For Release November 16, 2018
YARNELL FIRE CADET TAKES A NEW ROLE
Yarnell, AZ November 19, 2018: In 2014, Yarnell Fire District had a vision to begin the YFD Explorers Cadet Program, designed to provide opportunities for youth grades 6 through age 18, to learn firefighting skills, related physical disciplines and first response skills. In 2015, that vision became reality. Under the supervision of Chief Ben Palm and many dedicated helpers, the Cadet program began to flourish. Breanna Smith of Yarnell became a devoted Cadet the second year. This week, she joined YFD as an In District Reserve Firefighter.
Now, in its 4th year, the Yarnell Fire Cadets are under the leadership of Chief Palm, Captain Jeff Shearer and Assistant Leader, Sharon Smith. “It is a proud moment for all of us to hire one of the first Cadets as an In District Volunteer,” says Chief Palm. “I’m grateful for those who helped start this program and recruiting Breanna, among others. We are looking forward to bringing on more Cadets in the future.”
The Yarnell Fire Cadet Program operates under the guidelines of the National Scouting Explorers Learning for Life Organization, Grand Canyon Council. The program has been successfully funded with grants since inception. For more information about the program, please contact Yarnell Fire District at 928-427-6578. Visit www.yarnellfire.org.