Phoenix Fire Honors January As Firefighter Cancer Awareness Month, Combating Sleep Deprivationhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/fire/2620Fire1/5/2023 7:00:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2620/cancer decon.jpghttps://youtu.be/tFRBQuUU8GEPhoenix Fire Honors January As Firefighter Cancer Awareness Month, Combating Sleep Deprivation<div class="ExternalClass7619323E228C43ABB6C071C507E0C472"><html> <p>​</p>Cancer is the leading cause of death among firefighters according to the Centers for Disease Control. To bring attention to this troubling statistic, the month of January has been designated Firefighter Cancer Awareness Month.  <br><br>The Phoenix Fire Department in collaboration with city leadership and U.P.F.F.A. Local 493 are steadfast about keeping our firefighters healthy and supporting their longevity. In order to achieve this, the Phoenix Fire department puts an emphasis on the health and wellness of its first responders through a myriad of programs and resources.  <br><br>The department conducts mandatory annual health screenings, issues the safest possible protective gear available, and provides supportive resources to empower firefighters to seek early cancer detection and treatment. <br><br>One of those resources includes comprehensive cancer screenings for all Phoenix first responders at Vincere Cancer Center. <a href="https://vincerecancer.com/" target="_blank">https://vincerecancer.com/</a> .  The program consists of comprehensive visits for Phoenix first responders to identify potential exposures to carcinogens on the job. In addition to discussing any risks the individual may have.<br><br>Sleep deprivation is another potential peril to firefighter's health and one that may cause cancer. According to a recent study at Harvard Medical School, almost 40% of firefighters suffer from sleep deprivation. The study demonstrated that sleep deficiency can be linked to cancer. <br><br>The Phoenix Fire Department has also addressed this issue.  As the number of emergency dispatches continues to rise, busy firefighters now have an opportunity to rest more comfortably in between emergencies thanks to a generous donation of mattresses by Temper-Pedic. It is one more wellness tool that can be applied to our firefighter's health and welfare. <br><br>These are just a few of steps being taken to ensure our emergency responders have the most optimal resources available to protect them during their careers. <br><br><p>The Phoenix Fire Department is committed to offering the highest level of customer service to the community. Meanwhile, leadership of the Phoenix Fire Department and U.P.F.F.A. Local 493 continue to work hand in hand to protect firefighters long-term health.<br><br></p></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/fireVideofireFire
Phoenix Fire Makes History In 2022 With The Highest Call Volume Ever Recorded In One Yearhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/fire/2617Fire1/4/2023 7:00:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2617/call volume cover photo.jpgPhoenix Fire Makes History In 2022 With The Highest Call Volume Ever Recorded In One Year<div class="ExternalClass28350A593B0F4A63959C4341E32F1756"><html>​​​As the city of Phoenix continues to grow, so does the demand for services from Phoenix firefighters. According to the Phoenix Fire Data Team, the Phoenix Fire Department saw its busiest year ever in 2022. Overall, Phoenix Fire unit call volume was the highest ever at 405,290 total responses. In comparison, Phoenix firefighters saw a total of 385,573 responses in 2021. That's nearly an additional 20,000 calls for service. <br><br>Located near 7th street and Hatcher, Phoenix Fire Engine 7 finished with the highest annual unit call volume ever recorded in the region. That total volume included 6,057 calls for service. <a href="/newsroom/fire/2541" target="_blank">One of those calls saved the lives of a man and his dog after they were trapped in a structure fire.​</a><br><br>Other major takeaways from the 2022 annual totals include six Phoenix Fire engines finishing their unit call volume over 5,000. Ranked in order, Engine 7 topped the list with 6,057. Second busiest was Engine 15. Located near 43rd avenue and Camelback, Engine 15 had a total of 5,183 total responses. Engine 18 was third busiest. Located near 23rd avenue and Camelback, Engine 18 responded to 5,102 calls. Fifth busiest was Engine 42. Located near 35th avenue and Greenway, Engine 42 responded to 5,036 calls for service. Rounding out as the sixth busiest in Phoenix was Engine 33. Located near 23rd avenue and Cactus, Engine 33 had a total of 5,022 responses.<br><br>To further showcase hard work of Phoenix firefighters, 18 Engines within the city of Phoenix finished with their unit call volume over 4,000. Other key points from the yearly annual totals show Ladder 33 having the highest total ever for a Ladder unit with 4,816 dispatches. Rescue 33 finished with the highest total ever for a Rescue for dispatches including 5,158. That included 3,707 transports.<br><br>“The Phoenix Fire Department is aware of the rapid growth our city is experiencing. Along with that comes a higher demand for our emergency services. We are working diligently with city leadership, and our partners in U.P.F.F.A. Local 493 to project the needs of the community and build a response system that matches the need and improves response times," Phoenix Fire Chief Mike Duran added. “In addition, we are ever mindful of the wellness of our responders, providing the best support services possible to support their needs."<br><br>As 911 calls continue to rise, the city of Phoenix is working to support Phoenix firefighters. In early December, the City Council unanimously voted to allocate $7.8 million in annual funding for the creation of 58 new sworn positions. Some of the new positions are dedicated to Phoenix Fire's aviation and rescue unit. The others will be assigned to Phoenix Fire Station 62, that is still in the works.<a href="/newsroom/fire/2592" target="_blank"> Learn more about new firefighter positions and Station 62. <br></a><br><br></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/fireNewsfireFire
Phoenix Fire Crime Intelligence Analyst Wins 2022 Award https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/fire/2615Fire1/3/2023 7:00:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2615/jenn hill cover.jpeghttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QWub0Q1q7Aw&feature=youtu.bePhoenix Fire Crime Intelligence Analyst Wins 2022 Award <div class="ExternalClassCD088C22368C403DB9D7C4FE7D1BEE31"><html> <p>​​</p>The Phoenix Fire Department is proud to highlight Jennifer Hill's exceptional work for the city of Phoenix as a Crime Intelligence Analyst. That high quality work is demonstrated by her recognition by the Arizona Association of Crime Analysts. Jennifer received the 2022 Analytical Product Award for the work she did in support of a false call investigation and prosecution that resulted from the string of false 911 calls at the end of 2021.<br><br>The case did not only impact Phoenix's first responders, rather it was in collaboration with the Tempe Police Department. Jennifer stumbled upon the information when she was mapping other projects. That mapping includes all suspicious fires in the Phoenix area. She uses fire data to look for trends and possible hot spots.<br><br>Jennifer's ability to document the information surrounding the case and its impacts including call duration and resources was a key factor for detectives to successfully close the investigation to the benefit of local first responders and residents. <br><br>“I feel like I have the best job in the department, because I get to help everybody who needs help," Hill said. <br><br>Many of the false calls were said to be large in scale or violent in nature, requiring a major response from first responders. Jennifer's mapping showed how many times the suspect falsely called 911 and the volume of response.<br><br>“I think that was the most important part of this," Hill added. “Not just showing how many times he called, but all those people (first responders) are tied up on this call that isn't actually an emergency, and they aren't responding to actual emergencies like they should be."<br><br>With Jennifer's comprehensive, clear, and logical understanding of analytics, she has been asked to present a case review of her award-winning investigation to the Arizona Association of Crime Analysts. In addition, she's been asked to teach a class on the creation of analytical timelines for the organization. <br><br>The analytical work Jennifer has done has led the Arson Task Force to several high-profile arson arrests and her fire data contributions have assisted with obtaining additional funding and support for the gated alley program.<br></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/fireVideofireFire
Phoenix Approves $7.8 Million to Add New Firefighter Positionshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/fire/2592Fire12/8/2022 7:00:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2592/smoke - Edited.pngPhoenix Approves $7.8 Million to Add New Firefighter Positions<div class="ExternalClass72DA9E50658F45C89F4DA6815CD768F2"><html>The city of Phoenix took action to add additional resources to the Phoenix Fire Department during its City Council meeting on Wednesday. The council unanimously voted to allocate $7.8 million in annual funding for the creation of 58 new sworn positions in the 2023-2024 fiscal year.<br><br>“The Phoenix Fire Department is very grateful to the city leadership for supporting this critical need," Phoenix Fire Chief Mike Duran added. “This will place more resources in the system that will improve response times so that we can help our residents as quickly as possible."<br><br>Some of the new positions are dedicated to Phoenix Fire's aviation and rescue unit. The others will be assigned to Phoenix Fire Station 62, that is still in the works.  <br><br>“It is important to hire the staff prior to the completion of Fire Station 62 so that we can hit the ground running," Chief Duran said. “In the interim, we can benefit from the added personnel."<br><br>As the Phoenix Fire Department works to address higher call volumes as the city continues to rapidly grow, this approval will help optimize the Phoenix Fire Department's mission. That mission includes saving lives and protecting property through fire suppression, emergency med ical and transportation services, all-hazards incident management, and community risk reduction efforts.<br><br>During Wednesday's City Council meeting, Mayor Kate Gallego described the action as an “important vote" that the city needed to make.​ Councilwoman Ann O'Brien echoed the importance. She said, "As the city grows, we need to ensure our public safety services are adequately growing."<br><br>To learn more about careers within Phoenix Fire visit the Phoenix Fire Department's <a href="/fire/employment/firefighters" target="_blank">homepage</a>.​<br><br></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/fireNewsfireFire
Phoenix Fire and Police Save Man and Dog from Burning Homehttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/fire/2541Fire10/28/2022 7:00:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2541/home fire 7.jpeghttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=45eTPReV5zkPhoenix Fire and Police Save Man and Dog from Burning Home<div class="ExternalClassCB210029A27C4473ADF52219353BCA72"><html>​<br>Both police officers and firefighters helped a man and his dog escape from a fire that occured in September. The incident happened on September 18 near Peoria Avenue and Cave Creek Road. <br><br>Just after 9 p.m. first responders were called to the scene. The closest crew was located at Phoenix Fire Station 7, near 7th street and Hatcher.<br><br>When police officers and firefighters arrived, they found a man yelling for help, stuck in a room where there was a fire. Officers and arriving firefighters were able to help the man escape through a window and then get him and his dog over the fence safely.<br><br><br><p><br></p></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/fireVideofireFire
Phoenix Fire Celebrates 100th Anniversary of Fire Prevention Weekhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/fire/2520Fire10/10/2022 7:00:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2520/FIRE PREVENTION COVER PHOTO.pngPhoenix Fire Celebrates 100th Anniversary of Fire Prevention Week<div class="ExternalClass6DB9A428333C4AF88D0DD6A726B193F9"><html> <p></p> <p> </p>This week, the Phoenix Fire Department is proud and excited to join the NFPA in celebrating the 100th anniversary of Fire Prevention WeekTM  (FPW). <br><br>The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is a global self-funded nonprofit organization, established in 1896, devoted to eliminating death, injury, property and economic loss due to fire, electrical and related hazards.<br><br>This year's FPW campaign, “Fire won't wait. Plan your escape™", works to educate everyone about simple but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe from home fires.<br><br>Today's homes burn faster than ever. You could have as little as two minutes (or even less) to safely escape a home fire from the time the smoke alarm sounds. The ability to get out of a home safely during a fire depends on early warning from smoke alarms and advance planning.<br><br>Because of that, the Phoenix Fire Department strongly encourages everyone to plan and practice in the event of a house fire. Everyone needs to be prepared in advance, so that they know what to do when the smoke alarm sounds. <br><br>The NFPA has created home fire escape plans in both <a target="_blank" href="https://www.nfpa.org/-/media/Files/FPW/educate/2022/FPW22Grid.ashx">English </a>and <a target="_blank" href="https://www.nfpa.org/-/media/Files/FPW/educate/2022/FPW22GridSpanish.ashx">Spanish</a>. These can be filled customized and tailored, given that every home is different. <br><br>In addition to an escape plan, smoke detectors are another life saving tool. Smoke alarms can often be a determining factor between life and death when it comes to fires. <br><br>That's why the Phoenix Fire Department hosts regular smoke detector walks throughout the community. In honor of the 100th anniversary of Fire Prevention Week, the Phoenix Fire Department and its community partners; including the Arizona Burn Foundation, Mercy Care, and the Phoenix Fire Foundation will host a smoke detector walk in Maryvale this Saturday October 15th. <br><br>Smoke alarms can sense smoke well before you can, alerting you to danger. They should be in every bedroom, outside of the sleeping areas (like a hallway), and on each level (including the basement) of your home. <br><br>Stay tuned throughout Fire Prevention Week, as the Phoenix Fire Department will share more information about how you can prevent fires and keep your family safe. <br><br>Learn more: <a target="_blank" href="https://www.nfpa.org/Events/Events/Fire-Prevention-Week">https://www.nfpa.org/Events/Events/Fire-Prevention-Week</a><br><br><br>​<br><br></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/fireNewsfireFire
Community Assistance Program (CAP) Outreach Survey Resultshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/fire/2505Fire9/29/2022 7:00:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2505/new cap van.jpgCommunity Assistance Program (CAP) Outreach Survey Results<div class="ExternalClass17B66475EE064AFF9A1847BDA66FD7AA"><html> <p>​</p>When you need help, where do you turn? The police? The fire department? Someone else? That is the question many Phoenix residents have when dealing with a crisis. Sometimes it's not clear what is the right place to call for help, especially when the issue involves someone having a mental health crisis or dealing with substance use. <br><br>That's where the City of Phoenix Community Assistance Program (CAP) comes in. <br><br>CAP is the City's program to respond to mental and behavioral health issues that might otherwise be addressed by police or fire department personnel.<br><br>Earlier this year, the city of Phoenix worked diligently to collect feedback regarding the expansion of the Community Assistance Program. That expansion made possible after the Phoenix City Council and Mayor Kate Gallego approved $15 Million in 2021. That money dedicated to improve the response to behavior and mental health calls throughout the City of Phoenix<br><br>During this research with the community, the City Council approved the expansion of a contract with Gunn Communications Inc. (GCI) to implement a strategic outreach approach to gather public input and feedback to help shape the expansion of the CAP.<br><br>The study team attended more than 30 different community events within the City of Phoenix resulting in a total of 1,663 surveys.<br><br>The main purpose of the outreach was to collect feedback from members of the community on what they believed would be crucial in the expansion and success of CAP. <br><br>GCI, with the help of CAP and the City Manager's office, composed a 10-question survey that was made available in paper and digital format. The survey was officially launched at the February 26 Emergency Rental Assistance event and remained accessible until April 30, 2022. All surveys were made available in English and Spanish and are included in the appendix. Results from the survey can be found in this <a target="_blank" href="/firesite/Documents/CAP%20-%20Community%20Assistance%20Program%20Survey%20Summary%202022.pdf">compiled report​</a>. <br><br><br><p><br></p></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/fireNewsfireFire
Phoenix Fire Hosts Career Day to Attract Next Generation of Firefighters, Educate Public on Different Careershttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/fire/2453Fire8/17/2022 7:00:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2453/IMG_1756.JPGhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9HYeR6ENK2EPhoenix Fire Hosts Career Day to Attract Next Generation of Firefighters, Educate Public on Different Careers<div class="ExternalClassE772618EBE754BEC81A7C3793B70C413"><html> The Phoenix Fire Department was proud to host its latest Career Day on Saturday, August 13th at the Phoenix Fire Regional Training Academy. With roughly 200 attendees, the event gave those interested an opportunity to see a glimpse of what the Phoenix Fire Department does and learn about what life is like as a firefighter.<br><br>The goal of the event was to help showcase what being a firefighter is all about and to show the career opportunities within the Phoenix Fire Department. <br><br>Representatives from different divisions within the Phoenix Fire Department were present to assist with the event's activities, including members from Recruitment, Emergency Medical Services, Community Assistance Program, CERT, Fire Prevention, and respective affinity groups. <br><br>The event kicked off after Phoenix firefighters demonstrated a Technical Rescue, where specially trained members repelled down a building to save someone. In another simulation, firefighters responded to a working fire call, where three emergency vehicles were dispatched to a structure fire.<br><br>During the mock incidents, the audience listened to Fire Emergency Dispatchers describe the scene to first responders. The Phoenix Fire Department is committed to providing the highest level of public safety services and customer service to our community. That service begins inside the Phoenix Fire Regional Dispatch Center. <br><br>Following the mock demonstrations, attendees broke out into groups. That's when they were given a guided tour of the Phoenix Fire Regional Training Academy and educated on recruitment, emergency medical services, fire operations, peer fitness, academy expectations, special operations, the drone program, and the Phoenix Fire Regional Dispatch Center.<br><br>Throughout the event, members of the Phoenix Fire Department answered questions from those that are interested in the career. Additionally, the tour guides were able to share insight on their careers and what helped them become successful in getting hired by the Phoenix Fire Department.<br><br><p>Applications are currently open for both Firefighter Recruits and Fire Emergency Dispatchers. You can learn more about these careers by visiting this <a href="/newsroom/fire/2446" target="_blank">story​</a>. <br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/fireVideofireFire




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