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Accomplishments and Accolades

Accomplishments and Accolades

By Chief Ben Palm

Wildfire Outlook

At this time, we remain alert and cautious as we hope you will continue to do so. Open burning is allowed, but we require a burn permit from the Yarnell Fire District Administration office; this ensures that we are aware of your burn in case of emergency or calls regarding smoke. Keep your grasses cut and keep 30 feet of clearance around your home.  Thank you for your continued cooperation!

YFD Projects:

The 2017 Fuels Abatement Project continues through September 30th.  If you would like information about how to protect your home, please call us at 928-427-6578. Other projects include trimming around the fire hydrants in Yarnell, and planning based on grant resources.

Anniversary Coins for Sale: In honor of YFD’s 60th year in service, a coin has been minted to commemorate the anniversary. Please see Denise at the Admin. Building to purchase yours for $15.

EMT Class Begins:

The Yarnell Fire Training Center is hosting an EMT Certification Class beginning Tuesday, September 12th.  Class meets every Tuesday and Thursday evening from 6pm – 10pm, and every Saturday from 8am – 5pm for 11 weeks, ending on Saturday, November 18th. The Training Center is located in the Yarnell Fire Station.  Cost: $850, all inclusive.  Updated immunizations required for clinical participation.  To register or obtain information, please contact Denise Roggio at 928-427-6578.

YFD Staff Training:

Arizona State Fire School begins on September 6th; four of us will be attending classes in Mesa.  Two of our staff are enrolled in Prescott’s Fire Academy.  The Academy is a 6 month commitment resulting in Firefighter I and II certification.

Good News:

Congratulations to Jason Hershberger, who will be graduating Paramedic School on September 14th.  And that’s not all: On August 12th, Jason proposed to another of our staff, Jordan Collins, who happily accepted! A March wedding is being planned. We wish them all the best.

Employee Spotlight:

The daily business at the Fire District wouldn’t be successful without committed employees.  I’d like to thank Nina Bour-Beau for her hard work at YFD. Nina resides in town and is our QuickBooks/Payroll Administrator who handles reporting, deposits, budgeting and assisting with all financial matters. She also does the bookwork for the Yarnell Community Center and is the secretary at Yarnell Community Presbyterian Church. She is a guitarist and singer, a devoted daughter and loves her Chiweenie. Nina joined us in October 2012 and adds so much to our cohesive team; her quick wit makes for a fun office environment. Nina’s job isn’t easy; in fact it’s very detailed and sometimes burdensome. She can be counted on like clockwork. We’re grateful for her dedication. Thanks, Nina!

Cadet Program:

The 2017-2018 Cadet year will start in October.  Registration is $50 per Cadet and forms are available at the Admin. Building. Contact Captain Rice at 928-427-6578 for information.

JULY 2017  Service Calls  Incidents: 11 – EMS: 7   Welfare checks: 1 Public Assists: 1 Wildland Fire: 1 Snake Removal: 1

Monsoon Season: Finally Here!

Monsoon Season: Finally Here!

By Chief Ben Palm

Wildfire Outlook

Monsoon rains have reduced the probability of ignition in our area.  Effective July 19th, burn restrictions are lifted.  However, we still request your cooperation with keeping tall grasses trimmed and obtaining a burn permit at the Fire Administration Office.  Now that we’ve had rain, grasses and weeds will take over your yard – if you let them.  Remember to trim tree branches; there should be a 6 ft clearance at the base.  Thanks in advance for being Firewise.

Hazardous Fuels Abatement Project

Bruce Olson, supervisor for the 2017 Fuels project in Yarnell, reports that 11 acres have been treated.  The project was made possible by a grant from AZ Division of Forestry and Fire Management.  If you would like information about how to protect your home, please call us at 928-427-6578.

EMT CLASS COMING SOON:

The Yarnell Fire Training Center is hosting an EMT Certification Class beginning Tuesday, September 12th.  Class meets every Tuesday and Thursday evening from 6pm – 10pm, and every Saturday from 8am – 5pm for 11 weeks, ending on Saturday, November 18th. The Training Center is located in the Yarnell Fire Station.  Lead Instructor: Jason Hershberger. Cost: $850, all inclusive.  Updated immunizations required for clinical participation.  To register or obtain information, please contact Denise Roggio at 928-427-6578.

YFD News:

The Yarnell Fire Auxiliary Board presented the Fire District Board with a check for $10,000 from funds they raised at the Yarnell Memorial Run, June 3rd.  Last year’s event provided the funds to purchase our Wildland Ambulance, which has been active on two Wildfires this season.  This year’s Memorial Run is helping with our vehicle maintenance, which can become quite costly.  We are grateful for the Auxiliary and their outstanding efforts in support of YFD.

We are happy to report that on June 10th, we were awarded a grant from Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation for nearly $23,000 to purchase Self Contained Breathing Apparatus; this purchase helps YFD remain in compliance with National Fire Protection Agency guidelines. Many thanks to the Foundation for filling a gap for our Department and the Community. By the way, did you know there is a Firehouse Subs in Prescott Valley? Visit them for a great sandwich – mention we highly recommend: 3088 N Glassford Hill Rd, Prescott Valley, AZ 86314

CADET PROGRAM:

YFD thanks Kristee Lewis for being a part of our team for 5 years.  This past year, she came to Yarnell faithfully as a Cadet Program Leader.  She will no longer be able to function in that capacity and will be missed by the group.  The 2017-2018 Cadet year will start in October.  Contact the department at 928-427-6578 for information.

JUNE 2017  Service Calls

Incidents: 19 – Average response time:  9.47 (9 Minutes, 28 Seconds) 

EMS: 11                Motor Vehicle Accident: 1          Welfare checks: 1

Mutual Aid: 2       Public Assists: 2                             Smoke Checks: 2

Structure Fire: 0    Wildland Fire: 2

2017 EMT Classes

2017 EMT Classes

Our next EMT Classes are beginning in September 2017. Reserve your spot today. Call or come by the Fire Administration Building to get complete information.

Burn Ban Remains: Dry Conditions

by Chief Ben Palm

Wildfire Outlook

Remember that effective June 1st, 2017; Yarnell Fire District authorized a Stage 1 Burn Ban.  We ask that you keep your grasses cut as the fire danger is extreme.  Remove tree limbs within 6 feet of the ground. A Stage 1 Ban states that no burn permits will be issued, use of fireworks and other pyrotechnic displays are prohibited except by commercial special events permit and smoking cigarettes should be confined to private residences or designated smoking areas.  Open flames are prohibited and cooking outdoors requires supervision.

 

Hazardous Fuels Abatement Project

Bruce Olson is the supervisor for the 2017 Fuels project in Yarnell, which is being funded by a grant from the AZ Division of Forestry and Fire Management.  To date more than 8 acres have been treated.  Work is being completed around the homes of several residents.  If you would like information about how to protect your home, please call us at 928-427-6578.

 

Important Notice:

If you need medical help, please do not call the Fire Administration Office.  9-1-1 is the only number to dial.  This helps you and it helps YFD; when the call is placed into the correct system, more resources become instantly alerted. Again, please call 9-1-1 for medical assistance of any kind. Thank you.

 

YFD News:

The Yarnell Fire District Ambulance has been out supporting medical needs on various wildfires.  The Water Tender has also been called out for wildland service. Five YFD personnel have been involved in the season’s Wildfires to date.

 

Yarnell Fire Training Center:

We will be hosting an EMT Certification Class this fall.  Since we have a minimum class attendance requirement, please share this information with potential candidates.  To put your name on the class roster list, call Denise Roggio at 928-427-6578.

 

Knox Box® Program

We urge you to sign up for this 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

 

May 2017  Service Calls

Incidents: 22 – Average response time:  4.50 (4 minutes, 30 seconds)

EMS:  12               Motor Vehicle Accident: 1                       Welfare checks: 0

Mutual Aid: 2                   Public Assists: 6                                      Smoke Checks: 1

Structure Fire: 0         Wildland Fire: 2

Fire Season: Keep Alert!

Fire Season: Keep Alert!

by Chief Ben Palm

Wildfire Outlook

Effective June 1st, 2017, Yarnell Fire District has authorized a Stage 1 Burn Ban.  Due to dry and windy conditions, we issued the ban in keeping with our mission to protect life and property. A Stage 1 Ban states that no burn permits will be issued, use of fireworks and other pyrotechnic displays are prohibited except by commercial special events permit and smoking cigarettes should be confined to private residences or designated smoking areas.  Open flames are prohibited and cooking outdoors requires supervision. The grasses are turning yellow and brown, indicating drier conditions. Please cut tall grasses around your home and remove tree limbs within 6 feet of the ground.

Success for our First Community Outreach Program!

The Community Outreach for Wildfire Preparation Day of May 6th was a great event with 39 people in attendance.  We know Ice Cream is always a good thing, but the information provided by Bruce Olson, Shawn Jackson and Judy Springer was invaluable. Those who attended were educated on Firewise Plants and our current Fuels Abatement Project. We thank the Yarnell Fire Auxiliary for hosting and providing ice cream with all the toppings.

 

Knox Box® Program

We urge you to sign up for this 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

Shearer for Honorary Mayor:

We are excited to have a Mayoral Candidate for the upcoming honorary Mayor Fundraiser, which begins July 4th. YFD Captain Jeff Shearer has decided to throw his hat into the mix, having Yarnell Fire Auxiliary Chair, Linda Ma, manage his campaign. The mayoral race raises funds for all the organizations involved and the Weaver Mountain Chamber of Commerce.  Save these dates to support the Shearer for Mayor Campaign: Sat. July 8, Pancake Breakfast; Sat. Aug 5, Chili/Cornbread Cook-off; Wed. Aug 9, Photo Booth/Pet Brunch/Treats; Sat Sept 9, “Drive In” Movie Night and games; Sat. Sept 30, “Sock Hop Happy Daze”. Details coming soon.

YFD NEWS:

We are still actively seeking candidates for the Yarnell Fire District Support Position. 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.

April 2017 Service Calls

Incidents: 22 – Average response time:  4.50 (4 minutes, 30 seconds)

EMS:  12                           Motor Vehicle Accident: 1                       Welfare checks: 0

Mutual Aid: 0                   Public Assists: 9                                         Smoke Checks: 0

Structure Fire: 0                Wildland Fire: 0

Community Prep and Memorial Run

Community Prep and Memorial Run

by Chief Ben Palm

Ice Cream Social at the Fire Station: Saturday, May 6th:

As part of our Community Outreach for Wildfire Preparation Day, we invite you to attend the Ice Cream Social sponsored by the Yarnell Fire Auxiliary this Saturday, May 6 at 2pm at the Fire Station on Looka Way. Bruce Olson, Yarnell Fire Fuels Mitigation Supervisor and Judy Springer, Plant Ecologist at Northern Arizona University, will be sharing valuable information at this informal and fun gathering. Donations will be accepted for the Ice Cream. See you there!

Wildfire Outlook

At the time of this writing, the Sawmill Fire is growing steadily southeast of Green Valley, Arizona. May is promising to be breezy, hot and dry, increasing the risk in our area. Please be proactive in creating defensible space around the home and outbuildings. Please trim overgrowth, cut tall grasses and obtain an open burning permit for trash/brush burning. Note that fire pits must have a screen. Thank you for your cooperation!

Memorial Run – June 3rd

Time is flying! We are excited about the 4th Annual Yarnell Memorial Run, Saturday, June 3rd at the Yarnell Assembly of God. Registrations have nearly doubled compared to this time last year. Our sponsors are invaluable, and we thank them for the faithful support: Augie’s Prescott, Native Air, Xtreme Apparel, Swift Charities, an anonymous Gold Sponsor, Yarnell Community Presbyterian Church, Wickenburg Community Hospital, Stewart Hardware Wickenburg, Anita’s Cocina Wickenburg, Four Queens Las Vegas, Pelican Products; and our friends in Tombstone, AZ: Café Margerita, Harley Davidson, Big Nose Kate’s Saloon and Longhorn Steakhouse. We have the most amazing raffles, a 50/50 and the most improved course routes a runner could ask for. Our website tells the story and explains the organizations supported. Visit us at yarnellmemorialrun.com and facebook.com/yarnellmemorialrun. For information regarding participation, sponsorship or volunteering, call us at 928-427-6578. Denise will direct you to the right team leader.

YFD NEWS:

The YFD crew is growing, training and preparing. More applications for the Support Position are being reviewed. At this time we are completing our Pre-Disaster Plans for all of the businesses in Yarnell. YFD Training Center may be hosting an EMT Class in the fall. There is a minimum requirement of 4 students. If you or someone you know may be interested, please call Denise at 928-427-6578.

March 2017  Service Calls

Incidents: 29 – Average response time:  6.86 (6 minutes, 52 seconds)

EMS:  7                                Motor Vehicle Accident: 2                   Welfare checks: 0

Mutual Aid: 2                      Public Assists: 17                                   Smoke Checks: 0

Structure Fire: 0                   Wildland Fire: 3

 

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