Phoenix Fire Department Launches New Water Safety Campaign, Drowning Zerohttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/fire/2317Fire4/21/2022 7:00:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2317/Photos - Aquatics - Maryvale Pool - Fiesta Del Agua - 01010.JPGPhoenix Fire Department Launches New Water Safety Campaign, Drowning Zero<div class="ExternalClassF1299179A8A54A7AA55000F08287C87C"><html> <p>​​</p>​Drownings are tragic and preventable. Over the last three years, the city of Phoenix has seen an increase in water safety incidents and deaths in our pediatric population.<br><br>As of March, the city has already experienced five fatal pediatric drownings. <br><br>This trend must stop. In hopes of preventing these tragedies, the Phoenix Fire Department has launched a new campaign called, “Drowning Zero".<br><br>Drowning Zero has a vision to eliminate the number of both adult and pediatric drownings through education, supervision, and community action. That means zero children unsupervised, zero barriers to pool visibility, and zero access to unsafe bodies of water.<br><br>As first responders, we know this vision is not possible without the community's help. That includes community stakeholders. <br><br>At the beginning of April, the Phoenix Fire Department held a mock drowning. It could not have been possible without the help of community partners. Those partners include the Phoenix Police Department, City of Phoenix Aquatics, SRP, United Phoenix Firefighters Charities, the local media, and the Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort.<br><br><img class="" style="margin:5px;width:494px;vertical-align:middle;" alt="Members of the Phoenix Fire Department and community partners pose for a photo following a mock drowning media event. " src="/firesite/MediaAssets/MOCK%20DROWNING%20GROUP%20PIC.jfif" /> <br><br>The mock drowning simulated a 911 response from Phoenix police officers and firefighters after crisis actors pulled a child from the pool at the Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort. The purpose of the exercise was to demonstrate how traumatic and quickly drownings can occur.<br><br>Before the mock incident took place, key players in the city and community stakeholders spoke to those in attendance about the importance of water safety and drowning awareness.<br><br>“Before anyone even gets in the pool – both children and adults – it's up to each and every one of us to educate our families and friends on how to prevent drownings," said Regina Lane Haycock, SRP senior Community Engagement strategist. <br><br>“At SRP, safety is a top priority, alongside reliability. It is our hope that responsible, designated adults will commit to maintain direct, visual contact with anyone in the water and make it a habit to use SRP's free Water Watcher tags."<br><br>“It is our duty as firefighters and our mission as the United Phoenix Firefighters Charities, to make sure our community stays vigilant and protected when it comes to water safety. We are excited to join efforts with our community partners in keeping the citizens and visitors of Phoenix safe around water," said David Ramirez, United Phoenix Firefighters Charity Board Member.<br><br>In partnership with the city of Phoenix, the Phoenix Fire Department encourages community members to always watch children near water. Whether it be a pool, a toilet, or even a bucket. Drownings are preventable. But unfortunately, they continue to occur.<br><br><p>As temperatures rise in Phoenix this summer, resources remain available online for water safety tips and swimming lessons at <a href="/pio/summer" target="_blank">Phoenix.gov/Summer.​</a> Please continue to be safe and smart around water to help us achieve our goal of Drowning Zero. <br></p><p><br></p></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/fireNewsfireFire
Input Needed for Community Assistance Program (CAP) Surveyhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/fire/2274Fire3/17/2022 7:00:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2274/Fire Admin Van Newsroom.jpgInput Needed for Community Assistance Program (CAP) Survey<div class="ExternalClassC847CCE0A0484C27811AD52799F06690"><html> <p><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">​The city of Phoenix wants your help evaluating the </span><a target="_blank" href="/fire/community-assistance-program"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">Community Assistance Program (CAP.) ​</span></a><br style="font-size:14.6667px;"></p><div><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">The concept was originally developed in 1995 as a Phoenix Fire civilian response unit that works with our firefighters to assist residents impacted by traumatic incidents.<br style=""><br style="">In July of 2021, the Phoenix City Council approved $15 million to expand the (CAP).  The program will double from five Crisis Response units (CRU) to a total of ten. In addition, nine new Behavioral Health Units will be created. <br style=""><br style="">The goal of CAP is to provide crisis intervention, victim assistance, behavioral health support, and connection to long-term supportive community resources.   <br style=""><br style="">We want to hear from the community to ensure that we build a response model that fits everyone's needs. <br style=""><br style="">Please take a couple of minutes to answer this ten bilingual​ question survey. </span></div><div><br style="font-size:14.6667px;"></div><div><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">English </span><a target="_blank" href="https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CommunityAssistanceProgram"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">CAP - Community Assistance Program Survey (surveymonkey.com)</span></a><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> </span></div><div><br style="font-size:14.6667px;"></div><div><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">Spanish </span><a href="https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CAPESPANOL2022" target="_blank"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CAPESPANOL2022</span></a><br style="font-size:14.6667px;"><br style="font-size:14.6667px;"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">You can help our program coordinators identify areas for improvement and gain a better understanding as to how we can more effectively serve our community.  </span><br style="font-size:14.6667px;"><br style="font-size:14.6667px;"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">The survey will close on April 30, 2022. </span></div><br></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/fireNewsfireFire
City of Phoenix Swears In New Fire Chief Mike Duranhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/fire/2245Fire2/23/2022 9:48:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2245/swearing-in duran.jfifCity of Phoenix Swears In New Fire Chief Mike Duran<div class="ExternalClass3EF8AB5D695C45D28D0C8E1B26831E54"><html>On Tuesday, February 22nd the Phoenix Fire Department swore in Mike Duran III as its 31st fire chief.<br><br>The ceremony took place at the Phoenix Fire Regional Training Academy. The backdrop of Chief Duran's swearing-in reflects his 27-year tenure with the department. As he stood in front of fire engine 14, which he called symbolic of his career as a firefighter.<br><br>Mayor Kate Gallego, City Manager Jeff Barton, and other city council members were in attendance. In addition to a handful of executive members of the department and the Duran family. <br><br>During the official ceremony Duran laid out his plans during his speech. Those plans include moving forward on outreach programs that are already in place. <br><br>“With the community assistance program, one of our priorities right now is addressing the behavioral and mental health needs of the community," Chief Duran said.<br><br>Duran also assured Phoenix firefighters will have the tools and resources to succeed while also keeping a focus on the community. <br><br>Duran plans to collaborate with the fire union representing the members ensuring Phoenix Fire Department members needs are met.<br><br>As the second Hispanic chief of Phoenix Fire Department, Duran is proud to reflect the diverse community it serves. He's also proud to continue the legacy and tradition of his family, as his father is a retired Phoenix Fire Assistant Chief, and his two brothers are also members of the department. <br><br>“I will provide for an environment that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive," Duran added. “You will continue to see an organization that is reflective of the community we serve."<br><br>While the city of Phoenix continues to be one of the fastest-growing cities in the county, Chief Duran is dedicated to prevention methods, continuing with that growth, the building of fire stations and putting resources in service to help members serve the community.<br><br><p>Duran replaces Kara Kalkbrenner, who retired Tuesday after being with the department since 1985. She was the first female fire chief in the city of Phoenix's history.<br></p><p><br></p></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/fireNewsfireFire
Fire Fighter Cancer Awareness Month: Behind The Scenes Of Cancer Screenings https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/fire/2220Fire1/28/2022 4:38:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2220/269613246_278355770999571_3532569489312623168_n.jpghttps://youtu.be/JkjaUB2KvjQFire Fighter Cancer Awareness Month: Behind The Scenes Of Cancer Screenings <div class="ExternalClassB4950CF2525D4027B8370AE20C3585BF"><html> <p>​​</p>Firefighter occupational cancer is the leading cause of line-of-duty deaths in the fire service. From 2015-2020, 75% of the fire fighters added to the IAFF Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial died from occupational cancer.<br><br>That number includes Phoenix firefighters Rick Telles and Brian Beck Jr.<br><br>In honor of January being Fire Fighter Cancer Awareness Month, the Phoenix Fire Department has continued to educate fire service members about this problem and empower them to take steps toward detection, treatment, and prevention.<br><br>One of those steps includes the cancer screenings for all Phoenix first responders at Vincere Cancer Center.<br><br>Vincere began seeing first responders in November of 2018. <br><br>The program initially started when Radiation Oncologist, Dr. Vershalee Shukla noticed a small influx in firefighters being diagnosed with various cancers. After a bit of research, she realized the epidemic amongst our nation's first responders. <br><br>The more research that was done, the more she realized a preventive program was needed for the safety and overall health and wellbeing of those who serve their communities.<br><br>That's when Dr. Shukla partnered with key players in the city of Phoenix to create a first of its kind program.<br><br>That program consists of comprehensive visits for Phoenix first responders to identify their known exposures to carcinogens on the job. In addition to discussing any risks the individual may have.<br><br>Although the city of Phoenix was the first to offer this type of program to its members, it has grown statewide with other departments folllowing suit.<br><br>To date, Dr. Shukla estimates she has caught nearly 90 cancers in early stages among Valley firefighters.<br><br>Because of trailblazing efforts led by Phoenix Fire Chief Kara Kalkbrenner and the collaboration with Vincere Cancer Center less firefighters will die from cancer​​​. <br><br>“Cancer isn't scary anymore, we're catching it early and with very good outcomes," Dr. Shukla said.<br><br>Learn more about Vincere Cancer Center and the free cancer screenings for first responders at <a target="_blank" href="https://vincerecancer.com/screening">https://vincerecancer.com/screening</a>.<br><br><br><p><br></p></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/fireVideofireFire
How To Prevent a Christmas Tree Fire in Your Homehttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/fire/2190Fire12/28/2021 3:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2190/HUT FIRE.jpgHow To Prevent a Christmas Tree Fire in Your Home<div class="ExternalClass8B75924A8F244B0984706A1020358923"><html> <p></p><span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span>Never let your Christmas tree get dry or it will quickly become a fire hazard in your home. <br><br>On Tuesday morning, Phoenix firefighters demonstrated the dangers a dry Christmas tree can pose.<br><br>Members from the Phoenix Fire Department's Fire Prevention Division built two makeshift scenarios at the Training Academy. <br><br>Firefighters dressed in turnouts demonstrated how quickly dry Christmas trees can catch fire. <br><br>In just a matter of seconds after ignition, the dry trees consumed both a living room and shed with flames. <br><br>The goal was to encourage folks to toss their tree before it becomes dangerous. <br><br>Sadly, a similar scenario happened on Christmas day in Phoenix after a fire broke out in a home near 24th Street and Osborn.<br><br>After firefighters quickly arrived on the scene, the fire had already made its way into the attic.<br><br>No injuries were reported but because of the fire and smoke damage, five people are now without a home.<br><br>The Phoenix Fire Department wants to remind citizens to remove dry Christmas trees from homes as soon as possible as a safety precaution.<br><br>When disposing a dry tree, ensure its not within 10 feet or any structure nearby.<br><br><a href="/newsroom/public-works/2180" target="_blank">The Public Works Department <span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span><span style="font-size:11.0pt;line-height:107%;font-family:"calibri",sans-serif;">offers Phoenix residents several drop-off locations for their live Christmas trees and wreaths to be composted. </span>​<span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span></a> <br><br>Trees or wreaths may be dropped off at any of the participating Phoenix parks. <br><br>Only live trees and wreaths are accepted, not plastic trees and wreaths. <br><br>Trees and wreaths will be composted at the City of Phoenix Compost Facility.  <br><br>​<br><span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span><p>​<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/fireNewsfireFire
Rescue on Camelback Mountainhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/fire/1004Fire2/16/2020 4:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1004/Newsroom_Fire_009.jpgRescue on Camelback Mountain<div class="ExternalClass15988275F8EE44BA8B8F806F8F0C81C2"><html> <p>​<span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span>Phoenix and Tempe firefighters responded to reports of an adult male with a lower leg injury on the Echo Canyon Trail of Camelback Mountain.  Crews hoisted the patient off the mountain and transported the patient to a local hospital for further evaluation.  No firefighters were injured during this incident.<span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/fireNewsfireFire
AZ-TF1 Search Dog Certification Testhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/fire/900Fire2/1/2020 6:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/900/K9 certification 2 01 20.jpgAZ-TF1 Search Dog Certification Test<div class="ExternalClass3DC9F7F150D64610AB2260268DBA0698"><html> <p>​<span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span>Arizona Task Force 1 (AZ-TF1) hosted a FEMA Urban Search and Rescue canine certification test on February 1, 2020.  There was a total of 18 teams from nine different states testing this weekend.  This enables the teams to be deployable for FEMA assignments.  These amazing dogs are tasked with finding people in disaster situations.  FEMA dogs have been deployed to such disasters as the Oklahoma City bombing, 9/11, and Hurricane Katrina.  The dogs are a crucial component to finding trapped victims in the event of a disaster.<span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/fireNewsfireFire
Phoenix Fire Station Visithttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/fire/899Fire2/1/2020 4:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/899/fire station visit.jpgPhoenix Fire Station Visit<div class="ExternalClassF66F16075E2949B2B423A63B89CEF13A"><html> <p>​<span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span>Nothing is better than the combination of firefighters and cookies! Plus, it's always special when family can stop by during the 24-hour shift.  This cookie monster visited Uncle Kevin at the fire station on February 1, 2020.  She made sure he was set with a box full of cookies and she got to check out all of the cool fire trucks.  <span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span><span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/fireNewsfireFire




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