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Two-year-old girl in critical condition after being pulled from Mesa pool
A two-year-old girl is in critical condition after being pulled from a Mesa pool Tuesday. The Mesa Fire Department says the girl was being watched outside by a family member at a home near Higley and Broadway roads. The family member says they went inside for a brief moment. When the family member came back outside, they say the girl was face down floating in the pool.
- PUB DATE: 4/7/2020 1:58:18 PM - SOURCE: KNXV-TV ABC 15 Phoenix
Posted on Tue, 07 Apr 2020 20:58:18 GMT

Graham County family safe after house fire
PHOTO: A man's attempt to burn weeds led to a house fire in Graham County Tuesday afternoon, but everyone escaped safely, said Safford Fire Chief Clark Bingham. Embers caught the front porch pillars on fire. The fire then got into the attic and smoldered for awhile before anyone noticed, Bingham said.
- PUB DATE: 4/8/2020 3:58:19 AM - SOURCE: Eastern Arizona Courier
Posted on Wed, 08 Apr 2020 10:58:19 GMT

Crews respond to wildfire near Sherwood Forest Estates near Williams
Fire crews were dispatched Tuesday to battle the flames on a blaze moving across grass and Ponderosa Pine near Sherwood Forest Estates outside of Williams. Officials say firefighters from the Williams Ranger District of the Kaibab National Forest, Sherwood Forest Estates, and Parks Bellemont Fire Departments responded to the fire located south of Interstate 40 near the neighborhood of Sherwood Forest Estates east of Williams.
- PUB DATE: 4/8/2020 5:23:08 AM - SOURCE: KNAU-FM NPR
Posted on Wed, 08 Apr 2020 12:23:08 GMT

CDC mask recommendation sparks sewing frenzy for Payson mask-makers
The federal Centers for Disease Control recently issued new guidelines that recommend wearing a mask while in pubic. With a shortage of masks, many are dusting off their sewing machines and whipping up their own versions from home. For those that are sewing inept, there is the Payson AZ Community Crisis Relief Facebook page.
- PUB DATE: 4/8/2020 2:24:58 AM - SOURCE: Payson Roundup
Posted on Wed, 08 Apr 2020 09:24:58 GMT

Sedona Fire offers COVID-19 safety tips and reminders
The Sedona Fire District issued a news release this week to assure the community that it continues to focus on responding to and mitigating all-hazard type incidents in the district. "We are continuing to manage the COVID-19 pandemic from the emergency medical service perspective with the goal of making our community as safe as possible," Chief John Trautwein said in the release.
- PUB DATE: 4/7/2020 3:46:02 PM - SOURCE: Verde Independent
Posted on Tue, 07 Apr 2020 22:46:02 GMT

Glendale house fire leaves 2 people dead
A house fire in Glendale has left two men dead. Firefighters responded to a home near 55th and Olive avenues on Tuesday around 3 a.m. Stephen Skuba, 66, was rescued from the burning home. Despite life-saving efforts he died at the scene. Firefighters rescued a second man from the house, later identified as 29-year-old Robert Skuba.
- PUB DATE: 4/7/2020 5:49:15 AM - SOURCE: KASW-CW6 & KTVK-3TV (azfamily.com)
Posted on Tue, 07 Apr 2020 12:49:15 GMT

Rattlesnake season increases 911 calls for Maricopa firefighters
PHOTO: The fire department in Maricopa receives a wide variety of calls ranging from the weird to the downright wild. Last week, firefighters were deployed to a surprisingly common call in the spring months of desert living: rattlesnakes. Firefighters showed up at a home on Rosa Drive on March 30 to find a large and unhappy rattlesnake — and the residents weren’t that happy either.
- PUB DATE: 4/7/2020 12:44:58 AM - SOURCE: Maricopa Monitor
Posted on Tue, 07 Apr 2020 07:44:58 GMT

One killed in fire at Tucson apartment complex
PHOTO: One person was killed in an apartment fire early this morning on Tucson's east side, officials say. Fire crews were dispatched at 4:18 a.m. to an apartment complex in the 500 block of North Harrison Road at East Fifth Street after reports of smoke coming from the front door of a first-floor unit, the Tucson Fire Department said in a news release.
- PUB DATE: 4/7/2020 8:17:01 AM - SOURCE: Tucson Arizona Daily Star
Posted on Tue, 07 Apr 2020 15:17:01 GMT

Tucson Fire crews battle structure, power pole fire
PHOTOS: Tucson Fire Department firefighters responded to a mutual aid fire in south Tucson Monday. Crews were called out to the area of 100 block of West 27th Street for reports of smoke and flames coming from a structures. Upon arrival crews confirmed a fire involving two sheds, where the fire began to spread into another building as well as power pole, according to TFD.
- PUB DATE: 4/6/2020 10:42:35 PM - SOURCE: KGUN-TV ABC 9 Tucson
Posted on Tue, 07 Apr 2020 05:42:35 GMT

Douglas Fire Department opens second station as COVID-19 effort increases
The Douglas Fire Department has created a second station at the Douglas Visitor’s Center on 16th St. as concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic continue to grow. In a press release issued by Capt. Matt King, public information officer for the DFD, the Douglas Fire Department, currently located at 1400 E.
- PUB DATE: 4/6/2020 4:46:42 PM - SOURCE: Douglas Daily Dispatch
Posted on Mon, 06 Apr 2020 23:46:42 GMT

Arizona coronavirus update: 2,456 confirmed cases, 65 known deaths as of Monday
Arizona cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, now exceed 2,400, with 65 known deaths, according to new numbers released by the Arizona Department of Health Services on Monday. The total identified cases in Arizona are 2,456, according to the most recent state figures. That's an increase of 187 confirmed cases, or 8%, since Sunday, when the state reported 2,269 identified cases and 64 deaths.
- PUB DATE: 4/6/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: AZ Central
Posted on Mon, 06 Apr 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Tucson: With more families at home, fire safety can’t wait
VIDEO: According to the National Fire Protection Association, a home fire happens every 86 seconds. With more families at home over the next few weeks, fire safety can't wait. Typically during the school year, firefighters and teachers do their part in teaching kids about the dangers of fire and what to do if one ever happens in their home.
- PUB DATE: 4/6/2020 7:46:13 AM - SOURCE: Tucson News Now
Posted on Mon, 06 Apr 2020 14:46:13 GMT

Man dies after three-wheeler crash in Phoenix
A man was killed in a three-wheeler accident in Phoenix Saturday afternoon, Phoenix Fire Department said. after The victim, 34-year-old Miguel Villanueva, was on his Honda ATC when it drove off the road and onto the sidewalk, flipping over, the department said. The accident took place near the E 63rd Street and Jackson Avenue.
- PUB DATE: 4/4/2020 9:42:24 PM - SOURCE: KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix
Posted on Sun, 05 Apr 2020 04:42:24 GMT

Tucson police, firefighters show some love to hospital workers
Tucson police and firefighters showed their appreciation for hospital workers Sunday morning with a parade at Tucson Medical Center. The hospital shared a video on Facebook in which Tucson officers and firefighters drove their patrol cars and fire trucks around the hospital with their sirens on. Signs on car windshields said "thank you" to the hospital workers.
- PUB DATE: 4/5/2020 2:12:38 PM - SOURCE: Tucson Arizona Daily Star
Posted on Sun, 05 Apr 2020 21:12:38 GMT

Phoenix Fire offers tips on response abilities during COVID-19
Keeping the community safe is thePhoenix Fire Department’s top priority. Along with that, officials also need to keep firefighters healthy, so they can continue to deliver the highest level of fire and EMS service to families. With the outbreak of COVID-19, it’s important to take steps to protect first responders who are on the frontlines of treating sick people.
- PUB DATE: 4/5/2020 10:41:28 AM - SOURCE: Sun Cities Independent
Posted on Sun, 05 Apr 2020 17:41:28 GMT

Phoenix area pharmacist makes hand sanitizer from scratch and donates 200 bottles to police, firefighters
A Phoenix-area pharmacist donated more than 200 bottles of made-from-scratch hand sanitizer to the Peoria police and fire departments as a thank-you for their work during the new coronavirus pandemic. Hand sanitizer, like toilet paper and paper towels, is hard to find and many retailers are limiting customers to one bottle each.
- PUB DATE: 4/3/2020 9:31:22 AM - SOURCE: Arizona Republic, AZCentral.com & KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix
Posted on Fri, 03 Apr 2020 16:31:22 GMT

Two people rescued from mine shaft near Quartzsite
Two people were rescued after falling into a mine shaft near Quartzsite Thursday afternoon. La Paz County Sheriff’s Department says one person went about 100 feet back into a mine shaft and dropped 35 feet into the shaft. A second person reportedly went in to try to rescue the victim and also became stuck.
- PUB DATE: 4/3/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KNXV-TV ABC 15 Phoenix
Posted on Fri, 03 Apr 2020 07:00:00 GMT

No injuries reported in Tucson apartment fire, residents alerted by smoke alarm
Crews from the Tucson Fire Deparment were dispatched to an apartment fire on the far east side on Thursday night, April 2. According to information from TFD, the fire happened just before 10 p.m. in an apartment in the 10200 block of East Speedway Boulevard, near North Houghton Road. Three residents were alerted to the fire by a smoke alarm and escaped safely before calling 911 to report a fire in the bathroom vent.
- PUB DATE: 4/3/2020 7:41:50 AM - SOURCE: KOLD-TV CBS 13 Tucson
Posted on Fri, 03 Apr 2020 14:41:50 GMT

Superheroes: How Kingman police, fire departments saved 5-year-old Landon Hatten’s birthday
Hearing sirens heading toward one’s home isn’t necessarily a situation that yields smiles. But on Wednesday, April 1, the flashing lights of Kingman first responders were the instruments of joy for a Kingman family celebrating their son’s birthday. Landon Hatten loves fire trucks and police cars, and along with his 7-year-old brother, Trevor, is already interested in a career in those professions.
- PUB DATE: 4/3/2020 1:43:24 AM - SOURCE: The Miner
Posted on Fri, 03 Apr 2020 08:43:24 GMT

Douglas Fire Department takes steps to reduce potential exposure to COVID-19
Douglas Fire Department is taking steps to reduce chances of its members being exposed to COVID-19. In a press release, the department says they have stopped allowing visitors inside the station. They are also limiting deliveries to outside the station. Firefighters are also social distancing inside the station.
- PUB DATE: 4/2/2020 8:54:24 PM - SOURCE: KGUN-TV ABC 9 Tucson
Posted on Fri, 03 Apr 2020 03:54:24 GMT

Mesa fire department to perform welfare checks on elderly people via phone
Members of the Mesa Fire and Medical Department will begin doing welfare checks on elderly residents by phone as many of them stick close to home amid the coronavirus pandemic. Crew members will be calling with information on how they can protect themselves from the virus and to ensure they have access to resources and assistance, according to a statement from the department.
- PUB DATE: 4/1/2020 2:32:02 PM - SOURCE: KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix
Posted on Wed, 01 Apr 2020 21:32:02 GMT

Quad-City first responders ramp up COVID-19 response protocol
A recent 911 call from a quad-city area resident suspected of having COVID-19 went as well as first responders could hope for. The resident called from his home north of Chino Valley and said he had traveled overseas and was exhibiting severe symptoms indicative of the virus. The resident had already been tested for COVID-19, but his test results — which still take several days on average to verify — had not come back yet.
- PUB DATE: 4/2/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Daily Courier
Posted on Thu, 02 Apr 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Your Prescott Fire Department Thanks You
Your Prescott Fire Department would like you to know that we are here for you. In these times of uncertainty, your Prescott Fire Department would like you to know that we are here for you. Not only are we committed to providing you with the highest level of Emergency Services, but our members are also committed to supporting our community as much as we can in these times of need.
- PUB DATE: 4/2/2020 3:09:02 AM - SOURCE: Prescott eNews
Posted on Thu, 02 Apr 2020 10:09:02 GMT

N95 mask vendor price gouging Phoenix Police, Fire, congressmen say
One thing that really gets people fired up during this pandemic is price gouging, and 2 Arizona congressmen are hoping to start an investigation into a company that they say is ripping off police and firefighters. Representatives Ruben Gallego and Greg Stanton complained to the U.S. Attorney General's Office and to the Federal Trade Commission that a company is charging the Phoenix Police Department and Fire Department way more for N95 masks than they used to.
- PUB DATE: 4/1/2020 9:37:04 PM - SOURCE: KASW-CW6 & KTVK-3TV (azfamily.com)
Posted on Thu, 02 Apr 2020 04:37:04 GMT

Bullhead City Fire board, department taking extra precautions
Members of the Bullhead City Fire District board learned what the department is doing to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 to themselves and the community. People entering the building to attend Tuesday’s board meeting were asked health questions. They also had their temperatures taken before they could walk past the reception area.
- PUB DATE: 4/1/2020 11:04:55 PM - SOURCE: Mohave Valley Daily News
Posted on Thu, 02 Apr 2020 06:04:55 GMT

Two Tempe police officers injured after fire breaks out at apartment complex
Two Tempe police officers were among three people who were taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after a fire broke out at an apartment overnight. Crews from Tempe Fire Medical Rescue and Mesa Fire and Medical responded to a call at an apartment complex near McClintock Drive and Apache Boulevard.
- PUB DATE: 4/1/2020 7:44:46 AM - SOURCE: KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix
Posted on Wed, 01 Apr 2020 14:44:46 GMT

Mental health apps available for first responders
The 100 Club of Arizona is offering two mobile apps, sponsored by the Bob and Renee Parsons Foundation, to help first responders find mental health resources from a distance, as they cope with the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. The Bulletproof app for all sworn officers, non-sworn/professional staff and family members is available now, free of charge, for any iPhone or Android device.
- PUB DATE: 4/1/2020 9:19:37 AM - SOURCE: Sun Cities Independent
Posted on Wed, 01 Apr 2020 16:19:37 GMT

Masks on the way for Mesa first responders
Mesa and Phoenix have joined forces to order four million masks to protect firefighters and police officers against COVID-19. Fire Chief Mary Cameli told Mesa City Council last week that firefighters are using the masks at a higher rate than before the outbreak and that they are tapping into a supply of 9,000 expired masks still in storage.
- PUB DATE: 4/1/2020 2:11:31 AM - SOURCE: East Valley Tribune
Posted on Wed, 01 Apr 2020 09:11:31 GMT

Water Wheel Fire District gets new Type 1 truck
The Water Wheel Fire and Medical District announced it has a new piece of firefighting equipment, a four-wheel drive Type 1 engine. The new engine could impact the Insurance Services Office (ISO) rating for the communities it serves, which could mean lower insurance rates for residents. The engine complements the district’s other equipment by making it possible to have full firefighting capabilities at each of its stations in its 55-square-mile territory.
- PUB DATE: 3/31/2020 1:13:13 PM - SOURCE: Payson Roundup - Metered Site
Posted on Tue, 31 Mar 2020 20:13:13 GMT

Buckeye-area fire departments launch coronavirus response unit
Two West Valley fire departments are teaming up to create a special coronavirus response unit. "We came together to look for a solution to a problem we've never been presented with before," said Buckeye Fire Chief Bob Costello. Officials say the partnership between Buckeye Fire Department and Buckeye Valley Fire District is the first of its kind in Arizona.
- PUB DATE: 3/30/2020 8:20:46 PM - SOURCE: KASW-CW6 & KTVK-TV 3 (azfamily.com)
Posted on Tue, 31 Mar 2020 03:20:46 GMT

ASU has made 2,000 new coronavirus test kits, using robots for faster results
Arizona State University said it is ready to start implementing high-speed coronavirus testing this week using robots. The university has also begun to manufacture additional test kits to help with current test kit shortages. ASU said it has made about 2,000 kits already and expects to make about 1,000 a day in the coming weeks.
- PUB DATE: 3/30/2020 3:38:31 PM - SOURCE: AZCentral
Posted on Mon, 30 Mar 2020 22:38:31 GMT

Firefighters in Graham, Greenlee, Cochise counties prepared for COVID-19, brush fires
As brush fire season approaches, local fire departments are taking precautions against COVID-19. In Thatcher, Fire Chief Mike Payne said they’re not having fire meetings. And in Safford, Chief Clark Bingham said the department is taking multiple vehicles on fire calls so firefighters do not have to sit so closely in a confined space.
- PUB DATE: 3/31/2020 1:51:49 AM - SOURCE: Arizona Range News
Posted on Tue, 31 Mar 2020 08:51:49 GMT

San Luis Fire Department taking a more proactive approach to stop virus spread
The San Luis Fire Department is taking a more proactive approach in reducing the transmission and possible exposure to COVID-19. According to spokesperson Luis E Cebreros, each member of the fire department has been assigned an exposure kit that contains a gown, safety glasses and an N-95 mask as part of their everyday equipment.
- PUB DATE: 3/30/2020 1:01:49 PM - SOURCE: Yuma Sun.com (Yuma Daily Sun)
Posted on Mon, 30 Mar 2020 20:01:49 GMT

McGraw’s Cantina in Tucson suffers serious fire damage
An iconic Tucson eatery suffered heavy damage Friday in a lunch-hour blaze that took more than 50 firefighters to extinguish. The Tucson Fire Department responded just before noon to a call from McGraw’s Cantina in the 4100 block of South Houghton Road near East Escalante Road. Firefighters found “heavy smoke and flames coming from inside,” a TFD news release said.
- PUB DATE: 3/31/2020 9:02:32 AM - SOURCE: Tucson Arizona Daily Star
Posted on Tue, 31 Mar 2020 16:02:32 GMT

Arizona’s Director of Emergency Management resigns
The woman who led Arizona’s response to the coronavirus pandemic has resigned effective immediately. Wendy Smith-Reeve, director of the Arizona Division of Emergency Management, submitted her resignation Saturday and it was accepted by Gov. Doug Ducey’s office. In Smith-Reeve’s resignation letter, she cited concerns that her role is being addressed by other agencies and her "presence and function is duplicative" during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- PUB DATE: 3/29/2020 1:50:44 AM - SOURCE: KVOA-TV NBC 4 Tucson
Posted on Sun, 29 Mar 2020 08:50:44 GMT

Shortages of protective equipment, test kits hitting Arizona hard
Shortages of test kits and personal protective equipment across the nation and around the world are being felt in Arizona, and state officials are responding by changing guidelines to increase the lifespan of PPE and decrease health provider’s reliance on testing. Last Monday, the State Disaster Medical Advisory Committee released a statement acknowledging that, “there is currently a worldwide shortage of PPE.
- PUB DATE: 3/29/2020 11:09:03 PM - SOURCE: Lake Havasu City News-Herald
Posted on Mon, 30 Mar 2020 06:09:03 GMT

No injuries after plane flips over at Sedona Airport
PHOTO: There were no injuries after a 1977 Cessna 172N airplane flipped over after landing at the Sedona Airport Sunday. Sedona Fire District was called to the airport at about noon on a report of the single-engine aircraft that had “flipped over” near the runway upon landing. Emergency responders found the plane upside down.
- PUB DATE: 3/30/2020 8:39:47 AM - SOURCE: Verde Independent
Posted on Mon, 30 Mar 2020 15:39:47 GMT

Arizona forest proposes using fire as tool for restoration
Forest officials in northern Arizona have plans to use prescribed fire to help with restoration efforts in an area north of Grand Canyon National Park. The Kaibab National Forest is seeking public comments on a proposed vegetation management project that would span more than 43 square miles (111.4 square kilometers).
- PUB DATE: 3/30/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Helena Independent Record
Posted on Mon, 30 Mar 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Man seriously hurt in Tempe house fire
A man has serious injuries after a fire broke out at a home in Tempe on Thursday night. Fire crews said there was heavy damage on the first floor of a two-story home near Rural and Warner roads. The man was taken to the County Burn Unit. Another person was looked at for smoke inhalation. A third person had possible burns but didn't want to be evaluated, firefighters said.
- PUB DATE: 3/26/2020 8:24:16 PM - SOURCE: KASW-CW6 & KTVK-TV 3 (azfamily.com)
Posted on Fri, 27 Mar 2020 03:24:16 GMT

Tubac Fire District adds new extrication equipment
The Tubac Fire District has an array of new equipment to extract people from wrecked automobiles, thanks to a $30,000 grant from the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety. TFD said it made the grant request last year in hopes of providing additional extrication equipment for its emergency vehicles as they respond to incidents along the I-19 corridor.
- PUB DATE: 3/27/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Nogales International
Posted on Fri, 27 Mar 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Arizona theater groups are sewing masks for health-care workers, first responders
Two Arizona theater groups aren’t looking to sit idle even though their stages are dark while the community deals with the new coronavirus pandemic. Costumers with the Peoria-based Arizona Broadway Theatre company as well as students in the University of Arizona’s School of Theatre, Film & Television have undertaken efforts to make masks for health-care workers and first responders.
- PUB DATE: 3/27/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: AZCentral
Posted on Fri, 27 Mar 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Blood donors needed in northern Arizona during coronavirus pandemic
Healthy blood donors are urgently needed in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, according to Vitalant (formerly United Blood Services), the nation’s second largest community blood service provider, which manages all blood donations in northern Arizona and Maricopa County. The organization has set up numerous public blood drives throughout northern Arizona to help address the ongoing need for blood donations.
- PUB DATE: 3/26/2020 8:14:00 AM - SOURCE: Arizona Daily Sun
Posted on Thu, 26 Mar 2020 15:14:00 GMT

Flagstaff first responders fight to save coronavirus resources
People in Flagstaff made 350 calls to firefighters through the past week, a 25% percent increase from their expected call load for this time of year, according to Flagstaff Fire Department deputy chief Mike Wilson. As the call load increases, many local medical and law enforcement agencies are feeling the stress on their essential equipment for handling coronavirus carriers.
- PUB DATE: 3/26/2020 8:14:00 AM - SOURCE: Arizona Daily Sun
Posted on Thu, 26 Mar 2020 15:14:00 GMT

Tucson Firefighters Douse West Side Fire
Tucson firefighters made quick work of a house fire on the west side, according to a release from the Tucson Fire Department. Firefighters were dispatched at 8:20 p.m. Wednesday to the 1500 block of W. Ontario Street and arrived four minutes later to find smoke and flames coming from the back of the house, where storage sheds were on fire, extending into the house.
- PUB DATE: 3/26/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Tucson Patch
Posted on Thu, 26 Mar 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Female hiker rescued by Cochise County Sheriff’s Office after almost eight hours
A 63-year-old woman stuck on Montezuma’s Canyon near Sierra Vista was rescued by Cochise County Sheriff’s Office personnel Tuesday evening almost eight hours after she called for help. The rescue effort, said sheriff’s office spokeswoman Carol Capas, was hampered by high winds, the woman’s remote location, and another rescue call that involved two missing children.
- PUB DATE: 3/25/2020 8:54:06 PM - SOURCE: Sierra Vista Herald - Metered Site
Posted on Thu, 26 Mar 2020 03:54:06 GMT

Recycling-truck driver assists north Phoenix neighborhood during house fire
Recycling-truck driver Blaine Freeman helped residents of a north Phoenix during a home fire early Monday morning. Freeman said he noticed smoke in the neighborhood during his recycling route. He decided to head that way and make sure everything was okay. Freeman found the house fire when he arrived at the source of the smoke.
- PUB DATE: 3/25/2020 7:35:56 PM - SOURCE: KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix
Posted on Thu, 26 Mar 2020 02:35:56 GMT

Heavy winter rainfall setting Arizona up for potentially nasty fire season
It was a great winter for rainfall across the deserts of Arizona but it has also created a carpet of grass, brush and weeds that will become fire fuel. Spokeswoman Tiffany Davila with Arizona Forestry and Fire Management said the conditions mirror what came ahead of last year’s fire season. About 400,000 acres burned including the nearly 125,000-acre Woodbury Fire that started in the Superstition Mountains and ended up becoming the fifth largest fire in Arizona history.
- PUB DATE: 3/26/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTAR-FM 92.3 Glendale
Posted on Thu, 26 Mar 2020 07:00:00 GMT

How Phoenix Police, Fire and Parks are dealing with coronavirus
From ordering a million wipes to shifting schedules and posting signs, Police, Fire and Parks Departments are adapting to public interactions in the face of a pandemic. Chief Kara Kalkbrenner said all personal protective equipment recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been distributed and the department continues to monitor and share information with employees.
- PUB DATE: 3/24/2020 3:52:29 PM - SOURCE: KJZZ-FM 91.5
Posted on Tue, 24 Mar 2020 22:52:29 GMT

First responders adapt as 2 Sedonans test positive for COVID-19
As of Monday, March 23, Yavapai County Community Health Services reported three positive cases in the county — two in Sedona and a third in Prescott. Coconino County had 17 confirmed cases. In all, 101 tests had been provided in Yavapai County with 84 negative and 14 pending. Information on the two Sedona cases is limited but the county did confirm both Sedona residents who have the virus are senior citizens.
- PUB DATE: 3/25/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Sedona Red Rock News
Posted on Wed, 25 Mar 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Arizona nonprofit helping emergency personnel amid COVID-19 pandemic
As Arizona’s first responders have had to shift their focus during the coronavirus pandemic, so too has an Arizona nonprofit that provides financial assistance to family members of emergency personnel. The 100 Club of Arizona is addressing the added risk COVID-19 presents to first responders by making it easier for them to access information regarding medical services and best practices when engaging with the public.
- PUB DATE: 3/25/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTAR-FM 92.3 Glendale
Posted on Wed, 25 Mar 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Thumb Butte Trail rescue
At 2 pm Tuesday, two Prescott Fire Department engine companies responded to a report of a woman with an ankle injury on the Thumb Butte trail. Firefighters utilized the department’s 6x6 Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) to quickly reach the patient, a woman in her 30’s, who was hiking with her family on the trail when she slipped and rolled her ankle.
- PUB DATE: 3/24/2020 5:52:26 PM - SOURCE: Prescott eNews
Posted on Wed, 25 Mar 2020 00:52:26 GMT

Firefighters warn to check BBQ connections after Glendale fire
Glendale firefighters responded to a "barbecue out of control" on Tuesday afternoon. While they were approaching the house, firefighters reported seeing a large column of smoke emanating from the house. When they arrived, the entire rear of the building was on fire. Firefighters were able to eventually extinguish the blaze and reported that everyone got out safely.
- PUB DATE: 3/24/2020 6:45:25 PM - SOURCE: KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix
Posted on Wed, 25 Mar 2020 01:45:25 GMT

Insurance company backtracks after saying it won't cover job-related COVID-19 for Arizona firefighters
Fire departments in Arizona went straight to the state Capitol Monday after a workers' compensation insurance company said their firefighters would not receive coverage if they contracted COVID-19 on the job. A voicemail was sent to Arizona's Family confirming that's what 7710 Insurance said, but the company is now admitting they made a mistake.
- PUB DATE: 3/23/2020 10:49:45 PM - SOURCE: KTVK-TV 3 & KPHO-TV CBS 5 (azfamily.com)
Posted on Tue, 24 Mar 2020 05:49:45 GMT

Building community resilience across Arizona in the face of the coronavirus
A shock felt across the state, responses to the current spread of the novel coronavirus have changed everyday life in Arizona. Online classes, canceled events, state of emergency mandates and social distancing have become the norm. How does adapting as individuals affect the community as a whole? Social distancing has forced many to make critical choices for themselves and their families.
- PUB DATE: 3/23/2020 10:46:47 PM - SOURCE: Arizona State University
Posted on Tue, 24 Mar 2020 05:46:47 GMT

Testing kit shortages mean restrictions in Pima County
Testing is still lagging behind needs according to Dr. Francisco Garcia, the Director and Chief Medical Officer for Pima County. “Until we have sufficient collection media and swabs, our testing won’t be sufficient," said Dr. Garcia. Without proper testing, it’s impossible to know how many cases there are in Pima County, which, according to state numbers stands at 25.
- PUB DATE: 3/23/2020 6:49:24 PM - SOURCE: Tucson News Now
Posted on Tue, 24 Mar 2020 01:49:24 GMT

Kingman serial arsonist takes plea agreement
A serial arsonist entered a plea agreement during a settlement conference last week in Kingman. Charlie Balluff, 40, decided to take a deal after Judge Billy Sipe explained he was looking at a 30- to 100-year prison term if convicted of 22 criminal charges at trial. Kingman Deputy Police Chief Rusty Cooper said Balluff had been connected to more than 400 arson incidents in the Kingman area dating back to 2013 when he was arrested last June.
- PUB DATE: 3/23/2020 11:27:13 PM - SOURCE: Mohave Valley Daily News
Posted on Tue, 24 Mar 2020 06:27:13 GMT

Golder Ranch Fire District hosting blood drive
The Golder Ranch Fire District will host the American Red Cross Bloodmobile for a blood drive from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 7. The Bloodmobile will be located in the parking lot of Golder Ranch Fire District Station 380 located at 1175 West Magee. The American Red Cross emphasizes that they need the public’s help and that it has never been more important to donate blood.
- PUB DATE: 3/23/2020 5:41:06 PM - SOURCE: Tucson News Now
Posted on Tue, 24 Mar 2020 00:41:06 GMT

Rural Metro Fire Department to keep Station 81 for now
VIDEO: A community just south of the Tucson International Airport will keep its local fire station, at least for now. Last month, Rural Metro Fire and Global Medical Response planned to close Fire Station 81 on May 1, citing “financial difficulties." The fire station serves about 5,000 rural residents and employs about 15 firefighters.
- PUB DATE: 3/20/2020 8:43:55 PM - SOURCE: Tucson News Now
Posted on Sat, 21 Mar 2020 03:43:55 GMT

Bisbee fire to curtail transports to Tucson hospitals
The Bisbee Fire Department will not be transporting patients out of the county to hospitals in Tucson on a regular basis as the Mayor and City Council unanimously approved a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Arizona Ambulance. During Tuesday’s meeting, Fire Chief George Castillo and Lt. Raul Villasenor explained the reduced staff and aging vehicles were being run ragged trying to keep up with the number of transports from the Copper Queen Community Hospital to Tucson.
- PUB DATE: 3/22/2020 2:42:39 AM - SOURCE: Sierra Vista Herald
Posted on Sun, 22 Mar 2020 09:42:39 GMT

No working from home for Chandler first responders
There's no social distancing or working remotely for the firefighters at Chandler Fire Station 283. Job closures due to coronavirus don't affect the Valley's first responders who are still on the call when needed. "Still here doing our job," said firefighter Natalie Wood. "We knew what we were doing when we got into this job.
- PUB DATE: 3/22/2020 10:48:45 PM - SOURCE: KNXV-TV ABC 15 Phoenix
Posted on Mon, 23 Mar 2020 05:48:45 GMT

Scottsdale Fire practices social distancing during Coronavirus pandemic
First responders in the Valley are preparing, as they run the risk of being exposed to the Coronavirus when responding to calls. The Scottsdale Fire Department has implemented changes to serve the public from a distance as best they can. Firefighters have been practicing social distancing rules for the past month, in an effort to stay safe.
- PUB DATE: 3/22/2020 6:42:12 PM - SOURCE: KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix
Posted on Mon, 23 Mar 2020 01:42:12 GMT

City of Phoenix and Rep. Ruben Gallego extend personal protective equipment drive
The City of Phoenix and Representative Ruben Gallego extended their personal protective equipment (PPE) drive at the Phoenix Convention Center through Saturday. Representative Gallego coordinated the effort with the City of Phoenix, Phoenix Fire and Phoenix Police in hopes of replenishing the low supply of PPE like masks, eye protection and more in Arizona.
- PUB DATE: 3/22/2020 6:47:43 PM - SOURCE: KNXV-TV ABC 15 Phoenix
Posted on Mon, 23 Mar 2020 01:47:43 GMT

Many people across metro Phoenix can't work at home during coronavirus outbreak
The guidelines from the government to combat the spread of the new coronavirus are clear: Work from home whenever possible. But, for some people, those who make food, repair cars, deliver mail or put out fires, that is not possible. Instead, these employees continue working as usual, even though the environment around them has changed dramatically.
- PUB DATE: 3/19/2020 9:53:05 AM - SOURCE: Arizona Republic, AZCentral.com & KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix
Posted on Thu, 19 Mar 2020 16:53:05 GMT

Fire staff ready for virus in Sun City West; Supplies, training in place
Sun Cities residents can rest assured they will be in good hands if the communities’ fire and medical departments are called to their homes while the coronavirus remains a concern. Staff and units in the Sun City Fire and Medical Department and Arizona Fire & Medical Authority are prepared for the illness with the supplies and training they need.
- PUB DATE: 3/20/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Daily Independent
Posted on Fri, 20 Mar 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Navajo Nation leaders urge public to stay home after 14 test positive for coronavirus
Leaders of the Navajo Nation are strongly urging the public to stay at home after the latest number of positive coronavirus cases reached 14. President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer issued a joint statement asking people to stay at home and "and let the health care and emergency experts do their jobs.
- PUB DATE: 3/20/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix
Posted on Fri, 20 Mar 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Tucson church alters programs amid COVID19 spread; Continues meals for first responders
As churches across town close because of the coronavirus, many people are concerned about the loss of community programs: meals for the needy, childcare and more. At Victory Worship Center, they're still holding programs to help people and give hope. How they do that will just be a little different.
- PUB DATE: 3/20/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOLD-TV CBS 13 Tucson
Posted on Fri, 20 Mar 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Bullhead City Restaurant sustains minor damage from fire
A properly working fire suppression system is being credited for limited the damage at a Bullhead City restaurant Wednesday morning. Units from the Bullhead City Fire Department were called to the Hibachi Buffet, in the 2200 block of Highway 95, around 11:18 a.m. Arriving crews found smoke coming from the rooftop and an audible fire alarm sounding.
- PUB DATE: 3/18/2020 11:08:25 PM - SOURCE: Mohave Valley Daily News
Posted on Thu, 19 Mar 2020 06:08:25 GMT

Yavapai County: Firefighters rescue 72 year-old unconscious man on Granite Mountain
PHOTO: At 2 pm Tuesday, a multitude of local agencies worked together to rescue a 72 year-old hiker on Granite Mountain. An off-duty Sedona firefighter was hiking on the Metate Trail with his children on Granite Mountain when he came across an unconscious male. The firefighter had cell reception and was able to notify authorities for assistance.
- PUB DATE: 3/18/2020 11:45:05 AM - SOURCE: Prescott eNews
Posted on Wed, 18 Mar 2020 18:45:05 GMT

Investigators searching for suspect who stole Tucson Fire Department pickup truck
Investigators with the Tucson Police Department are searching for the person who stole a Tucson Fire Department pickup truck Tuesday night. The theft happened as crews with Tucson fire responded to an emergency medical call near Stone Ave and Speedway Boulevard at around 7 p.m. March 17. Some members of the team responded in a department pickup truck.
- PUB DATE: 3/19/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOLD-TV CBS 13 Tucson
Posted on Thu, 19 Mar 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Sedona Fire District limits in-person contact
Out of an abundance of caution, and following the protocols recently announced by the city to protect citizens and staff from the potential spread of COVID-19, beginning Wednesday, March 18, 2020, Sedona Fire District will limit in-person access to fire stations and the administrative office. Citizens and visitors who require medical attention are instructed to call their personal physician or dial 9-1-1 for a dispatcher to direct appropriate care.
- PUB DATE: 3/18/2020 11:35:59 AM - SOURCE: Sedona.biz
Posted on Wed, 18 Mar 2020 18:35:59 GMT

Payson declares a state of emergency
The Town of Payson on March 18 declared a state of emergency because of the COVID-19 outbreak. So far, Mayor Tom Morrissey has said the town is suspending public attendance at board and commission meetings and allowing councilors to take part remotely in meetings. “The CDC has recommended that people over 60 not attend gatherings larger than 10 people.
- PUB DATE: 3/18/2020 1:01:23 PM - SOURCE: Payson Roundup - Metered Site
Posted on Wed, 18 Mar 2020 20:01:23 GMT

Man dies in workplace accident in downtown Phoenix
A 27-year-old man has died after a workplace accident in the area of 1st Avenue and Van Buren Street on Tuesday morning. It happened at an Arizona State University construction site around 11:45 a.m., police said. A statement from DPR Construction said the subcontractor worker was hit by materials.
- PUB DATE: 3/17/2020 3:41:29 PM - SOURCE: KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix
Posted on Tue, 17 Mar 2020 22:41:29 GMT

Tucson: Rural Metro Fire Department investigates cause of residential fire near Benson Highway
Crews with the Rural Metro Fire Department are investigating the cause of a fire that burned a residential structure Tuesday. Firefighters responded to a residential fire near Benson Highway and Valencia Road at 2 p.m. March 17, 2020. When they arrived on the scene, responders found one structure completely engulfed in flames, according to an email from Battalion Chief John Walka, a spokesperson for Rural Metro Fire.
- PUB DATE: 3/17/2020 3:36:40 PM - SOURCE: Tucson News Now
Posted on Tue, 17 Mar 2020 22:36:40 GMT

Crews respond to fire at Amazon facility in Goodyear
Multiple fire departments responded to an early morning fire at the Amazon facility Wednesday. Fire crews from Goodyear, Avondale, Buckeye Valley and Phoenix responded to the scene near S. Cotton Lane and W. Elwood Street. Firefighters were able to quickly get a handle on the fire with the help of the sprinkler system.
- PUB DATE: 3/18/2020 6:51:52 AM - SOURCE: KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix
Posted on Wed, 18 Mar 2020 13:51:52 GMT

No injuries reported in Tucson house fire
Firefighters extinguished a fire in a vacant house on Tucson’s south side late on Tuesday, March 17. According to the Tucson Fire Department, the first happened shortly before 11 p.m. in an unoccupied house at South Sixth Avenue and Irvington Road. Twenty-one firefighters had the fire under control eight minutes after arriving at the scene.
- PUB DATE: 3/18/2020 6:44:08 AM - SOURCE: Tucson News Now
Posted on Wed, 18 Mar 2020 13:44:08 GMT

Phoenix firefighters taking extra precautions for coronavirus
The Phoenix Fire Department is taking extra precautions as we move through the COVID-19 pandemic, since there's a very good chance firefighters and paramedics could come into contact with someone who has symptoms. Phoenix Fire Captain Kenny Overton spoke to Arizona's Family about it today. "We're handling it through preparation, handling it through looking at the facts in front of us, making the proper calls based on strategic decision making.
- PUB DATE: 3/17/2020 8:01:45 PM - SOURCE: KASW-CW6 & KTVK-3TV (azfamily.com)
Posted on Wed, 18 Mar 2020 03:01:45 GMT

This family-owned Arizona restaurant chain is delivering meals to first responders
Amid growing concern over the spread of the new coronavirus, metro Phoenix Mexican restaurant chain Someburros is donating platters of food to local hospitals and fire stations. Owners and management at Someburros, a family owned chain of fast casual Mexican restaurants, decided that each of the company's 10 Arizona restaurants would deliver between two and four platters of food to first responders and healthcare workers.
- PUB DATE: 3/18/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: AZCentral
Posted on Wed, 18 Mar 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Tanker crashes, catches fire near I-40 in Flagstaff
PHOTOS: A tanker truck crashed near Interstate 40 in Flagstaff Monday night causing a massive fire. The crash happened at around 8 p.m. on Butler Avenue under the I-40 bridge, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation. The crash caused eastbound I-40 to be closed but the road has since reopened.
- PUB DATE: 3/17/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KASW-CW6 & KTVK-3TV (azfamily.com)
Posted on Tue, 17 Mar 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Roberta Gorman named National Park Service structural fire prevention program manager
Roberta Gorman has been selected as the new structural fire prevention program manager for the National Park Service (NPS) Structural Fire Program under the Division of Fire and Aviation Management (DFAM). In her new role, Gorman will be responsible for the Structural Fire Prevention Program, which centers on the preservation of life and the protection of NPS buildings and their contents from structure fires.
- PUB DATE: 3/17/2020 9:48:41 AM - SOURCE: Williams-Grand Canyon News
Posted on Tue, 17 Mar 2020 16:48:41 GMT

Quad Cities police, firefighters, courts take measures to deter coronavirus
Law enforcement and other first responders throughout the Quad Cities have begun taking precautions to limit the spread of COVID-19 among their staff and the public at large. Initial steps have been to cancel any upcoming public events, such as Coffee with a Cop, Citizen’s Academy, Block Watch, Badges and Bobbers, Dump the Drugs and Bike Rodeo.
- PUB DATE: 3/17/2020 1:50:53 AM - SOURCE: Daily Courier
Posted on Tue, 17 Mar 2020 08:50:53 GMT

Mohave County may open emergency center in response to coronavirus outbreak
Mohave County is considering an emergency operations center to aid the county’s response to the coronavirus outbreak with testing for the virus already under way, though no COVID-19 cases have been confirmed locally. The Mohave County Board of Supervisors held an emergency meeting on Monday to discuss recent and unforeseen developments concerning the current situation with the pandemic that is wreaking havoc across the country and the globe.
- PUB DATE: 3/17/2020 2:03:29 AM - SOURCE: Lake Havasu City News-Herald
Posted on Tue, 17 Mar 2020 09:03:29 GMT

Tucson: South side church suffers from fire; then robbed
VIDEO: The Living World Assembly of God Church on South 12th Avenue is still trying to recover after a fire on Friday burned down its Sunday school rooms. Pastor Gene Chewning said, "My office has been vandalized, trashed and had things stolen from it twice since this fire." Pastor Gene Chewning pulls out a flag that miraculously survived the church fire.
- PUB DATE: 3/17/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KVOA-TV NBC 4 Tucson
Posted on Tue, 17 Mar 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Efforts aim to combat Mental Health Crisis among Arizona's First Responders
First responders regularly deal with tragedy, but the stigma surrounding mental health challenges prevents many from seeking treatment. More first responders die by suicide every year than in the line of duty. However, there are efforts to combat the crisis in Arizona. Since 2000, more than 30 firefighters have died by suicide in Arizona.
- PUB DATE: 3/16/2020 5:18:13 AM - SOURCE: KJZZ-FM 91.5
Posted on Mon, 16 Mar 2020 12:18:13 GMT

Camelback Mountain: Injured hiker extracted from under boulder loosened by rain
Phoenix parks officials temporarily closed two popular hiking trails up Camelback Mountain on Saturday after firefighters extracted a seriously injured man from under a boulder. Fire Department said a boulder estimated to weight 300 pounds landed on the man when he grabbed it to stabilize himself while getting to the side of Echo Trail to let other hikers pass.
- PUB DATE: 3/14/2020 5:45:13 PM - SOURCE: KGUN-TV ABC 9 Tucson
Posted on Sun, 15 Mar 2020 00:45:13 GMT

Phoenix man seriously injured in crash
A man had to be removed from his vehicle after a serious crash on S.R. 51 Sunday night. According to Capt. Nicole Minnick with the Phoenix Fire Department, the crash happened at about 10 p.m. on northbound S.R. 51 at the Highland exit ramp. Minnick said two cars and four people were involved. Three people were evaluated and refused to be taken to the hospital.
- PUB DATE: 3/13/2020 8:29:05 PM - SOURCE: Arizona Republic, AZCentral.com & KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix
Posted on Sat, 14 Mar 2020 03:29:05 GMT

Dangerous gas leak detected in Peoria neighborhood
Everything is back to normal after some Peoria residents spent time in their homes at the request of firefighters. Fire crews were trying to find the cause of a sewer gas leak along 79th Avenue from Thunderbird Road to Cactus Road. Peoria Fire Department said they detected high levels of sewer gas in the area Saturday night.
- PUB DATE: 3/14/2020 10:44:02 PM - SOURCE: KASW-CW6 & KTVK-3TV (azfamily.com)
Posted on Sun, 15 Mar 2020 05:44:02 GMT

Man found dead in hot tub in Cave Creek
A man was found dead in a hot tub in Cave Creek on Friday, the Phoenix Fire Department said. Firefighters responded to a call in the area of Cave Creek Road and Tatum Boulevard on Friday afternoon, where they found a man in a hot tub, department Capt. Rob McDade said. He was pronounced dead at the scene and the Phoenix Police Department will be investigating.
- PUB DATE: 3/13/2020 3:37:47 PM - SOURCE: Arizona Republic, AZCentral.com & KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix
Posted on Fri, 13 Mar 2020 22:37:47 GMT

How coronavirus has affected Arizona since the start of March
The coronavirus outbreak has intensified nationally and across Arizona since the starTt of March. The state has added new cases of COVID-19, and the concerns have grown so large Gov. Doug Ducey declared a state of emergency and authorized millions in funding to fight the virus. The following is a timeline of how coronavirus has affected Arizona since March 1.
- PUB DATE: 3/13/2020 2:10:33 AM - SOURCE: KTAR-FM 92.3 Glendale
Posted on Fri, 13 Mar 2020 09:10:33 GMT

Related: Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey declares public health emergency
Gov. Doug Ducey declared a public health emergency Wednesday to give state officials more leeway and tools to deal with the COVID-19 outbreak. Nothing in the governor’s decision actually restricts what people can do or where they can go. And state Health Director Cara Christ said there are no plans to limit large public gatherings as governors in other states have done.
- PUB DATE: 3/13/2020 5:37:52 AM - SOURCE: White Mountain Independent - Metered Site
Posted on Fri, 13 Mar 2020 12:37:52 GMT

Two people critically injured in Oak Creek Canyon accident on SR 89A
PHOTO: Early Thursday morning in Oak Creek Canyon, crews with Sedona Fire District responded to a vehicle that left the road and struck a piece of construction equipment, the district reported through its Facebook page. The accident occurred at milepost 386 on State Route 89A. Two people in the vehicle were transported to Flagstaff Medical Center with critical injuries, according to the district.
- PUB DATE: 3/12/2020 10:48:35 AM - SOURCE: Verde Independent
Posted on Thu, 12 Mar 2020 17:48:35 GMT

Firefighters rescue family and pets in Phoenix house fire
Five people and three pets are safe after a West Valley house fire overnight. Phoenix, Avondale, and Tollison fire departments responded to a fire at a home near Indian School Road and 111th Avenue in Phoenix. Fire officials say the family had three cats and three dogs. Firefighters were able to find three cats, but one died.
- PUB DATE: 3/13/2020 6:47:16 AM - SOURCE: KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix
Posted on Fri, 13 Mar 2020 13:47:16 GMT

Tucson Fire crews rescue motorist trapped in car underneath semi-trailer
Tucson Fire crews rescued a motorist whose vehicle was stuck under a semi-trailer near Prince and Flowing Wells. According to the department, the victim was transported to the hospital. Police say the victim suffered life-threatening injuries and that the intersection was shut down. The wreck happened at 3 a.
- PUB DATE: 3/13/2020 6:44:57 AM - SOURCE: KGUN-TV ABC 9 Tucson
Posted on Fri, 13 Mar 2020 13:44:57 GMT

Phoenix police, firefighters join latest viral video trend
VIDEO: Amid the anxiety and hardships of the coronavirus outbreak, the city of Phoenix has given residents a reason to smile. TikTok — a viral video sharing app — has found its latest trend that’s captivating many users. Even the Phoenix police and Phoenix fire departments are getting on board. The trend is called “flip the switch.
- PUB DATE: 3/12/2020 10:50:01 AM - SOURCE: KTAR-FM 92.3 Glendale
Posted on Thu, 12 Mar 2020 17:50:01 GMT

Tempe firefighter Tommy Arriaga laid to rest after battle with cancer
VIDEO: Firefighter Tommy Arriaga, who was 36 years old, was laid to rest Wednesday after a battle with colorectal cancer. Arriaga’s death marks Tempe Fire Medical Rescue’s second line-of-duty death. He is survived by his wife Monica, and two daughters Miranda, age 7, and Madalynn, age 3. "He's just a hero to us all," Deputy Chief Kyle Carman said of his friend Tommy.
- PUB DATE: 3/11/2020 1:36:00 PM - SOURCE: KNXV-TV ABC 15 Phoenix
Posted on Wed, 11 Mar 2020 20:36:00 GMT

Sen. Martha McSally honors fallen Buckeye firefighter on Senate floor
Sen. Martha McSally took to the floor of the U.S. Senate on Tuesday to honor an Arizona firefighter who died while combating bushfires in Australia. “Last week, I co-sponsored a bipartisan resolution honoring the three American firefighters who lost their lives fighting Australia’s bushfires this year, including First Officer Paul Hudson from Buckeye, Arizona,” McSally said on the Senate floor.
- PUB DATE: 3/12/2020 6:39:53 AM - SOURCE: KTAR 620 - Newsradio
Posted on Thu, 12 Mar 2020 13:39:53 GMT

Tempe creates new award to honor fire captain killed in 2018
The city of Tempe has created a new award to honor a fire captain who was killed off-duty in 2018. The Kyle Brayer Veteran in Public Safety Award will go to an individual who encompasses the values of Brayer, the 34-year-old fire captain and former Marine. Brayer was shot and killed in February 2018 after an early morning confrontation in Old Town Scottsdale with 22-year-old Hezron Parks.
- PUB DATE: 3/12/2020 4:38:13 AM - SOURCE: KTAR 620 - Newsradio
Posted on Thu, 12 Mar 2020 11:38:13 GMT

Two adults, child injured in multi-vehicle crash in Phoenix
Three people, including a young child, were rushed to the hospital after a multiple-vehicle collision in Phoenix Wednesday night. Emergency crews were called to the scene near 98th Avenue and Lower Buckeye Road around 7:20 p.m. Phoenix firefighters say the child suffered serious injuries in the crash.
- PUB DATE: 3/11/2020 8:08:59 PM - SOURCE: KNXV-TV ABC 15 Phoenix
Posted on Thu, 12 Mar 2020 03:08:59 GMT

Vacant Tucson home damaged by overnight fire
A midtown home was damaged by a fire early on Thursday, March 12. According to the Tucson Fire Department, the house in the 200 block of West Saguaro Street was vacant and no injuries were reported. The fire, which was reported shortly after 1:30 a.m., was under control 14 minutes after firefighters arrived.
- PUB DATE: 3/12/2020 6:39:30 AM - SOURCE: Tucson News Now
Posted on Thu, 12 Mar 2020 13:39:30 GMT

Witnesses rush to help semi driver injured in fiery crash on freeway in Maricopa County
VIDEO: Several people were seen rushing toward a fiery semi-truck wreck on Loop-101 Agua Fria near Peoria Avenue Tuesday afternoon so they could help the driver. The semi collided into the median wall on the ramp, tilted on its side, and caught on fire, DPS said. Multiple good Samaritans parked their cars and worked together, trying to lift the wreckage to get the driver out.
- PUB DATE: 3/11/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix
Posted on Wed, 11 Mar 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Yavapai County: Living room burned in Paulden home fire
Firefighters were able to save the majority of a Paulden home that caught fire early Monday morning, March 9. The Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority (CAFMA) responded to a 911 call in the 2400 block of N. Catalina St. at about 5 a.m. Crews found a roughly 1,200-square-foot single family home with fire and smoke showing from the front of the building, CAFMA Fire Marshal Rick Chase said.
- PUB DATE: 3/10/2020 1:01:38 PM - SOURCE: Daily Courier
Posted on Tue, 10 Mar 2020 20:01:38 GMT



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