Tucson headlines: Fire prevention week; Rotary ambulance gift to Nogales; Construction delays; Gas prices

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- The Tucson Fire Department is kicking off fire prevention week, and this year's message is, 'plan ahead.'

The first line of defense, of course, is a working smoke alarm, but Captain Trish Tracy says each household needs to have an escape plan in case a fire breaks out.

She says, set a date, once a year, to do an escape drill.

"The best thing you can do is have somebody push the alarm button make sure it's working and when you test it do the escape plan practice knowing two ways out of every single room because you won't know what room you'll be in," said Capt. Trish Tracy from the Tucson Fire Department.

An important part of the escape plan is agreeing on a meeting place outside the house.


TUCSON, Ariz. -- The local rotary club is helping firefighters south of the border protect their communities.

Monday the Rincon Rotary presented the Nogales, Sonora firefighters with an ambulance that was handed down by the rotary in Canada.

Nogales, Sonora is growing and the fire department is about to build a new station, so they need some supplies.

"My next project is to get a water tanker because they need a water tanker for the Colonias because they do not have fire hydrants up in the hills of Nogales, Sonora.

The ambulance was handed over with all the right decals and it's ready to go into service.


TUCSON, Ariz. -- Drivers who take Tanque Verde Road should expect delays over the next year.

A construction project near Tanque Verde and Sabino Canyon Road got underway Monday morning.

Crews will replace the asphalt on the roadway north of the intersection and put in new curbs, sidewalks and traffic signals.

The project will cost about $2.1 billion.

It should wrap up in August 2012.


TUCSON, Ariz. -- All this week, road construction crews will be working on the intersection of Golf Links and Kolb during the late evening and overnight hours.

From 7 P.M. to 6 A.M., they will be removing asphalt and re-paving the intersection.

At least one lane will be open in each direction for business access, and TPD will have an officer on site to direct traffic, but drivers should expect delays.


TUCSON, Ariz. -- Gas prices are going down a bit this week. The average price in Tucson fell by just under 4¢ per gallon, averaging $3.24.

That's 8¢ lower than last month, but it's 70¢ more than the same time last year. By comparison, in the last week, the national average only decreased by 2¢ per gallon to $3.42.