NewsNet 01-27-15

TUCSON FIRE DEPARTMENT NAMES FIRST FEMALE ASSISTANT CHIEF - Laura Baker yesterday became the highest-ranking woman in the history of the Tucson Fire Department (TFD), following 20 years of service at TFD. Baker now holds the position of assistant fire chief, after previously working as a paramedic, fire captain, and deputy chief. She also served as fire marshal while she was deputy chief. In addition, Baker is co-founder of Camp Fury, which introduces girls to careers in public safety by allowing them to train alongside Southern Arizona public safety professionals, including members of the Tucson Fire and Police departments. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star.

HOW TO USE NEW SMART METERS (VIDEO) - Motorists parking in Downtown Tucson and districts along the Sun Link Tucson Streetcar route now can pay for metered parking via the new GoTucson smartphone app from Park Tucson. Payment also can be made via a mobile website or local phone number. In this video, Tucson 12 shows you different ways you can use the new smart meters.

NEW LEMURS DEBUT AT REID PARK ZOO - Black and white ruffed lemurs Junior and Jasper went on exhibit together for the first time yesterday at Reid Park Zoo. Keepers say everything went well. Once the two males get acclimated to the exhibit and each other, the Zoo will add two dominant females to the space, but they won't be used for breeding. Lemurs look like a mix between a squirrel, cat, and a dog. A lemur is a prosimian. What is that? Find out in this 2013 video of lemurs from Tucson 12, and see current photos on Reid Park Zoo's Facebook page.

LEARN ABOUT BICYCLE SAFETY  - If your child is just learning how to ride a bike, or you want to brush up on your safety knowledge, the Tucson Fire Department (TFD) has a dedicated page on its website to educate people about bicycle safety. The site includes tips about helmets, bike inspections, visibility, and more. Each year in the United States, more than 500,000 people are treated in the emergency room for bicycle-related injuries, with children under the age of 15 accounting for 59 percent of those injuries, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Head injuries account for 62 percent of all bike-related deaths.

REDUCE CLUTTER AND GO PAPERLESS WITH CITY E-BILLING - Go paperless with your Utility Services Statement. Set up an eBill account to pay your bill, get notification of your billing statement, view water usage, and read Tucson Water's newsletter.