What is Rip & Run?
The term “Rip & Run” relates to early technological efforts to quickly and efficiently notify fire and EMS responders as to a pending emergency.
Upon receipt of some basic information, the Alarm Center, aka Prescott Regional Communications Center (PRCC) would enter the call type and location into the computer and dispatch the closest, most appropriate unit.
In turn a “dot matrix printer” operating much like the old fashioned telegraph would print the relevant information at the station for the responder to rip off and run to their trucks with.
During the period of April 10-April 16, 2017 the Prescott Fire Department responded to a total of 188 calls for service (almost 27 per day) consisting of the following:
- 3 Working Fires including 1 structure fire, 1 aircraft fire, and 1 dumpster fire with exposures.
- 104 Emergency Medical Service calls including multiple motor vehicle accidents with or without injuries, and 1 motor vehicle versus pedestrian.
- 2 Hazardous conditions including 1 natural gas leak and 1 aircraft emergency standby.
- 33 Public service/assistance calls including 9 special needs assistance calls and 6 police department or other governmental agency assistance.
- 42 Good intent including 4 smoke scare or smoke odor calls.
- 4 False alarms/alarm sounding w/no fire one of which was determined to be malicious.
Although it may be a little “cool” still for many of our local Prescott residents to be in or on the water, you may be considering some type of water recreation in the near future. Be sure of your equipment. Always wear an approved Personal Floatation Device (PFD) when you are boating, kayaking, or windsailing. It is especially important for children to wear PFD’s when in and around our local bodies of water.
Never explore our water recreation locations alone. Always use the “buddy system”. Never leave children unsupervised around water especially around running streams, creeks, and lakes. Have in your presence a GPS locator if at all possible or as a minimum a fully charged cell phone.
Don’t hesitate to call 911 to report such events and never assume that others may have already called.