Arizona News

Friday, January 14, 2022

Late Tucson firefighter, Tom Quesnel, paved way for cancer prevention

VIDEO: Inside her Tucson home, Janet Quesnel, is enjoying retirement. She spends time with her two sons and five grandchildren, but not a day goes by the she doesn't think about her late husband, Tom. "He got very ill in the spring of 2012. It took a couple of months to really get it pinpointed as to what he had going on. Once they pinpointed it, it was leukemia," said Quesnel. Tom battled cancer for two years. He took a step back from work and a job that he very much loved to do. "He had thought about being a firefighter all along. He thought that would be what he wanted to do from there on out," said Quesnel. Tom worked his way up in the ranks and eventually became a Fire Cause Investigator. Even after his diagnosis, he never lost sight of his family at the Tucson Fire Department. He began researching the link between firefighting and cancer.
KGUN-TV ABC 9 Tucson

Honor Guard of Yuma firefighters selected to lead memorial event

PHOTO: The Honor Guard from the Yuma Chapter of the United Yuma Firefighters Association will be hosting this year’s annual Arizona Fallen Firefighter and Emergency Paramedic Memorial event, which is being held in Phoenix on Sunday. Firefighter/paramedic Cory Tolman, of the Yuma Fire Department, explained that each year a different department from around the state is selected to lead the Honor Guard portion of the event and this year the privilege rests with Yuma.
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Tucson Fire Department working to reduce cancer risk for front line workers

VIDEO: Layers of smoke, ash and debris: it's all in a typical day's work for a Tucson firefighter. "It's more like a HAZMAT scene than sometimes it is a fire itself. Because all of the things that we build our homes with, that we fill our homes with, when they burn, they give off toxins that increase the levels of our exposures and then, ultimately, could lead to cancer," said Tucson Fire Department Safety and Wellness Division Deputy Chief, Darin Wallentine. Firefighters are 9% more likely to develop cancer. That discovery was made with the help of the Tucson Fire Department. Their employees are at the center of a research study that has been conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), NIOSH, University of Miami and the University of Arizona since 2014.
KGUN-TV ABC 9 Tucson

Phoenix hoping to launch citywide drones program

Phoenix could become the latest Valley city to utilize drones for flying into dangerous situations or surveying public facilities. City officials presented a three-phased plan on Wednesday for how it would like its departments to begin flying unmanned aerial devices within the next year. Phoenix firefighters hope to launch their first drones by this summer, followed by the parks department and then the city's police department. Assistant Fire Chief Scott Walker said introducing drones across the city could help public safety agencies operate more efficiently as Phoenix continues to grapple with a staffing shortage. "The drone program could really enhance our current staff as we go out to serve our community," Walker said. "We can simply do more with one person with a drone than maybe with two or three people in the same time frame."
KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix

Thursday, January 13, 2022

Phoenix family loses home in fire

VIDEO: Firefighters from Glendale and Phoenix worked together to put out a house fire on West Kristal Way in Phoenix early Thursday morning. Crews responded to reports of a fire going from the family’s fireplace into the attic space. The fire caused heavy damage and the roof partially collapsed. A family of three is now displaced as a result. A crisis response team has responded to help them out. Firefighters said no one was hurt. Investigators are working to figure out what caused the fire.
KNXV-TV ABC 15 Phoenix

Man killed, two injured in crash in Phoenix

A man was pronounced dead by Phoenix police after a crash near the I-17 Frontage Road and Grant Street Wednesday evening. Phoenix police say a Chevy SUV was driving eastbound on Grant Street when it collided with a tractor-trailer that was northbound on the I-17 Frontage Road. A woman driving the SUV was taken to a local hospital with minor injuries, but her passenger, only identified as a man, died at the scene. The driver of the tractor-trailer was also taken to a hospital with minor injuries, while the passenger was uninjured. Police say they believe the SUV may have failed to stop for a red light. The investigation remains ongoing.
KNXV-TV ABC 15 Phoenix

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