Originally Published: December 20, 2018 8:01 p.m.
Yarnell Fire District has been awarded the FY 2019 Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety Grant in the amount of $4,210 for the procurement of Safety Scene Lights. This award is important for the Department to provide safe after-dark response.
Yarnell is situated in the Bradshaw Mountains at the top of a steep grade known as Yarnell Hill. Arizona Highway 89, which extends for 136 miles in Yavapai County, is notably well traveled. Yarnell Fire District is the first responding agency for the Granite Mountain Hot Shot Memorial State Park, approximately three miles south of town on a winding grade. “We’ve experienced an increase in motor vehicle accidents since 2014. More tourists have been visiting the area, and many are unaware of the hill’s hairpin turns,” says Chief Ben Palm. The elevation change from Congress to Yarnell is 2,000 feet, making it even more treacherous. Yarnell Hill is also popular among motorcyclists, many of whom enjoy the challenge, which can easily result in aggressive driving.
Yarnell Fire District decided to pursue the procurement of Safety Scene Lights after multiple accidents after dark. The need became evident. Chief Palm is pleased to accept this award.
“The extra lighting will assist first responders for any highway incidents at night. Not only will they help our responders, but they’ll alert the public to proceed with caution. Thanks to AZGOHS for seeing the impact of our proposal and meeting this need.”