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by Chief Ben Palm

BURN RESTRICTION IN FORCE:

When a bit of rain comes, people tend to ask if the Burn Ban has been lifted. The answer is it has to rain a lot to ensure the fire danger is passed.  We are still in Stage Two Restriction. Any heat source that can cause a spark is prohibited. This includes smoking cigarettes outside of designated areas and charcoal grills. We will not be issuing burn permits, no use of model rockets, fireworks, and no open flames. Please extinguish cigarettes completely and properly dispose of them.

BEAR SIGHTINGS:

YFD has received several calls of concern about the black bear in Yarnell. Sightings have been in the Glen Ilah area and the West Side of Highway 89. Our rural area is home to bear, mountain lion, scorpions and poisonous snakes. All of these can be unnerving; however it is important that you do not attract the bear to your yard by providing food or water of any kind, whether intentional or not. Use caution! Call Arizona Game & Fish at (602) 942-3000 Please stay alert.

NEW!  RESIDENTIAL KNOX® BOX PROGRAM:

We have joined the new Knox® Home Box program, which is a more affordable option for our community residents. If you are a homeowner or tenant with written landlord permission, you can now purchase a Box for $159. This might still seem high to some folks, but consider the cost if we were forced to break through your front door. It would be much higher than the cost of the Knox® Box. There are two reasons to consider this option. Firstly, if you have mobility issues or are prone to falling, first responders will have access that could save your life. Secondly, in the event of a fire, Department personnel may be able to assist you and protect your home, if you are unable to let us in. How do you participate? Call us at 928-427-6578 or stop by our office for the appropriate forms. If you’d like to learn more, we have brochures or you may visit their website: www.knoxbox.com.

TWO COMING EVENTS:

First, join us for a Chili Cook-Off Yarnell Fire Auxiliary on Saturday, July 14th, 2018 at the Yarnell Fire Station. The event starts at 12pm, with judging at 12:30. Chili and Cornbread are on the menu. Entry fee for the competition: $10.  Come enjoy a tasty lunch for: $7/adult $4/child. Sign up to showcase your awesome Chili at the Yarnell Fire Administration Building. Call 928-427-6578.

Second, July 21st Ice Cream Social – Coalition for Wildfire Adapted Communities in Peeples Valley! Join us at the Model Creek School, 12pm for Hot Dog Lunch and Ice Cream Dessert. This will be the 5th Coalition Event to unite our communities and prepare for Wildfire. Contact the Coalition Coordinator, Denise Roggio, 928-427-6578.

YARNELL FIRE AUXILIARY PRESENTS $18,000 TO OUR DISTRICT:

On June 2nd, the 5th Annual Yarnell Memorial Run brought more than 500 runners to Yarnell. The Yarnell Fire Auxiliary is the host organization for this event. Many thanks to Linda Ma, Leah Tidey, Trish Edwards, Peggy Looper and Kurt Florman, Auxiliary Board. Also thanks to Frances Lechner, Nancy Mahaffey and Denise Roggio, Auxiliary members. The event raised more than $20,000 in net proceeds to help YFD, William H. Warneke Foundation and the Eric Marsh Foundation for Wildland Firefighters.

EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT:

YFD is glad to have volunteer, Larry Marcum. He and Yvette, his wife of 32 years, reside in Prescott and are proud parents to two adults. Larry was most recently the Chief of North Hays County Fire and Rescue in Austin, Texas before moving to Arizona. He has more than 43 years in fire and EMS, and has been a paramedic since 1973. He is also a self-taught drummer who enjoys designing wildland fire apparatus and watching pro-football. Larry, thank you for your service to our community!

May Incidents: 33 – Average response time:  4.31 (4 Minutes, 19 Seconds) 

EMS: 23                            Motor Vehicle Accident: 3          Welfare checks: 0

Mutual Aid: 5                   Public Assists: 5                             Smoke Checks: 1

Structure Fire: 0                Wildland Fire: 1                            Rescue: 0

*Mutual Aid is not included in total calls.

 

2018 EMT Classes

2018 EMT Classes

Our next EMT Classes are beginning in September 2018. Reserve your spot today. Call or come by the Fire Administration Building to get complete information.

 

Stay Alert: Extreme Fire Danger

Stay Alert: Extreme Fire Danger

by Chief Ben Palm

BURN RESTRICTIONS IN FORCE:

On May 11th, a Stage Two Burn Restriction Notice was issued.  A Stage Two Restriction means that any heat source that can cause a spark is prohibited. This includes smoking cigarettes outside of designated areas and charcoal grills. We will not be issuing burn permits, no use of model rockets, fireworks, and no open flames. Please extinguish cigarettes completely and properly dispose of them.  Be sure to create defensible space around your home.  Thank you for being Firewise.

COMING EVENTS!

Join us for a Chili Cook-Off Yarnell Fire Auxiliary on Saturday, July 14th, 2018 at the Yarnell Fire Station. Last year’s cook-off was so much fun that we’re doing it again! It begins at 12 noon at the Yarnell Fire Station.  Judging will commence at 12:30. Chili-cookers are already lining up to compete.  Chili and Cornbread are on the menu. Entry fee for the competition: $10.  Come enjoy a tasty lunch for: $7/adult $3/child. Sign up to showcase your awesome Chili at the Yarnell Fire Administration Building. For more info contact Denise or Linda at 928-427-6578.

The July 21st Ice Cream Social – Coalition for Wildfire Adapted Communities in Peeples Valley!

Save the date, time and location TBA. This will be the 5th Coalition Event to unite our communities and prepare for Wildfire.  We hope you will join us – besides, we know you love ice cream. Contact the Coalition Coordinator, Denise Roggio, 928-427-6578.

WELCOME:

YFD is glad to have Seth Smith on our team. Seth comes to us from Skull Valley and also works with their department. He is FFII certified and will be finishing EMT School in July. Welcome, Seth!

GET YOUR T-SHIRT:

Stop by the Fire Administration Building for your 60th Anniversary T-Shirt: M, L and XL are $20. Larger sizes, $25

THANKFUL FOR THE YARNELL MEMORIAL RUN:

On June 2nd, the 5th Annual Yarnell Memorial Run brought more than 500 runners to Yarnell. The results are being tallied. YFD thanks the Yarnell Fire Auxiliary and Startline Racing for an amazing event. Thanks to our GOLD Sponsors: Augie’s Restaurant in Prescott, United Charitable, Swift Trucking, Jet Limousines and Native Air. SILVER Sponsors: Air Vac 17, Pelican Products and APS. BRONZE Sponsors: the Kane Schools, Wickenburg Community Hospital, Yarnell Community Presbyterian Church. Also thanks to the amazing In-Kind donations from Jack Van Dussen, Sue Fogel, Frances Lechner, the Warneke Foundation, HARK Radio Team, and the numerous volunteers – we could never do this without your support. Check yarnellmemorialrun.com for race results coming soon!

EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT:

Our department is glad to have volunteer, Nick Bomar. Nick joined us as a Reserve in January 2017. He volunteers for Peeples Valley Fire District and was recently hired by the Hualapai Nation Fire Division. Nick received his EMT Certification from the Yarnell Fire Training Center, and graduated from Arizona Regional Fire Academy in March 2018, having earned FFI/FFII. He is now getting ready for paramedic school. He resides in Peeples Valley. Nick, thank you for volunteering!

April Incidents: 20 – Average response time:  4.47 (4 Minutes, 28 Seconds) 

EMS: 11                            Motor Vehicle Accident: 4          Welfare checks: 1

Mutual Aid: 2                   Public Assists: 3                             Smoke Checks: 1

Structure Fire: 1                Wildland Fire: 1                            Rescue: 0

 

SPRING CLEAN UP!

SPRING CLEAN UP!

by Chief Ben Palm

BURN RESTRICTIONS IN FORCE:

On Friday, April 20th, a Stage One Burn Restriction Notice was issued by our District. A Stage One Restriction means that we will not be issuing burn permits, no use of model rockets, fireworks, and no open flames. Also, cigarette smoking is limited to designated smoking areas, private residences and vehicles. Please extinguish cigarettes completely and properly dispose of them.  It is extremely important to take every preventative measure during this extremely dry and warm period.  Be sure to create defensible space around your home.  Thank you for being Firewise. Yavapai County has different restrictions. Please check their website for more information: www.yavapai.us

A MESSAGE FROM THE COALITION FOR WILDFIRE ADAPTED COMMUNITIES:

The Pancake Breakfast in Wilhoit was a success! 84 people attended, and the presentations were fantastic. Thanks to Anne Mottek, Greg Lamontagne, Chris Jones and Chief James Morgan for speaking to the community. The Coalition Departments are urging all residents to adopt Ready, Set, Go!  Right now, we should all be in “Ready” mode: arrange for a place to stay in case of evacuation, have all important documents in an easily accessible container and have a bag of personal necessities including medications ready to go at a moment’s notice. Remember to plan for your pets. The only thing that matters in case of wildfire is your safety and that of your family. Please plan ahead and don’t wait to evacuate! We have brochures, planning guides and Firewise Plants information in the office to assist you.  Contact the Coalition Coordinator, Denise Roggio, 928-427-6578.

SAVE THESE DATES:

Yarnell Daze Mountaintop Festival, May 19th. YFD Cadets and Fire Trucks will participate in the parade. Yarnell Memorial Run, Saturday, June 2nd:  The registrations have been pouring in! Participation is nearly triple compared to the same time last year.  Volunteer help is appreciated. Please contact Denise or Linda, 928-427-6578. Visit http://yarnellmemorialrun.com and patronize our sponsors! Finally, we are planning another big Coalition Event with Peeples Valley Fire District – stay tuned for details about an Ice Cream Social. Who doesn’t like Ice Cream?

YARNELL FIRE T-SHIRTS ARE BACK:

Stop by the Fire Administration Building for your 60th Anniversary T-Shirt: M, L and XL are $20. Larger sizes, $25

COMMENDATION AND THANKS:

Having the Yarnell Fire Auxiliary supporting us is a great benefit to the District. Since January 2016, the Auxiliary has raised $20,000 to support us. They replaced worn tires on our Type 1 Engine and E-406, purchased new radios that are compatible with our updated communication system and helped pay backfill wages when our Captain was in Fire Academy. The Auxiliary has been actively involved in the Coalition for Wildfire Adapted Communities by preparing wonderful meals for the outreach events. They are also the host for the Yarnell Memorial Run. When we are on a local fire, the Auxiliary brings food and drinks – basically whatever we need, they are there for us. Thank you to Linda Ma, Leah Tidey, Peggy Looper, Trish Edwards and Kurt Florman for the work and dedication to helping Yarnell Fire District serve its purpose.  Also, many thanks to the other volunteers who assist them in their events!

EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT:

It has been great to have John Rice on our team since 2014.  In his most recent position as YFD Captain, John became the YFD Explorer Cadet Leader in 2016. He is an EMT with IV Certification, and is certified in both Structure and Wildland Firefighting. John, his wife Kimberly and step daughter Ariana reside in Glen Ilah. John likes gardening, enjoys spending time on his tractor and listening country music. After four years of dedicated service to Yarnell, John was offered an opportunity to advance his career. He is now working at Rural/Metro Fire Department. John, we are grateful for your full time service and wish you continued success.

 

March 2018  Service Calls

Incidents: 23 – Average response time:  2.82 (2 Minutes, 49 Seconds) 

            EMS: 14                            Motor Vehicle Accident: 3          Welfare checks: 1

            Mutual Aid: 2                   Public Assists: 1                             Smoke Checks: 0

Structure Fire: 1                Wildland Fire: 1                           Rescue: 2

APRIL NEWS AND WILDFIRE HAZARD

APRIL NEWS AND WILDFIRE HAZARD

by Chief Ben Palm

IMPORTANT! TAKE WILDFIRE PRECAUTIONS:

The Arizona Sheriff’s Association adopted the “Ready, Set, Go!” educational program in March. They did so because the unusually dry and warm winter season indicates that the time for wildfires is now – in fact there is one burning in the Coconino National Forest. Our department has also responded to a recent brush fire in Yarnell.  Thank you to all who have consistently received open burning permits. Please maintain defensible space around your property. Be sure to trim tree limbs that overhang buildings, trim grasses and inspect your property for hazards. Not only is wildfire a concern, but our town has had to structure blazes since December 17th. Make sure your smoke detector is properly functioning.  Do you have concerns about your property’s fire risk? Call our office to schedule a walk-around with our Coalition representatives. As always, be Firewise! 928-427-6578

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY:

We are looking for people who like to get some walking exercise and engage with surrounding communities. We have informational booklets and other printed material regarding evacuation prep, defensible space and wildfire safety. Denise Roggio and Bruce Olson are organizing community walks to get the information to residents. The first walk is Saturday, April 7th, 10am, meeting at the Wilhoit Fire Station. The anticipated duration is 2 hours. The next one will be in Peeples Valley, followed by Yarnell and Williamson Valley-Bagdad. Your help is greatly appreciated!

READY, SET, GO! COALITION  FOR WILDFIRE ADAPTED COMMUNITIES EVENT:

To prepare for the upcoming fire season, we are pushing maximum outreach and actionable steps. It starts with community events! This will be a fun interactive experience beginning with a Pancake Breakfast sponsored by the Yarnell Fire Auxiliary. Anne Mottek from Arizona Fire Adapted Communities (AZFAC) and her partners will be presenting at Southern Yavapai Fire Department on Saturday, April 14th during breakfast.  The event is open to all communities. 8am -11am, 9000 Magby Drive, Wilhoit. Suggested donation to cover the cost of food: $10/adult and $5/child. For info, contact Denise Roggio @ 928-427-6578.

YARNELL MEMORIAL RUN:

The 5th Annual Memorial Run is Saturday, June 2nd, 2018. Thank you to Augie’s Restaurant, Yarnell Community Presbyterian Church and The Kane Schools of Massachusetts for sending in their generous financial support. Reminder: this year, there is a virtual run option! Share the information with your out of town friends.  The event details are on the website: yarnellmemorialrun.com. Please “Like” and “Share” our Facebook Page. The auxiliary is seeking 25 volunteers, cash sponsors to pay expenses, In-Kind donations for raffles and participants to run!  Contact Denise Roggio or Linda Ma: 928-427-6578.

EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT:

We are grateful to have YFD volunteer, Josh Western, on our team. Josh has been a firefighter since 2011 and joined YFD in 2015. He and his wife of four years reside in Glendale. Josh enjoys any activity that involves working with his hands. He also likes spending time with his three dogs, Cooper, Mulan, and Ava. He graduated Paramedic School in December 2017. Josh, thank you for volunteering with us!

February 2018 Service Calls: Incidents: 16 – Average response time:  4 Minutes, 4 Seconds

EMS: 12   Motor Vehicle Accident: 0   Mutual Aid: 0    Public Assists: 3    Wildland Fire: 1

*NOTE: Mutual Aid is a separate category, not counted in total calls.

 

APRIL NEWS AND WILDFIRE HAZARD

APRIL NEWS AND WILDFIRE HAZARD

By Chief Ben Palm

IMPORTANT! TAKE WILDFIRE PRECAUTIONS:

The Arizona Sheriff’s Association adopted the “Ready, Set, Go!” educational program in March. They did so because the unusually dry and warm winter season indicates that the time for wildfires is now – in fact there is one burning in the Coconino National Forest. Our department has also responded to a recent brush fire in Yarnell.  Thank you to all who have consistently received open burning permits. Please maintain defensible space around your property. Be sure to trim tree limbs that overhang buildings, trim grasses and inspect your property for hazards. Not only is wildfire a concern, but our town has had to structure blazes since December 17th. Make sure your smoke detector is properly functioning.  Do you have concerns about your property’s fire risk? Call our office to schedule a walk-around with our Coalition representatives. As always, be Firewise! 928-427-6578

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY:

We are looking for people who like to get some walking exercise and engage with surrounding communities. We have informational booklets and other printed material regarding evacuation prep, defensible space and wildfire safety. Denise Roggio and Bruce Olson are organizing community walks to get the information to residents. The first walk is Saturday, April 7th, 10am, meeting at the Wilhoit Fire Station. The anticipated duration is 2 hours. The next one will be in Peeples Valley, followed by Yarnell and Williamson Valley-Bagdad. Your help is greatly appreciated!

READY, SET, GO! COALITION  FOR WILDFIRE ADAPTED COMMUNITIES EVENT:

To prepare for the upcoming fire season, we are pushing maximum outreach and actionable steps. It starts with community events! This will be a fun interactive experience beginning with a Pancake Breakfast sponsored by the Yarnell Fire Auxiliary. Anne Mottek from Arizona Fire Adapted Communities (AZFAC) and her partners will be presenting at Southern Yavapai Fire Department on Saturday, April 14th during breakfast.  The event is open to all communities. 8am -11am, 9000 Magby Drive, Wilhoit. Suggested donation to cover the cost of food: $10/adult and $5/child. For info, contact Denise Roggio @ 928-427-6578.

YARNELL MEMORIAL RUN:

The 5th Annual Memorial Run is Saturday, June 2nd, 2018. Thank you to Augie’s Restaurant, Yarnell Community Presbyterian Church and The Kane Schools of Massachusetts for sending in their generous financial support. Reminder: this year, there is a virtual run option! Share the information with your out of town friends.  The event details are on the website: yarnellmemorialrun.com. Please “Like” and “Share” our Facebook Page. The auxiliary is seeking 25 volunteers, cash sponsors to pay expenses, In-Kind donations for raffles and participants to run!  Contact Denise Roggio or Linda Ma: 928-427-6578.

EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT:

We are grateful to have YFD volunteer, Josh Western, on our team. Josh has been a firefighter since 2011 and joined YFD in 2015. He and his wife of four years reside in Glendale. Josh enjoys any activity that involves working with his hands. He also likes spending time with his three dogs, Cooper, Mulan, and Ava. He graduated Paramedic School in December 2017. Josh, thank you for volunteering with us!

February 2018 Service Calls: Incidents: 16 – Average response time:  4 Minutes, 4 Seconds

EMS: 12   Motor Vehicle Accident: 0   Mutual Aid: 0    Public Assists: 3    Wildland Fire: 1

*NOTE: Mutual Aid is a separate category, not counted in total calls.

EARLY FIRE SEASON AHEAD

EARLY FIRE SEASON AHEAD

By Chief Ben Palm

HEADS UP FOR FIRE SEASON:

There were wildfires in and around our community in January; the conditions are extremely dry.  Lack of rain reduces new plant growth; it also makes existing plant life more prone to ignition. Plants such as scrub oak, pine and creosote are highly flammable – more so in dry conditions. Staying Firewise is key: make sure you have defensible space around your home.  Trim branches, cut grasses and remove the debris.  Also, take advantage of the Coalition for Wildfire Adapted Communities events.

THE NEXT EVENT:

Join the food and informative fun!  Southern Yavapai Fire Department, a Coalition member, is hosting a spaghetti dinner on Saturday, February 24th at 4pm.  The suggested donation is $6 to cover the cost of food and beverages. SYFD Chief Kellie Brasher and YFD’s Bruce Olson will be explaining how preparation is the best way to protect against wildfires. SYFD is located at 9000 Magby Lane, Wilhoit, 86332, just one block east of Highway 89. Don’t miss the opportunities to socialized and learn. For info, contact Denise Roggio @ 928-427-6578.

YARNELL MEMORIAL RUN:

Mark your calendar for Saturday, June 2nd, 2018. The Memorial Run raises funds for the Eric Marsh Foundation, William H. Warneke Foundation and YFD. The Yarnell Fire Auxiliary has contracted with Startline Racing to manage this annual fundraiser.  We’re excited about its expansion and new opportunities.  Thanks to Augie’s Restaurant and Yarnell Community Presbyterian Church for their sponsorship pledges. The event details are on the website: yarnellmemorialrun.com. The auxiliary is seeking 25 volunteers, cash sponsors to pay expenses, In-Kind donations for raffles and participants to run!  Contact Denise Roggio or Linda Ma: 928-427-6578.

EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT:

We are grateful to have YFD volunteer, Sharon Smith, on our team.  Sharon joined us in early 2014, and is a dedicated EMT.  She’s lived in Anthem, AZ for the past 15 years in a home custom built to suit her style.  Sharon brings a happy demeanor when she’s on duty.  As a long time Cardiovascular Technician for Arizona Heart, Sharon has a fabulous understanding of patient care. She loves life and is an avid fan of nature, outdoor activities and hiking. In fact, her favorite relaxing activity is cross-country skiing in Flagstaff.  Sharon enjoys spending time with her nieces and nephews; she also loves spending time in the kitchen. Some of our staff can attest to what a great cook she is! Sharon, thanks for your faithful service to our community. We’re glad you’re part of the YFD family.

December 2017 Service Calls:

Incidents: 18 – Average response time:  3.44 (3 Minutes, 26 Seconds) 

EMS: 14                Motor Vehicle Accident: 0             Welfare checks: 0

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

Structure Fire: 1    Wildland Fire: 1                            Rescue: 0

*NOTE: Mutual Aid is a separate category, not counted in total calls.

2017 Total Call Volume:

All Calls: 229 – EMS: 123   Wildfire: 13   Structure: 3   Motor Vehicle Accidents: 14

Welfare Checks: 12  Public Assists: 51  Smoke Checks: 7  Rescue: 1   Car Fire: 1  Rattlesnake: 2   Other/HazMat: 2  AVG Response time: 5 min. 8 sec.
**NOT INCLUDED IN TOTALS:  Mutual Aid Provided: 9   Received: 1

 

COVERAGE FOR MEDICAL TRANSPORT

COVERAGE FOR MEDICAL TRANSPORT

By Denise Roggio, Yarnell Fire District

As those of us who reside in rural Yavapai County are well aware, a health related emergency may require transport via ambulance or helicopter to the nearest medical facility.  The average ambulance cost is $3,650; helicopter transport costs are nearly triple that amount. If you have medical insurance, rest assured that most traditional health plans will not cover all the associated transport costs.  If you have NO health insurance, it is unlikely that you’ll be able to negotiate the bill with the transport provider.  I know this from experience. For instance, Lifeline will accept negotiated monthly payments, but the overall cost will remain in effect. Do you have the coverage you need?

After an ambulance ride in June, 2015, I was made aware of the coverage available from the transporting agencies. I quickly signed up for Air Methods Omni-Advantage membership and Lifeline Ambulance Lifecare.  However, it was recently brought to my attention that there is another company we should consider for transport assistance.

If something unfortunate happens that requires you or your loved one to be flown for treatment, understand that there are two companies that provide air transport in our area: Air Methods (Native Air) and PHI Air Medical (Air Vac 17). The problem is we have no way of knowing which one will respond. If Native Air is too far away, Air Vac 17 will respond, and vice-versa. If you have Air Methods/Omni Advantage coverage, it will only cover Native Air transport. So here are all the options:

  1. Lifecare Coverage: Lifeline Ambulance Coverage is available by calling 928-445-3814

Enrollment is during the month of September each year. If you call the number now, you will be placed on a waiting list until September 2018.  The cost according to their website is $50.73 annually per family.  Transport charges will go through your existing health insurance first.

  1. Air Methods Membership: Helps pay for Native Air Flights. Air Methods offers membership starting at $40 per individual or $75 per family annually. Group Plans are available. Air Methods stipulates that this is not an insurance program – it only covers Air Methods Flights after health insurance has met its requirement. If you have no health insurance, you may still qualify. Call 855-877-2518 for application and information.
  2. PHI Coverage: Helps pay for Air Vac 17 Flights. PHI Cares offers family coverage for as low as $50 per year. Brochures are available in the Fire Administration Building. You may sign up online by visiting www.phicares.com and using Base Code 3756.

Call for information: 1-888-435-9744

Buyer alert: Membership rates for the above are based upon current health insurance status. If you have no coverage or receive Medicare, please contact each company to be sure you qualify for membership.

If you need assistance call Denise at the Fire Administration Building: 928-427-6578.