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Numerous fire districts and police departments were busy Monday with the barrage of rescues that came as a result of a storm. Golder Ranch Fire District personnel responded to multiple swift-water rescues in all portions of the district including Catalina, Oro Valley, and State Route 79.
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Through the end of September, the monsoon season will continue to nourish the desert around us, but will also continue to add a safety concern for those in the area.
Crews from Northwest Fire District responded to a swift water rescue in the Rillito River just west of La Canada at 6:35 p.m. Saturday.
The Old Pueblo has been hit with heavy rainfall and high winds over the past few days, with more on the radar. Rural/Metro Fire Department wants to remind everyone to be safe and avoid crossing running washes.
La Cholla Road at the Canada Del Oro Wash will likely reopen late this afternoon after being closed down due to a piece of roadway washing away, the result of the weekend’s heavy rainfall.
On September 6, at 10:45 p.m., deputies with the Pima County Sheriff’s Department San Xavier District responded to a swift water rescue in the 1600 block of South Sandario Road. According to the 911 call, the reportee stated she was stuck in the wash with her Buick sedan. With her in the vehicle was her one-month-old baby.
On Friday at 4:30 a.m., the Pima County Sheriff’s Department received a 9-1-1 call from a male individual who reported he was stuck in a wash with his vehicle but got out safely. The incident location was reported to be at Sandario Road and Manville Road. However, it was later determined to be closer to the intersection of Manville Road and Avra Road. The caller said he heard a male yelling for help and advising that his legs were broken. The caller could not see the other male, but only heard him.
Last week, crews from the Northwest Fire District’s Technical Rescue Team participated in a rescue drill off the Cortaro Bridge.
Members of the Northwest Fire District’s Technical Rescue Team set up a rigging to lower and raise a firefighter as they practiced a swift water rescue last week.
Northwest Fire District’s Technical Rescue Team set up their riggings and backup ropes.
Members of the Northwest Fire District’s Technical Rescue Team look over the railing of the Cortaro Bridge during a swift water training exercise.
Northwest Firefighter Michael Schindler spots the victim, in this training exercise a dummy, and communicates its location to the team on the bridge as they prepare to lower someone to rescue the victim.
Crews from the Northwest Fire District’s Technical Rescue Team arrive above the Santa Cruz River.
Sunday night’s monsoon storm kept police and fire officials busy with rescues, including one that involved a 93-year old woman.
The Avra Valley Fire District responded to Park Link Dr and Pecan Rd for a swift water rescue around 4:20 p.m. Friday.
With the monsoon season in full swing in southern Arizona, there’s always the possibility that someone will try to cross a flooded wash in a vehicle and be swept away or fall into a flooded wash from the bank side.
Leigh Foss, Northwest Fire District technical rescue captain, pulls swift water rescue equipment from the Rapid Response Team’s vehicle. The vehicle can carry six firefighters and is set up to handle up to a 72-hour deployment.