GLENDALE, AZ - After a fire destroyed homes and disrupted lives in Yarnell, Rural/Metro Corporation stepped in to provide a solution for the town's emergency dispatch needs.
The Town of Yarnell's dispatchers worked on a volunteer basis and many lost their homes in the Yarnell Hill Fire that sparked on June 28, according to news release from Rural/Metro.
The town needed a solution for emergency dispatch needs and Rural/Metro stepped in with a plan that had been in the works for several months.
The plans were fast-tracked when many of the town's dispatchers were no longer able to volunteer their time.
Now emergency calls are being routed to Rural/Metro's Glendale center, about 70 miles away.
They were able to set up a communications pathway that transmits calls in real time to the equipment of the Yarnell Fire Department.
Rural/Metro provides a similar emergency dispatch solution for Wittmann, Arizona City, Circle City and Morristown.
According to the news release, Rural/Metro also raised more than $30,000 to help the families of the 19 firefighters killed in the Yarnell Hill Fire. They also sent firefighters to help the Yarnell Fire Department work through the difficulties of recovering from the fire.