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Yarnell Fire District Receives the SAFER Grant Award

Burned hills overlook Yarnell.
Photo by Les Bowen.

Burned hills overlook Yarnell.

This year, Yarnell Fire District has been the recipient of several grant awards, including the Assistance to Firefighters (AFG) Grant for a Source Capture Exhaust System, an Arizona Community Foundation grant for the Cadet Program, and a Northern Arizona Emergency Medical Services (NAEMS) grant for medical supplies. Most recently, Yarnell Fire received the FY 2017 FEMA SAFER Grant in the amount of $316,806. SAFER is an acronym for Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response. The Department also received a SAFER Grant in 2014.

This particular award is for the Recruitment and Retention of volunteer/support firefighters. The four- year period of performance provides funds for personnel, personal protective equipment, training programs, tuition assistance for paramedic licensing, incentives, stipends, the Department’s Cadet Mentoring program, physicals, station uniforms and marketing. Yarnell Fire has been recovering from the effects of two wildfires and flooding since 2013. Though the tax base is improving, grants and donations have been invaluable to the department.

“We are excited for the opportunities we have to grow the department, provide safety for the firefighters and mentor youth,” says Ben Palm, YFD Fire Chief. “We’re looking for dedicated men and women to join us.” Some of the benefits of joining Yarnell Fire District include training opportunities, a crew quarters for out of district volunteers, stipends and a team environment. “Our goal is to train recruits to a minimum of EMT, FFI/FFII and Wildland Firefighter. We also have support positions for firefighters.”

Interested candidates should visit for an application. In addition, young people from 6th grade to age 20 can participate in the YFD Cadet Program, led by Captain Jeff Shearer, which begins Saturday, Sept. 22. Contact Denise Roggio for information by calling 928-427-6578 or using the contact form on the website.

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