT

More safety features and technology for new Tucson Fire engines and medic trucks
VIDEO: There will be more safety on the roads for drivers and Tucson firefighters. The Tucson Fire Department recently received two new fire engines, a ladder truck and nine medic trucks all equipped with new safety features and technology. The new fire engines have chevrons on the back of the truck to reflect light at night.
- PUB DATE: 3/1/2018 5:52:16 PM - SOURCE: KGUN-TV ABC 9 Tucson
Posted on Fri, 02 Mar 2018 01:52:16 GMT

Linden fire Station No. 17 officially open
Timber Mesa Fire and Medical District's Station 17 held a ribbon cutting on Thursday, Feb. 22, to commemorate the official completion of the new facility located at 6884 Arizona Hwy. 260 in Linden. The district broke ground on June 23, 2017, on the $2.5 million project. According to Timber Mesa Fire & Medical District Deputy Chief Randy Chevalier, the station is designed to accommodate six firefighters, the station is 9,260 square feet in size with an engine bay of 4,425 square feet.
- PUB DATE: 3/2/2018 7:35:13 AM - SOURCE: White Mountain Independent
Posted on Fri, 02 Mar 2018 15:35:13 GMT

7 fires in 2 hours has Northern Arizona Consolidated Fire District hopping
A series of fires broke out within a couple hours of each other Tuesday in the Devlin Wash in Butler and were put out by citizens and Northern Arizona Consolidated Fire District. The fire station received a report of a brush fire at 9 a.m. and responded with the fire chief and two engine companies. Shortly after they arrived, another fire was spotted in the Devlin Wash and more fires were being called into 911.
- PUB DATE: 3/1/2018 12:28:17 AM - SOURCE: Kingman Daily Miner
Posted on Thu, 01 Mar 2018 08:28:17 GMT

Follow Up: Supreme Court takes age discrimination suit from Arizona fire district
The Supreme Court said Monday it will consider an Arizona case that asks whether the Age Discrimination in Employment Act applies to government agencies with fewer than 20 employees. The case stems from the 2009 firing of Mount Lemmon Fire District Capts. John Guido and Dennis Rankin, who were the oldest employees in the department when the cuts were made for budget reasons.
- PUB DATE: 3/1/2018 5:19:28 AM - SOURCE: Inside Tucson Business
Posted on Thu, 01 Mar 2018 13:19:28 GMT

Kingman home destroyed due to fireplace problem, 5 escape without injury
A double-wide mobile home was destroyed by an accidental fire Wednesday morning in the 7200 block of Avenida Choluteca, off Stockton Hill Road north of Kingman. Northern Arizona Consolidated Fire District responded to the call at 5:36 a.m. with two engine companies, a pumper tender and a water tender.
- PUB DATE: 3/1/2018 12:28:17 AM - SOURCE: Kingman Daily Miner
Posted on Thu, 01 Mar 2018 08:28:17 GMT

Firefighters help rescue 2 small dogs loose on Interstate 17 in Phoenix
VIDEO: Traffic on Interstate 17 was backed up for miles approaching the lunch hour for two small dogs that were loose on the freeway in Phoenix. State troopers, firefighters and motorists spent more than 20 minutes trying to wrangle the dogs Wednesday, closing northbound I-17 near Pinnacle Peak Road.
- PUB DATE: 2/28/2018 11:29:31 AM - SOURCE: Arizona Republic, AZCentral.com & KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix
Posted on Wed, 28 Feb 2018 19:29:31 GMT

Northwest Fire District names new fire chief
The Northwest Fire District selected a new fire chief Tuesday. The Governing Board of NWFD selected Brad Bradley to succeed retiring Fire Chief Michael J. Brandt effective July 1, 2018. Bradley currently serves as the Assistant Fire Chief of Operational Services for Northwest Fire District. He is also a 23-year veteran of emergency services with NWFD since 1999.
- PUB DATE: 2/28/2018 4:43:33 AM - SOURCE: 104.1 KQTH Tucson's News and Talk
Posted on Wed, 28 Feb 2018 12:43:33 GMT

Northeastern Arizona Fire Chiefs group backs White Mountain Lake firefighters
The Northeastern Arizona Fire Chiefs Association has thrown its support behind a group of White Mountain Lake firefighters who say their suspended-with-pay fire chief threatened their jobs through use of threats and intimidation. Rich Upham, president of NAFCA and fire chief of the Heber/Overgaard Fire Department, issued a letter dated Feb.
- PUB DATE: 2/28/2018 3:11:53 AM - SOURCE: White Mountain Independent
Posted on Wed, 28 Feb 2018 11:11:53 GMT

2 dogs dead after garage fire on the northeast-side of Tucson
VIDEO: Two dogs were the only casualties in a garage fire in the 5300 block of North Entrada de Sabino, according to John Walka a spokesman with Rural/Metro Fire. Firefighters responded to the fire near Sabino Canyon and Snyder, which was contained to the garage area. According to Walka, no one was home at the time of the fire, but crews discovered two dogs inside the home unconscious.
- PUB DATE: 2/28/2018 5:56:34 AM - SOURCE: Tucson News Now
Posted on Wed, 28 Feb 2018 13:56:34 GMT

Kingman man arrested on arson charges after trying to stay warm
The biting cold finally got to Brian David Brown Jr., 29, of Kingman, who told deputies he was trying to light a fire in the Hualapai Mountains area just to stay warm. There was also the warmth of a stolen gun. Brown was arrested by Mohave County Sheriff’s deputies early Monday for four counts of burglary, two counts of prohibited firearms possession and arson.
- PUB DATE: 2/27/2018 11:30:20 PM - SOURCE: Kingman Daily Miner
Posted on Wed, 28 Feb 2018 07:30:20 GMT

3 taken to hospital after vehicle veers onto sidewalk outside Scottsdale Safeway
VIDEO: Three people were taken to the hospital after a vehicle ran up onto the sidewalk outside a Scottsdale Safeway. It happened at about 3:30 Tuesday afternoon at Shea Boulevard and Scottsdale Road. Aerial video from the scene showed the SUV nudged up to a column supporting an overhang. There was a mangled patio set next to the vehicle.
- PUB DATE: 2/27/2018 5:56:42 PM - SOURCE: CBS 5 AZ KPHO
Posted on Wed, 28 Feb 2018 01:56:42 GMT

Arizona Fire and Medical Authority takes to the air to fight fires
The Arizona Fire and Medical Authority is now airborne after receiving its federal license to operate a drone. Assistant Chief Troy Maloney said only one or two other fire districts in the state have been licensed to use the devices. The advantages of the new small flying vehicle were demonstrated to the governing boards of the North County Fire and Medical District and Sun Lakes Fire District at their Feb.
- PUB DATE: 2/28/2018 8:47:13 AM - SOURCE: Sun Cities Independent
Posted on Wed, 28 Feb 2018 16:47:13 GMT

Arizona firefighters use faith to fight mental illness, PTSD
VIDEO: One can't imagine the pain of seeing what first responders see when they pull up to a car accident, a drowning or a shooting. That's why a group of firefighters is tapping into their faith to help them cope with the trauma. "Even though we chose this career, we know that it takes its toll on us," said Surprise Fire Department chaplain Nick Petrucci said.
- PUB DATE: 2/27/2018 6:23:11 AM - SOURCE: CBS 5 AZ KPHO
Posted on Tue, 27 Feb 2018 14:23:11 GMT

Mount Lemmon age discrimination case reaches U.S. Supreme Court
The nation's high court agreed Monday to decide whether the tiny Mount Lemmon Fire District -- and any other small government employer -- is exempt from age-discrimination laws. In a brief order, the U.S. Supreme Court said it wants to hear arguments by the district that it cannot be sued by two fire fighters who were let go by the district in 2009.
- PUB DATE: 2/27/2018 3:13:26 AM - SOURCE: Arizona Daily Sun
Posted on Tue, 27 Feb 2018 11:13:26 GMT

Valley firefighters taking extra measures to protect themselves from toxins
VIDEO: Valley firefighters face more dangers than meets the eye when it comes to responding to calls, and now measures are being taken to protect our first responders from the hidden hazards of the job. "Each and every day our firefighters are walking through a toxic soup of chemicals," said Bryan Jeffries, President of the Professional Firefighters of Arizona.
- PUB DATE: 2/26/2018 11:01:43 PM - SOURCE: KNXV-TV Channel 15 ABC
Posted on Tue, 27 Feb 2018 07:01:43 GMT

Phoenix strip club bouncer pleads guilty in death of off-duty Daisy Mountain firefighter
A Phoenix strip club bouncer who police said killed an off-duty Daisy Mountain firefighter in a fight has changed his plea. Brandon Douglas Draper pleaded guilty to second-degree murder on Monday. Sentencing is scheduled for May 4. Police said Draper shoved 37-year-old Luke Jones to the ground and hit him in the head several times at Centerfolds Cabaret on Jan.
- PUB DATE: 2/26/2018 5:10:58 PM - SOURCE: KASW-CW6 & KTVK-3TV (azfamily.com)
Posted on Tue, 27 Feb 2018 01:10:58 GMT

Crash in Queen Creek leaves 2 children in critical condition, man fighting for his life
Two children were seriously hurt and one man suffered life-threatening injuries after a two-vehicle crash in Queen Creek on Monday night. It happened at Rittenhouse Road and Combs Road around 7 p.m. Firefighters said a woman was also taken to the hospital with serious injuries. A man had minor injuries, bringing the total hurt to five.
- PUB DATE: 2/27/2018 6:23:09 AM - SOURCE: CBS 5 AZ KPHO
Posted on Tue, 27 Feb 2018 14:23:09 GMT

Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority officials reveal $686K savings in 2017
As with most innovations, the idea to form CAFMA was posed as a potential solution to a number of problems. Both the Central Yavapai Fire District (CYFD) and the Chino Valley Fire District (CVFD) were facing staffing and funding dilemmas following the Great Recession in the late 2000s. On the Chino side, firefighters were at risk of being completely laid off; the wage scale had been frozen for several years – meaning no one was getting raises; and hours had been cut to meet budget demands that couldn’t be met by increasing the district’s tax rate – because the rate was already maxed out at the legal cap of $3.
- PUB DATE: 2/25/2018 1:03:57 PM - SOURCE: Daily Courier
Posted on Sun, 25 Feb 2018 21:03:57 GMT

Prescott firefighter hopes run for Ms. America title will help in mentoring young women
Chainsaws and evening gowns: They might seem an unlikely match for most people, but not for local wildland firefighter Cheyenne Warner. Warner, the current Ms. Arizona, made a splash online recently when she posted a photo of herself in the forest, decked out in an evening gown and crown, holding a chainsaw.
- PUB DATE: 2/24/2018 3:19:50 PM - SOURCE: Daily Courier
Posted on Sat, 24 Feb 2018 23:19:50 GMT

Sedona Fire District Governing Board picks Gene McCarthy
The search for a fifth member of the Sedona First District’s Governing Board is over. The board made its decision during a special meeting held on Tuesday, Feb. 20. Following two days of interviews, the board narrowed its choices down to RobertA lbrecht, Gene McCarthy and Steve Segner. The board debated for about five minutes before unanimously approving McCarthy, who served on last year’s bond advisory committee.
- PUB DATE: 2/24/2018 1:53:50 AM - SOURCE: Sedona Red Rock News
Posted on Sat, 24 Feb 2018 09:53:50 GMT

2 families displaced, 4 dogs rescued after Phoenix condo fire
Phoenix firefighters were able to put out a condo fire late Sunday night but two families will be displaced. According to Capt. Jake Van Hook with the Phoenix Fire Department, a fire started near the laundry room of a multi-residential condominium near 69th and Clarendon avenues sometime after 10:30 p.
- PUB DATE: 2/26/2018 5:01:09 AM - SOURCE: KASW-CW6 & KTVK-3TV (azfamily.com)
Posted on Mon, 26 Feb 2018 13:01:09 GMT

Ahwatukee native finds life calling at Gilbert Fire
Cole McCarthy grew up in Ahwatukee, dreaming like many children do about being a firefighter some day. A year ago, McCarthy landed a job with the Gilbert Fire Department, beating out 1,200 other applicants vying for the job within the first three hours it was posted. McCarthy attended Desert Vista High School, graduating in 2014.
- PUB DATE: 2/25/2018 10:44:01 AM - SOURCE: Ahwatukee Foothills News/Chandler Connection
Posted on Sun, 25 Feb 2018 18:44:01 GMT

Tucson: Rural Metro Fire & volunteers clear out buffelgrass in light of wildfire season
The Rural Metro Fire Department along with dozens of volunteers got deep in the weeds Saturday morning, clearing out thickets of buffelgrass off north Kolb Road. Residents of the Quail Canyon Homeowners Association, accompanied by University of Arizona students, were getting ahead of the flames, so to speak, in light of a challenging wildfire season on the horizon.
- PUB DATE: 2/25/2018 10:30:24 AM - SOURCE: KVOA-TV NBC 4 Tucson
Posted on Sun, 25 Feb 2018 18:30:24 GMT

Arizona governor warns of difficult fire season
Arizona's governor issued an outlook Thursday for an especially difficult wildfire season because of record dry winter conditions. Flanked by forest and fire officials and rows of firefighters outside the state Capitol building, Gov. Doug Ducey called on everyone to prevent fires across Arizona, where dry vegetation from the desert to pine forests has provided an abundance of fuel this year for destructive and sometimes deadly blazes.
- PUB DATE: 2/23/2018 3:13:28 AM - SOURCE: Arizona Daily Sun
Posted on Fri, 23 Feb 2018 11:13:28 GMT

Arizona bill helps first responders get compensation, therapy for PTSD
A bill in the state Senate would allow first responders to get some compensation for post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. HB 2501 requires employers to pay proven claims of PTSD (or, as the bill calls it, post-traumatic stress injury, PTSI), under workman’s compensation laws and regulations. Mesa Fire Captain Bryan Jeffries, president of the Professional Firefighters of Arizona, has been a firefighter and paramedic for almost 25 years.
- PUB DATE: 2/22/2018 5:24:12 PM - SOURCE: KTAR 620 - Newsradio
Posted on Fri, 23 Feb 2018 01:24:12 GMT

Firefighters hike Camelback in memory of fallen Tempe Fire captain
VIDEO: Valley firefighters hiked Camelback Mountain’s Echo Canyon trail in memory of Kyle Brayer, the Tempe Fire Medical Rescue Department captain who was shot dead while off-duty earlier this month. Scott Williams, one of the firefighters participating in the hike said that he felt that although the hike was difficult at times, it was necessary to honor Brayer's memory, "I wish we didn't have to, but I think it's better for us to remember Kyle.
- PUB DATE: 2/22/2018 11:27:00 AM - SOURCE: CBS 5 AZ KPHO
Posted on Thu, 22 Feb 2018 19:27:00 GMT

Green Valley Fire District academy could double number of women
Thursday was a big day at Green Valley Fire District’s Station 152. The district’s new recruits put aside their books to practice putting on their new gear. If that doesn’t sound exciting to you, imagine this — your house is on fire, and a firefighter’s ability to put on gear quickly could be the difference between losing everything or saving it.
- PUB DATE: 2/22/2018 3:12:04 AM - SOURCE: Green Valley News & Sun
Posted on Thu, 22 Feb 2018 11:12:04 GMT

Follow Up: Yuma fire department saves money by building own ambulance with local companies
Buying local to replace an aging ambulance has provided big savings for an Arizona fire department. Yuma Fire Chief Steve Irr discovered a new unit typically costs $210,000. But Irr and Fleet Manager Floyd Friar instead elected to save the city of Yuma about $70,000 by buying a new chassis from an auto dealership and then paying other businesses to finish outfitting the vehicle, which includes a gurney to load patients.
- PUB DATE: 2/22/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KNXV-TV Channel 15 ABC
Posted on Thu, 22 Feb 2018 08:00:00 GMT

Green Valley Fire District ambulance service has transported 300 so far
More than 300 patients have been taken to area hospitals since the Green Valley Fire District got into the ambulance business late last year. The fire district and AMR reached a deal in April allowing both to provide services within the fire district, which includes Green Valley and the southern part of Sahuarita.
- PUB DATE: 2/22/2018 3:12:54 AM - SOURCE: Green Valley News & Sun
Posted on Thu, 22 Feb 2018 11:12:54 GMT

Update: City Of San Luis Fire Chief Retires
The City of San Luis Fire Chief Hank Green has retired after 11 years of service with the city. The City of San Luis City Council and City staff are immensely grateful to Chief Green for his honorable service to the community, and wish him all the best with his retirement. Chief Hank Green began his career with the City of San Luis in 2007 as a consultant on a temporary basis.
- PUB DATE: 2/22/2018 9:36:39 AM - SOURCE: San Luis, Arizona
Posted on Thu, 22 Feb 2018 17:36:39 GMT



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