Rural Metro to handle Yarnell 911 calls - New York News

Rural Metro to handle Yarnell 911 calls

Posted: Updated:
GLENDALE, Ariz. -

It's been in the works for a while, but the Yarnell Hill wildfire has sped up the process.

As of August 1, all emergency calls in Yarnell will be handled by Rural Metro in Glendale.

"When the fire happened, most of the volunteer dispatchers lost their homes and were displaced and we had to fast track what we could do to help them get back on line," said Katy Reeve, Rural Metro's public information officer.

So here's how the partnership works:  When someone in Yarnell calls 911, the call rings at the Yavapai Sheriff's office.

"They'll determine whether it is a call for the Sheriff's office to respond to and they will handle it.  Otherwise, if it's fire, EMS will dispatch directly to our office here in Glendale," explained Reeve.

Fire Chief Jim Koile says they welcome the new partnership.

"The biggest thing is reliability, so we know our system is going to work every time.  We know we have a professional dispatch person who is gonna answer the phone," he said.

"They feel it's going to save them money in the long run as well and it's going to provide their citizens with a level of emergency response that they deserve," said Reeve.

Rural Metro in Glendale dispatches about 250,000 emergency response calls every year.

The town of Yarnell has about 150 calls each year.

No additional staffing will be needed to handle the increase.

Didn't find what
you were looking for?

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Fatal skydiving accident on Long Island

    Fatal skydiving accident on Long Island

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 9:13 PM EDT2014-07-31 01:13:49 GMT
    Police on Long Island say one person has died and another has been seriously injured in a skydiving accident. Riverhead police say it happened at about 4 p.m. Wednesday at Skydive Long Island in Calverton. Police say the injured person was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital in critical condition.
    Police on Long Island say one person has died and another has been seriously injured in a skydiving accident. Riverhead police say it happened at about 4 p.m. Wednesday at Skydive Long Island in Calverton. Police say the injured person was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital in critical condition.
  • Newark police officer shot

    Newark police officer shot

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 9:04 PM EDT2014-07-31 01:04:39 GMT
    A Newark police officer was shot in the leg while trying to arrest an armed robbery suspect Wednesday afternoon, officials said. The officer, a 19-year veteran of the force assigned to the 5th Precinct, suffered a gunshot wound in his lower leg, according to the head of the police union.
    A Newark police officer was shot in the leg while trying to arrest an armed robbery suspect Wednesday afternoon, officials said. The officer, a 19-year veteran of the force assigned to the 5th Precinct, suffered a gunshot wound in his lower leg, according to the head of the police union.
  • Animation genius of Chuck Jones on display at Museum of the Moving Image

    Animation genius of Chuck Jones on display at Museum of the Moving Image

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 7:35 PM EDT2014-07-30 23:35:59 GMT
    Chuck Jones -- the genius artist, animator, and director who created Elmer Fudd and Bugs Bunny and many more -- is the subject of a new exhibition at Museum of the Moving Image in Queens. "What's Up, Doc? The Animation Art of Chuck Jones" runs from July 19, 2014, through January 19, 2015.
    Chuck Jones -- the genius artist, animator, and director who created Elmer Fudd and Bugs Bunny and many more -- is the subject of a new exhibition at Museum of the Moving Image in Queens. "What's Up, Doc? The Animation Art of Chuck Jones" runs from July 19, 2014, through January 19, 2015.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices