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Rural Metro Fire encourages neighbors to check on each other

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As summer sinks in and temperatures rise, Rural Metro Fire would like to encourage everyone to check on elderly and disabled neighbors, friends, and family. For Fire and Emergency responders across the valley, heat related calls are on a steep increase, heat stroke, sun stroke, dehydration, and heat exhaustion all can pose a serious health risk.

This was never clearer than during a recent response to an elderly community members residence in Mesa on Monday. The crew from Rural Metro Fire Station 857 in Mesa was dispatched to a report of heat-related illness. On arrival, the crew contacted Pastor Postell from New Life Church in East Mesa. Pastor Postell had done exactly what we are asking everyone to do, he had come to check on an elderly member of his congregation. In doing so, he found her home had no air conditioning and due to her fixed income, she was unable to afford repairs or replacement. The elderly patient was transported to a local hospital for treatment and recovery. But this call was not over for the crew from Station 857.

Given the conditions of the summer heat and the temperatures inside the home. The crew drove directly to a local home supply store. Using funds from United Maricopa Firefighters Local 3878 Union charities, the crew purchased a new A/C unit, loaded it in the Engine and returned to install it. With assistance from members of the New Life Church and Pastor
Postell, the unit was up and running withing a few hours.

Rural Metro Fire extends our gratitude to the Crew of Station 857 for upholding the truest virtues of helping the community in a time of need and for going beyond the call of service. This crew and the members of New Life Church are a shining example of neighbors helping neighbors!

Please check on elderly or disabled neighbors, friends, or family. Make sure they are safe and have the necessary resources not just during the summer months, but year-round. If you or someone you know is in need of assistance the following are just some of the local resources available.

Assistance Agencies
  • American Red Cross - Red Cross provides shelter, food, health services, including mental health, to assist families and the community in times of need.
  • The Salvation Army - The mission of the Salvation Army is to access multiple volunteer organizations to provide comprehensive support in times of need, including disasters.
  • Team Rubicon - Team Rubicon can offer free services to remove drywall impacted by flooding for residents unable to pay. This is an important stage to prevent mold from setting in.
  • Habitat for Humanity - Habitat offers low-cost repair services for those who qualify. They also offer emergency repair services for those who qualify, and can access volunteers to help reduce costs.
  • HOPE Animal Assisted Crisis Response - HOPE is a national crisis response organization with specially trained handlers and canines trained and tested for crisis response work. HOPE ACR teams provide comfort and support to people affected by disasters.
  • Association of Arizona Food Banks - They can coordinate any food needs from a network of food bank
  • The Phoenix Homeland Defense Bureau's Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). The CERT program trains residents of Phoenix neighborhoods, community organizations and workplaces in basic disaster survival skills and promotes partnership and cooperation between residents and emergency services personnel.
  • Local religious organizations
  • Local Charities
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