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Popular Phoenix Trails to Close During Extremely Hot Dayshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/2724Parks and Recreation4/13/2023 5:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2724/Trail-Closure-at-Piestewa-Peak.jpgPopular Phoenix Trails to Close During Extremely Hot Days<div class="ExternalClass4BF0AAB93DF74CCCA46E63939B9CF499"><html> <p>​​Update as of 8/31<br></p><div><span style="font-size:13.3333px;"><strong>The Phoenix Parks and Recreation Board voted Thursday evening to expand the City’s heat safety trail program that closes popular trails during the hottest days of the year. </strong></span></div><div><span style="font-size:13.3333px;"><br></span></div><div><span style="font-size:13.3333px;"><strong>The program will now be in effect all year long (previously May through October). Access will be restricted to Echo Canyon and Cholla Trails at Camelback Mountain and all trails associated with Piestewa Peak from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on days when the National Weather Service issues an Excessive Heat Warning. </strong></span></div><p><br></p><p>This summer, three popular City of Phoenix hiking trails will close during extremely hot days.<br></p><p style="box-sizing:border-box;margin-bottom:0.875em;line-height:1.5em;font-family:hind, "open sans", sans-serif;font-size:16px;">The Phoenix Parks and Recreation Board voted Thursday evening to expand the City’s heat safety trail program that closes popular trails during the hottest days of the year. <br style="box-sizing:border-box;"></p><p style="box-sizing:border-box;margin-bottom:0.875em;line-height:1.5em;font-family:hind, "open sans", sans-serif;font-size:16px;">The program will now be in effect all year long (previously May through October). Access will be restricted to Echo Canyon and Cholla Trails at Camelback Mountain and all trails associated with Piestewa Peak from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on days when the National Weather Service issues an Excessive Heat Warning. <br></p><p></p> <p>On days when the National Weather Service issues an Excessive Heat Warning, Camelback Mountain's Echo and Cholla Trails and all trails associated with Piestewa Peak Trailhead in the Phoenix Mountains Preserve will close from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.</p> <p>During Excessive Heat Warnings, trail access is limited, parking lot gates will be closed, and signage will be posted. Closure information will be posted on the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department's website and social media accounts, and to local resorts and hotels. Additionally, Phoenix Park Rangers will be visible at those locations to remind and educate trail users about the restrictions.</p> <p>To help with that recommendation, extended summer hours are in effect annually from June​ through September at North Mountain Park and Piestewa Peak Trailhead in the Phoenix Mountains Preserve, and Pima Canyon Trailhead in South Mountain Park/Preserve. To provide an extra two hours of availability and promote hiking after 7 p.m., parking lot entrances are open until 9 p.m. at those locations. Year-round at those three trailheads, parking lots open at 5 a.m., and trails are open until 11 p.m. All other trails within the Phoenix parks system will remain open. </p> <p>During the Valley's warm weather months, and regardless of whether an Excessive Heat Watch is in effect, it is recommended that trail users hike during the early morning or evening hours when it is cooler and there is more shade.</p> <p>Looking for an open trail? There are more than 200 miles of open trails within the City of Phoenix. Visit <a href="http://www.Phoenix.gov/trails" target="_blank">Phoenix.gov/trails</a> to plan your next hike.</p> <p> <strong>BACKGROUND</strong> </p> <p>In summer 2021, the Parks and Recreation Department ran a 2 ½ month pilot program from July 13 to September 30 in which they closed these same trails to reduce heat-related injuries and deaths and reduce the risk of injuries to rescue personnel.</p> <p>In October of 2021, the Parks and Recreation Board formally adopted the program limiting hiking on some trails from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on National Weather Service issued Heat Warning days.</p> <p>The first full season of the Trails and Heat Safety Program ran from May 1, 2022, through Sept. 30, 2022, for a duration of 153 days. There were 18 <a href="http://www.weather.gov" target="_blank">National Weather Service </a>(NWS) issued Heat Warning Days and, therefore, 18 resulting trail closure days in 2022.</p> <p> <strong>TAKE A HIKE, DO IT RIGHT</strong> </p> <p>The Phoenix Parks and Recreation, and Fire departments have worked in partnership since 2015 to share the <a href="/parks/trails" target="_blank">“Take a Hike. Do it Right.​</a>" hiking safety message and continue to lead with education about responsible hiking. All trail users should follow these important and potentially life-saving hiking guidelines:</p> <p>•Dress Appropriately: Wear proper shoes, clothing, hat, and sunscreen.</p> <p>•Bring Water: Hydrate before you go. Have plenty of water, more than you think you need. Turn around and head back to the trailhead before you drink half of your water.</p> <p>•Keep in Contact: Carry a mobile phone.</p> <p>•Team Up: Hike with others. If hiking solo, tell someone your start and end times, and location.</p> <p>•Be Honest: Do you have a medical condition? Asthma, heart problems, diabetes, knee or back problems? Don't push yourself! (Even trained athletes have been caught off guard by getting dehydrated on Arizona trails.)</p> <p>•Don't Trailblaze: Enjoy the Sonoran Desert's beautiful and undeveloped landscape, but please stay on designated trails.</p> <p>•Take Responsibility: Don't be "that person" – the one who wasn't prepared, shouldn't have been there for health reasons, or ignored safety guidelines. Be the responsible hiker, who takes a hike and does it right!</p> <p>For the safety of pets, dogs are prohibited on any City of Phoenix trail when the temperature is 100 degrees or warmer. The Arizona Humane Society advises that temperatures in the 90s are also unsafe for pets to be outdoors. <br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/parksNewsparks-and-recreationTrails close during days of extreme heatParks & RecAdam Waltz602-781-1334602-534-6648adam.waltz@phoenix.govPhoenixParks​​This summer, three popular City of Phoenix hiking trails will close during extremely hot days.

 

 

E-scooter Program to Expand to 24/7 Schedule on March 1https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/street-transportation/3038Street Transportation2/29/2024 8:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/3038/Micromobility Program_3032_Newsroom.jpgE-scooter Program to Expand to 24/7 Schedule on March 1<div class="ExternalClassCC10D341742347EABCEF5329D9797C5C"><html> <p>​The Phoenix Street Transportation Department will expand operation of its Shared Micromobility Program to 24 hours a day, seven days a week effective at midnight on Friday, March 1. The program currently operates daily from 5 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. The 24/7 schedule of operation will be done as a six-month pilot program, during which usage data and other metrics will be reviewed.<br></p> <p>Launched permanently in January 2023 with vendors Lime and Spin, the program includes the shared rental use of e-scooters, e-bikes, traditional pedal bikes and adaptive bikes. The program currently operates in the city's downtown core, as well as areas to the south, west and east of downtown.​ </p> <p> <a href="/newssite/_layouts/15/Catalog.aspx?Url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Ephoenix%2Egov%2Fstreetssite%2FMediaAssets%2FPhoenix%5FMicromobility%5FProgram%5FBoundary%5FMap%2Epng" target="_blank">View the Shared Micromobility Program boundary map</a> </p> <p>During the 24/7 pilot program, customers using the vehicles between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. will be required to take a late-night rider reaction test available through each respective vendor's app. </p> <p>Various vendors have operated e-scooters in downtown Phoenix since September 2019 as part of a city-managed pilot program. In December 2022, City Council authorized the Street Transportation Department to finalize an agreement with Lime and Spin to be the official vendors when the pilot program ended. The permanent program began in January 2023.</p> <p>Additional information about the Shared Micromobility​ Program is available at <a href="/streets/scooters" target="_blank">Phoenix.gov/Scooters</a>.<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/streetsNews
Pool Fence Safety Programhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/fire/3037Fire2/28/2024 7:00:00 AMhttps://youtu.be/p0Q4z6wI2ssPool Fence Safety Program<div class="ExternalClass30051F22E8EB433DB8AEA1E839AA2CEC"><html> <span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US" style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">The Phoenix Fire Department prides itself in prioritizing water safety and working to prevent drownings. In 2022, the Phoenix Fire Department rebranded its water safety campaign as “DrowningZero.” The goal to accomplish zero drownings with zero access to unsafe bodies of water. But we know we can’t do this alone. </span> <span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559685":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":240}" style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> <br> </span> <br> <div> <span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">The Phoenix Fire Department has a longstanding tradition of working alongside community partners including the United Phoenix Firefighters Local 493.</span> </div> <div> <span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">In collaboration with Child Crisis Arizona, SRP and the 493 Firefighter Foundation, the group is proud to bring back the Pool Fence Safety Program to enhance water safety in our community. This initiative aims to provide free pool fences to eligible families with children aged six or younger living in owner-occupied homes within Maricopa County. By addressing water safety concerns, we strive to prevent accidents and promote child safety around pools.</span> <span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559685":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":240}"> </span> </div> <div> <span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559685":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":240}"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">To qualify for the program, families must meet specific eligibility criteria, including income qualification and residency within Maricopa County. Applications must be submitted by March 24, 2024, and include bids from licensed pool fence contractors. Funding awarded through the program is directed to pool vendors, ensuring families receive the necessary safety measures.</span> </div> <div> <span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"></span> <span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559685":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":240}"> </span> </div> <div> <span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">We encourage eligible families to apply for this vital safety measure, prioritizing water safety in their homes and safeguarding their children from potential hazards.</span> <span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559685":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":240}"> </span> </div> <div> <span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"></span> <span data-ccp-props="{"134233118":false,"201341983":0,"335559685":0,"335559739":0,"335559740":240}"> </span> </div> <div> <span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">To apply for the Pool Fence Safety Program, visit: </span> <a href="https://childcrisisaz.org/pool-fence-safety-program/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"> <span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"> <span data-ccp-charstyle="Hyperlink">https://childcrisisaz.org/pool-fence-safety-program/</span> </span></a></div> <br> <br> <br> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/fireVideo
Critical Incident Briefing - February 13, 2024 - 1900 W Berridge Lanehttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/police/3036Police2/27/2024 10:00:00 PMhttps://youtu.be/FDR94VujUxsCritical Incident Briefing - February 13, 2024 - 1900 W Berridge Lane<div class="ExternalClass31C4DA6A884F40E7B48C0F6BE5260E0C"><html> <div>WARNING: The attached video may contain strong language as well as graphic images which may be disturbing to some people. Viewer discretion is advised. </div> <div> <br> </div> <div>The Phoenix Police Department has released a Critical Incident Briefing (CIB) video that includes audio, visuals and information related to an officer-involved shooting (OIS) which occurred on February 13, 2024. </div> <div> <br> </div> <div>This incident began when officers responded to an emergency call of an unknown trouble at an apartment in the area of 19th Avenue and Berridge Lane. The caller reported a man was holding her mother at gunpoint and forced her back into their apartment.<br></div> <div> <br> </div> <div>When officers got to the scene, they surrounded the apartment. While looking through the windows, officers saw the man physically attacking the victim in the bedroom. Officers than began to yell into the apartment demanding that everyone inside come out. The suspect pointed a gun out of a window and shot at officers who were positioned at the back of the house. One of those officers returned fire.</div> <div> <br> </div> <div>Officers at the front of the apartment heard the shots and went to the opposite side of the apartment. A different officer fired his duty gun striking and stopping the man as he was fleeing the scene.</div> <div> <br> </div> <div>After the shooting, the man was taken to the hospital where he was provided medical treatment for non-life-threatening injuries.</div> <div> <br> </div> <div>The woman involved in the original violent attack was also provided medical care for her injuries.</div> <div> <br> </div> <div>Both officers involved in this critical incident are assigned to the Desert Horizon Precinct and have 17 and 24 years of service with the department. </div> <div> <br> </div> <div>This incident is the subject of a criminal investigation to be reviewed by the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office. </div> <div> <br> </div> <div>It is also the subject of an administrative investigation. </div> <div> <br> </div> <div>Conclusions about whether the actions of the officers are consistent with department policy and the law will not be made until all facts are known and the investigation is complete.<br><br></div> </html></div>https://phoenix.gov/policeVideo

 

 

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