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AED For Public Access

AED For Public Access

Yarnell Fire District was pleased to present an AED for Public Access at the Yarnell Community Center on Tuesday, June 7th.

The purchase of 4 AED’s was made possible by a grant from the Firefighter’s Support Foundation. The department now has much needed back up units!

Thanks to the Firefighter’s Support Foundation.

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Prepare For Summer

Prepare For Summer

Prepare For Summer
by Chief Ben Palm

On April 14th, I, along with many other fire chiefs, attended a briefing and press conference about the outlook for the upcoming wildfire season. Governor Doug Ducey and Arizona State Forester Jeff Whitney spoke to attendees and media from all over the state. The 2016 season has already become a problem in Arizona. Since January, there have been 294 fires totaling 21,383 acres. For comparison, in the first quarter of 2015, there were 147 fires and 452 acres burned. The Governor is concerned about prevention, as we all should be: “According to statistics provided by fire officials, 90 percent of wildfires every year are human-caused, stemming from unattended campfires, discarded cigarettes or any other source of extreme heat. The 294 fires so far this year all have been ruled as human-caused. That means they could have been avoided.” (Yihyun Jeong, The Republic | azcentral.com, April 14, 2016)

Here’s what you can do to be Firewise: Create defensible space around your property, trim overgrowth and cut tall grasses. Please do not burn campfires, trash or brush without a permit. Stop by the Admin building or call 928-427-6578. Dispose of cigarettes and cigars properly. Be certain they are completely out. It is important to make sure your household has an evacuation plan and working smoke detectors.

Remember the Knox® Box Key Entry Program has been instituted in our district. You may purchase a box and install it. This will prevent EMS and Fire personnel from having to break into your home or business during an emergency crisis. Visit our website: yarnellfire.org for information.

Yarnell Fire Training Center Events: Beginning Tuesday, May 17th is an EMT Class. The cost for the 11 week program is $800 and includes the text book. This is an intensive and comprehensive program to prepare students for the National EMT Exam. There will be Ropes Rescue I, II and III Classes for three weekends in June. Prerequisites apply. To learn more, feel free to visit our website: http://yarnellfire.org. To obtain registration packets, call us at 928-427-6578.

The first year of the YFD Explorer Cadet Program is coming to a close. The leaders, parents and cadets are pleased with the results of the program. Saturday, May 14th is the last meeting for this school year. Explorers will resume in September. For information and registration, be sure to check our website: yarnellfire.org. We plan to post the registration details in June.

Upcoming events: The Yarnell Memorial Run, Saturday, June 4th, at the Yarnell Assembly of God, 17125 Fountain Hill Lane in Yarnell. Register online http://yarnellmemorialrun.com. You may also register by mail or in person by visiting the Fire Administration Building. The 19k is a new category this year, and teams are also available. The website has all the details. Thank you to our sponsors! GOLD: Augie’s Restaurant in Prescott, Native Air, Air Methods Transport; Swift Charities and Trilogy at Wickenburg Ranch. BRONZE SPONSORS: Yarnell Community Presbyterian Church, Yarnell Peeples Valley Chamber of Commerce, Jones Ford in Wickenburg, Wickenburg Community Hospital, and VFW Post 541 in Prescott. Without sponsor support, we would not be able to have this annual event. We are also grateful for volunteers to help us prepare and on race day. If you’d like to help or participate, contact Denise Roggio, 928-427-6578.

The mission of Yarnell Fire District is to protect the public – life and property, promote fire safety and awareness, and provide educational services to our residents for their health and welfare. In keeping with that mission, we are continuing our Pre-Disaster Planning and implementing Fire Prevention & Safety Projects.  Thank you to our committed and hard working crew for the fantastic job on fuels abatement and for timely EMS response.  Questions? Contact Chief Palm at 928-427-6578.

March 2016 Call Volume: Total calls 25, EMS calls 16, Motor Vehicle Accidents: 1

Welfare Checks 1, Public Assists 4, Mutual Aid Provided 2, Structure Fires 1, Wildfires 2

 

Wildfire Prevention

Wildfire Prevention

Wildfire Prevention
by Chief Ben Palm

We have already had many wildfires this year. It is important to keep your grass and overgrowth cut. The March wind has lived up to its reputation, and can cause a fire to spread rapidly. Create defensible space around your home.

Our Fuels Abatement Project has been very successful, thanks to the hard work of Joe Miller, Aaron Casem, Hayden Bartlett, Cody Wilson, Derrick Piper, Bruce Olson and Eric Sparks. We welcome Eric as the newest member at YFD. The abatement will continue through the summer. So far, 80 acres have been cleared. Part of that crew has moved on for the season to work for the Bureau of Land Management. We especially thank Joe Miller and Hayden Bartlett, who have new opportunities and won’t be returning to Yarnell next winter. We wish them all the best.

Just a reminder: the Knox Box Program is available in Yarnell. Here’s the details: a homeowner or business owner 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

The Yarnell Fire Training Center is offering another EMT Class beginning Tuesday, May 17th. The cost for the 11 week program is $800 and includes the text book. This is an intensive and comprehensive program to prepare students for the National EMT Exam. We are also offering a class for EMT’s, an IV, Albuterol, Combi/King Tube Certification Class, which will be held on Saturday, April 30th at 8am. The course is one day only, and costs $100. To learn more about our classes, feel free to visit our website: http://yarnellfire.org. Register by calling 928-427-6578.

Congratulations to Denise Roggio, our SAFER Grant Administrator, who earned her Certified Grant Writer® Professional Credential through the American Grant Writers Association. This is beneficial for Denise, our department and the community.

Upcoming events: The Yarnell Memorial Run, Saturday, June 4th. Register online http://yarnellmemorialrun.com. You may also register by mail or in person by visiting the Fire Administration Building. The 19k is a new category this year, and teams are also available. The website has all the details. Please patronize our sponsors!

We are frequently asked about the Granite Mountain Hotshot State Park, which will be located at the incident site. If you ride southbound from Yarnell down Hwy 89, you’ll notice the construction taking place for the parking area and trail head. Officials have set the goal of opening the park by June 30th this year. We will provide more details in the near future.

The mission of Yarnell Fire District is to protect the public – life and property, promote fire safety and awareness, and provide educational services to our residents for their health and welfare. In keeping with that mission, we are instituting a Pre-Disaster Plan; at this time Yarnell’s businesses are being evaluated for such items as construction material, roof type, means of egress and proximity to fire hydrants. This will help us better protect the structures in case of a fire or any disaster. Our goal is to evaluate the residential structures in the near future.

Questions? Contact Chief Palm at 928-427-6578

February 2016 Calls: Total calls 12, EMS calls 3, Public Assists 8, Other 1

Ropes Rescue Courses

Ropes Rescue Courses

Ropes rescue Technician Certification Courses coming in June. Get registered early.
For qualifications and more information…

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Albuterol Combi/King Tube IV Course

Albuterol Combi/King Tube IV Course

Yarnell Fire Training Center is pleased to announce an IV, Albuterol Combi/King Tube IV Course.
Date: April 30th – Time: 8am – Cost: $100 (You must call to reserve a seat: 928-427-6578)
Address: 22558 Looka Way, Yarnell AZ 85362

 

YOU MUST ALREADY BE EMT CERTIFIED TO TAKE THIS COURSE – NO EXCEPTIONS!
Please be advised that due to the nature of the class, we cannot guarantee what time we will finish on April 30th. We will try our best to be done by 3pm.

Spring Fever Tips

Spring Fever Tips

The Fire District, like most of the community, gets spring fever. You know the feeling: open the windows, air out the house, wash the curtains, clean up the yard – all the things we are happy to do to usher out winter weather. Since yard clean up often involves burning brush and leaves, we remind you to use the common sense and the Firewise approach. Firstly, listen to your back! Similar to shoveling snow, yard work with its bending and lifting can cause injury. When you need a break, take it. Drink enough water to prevent dehydration. Secondly, you must obtain an open burning permit to burn your brush. We need details such as: will you be burning in a barrel? How long will it last? Do you have a water source nearby? Please note: we will not allow burning in windy conditions. The month of March is notoriously windy. Another option is to bag your leaves and twigs for trash pick-up or start making compost for your garden. Barring windy conditions, you may obtain a permit for burning at the Fire Administration Building.

Knox Rapid Entry System

Knox Rapid Entry System

Want to protect your home or business while you’re away? Do you know someone with Mobility Constraints; do you have an elderly neighbor or friend who could benefit from the Knox Box Program? Click here to learn more. Yarnell Fire District has partnered with Knox to provide the option in our jurisdiction. Contact us if you are interested!

Knox Box® Program is available for properties in our jurisdiction. Here’s how it works: a homeowner or business owner 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. This is a helpful program for part time residents, those with mobility constraints and the elderly, as well as those business owners who spend significant time away from Yarnell. For information, please contact Knox Box® at http://knoxbox.com. The products and price list are available for download. When purchasing, you will be required to enter Yarnell Fire District as your local department, as we have obtained the necessary security clearance for this program.

 

2015 Christmas Dinner & Awards Party

2015 Christmas Dinner & Awards Party

Christmas Dinner Award Night – December 12, 2015

A wonderful celebration of the Yarnell Fire District Crew, Chief and Board was held at the Yarnell Community Center. Yarnell Fire’s Auxiliary prepared a delicious array of appetizers, dinner, desserts and punch for over 50 people, including YFD crew members and their families.

The game of the evening was “How Well Does the Chief Know the Crew?”. Each crew member brought a wrapped gift that was unique to them. Chief Palm had to guess who brought each one – he was admittedly stumped a few times, but it was fun! The crew received wonderful awards for a job well done in 2015: personalized YFD beanies, utility knives, YFD belt buckles and key lobs, jackets and a good time with friends.

Many thanks to the Yarnell Fire Auxiliary members: Linda Ma, Chair; Trish Edwards, Vice; Kurt Florman, Treasurer; Leah Tidey, Secretary and Peggy Looper, Public Relations. You made a festive night for a well-deserving team.