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Spring Ahead

Spring Ahead

By Chief Ben Palm

Wildfire Outlook

National Fire Interagency Center provides information on potential hazards for wildfire season per US Region. Here is their summary for the Southwest: “Above normal significant wildland fire potential is expected across the eastern portion of the Southwest Area for February and March. Above normal potential will then begin to shift further north and west to areas generally east of the divide by April and will start to spread westward by May.” (cited from https://www.predictiveservices.nifc.gov) Because we have experienced a significant amount of precipitation in the last several months, the risk of fire in the dry season increases. Therefore, we ask that you please keep grasses cut and create defensible space around your home. Thank you for being Firewise!

Training

February was another active month at the training center. We held an EMT Refresher Course that met the requirements for EMTs to retain licenses. Ten students attended the three day class. One of our volunteers will be attending Wildland Fire Academy. Jason Hershberger and Josh Western are progressing and doing well in their Paramedic Classes.

 

Knox Box® Program

We urge you to sign up for a Knox Box®. How it works: homeowners or business owners may purchase a box containing a key to their premises; the box is placed next to the entry door of the building; If Yarnell Fire needs access to the building, rather than breaking in, we will be able to access the Knox Box with our master key, and retrieve the entry key. For information, please contact us: Chief Ben Palm or Denise Roggio, Admin. 928-427-6578. Visit yarnellfire.org

Welcome New Support Staff!

YFD has two new team members for our Support Staff Position. We welcome Nick Bomar and Larry Marcum to the department. More interviews have been scheduled. The role of Support Staff is to assist Firefighter personnel and the Chief with various tasks. Yarnell Fire District is a drug free environment and candidates could be subject to drug testing. There are three ways to apply: Print an application from our website, www.yarnellfire.org; visit the Administration Building or email Denise Roggio for an application: d.roggio@yarnellfire.com.

Yarnell Memorial Run 2017  – Thanks to Augie’s Restaurant in Prescott for remaining a Gold Sponsor!

If you’d like to get involved, we sure appreciate the help. Contact Linda Ma, Auxiliary Chair, Shannon Smith or Frances Lechner: Email: 19memorialrun@gmail.com. You may also visit the Administration Building, or check the Race website – http://yarnellmemorialrun.com. We are in need of volunteers; the more involvement the easier and quicker each task will be. Would you consider helping us?

January 2017  Service Calls

Incidents: 12

EMS:  6     Motor Vehicle Accident: 1     Public Assists: 1     Structure Fire: 1    Wildland Fire: 1    Welfare Check: 1    Smoke Check: 1

 

Honors, Events and Opportunities

Honors, Events and Opportunities

By Chief Ben Palm

YARNELL FIRE DISTRICT WINS FIRE MITIGATION AWARD:

The International Association of Fire Chiefs, National Fire Protection Agency, National Association of State Foresters and the US Forest Service sponsored the 2017 Fire Mitigation Award; Yarnell Fire District Cooperative with the Bureau of Land Management and Arizona State Forestry Division has been awarded for our outstanding efforts in wildfire mitigation and fuels abatement. This is a high honor for our department. The award ceremony is to be held in Reno this March. Check our website, yarnellfire.org to read the commendation and press release.

 

The weather has definitely been wet in our area; but what happens after a wet winter? Often a period of extremely dry springtime weather, complete with aggressive plant overgrowth. Now is the time to prepare your property. Keep your grass cut; remove potential sources of fuel around your home. We also urge you to sign up for the Knox Box® Program. How it works: homeowners or business owners may purchase a box containing a key to their premises; the box is placed next to the entry door of the building; If Yarnell Fire needs access to the building, rather than breaking in, we will be able to access the Knox Box with our master key, and retrieve the entry key. For information, please contact us: Chief Ben Palm or Denise Roggio, Admin. 928-427-6578. Visit yarnellfire.org

Reminder: New Position!

YFD has a new team member for our Support Staff Position. We welcome Harold Brown to the department. He is an experienced Wildland Firefighter residing in Glendale. We have several upcoming interviews scheduled. The role of Support Staff is to assist Firefighter personnel and the Chief with various tasks. Yarnell Fire District is a drug free environment and candidates could be subject to drug testing. There are three ways to apply: Print an application from our website, www.yarnellfire.org; visit the Administration Building or email Denise Roggio for an application: d.roggio@yarnellfire.com.

Yarnell Fire Training Center was active in January with a successful comprehensive IV Training class. We are hosting an EMT Refresher Course February 17, 18 and 19 from 8am – 5pm each day. The cost is $225 and includes CPR. To register call Denise Roggio, 928-427-6578. Are you interested in becoming an EMT? Do you know someone who might be? We are considering hosting an EMT Certification Class in March, based upon the number of students. Contact Denise for information.

In review of last year’s Grant Awards, we are happy to report that we received $159,764 in funding from January through December 2016. Funds were used for various equipment purchases to help us better serve the community: AED Defibrillators, new Radios, Cardiac Monitor, and firefighter training/tuition. Funds were also allocated to our general operating budget to include repair and maintenance of YFD property. Engine 406 was also procured with a grant award.

Yarnell Memorial Run 2017 is open for registration! Thanks to Native Air of Air Methods for their generous Gold Sponsorship. If you’d like to get involved, we sure appreciate the help. Contact Linda Ma, Auxiliary Chair, Shannon Smith or Frances Lechner: Email: 19memorialrun@gmail.com. You may also visit the Administration Building, or check the Race website – http://yarnellmemorialrun.com.

December  2016  Service Calls

Incidents: 15

EMS:  11                           Motor Vehicle Accident: 1                            Public Assists: 1               Structure Fire: 1                Wildland Fire: 1

 

Happy New Year

Happy New Year

By Chief Ben Palm

A look back at 2016 shows us that fuels abatement, well trained firefighters and community cooperation is an ongoing process. Our department has changed and grown with the community; thanks for the encouragement you have shown. All of us at Yarnell Fire District wish you a safe and healthy 2017. As part of our responsibility to protect life and property, we want to remind you that structure fires are common this time of year. Please be careful with space heaters and overuse of extension cords. Also, wildfires can still happen though it’s winter. Please trim the grasses and bushes around your home. Yarnell had two brush fires ignite in December 2015 and two brush fires in November 2016.

NEW POSITION:

YFD is expanding personnel opportunities; we identified needs within the department and developed the Support Staff Position. The role of Support Staff is to assist Firefighter personnel and the Chief with various tasks. Responsibilities include general maintenance of facilities per skill level, pumping with appropriate certification, driving Fire Department vehicles with appropriate certification, general office duties checking/washing/maintaining vehicles, cleaning of station and crew quarters; Support Staff will complete and maintain a Support Task Book, and follow all professional guidelines as outlined in this document. Additionally, during Fire/EMS calls, Support Personnel will assist the Captain and EMS/EMTs. Support staff will report to the shift captain, who reports to the Fire Chief. All Support Staff are mandated to read and comply with Standard Operating Guidelines and maintain HIPPA privacy. Yarnell Fire District is a drug free environment and candidates could be subject to drug testing. There are three ways to apply: Print an application from our website, www.yarnellfire.org; visit the Administration Building or email Denise Roggio for an application: d.roggio@yarnellfire.com.

YFD Explorer Cadets enjoyed a party on December 17th. The group is doing great! We are thankful Kevin Woyjeck Explorers for Life Association for donating helmets and equipment to our Explorers. Kevin was one of the 19 fallen Granite Mountain Hot Shots, and his parents are the directors of the organization.

Yarnell Fire Training Center has two upcoming classes. The first is for EMT’s: IV, Albuterol, Combi/King Tube and IGel. The class will be held Saturday, January 7, 2017 at 8am; cost is $100. Secondly is an EMT Class, beginning January 10th – March 25th.  Cost is $800, which includes CPR and Textbook; clinical sessions are held at Wickenburg Hospital. Contact us at 928-427-6578 for registration information.

Yarnell Memorial Run 2017 is open for registrations! We are seeking sponsors, volunteers and participants. The Run is being managed by the Yarnell Fire Auxiliary. The Auxiliary also invites you to attend Acoustic Eidelon Fundraiser, January 27th, 7pm at the Yarnell Presbyterian Church. Tickets are $15 per person, $25 per couple in advance, $20 at the door. You can purchase at the Administration Building or from Linda Ma 415-823-3131.

November  2016  Service Calls

Incidents: 19 – Average response time:  5.47 (5 minutes, 28 seconds)

EMS:  7 – Motor Vehicle Accident: 2 – Welfare checks: 1 – Mutual Aid: 0 – Public Assists: 5 – Smoke Checks: 2 – Wildland Fire: 2

 

T-Shirt Quilt by Bev Lantrip

T-Shirt Quilt by Bev Lantrip

2016 Christmas Dinner & Awards Party

2016 Christmas Dinner & Awards Party

Yarnell Fire District:  Opportunities

Yarnell Fire District: Opportunities

by Chief Ben Palm

They say change is the only constant, which proves to be true. Yarnell Fire District is undergoing changes as are many organizations in the area. Change often occurs with disaster recovery; while recovery from the Yarnell Hill Fire of 2013 continues, many positive things have transpired, leading to opportunities. YFD is developing in the areas of personnel and training.

After three years of dedicated service to the community, Captain Kristee Lewis has been offered an opportunity to advance her personal goals. Kristee will remain with us as a Cadet Leader and Reserve, but is no longer a captain. We are grateful her full time service and wish her success.  Others of our staff are pursuing opportunities through education. Jason Hershberger and Joshua Western are in the process of obtaining Paramedic Certification. This will fill a great need in our area.

Another development is the Granite Mountain Hot Shot Memorial Park opening soon. Yarnell Fire personnel are undergoing comprehensive Ropes Rescue Training in preparation for the park’s public use. Ropes training will also be beneficial in case of vehicle accidents on Yarnell hill. Also upcoming is our Emergency Vehicle Operator Course (EVOC) for staff who could not attend the last Engine driver’s training. This safe operation course involves classroom hours and behind the wheel exercises.

The weather has been wonderful, but we know the colder air will arrive. Please remember to prepare your fire place and wood burning stove for the season. Open the dampers and sweep the chimney. Also, as you rake leaves and prepare to dispose of fall foliage, remember you must obtain an open burning permit. They are available in person only at the Fire Administration Building.

The Yarnell Fire District Explorer Cadet Program has grown to 18 Cadets. There is a photo gallery on our website and on our Facebook page. They wear turnout gear, helmets and jump right into training. Our goal is to provide a positive mentoring and inspiring experience for the Explorers.

We would like to remind Yarnell residents of our Knox Box® Program. How it works: homeowners or business owners may purchase a box containing a key to their premises; the box is placed next to the entry door of the building; If Yarnell Fire needs access to the building, rather than breaking in, we will be able to access the Knox Box with our master key, and retrieve the entry key. For information, please contact us: Chief Ben Palm or Denise Roggio, Admin. 928-427-6578. Visit yarnellfire.org

YFD is actively seeking EMTs to volunteer with our department. Please visit our website: yarnellfire.org for application and information.

September 2016 Service Calls
Incidents: 15
EMS:  8 Wildland Fire: 1 Welfare Checks: 1 Public Assists: 2 Other: 3

 

2016 Cadet Explorer Program

Cadet Explorers October 15, 2016

The Explorer’s Cadet Program officially began on Saturday, October 1st, with 17 Cadets. The growth of the program is great with Captains John Rice and Kristee Lewis being the Cadet Leaders. They have many activities planned for the twice monthly training. If you would like information regarding the Yarnell Fire District Explorer’s Cadet Program, contact the Captains at 928-671-0511.

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