Arizona News

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Victims identified after small plane crashes into Payson home

Authorities have identified the two people who died in the crash of a small plane into a home in north-central Arizona. Payson police said Monday that the victims were 63-year-old Craig Raymond McEntee and 56-year-old Marilee Marshall Brusaschetti. Federal Aviation Administration officials say the single-engine Cessna 240 went down under unknown circumstances around 6:40 p.m. Saturday about 2 miles east of the Payson Airport. Payson is about 90 miles northeast of Phoenix. Authorities said the plane had taken off from Glendale Municipal Airport less than 30 minutes before the crash. The home’s owner was watching TV when the plane sliced through the roof of the house, but he got out safely. The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the cause of the crash.
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Mayoral candidate assists pedestrian struck by truck in Phoenix

VIDEO: Former Phoenix Councilman Daniel Valenzuela, who is running for mayor, stopped to render aid at a serious crash involving a pedestrian Monday night, police said. Valenzuela also confirmed to The Arizona Republic he was driving nearby when a man was struck and seriously injured. The accident happened about 6:45 p.m., near 33rd and Northern Avenues in Phoenix, police Sgt. Tommy Thompson said. The man was crossing Northern midblock when he was struck by a 1993 Chevrolet pickup truck driven westbound by a 77-year-old woman, Thompson said. The man landed on the eastbound side of the street, near another pickup truck driven by Valenzuela, police said. Valenzuela, who also is a Glendale firefighter, said he immediately stopped his vehicle to go render first aid as he called 911.
Arizona Republic, & KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix

Sedona Fire District Auto-Pulse Device Proves Successful in First Deployment

At the September Board of Directors meeting, Division Chief Ed Mezulis made a presentation to the board about the new Auto-Pulse device that the fire district had recently purchased. This device can best be described as a large band that encompasses the chest of a cardiac arrest victim and performs CPR. “The Auto-Pulse, never gets tired, never slows down and performs excellent CPR. It is so good at CPR, that it performs more effective compressions than most people, and it certainly exceeds that in the back of a moving ambulance,” said Mezulis. Auto-Pulse devices have been shown to increase the survival rates in witnessed cardiac arrests. The device was placed in service just a few weeks ago and was deployed on a witnessed cardiac arrest for the first time on Monday afternoon.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Firefighters rescue man from high water day after Hurricane Sergio remnants drench Phoenix area

VIDEO: The Phoenix Fire Department rescued a man stuck in wast-deep water on the Salt River bottom early Sunday. Phoenix fire Capt. Kenny Overton said the man was stuck in deep, fast moving water near 27th Avenue and Lower Buckeye Road. It's not clear how he got into the water in the first place. The fast-moving water made it difficult for crews to access the man quickly. They were especially concerned for his condition due to the cold water temperature and the fact that he struggled to coherently communicate with rescuers, Overton said. The water was especially high after the remnants of Hurricane Sergio dumped more than 1.6 inches of water in the area.
Arizona Republic, & KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix

Full merger at Copper Canyon Fire and Medical Authority?

Eric Strauss remembers what it was like before the Camp Verde and Montezuma-Rimrock fire districts signed a Joint Powers Agreement two years ago to serve as one entity, the Copper Canyon Fire and Medical Authority. With 20 years on the job, Strauss, remembers the days when Camp Verde “ran two or three calls a week.” Nowadays, the Camp Verde station is “currently running on average about 15 calls a day.” “Though the Rimrock station doesn’t run as many calls, they continue to get busier week by week,” says Strauss, battalion chief with the Copper Canyon Fire & Medical Authority, a partnership of the Camp Verde and Montezuma-Rimrock fire districts since 2016.
Verde Independent

Rural Metro crews respond to early Sunday morning house fire

VIDEO: Rural Metro firefighters responded to a house fire near River Road and Avenida Del Cazador Sunday morning around 6:00 a.m. Rural Metro says first responders found smoke and flames coming from the attic of the home. All family members and pets inside were able to escape safely. Firefighters controlled the flames in 30 minutes. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
KGUN-TV ABC 9 Tucson

Small fire at the ASU Brickyard complex on Mill Avenue

A small electrical fire stemming from a computer monitor in ASU's Brickyard complex occurred on Sunday evening, according to a spokeswoman from Tempe Fire Medical Rescue Department. There were no reported injuries at the time of publication. "The fire was in an actual computer monitor," interim Assistant Chief and Fire Marshal Andrea Glass said. The building sprinkler system was activated and contained the fire's location until firefighters arrived to the scene, Glass said. The cause for the fire is still undetermined, but the department will conduct an investigation to determine the cause. The fire itself occurred on the third floor of the Brickyard complex, but water damage from the activated sprinkler system affected both the second and third floors severely, Glass said.
ASU Web Devil

Cochise County emergency response agencies successfully complete full-scale training exercise

Cochise County’s emergency service agencies successfully completed a full-scale training exercise designed to test response and communications during a major incident. The event involved an active shooter scenario at Joyce Clark Middle School, Sierra Vista, on Thursday, Oct. 11, and included multiple regional, state and federal agencies and their partners. “It went really well,” said Gabe Lavine, Cochise County Emergency Services Coordinator. “We identified some gaps in our interoperability and these are areas we will address in our next training cycle. We are ready to respond to a large-scale incident, but we will continue to improve our policies and procedures.”
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