Queen Creek Fire and Medical: Working smoke alarms, escape plan can save lives

Queen Creek Fire and Medical Department is joining forces with the National Fire Protection Association during Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 8 – 14, to urge residents to have a fire escape plan in place. Consider this scenario: It’s two in the morning. You and your family are fast asleep when you wake up to the smoke alarm sounding […]

New fire station to have safety, possible financial benefits for those in northwest Queen Creek

Residents in Queen Creek’s northwest communities could see shorter response times and reduced fire insurance rates now that a new fire station has opened to serve that area. On Aug. 29, the town of Queen Creek held a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house to celebrate the opening of the Queen Creek Fire and Medical Department […]

Queen Creek fire officials share tips on how to avoid home incidents

Home fires are tragic incidents that can cause physical damage and safety concerns. It can be difficult to determine the specific cause of a fire depending on the damage to the structure, according to information released Aug. 22 by the Queen Creek Fire and Medical. Nationally, the most common causes are cooking, heating and electrical […]

Two people found dead after house fire in Queen Creek

Two people were found dead Wednesday afternoon after a fire at a Queen Creek home. Around 4:30 p.m. (Jan. 25), fire crews responded to a structure fire in the 21000 block of East Via Del Oro. [RAW VIDEO: Video 1 of fatal Queen Creek house fire from neighbor] “The flames were 25 feet out of the […]

Bee swarms increase in warm weather, Queen Creek firefighters warn

As temperatures rise and flowers bloom, bees become more active in the community. The Queen Creek Fire and Medical Department provides the following bee safety tips to help residents avoid any unfortunate encounters.

In general, bees can coexist with humans without incident; however, with the establishment of Africanized bees in Arizona, bee swarms and stings must be taken seriously. Africanized bees will respond more quickly to protect the nest. They will sting in larger numbers and chase an intruder up to a quarter of a mile or more, according to a press release.

The fire and medical district does not typically disperse bee swarms unless special circumstances are present such as aggressive, attacking bees that cannot be isolated from the public.

Bee swarms increase with warmer weather, firefighters warn

As temperatures rise and flowers bloom, bees become more active in the community. The Queen Creek Fire and Medical Department provides the following bee safety tips to help residents avoid any unfortunate encounters.

In general, bees can coexist with humans without incident; however, with the establishment of Africanized bees in Arizona, bee swarms and stings must be taken seriously. Africanized bees will respond more quickly to protect the nest. They will sting in larger numbers and chase an intruder up to a quarter of a mile or more, according to a press release.

The fire and medical district does not typically disperse bee swarms unless special circumstances are present such as aggressive, attacking bees that cannot be isolated from the public.

Queen Creek fire officials talk with residents during live Facebook chat

Participants of a live Facebook chat hosted by the town of Queen Creek Jan. 19 had an opportunity to learn more about how the Queen Creek Fire and Medical Department works and the services it offers.
The live online chats have become a communication tool offered by the town to enable residents to speak regularly to department heads about what is taking place in their division. The program was introduced on May 27, when Facebook followers were able to speak to Queen Creek Public Works Director Troy White. Later chats included Queen Creek Traffic Engineer Mohamed Youssef, who responded to questions about wait times at traffic signals and railroad crossings, among other traffic issues.
The 30-minute session Jan. 19 began at 7 p.m. Questions fielded by QCFMD Deputy Chief Vance Gray and Chief Ron Knight dealt with a range of topics, from service calls to upcoming classes.
Zac Baldwin asked about the department’s annual call volume.
“QCFM ran 2,571 calls for service in 2014 and 2,945 calls for service in 2015. We saw a 14 percent increase in call volume in 2015,” was the response.
During an interview after the chat, Chief Knight said about 80 percent of the first-responder calls dealt with emergency medical situations. The remaining 20 percent were fire-based calls involving fires, smoke-alarm checks, fire hydrants and other assistance, he said.
Kathy Emmert asked about the average call response time for both fire and police.
“Hi Kathy. Great question. We have a travel-time goal of four minutes or less to emergency calls. Travel-time is from the time we start driving to the call until we arrive. Looking over the last 12 months, we are about four minutes and 15 seconds. We do not have response times from MCSO Queen Creek but will get you that from them,” was the response.
Jen Wilson McDonald asked if the fire department would ever extend its coverage to the Ironwood Crossings residential community at Ocotillo and Ironwood.