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Drowning Impact Awareness Month: Wear a purple ribbon as a reminder and remembrance in August

Drowning is a top cause of injury and death for Arizona children and teens, and child drownings are nearly 100 percent preventable.  For the month of August, the Tempe Fire Medical Rescue Department is participating in an awareness campaign by handing out purple ribbons to honor children touched by drowning and as a reminder of the importance of water safety.   Tempe firefighters are handing out the ribbons at all Tempe fire stations – when staffed - so the public is encouraged to stop by to get one to wear for the month.drowning awareness, Fire Medical Rescue, Tempe

There are many ways to prevent drowning including constant and capable supervision, restricting access to water, use of life jackets, swimming lessons for adults and children at the appropriate age, and first aid knowledge of CPR.  Tempe FMR offers group training for CPR; information on classes is available at

For more information, the public can contact the non-emergency number for Tempe Fire Medical Rescue at 480-858-7200.

Tempe Fire Medical Rescue

The Tempe Fire Medical Rescue Department is an “all hazards” department that responds to all types of incidents including fires, automobile accidents, medical emergencies, hazardous materials response, technical rescues and much more. Additionally, we pride ourselves in being involved in promoting emergency preparedness, fire prevention and a variety of life safety programs.

The Tempe Fire Medical Rescue Department was the first Internationally Accredited Department in the nation, and we are fully accredited through the Commission on Fire Accreditation International. The Tempe Fire Medical Rescue Department has an ISO rating of 2. Tempe is one of 585 in the country to achieve this high rating and has maintained this rating since 1982, which speaks to the Department’s fire suppression capabilities.

Tempe participates in an automatic aid system with 26 other fire departments in the Phoenix area. Automatic aid means the closest unit is dispatched using GPS to an emergency regardless of jurisdiction. For example, if a fire is on the Tempe/Mesa border and Tempe Fire is closer to the incident than Mesa, Tempe will respond. This decreases response times, provides the department with unlimited resources, and is a more efficient and effective use of resources throughout the Phoenix area.

Our Mission: We, the members of the Tempe Fire Medical Rescue Department, dedicate our efforts to provide for the safety and welfare of the public through preservation of life, health, property and the environment.

Contact Us

Tempe Fire Medical Rescue Department
P.O. Box 5002
Tempe, Arizona 85280
480-858-7200  Administration
480-858-7230  Community Risk Reduction

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