It's a dog-eat-dog world when it comes to being re-certified as an arson detection dog.
Take, for instance, Phoenix Fire Department's trusted arson dog, Sonny, who has been with the department for more than two years.
The lovable Labrador retriever breezed through his certification course Wednesday, at a recertification event sponsored by State Farm Insurance, ensuring his otherworldly snout is still up for the task of detecting propellants and other suspicious fire-starters.
Robby Simpson, who serves as a fire investigator for Phoenix Fire Department, is also tasked with training and keeping Sonny's senses up-to-snuff.
Simpson said that Sonny, who immediately took to flopping across the nearest bit of shade available, is indeed a good boy in the truest sense.
Verde Valley Fire District, with the assistance of Cottonwood Fire and Medical Department, Yavapai County Sheriff's Office and a Native Air medevac helicopter, responded to the report of a single-vehicle rollover with two patients in the area of Eastern Drive and Stetson Lane.
Crews arrived to find the vehicle on its side with two female patients trapped inside, according to Verde Valley Fire District Battalion Dustin Chief Chambliss.
The crews extricated the patients with one transported by ground to Verde Valley Medical Center and the other flown to Flagstaff Medical Center, Chambliss stated.
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A law that is expected to take effect in July will provide more time for a person to give an unharmed baby to any safe haven location in Arizona.
Gov. Doug Ducey on April 9 signed HB2410 into law, changing the time period from three days to 30 days for a person to not face criminal charges for giving up a newborn.
Heather Burner, executive director of the National Safe Haven Alliance and director of the Arizona Safe Baby Haven Foundation, advocated for this change for several years.
She believes the extra time will save the lives of infants that might otherwise have been abandoned.
“This was a really important initiative for us because the importance for the parents to have this time to emotionally respond to the birth of their child and make an educated and supported decision,” Burner told KTAR News 92.3 FM on Wednesday.
VIDEO: As temperatures increase, so does the risk for wildfires in our area. So, how critical is it to understand the importance of wildfire prevention?
We didn't see the moisture this year we normally see, so if we don't want another Bighorn-type fire across our area, it's important to take note of a few things.
"A spark... just one little single spark can cause many thousands of acres to be damaged," said Michael Stanley, a Mount Lemmon resident who lost his home during 2003's Aspen Fire. Fortunately, Michael was able to keep his home during last year's Bighorn Fire.
"Brush fires scare us. Any kind of wild land fire scares us," said Stanley.
So, to prevent that scare, Golder Ranch Fire District has some advice for you.
"We don't want people to completely cut down every plant they have in their yard, but if it's dead, if it's low hanging, we want you to trim those up," said Adam Jarrold, the Public Information Officer for Golder Ranch Fire District.
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