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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014 SB Quincy Fire Chief Robbie Cassou provides START training in the classroom prior to the field exercise using an innovative tabletop exercise with maps and models. Photos by Julie Cassou From left, Quincy Assistant Fire Chief Frank Carey, Deputy Chief David Windle and Plumas County Assistant Sheriff Gerry Hendrick coordinate resources at the incident command post. FIREHOUSE. f,om page 4B life-threatening injuries. They need immediate advanced care, but may have to wait until additional crews arrive. Black tags are assigned to those who are obviously deceased, or whose injuries are so bad that any care given would require more effort than is practical or available. Julie Cassou, with the Quincy Fire Department Support Team, organized a large group of students and adults who were willing to play "victim." They were provided with instructions as to what their injuries were, and many received "moulage" applications, a centuries-old form of simulated injuries that originally started long ago with wax models. Fake body parts and simulated blood are used, for example, to give responders a realistic and challenging environment. Meanwhile, upstairs in the training room, firefighters were receiving MCI START training from Chief Robbie Cassou. He used an innovative tabletop exercise that was projected on a large screen because there were so many firefighters in the room. Cassou led them through various scenarios of multi-casualty accident scenes in preparation for the drill. The scenario was that a pickup truck had collided with a school bus, knocking the bus over. An old surplus bus was donated by the Plumas Unified School District for the training cause, coordinated by Ken Pierson. Victims were placed inside the bus in disarray because it was flipped over. There were also several victims in the pickup truck. Firefighters and ambulance personnel then responded and the drill began. First responders from fire departments, Plumas District Hospital and the sheriffs office sized up the scene, took appropriate safety actions and then performed START. The victims not only looked like they had been in a real accident, but also added talking or sounds to further add to the realism. Quincy Assistant Fire Chief Frank Carey took over as the incident commander, and additional resources were called, including one of three support trailers loaded with EMS supplies for major medical incidents in the county. These trailers were funded by the county and are located in Portola, Quincy and Chester. "It was very helpful training for us," said Carey, "and it was especially good to have a real bus and real live victims for practice." Evaluators observed the drill and recorded actions taken. A critique was held afterwards in the QFD Training Room with all Of the responders and victims. "While we hope we never have such an accident, we need to be prepared to respond safely and help save lives," said Chief Cassou. "We very much appreciate the support of everyone involved in pulling off this drill." MayChe V, CPA Alcohol, :00ariju6:na both unhealthy Q: Mr. Norris, with Washington and Colorado recently legalizing pot smoking and their football teams (Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos) being in the Super Bowl, some have asked whether there is going to be added marijuana use during this year's Super Bowl. And President Barack Obama recently said that he doesn't think marijuana is as dangerous as alcohol. What do you think, Chuck? Is it? --"Trying to Make Sense of S insemflla " Seattle A: I understand the arguments for the legalization of marijuana: It can generate tax revenue. It can reduce illegal supply and demand. It can strip power from cartels and lessen crime across and at our borders. And it isn't as dangerous as other illegal drugs or alcohol. You're right; President Obama even claimed one of those arguments when he recently told New Yorker Editor David Remnick, "As has been well-documented, I smoked pot as a kid, and I view it as a bad habit and a vice, not very different from the cigarettes that I smoked as a young person up through a big chunk of my adult life." Obama explained, "(Smoking marijuana is) not something I encourage, and I've told my daughters I think it's a bad idea, a waste of time, not very ealthy." But then h.e added, "I don't think it is more dangerous than alcohol." With the president entering the cannabis conversation ring, debate has intensified around the nation. But what's the truth in the alcohol-versus-marijuana dispute? This past week, CNN reported on some extensive studies and evidence surrounding the topic, especially in comparing use, addiction, withdrawal and the effects on using motorized vehicles. ........ According to the National J. C-FORCE HEALTH AND FITNESS CHUCK NORRIS Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, alcohol remains the leading addictive substance consumed in the U.S., and it's legal for those who are 21 or older. According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, marijuana is categorized as a Schedule I substance -- in the same classification as heroin, LSD and Ecstasy -- and is still illegal in most states for recreational use. Regarding numbers of addicts, according to the NIAAA, 33 percent of adults suffer from alcohol abuse or dependence. According to the National InStitute on Drug Abuse, 9 percent of marijuana users will become addicted to it. (By comparison, about 20 percent of cocaine users become addicted.) Alcoholics can suffer from the following withdrawal symptoms: depression, anxiety, insomnia, headaches, fever, nausea and even seizures. And CNN's chief medical correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, explained, "There is clear evidence that in some people, marijuana use can lead to withdrawal symptoms, including insomnia, anxiety and nausea." CNN also reported on "a new study (that) found that even slightly 'buzzed' drivers -- drivers with a blood alcohol level of 0.01 percent, meaning someone who has had even one drink-- are 46 percent more likely to be blamed for a crash when they collide with a sober driver." Similarly, early laboratory studies have found that marijuana use slightly affects psychomotor skills used in driving. A recent study published in the British Medical Journal showed that marijuana users who drove within three hours of smoking nearly doubled their chances of causing a crash compared with sober drivers. And if they combined their marijuana use with alcohol or other drug consumption, their risk of crashing was elevated even more. (Next week, I will discuss how alcohol and marijuana compare in their effects on our minds, bodies and relationships.) To say marijuana isn't as dangerous as alcoho t is like saying a plain dougtinut isn't as bad for us as a glzed one. The point is what? Wouldn't it simply be better to ditch the doughnuts from our diets and try whole-wheat toast with organic peanut butter and sliced bananas as a more nutritious way to start our days? It suffices to say here that justifying the use of one drug because it's not as dangerous as another drug is weak reasoning in any book and bad grounds for justifying usage of either of them. Maybe it's time we fight all addictive drugs instead of making excuses for using them. Maybe it's time we try to conquer potentially addictive passions instead of succumbing to them. Maybe it's time we believe life can be good enough on its own merit without any drug use. I'm not here making a case for or against the medicinal use of marijuana. However, it's very difficult for me to believe that America, average healthy Americans and particularly our younger generations are going to be better off with pot's legalization. I'm all for freedom, but when liberty turns into licentiousness, it's time to reconsider why we're doing what we're doing. Just because we can doesn't mean we should. And if that's the case, what other illicit passion is going to be next in the lineup of legalization? Write to Chuck Norri (info@creators.vom) with questions about health and fitness. Copyright 2014 Chuck Norris Distributed by creators.corn We're Your Tax Professionals! Proudly Serving Plumas County Since 1992 Breeann Pence Lori Lomas Curtis Lomas Call us for easy, stress-free tax help. 283-2341 Income Tax Preparation for Individuals & Businesses FREE efile Tax Problem Resolution. 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