Arizona News

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Phoenix firefighters extinguish early morning restaurant fire

VIDEO: Phoenix firefighters extinguished an early morning restaurant fire at a strip mall on Wednesday. Crews arrived and found light smoke coming from a small restaurant near 43rd Avenue and McDowell Road. After forcing the door open, firefighters found a fire that was partially put out by sprinklers. Firefighters extinguished the remaining fire and checked for any extensions. No civilians or firefighters were injured during the incident.

Phoenix Media Investigation: Drug addicts leaving used hypodermic needles in public spaces

VIDEO: A CBS 5 investigation found used hypodermic needles left near light rail stops, city parks and public restrooms. Advocates for homeless drug addicts say there is more that government officials can do to protect the rest of the public. This is an issue the firefighters at Phoenix’s Station 18 are all too familiar with. “Bathrooms, restaurants, fast food places, bus stops, light rail stations,” said Capt. Kevin Duzy, who has seen drug use, drug paraphernalia and responded to overdoses at all of the places he mentioned. “You never know where you’re going to run into, you know, dirty needles or paraphernalia. It could be anywhere in a public place,” said Duzy.

Volunteer fire instructor Carol Glassburn receives lifetime achievement award from governor

For 10 years, Glassburn was a volunteer fire instructor for Arizona Wildfire Academy in Prescott and other rural Arizona fire departments. She has been a member of the American Legion Auxiliary for 13 years and part of the Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign for 10 years. Throughout the years, Glassburn has served on numerous committees, including the Northern Arizona Council of Governments, APS Focused Future, the Forest Service Travel Management Plan, the Williams Cemetery, the Williams Food Bank and Main Street America. “For 25 years she has led numerous volunteers to accomplish projects and improvements to the community of Williams," the nomination letter for the governor's award read.
Williams-Grand Canyon News

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

New gear for Tucson first responders thanks to Prop 101

VIDEO: Tucson Fire Department and Tucson Police Department has received over $13 million from the passing of PROP. 101. In May, Tucson city voters decided to approve raising taxes to resurface city streets and replace Tucson police and fire departments' aging fleets and equipment. The half-cent sales tax increase went into effect July 1 and has raised $13.5 million, so far. Thanks to these funds, TPD and TFD have both received new equipment, including 500 body cameras for police and 98 turnouts for firefighters. With the most recent shipment of new gear being 62 cardiac monitors.
Tucson News Now

Burning garbage truck shuts down I-10 in downtown Phoenix

VIDEO: A garbage truck caught fire on westbound Interstate 10 through downtown Phoenix Monday. It happened shortly after 11:30 a.m. just outside the tunnel, forcing traffic to a stop. The Penguin Air and Plumbing News Chopper was overhead as firefighters knocked down the fire. The Arizona Department of Transportation shut down the westbound lanes for about 30 minutes. The agency then opened the HOV lane, allowing backed up traffic to move through the scene. The left lane opened about 30 minutes later. The right lanes and on-ramp were still blocked at 12:45 p.m., and ADOT was warning drivers to expect delays. It’s not clear what sparked the fire, but the aerial video shows massive damage to the cab of the truck and the lift mechanism.

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