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Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010 5B Quincy Fire Department and Plumas County Hazardous Materials Team members repaired multiple leaks in a tanker truck accident last year on Highway 70 between Feather River College and the Quincy airport. The two 5,000-gallon tankers were carrying a mixture of gas and diesel. About 2,000 gallons leaked into an open culvert below. Quincy Fire Department Captain Rod Powell and firefighter Adam Wade repaired a hazardous materials leak on the top of a rail car filled with ethanol during a spill at the Keddie "Y" several years ago. FIREHOUSE, from page 4B Specialized Training Institute in San Luis Obispo. These individuals formed the original Plumas County Hazardous Materials Re- sponse Team after completing training. The group included Jerry Sipe, now head of Plumas County Environmen- tal Health; Marty Freeman, then fire chief of Peninsula FD; Orphie Pierson, then op- erations fire chief of Quincy FD; Gerald Hendrick, Plumas County Sheriffs Office patrol commander; Robert Pierson, now a captain with CalFire; and Gary Pini, chief of the Peninsula FD. Future Quincy FD Chief Robbie Cassou was also part of that first grouP, and later went on to complete additional training and to be- come the team's rail car spe- cialist and overall leader. Upon receiving funding for a new vehicle, the Marysville Fire Department donated a former beer delivery tr.uck that had been converted into a hazardous materials truck. This became the first Plumas County hazardous materials response vehicle. It was later replaced in 2000 with an im- proved vehicle funded by a grant. The Quincy FD has provid- ed storage, fuel and mainte- nance for the response truck for most of its service life. Just this past month the coun- ty has issued a fuel card to the truck to relieve Quincy FD of that burden. County OES has also budgeted funds to pro- vide maintenance on the truck, new air monitoring equipment and some much- needed flammable liquids firefighting foam. The "unsung hero" of the Plumas County Hazardous Materials Team today is vol- unteer Frank Williams, who is a trained Hazardous Mate- rials Specialist and he "really keeps the equipment in good shape," said Chief Cassou. "Thanks in no small part to people like Frank Williams, Chris Herrbach, Gerald Hendricks and Jerry Sipe, we have been able to provide a positive response to inci- dents around the county in a time when most emergency services are limiting their involvement in out-of-district or nontraditional response activities." Students from around Plumas County joined instructors Robbie Cassou, Frank Williams and Gary Castagnetti during a recent HazMat First Responder class Graeagle Fire Department. Photos submitted Eighteen students from var- ious local agencies recently completed a 16-hour Haz- ardous Materials First Re- sponder Operations course at Graeagle FD headquarters. Another course is planned for this year in the Lake Almanor Basin for local fire depart- ments, along with an eight- hour Hazardous Materials Decontamination course planned for this spring for lo- cal responders. "As for the future I am opti- mistic about the resurgence of support and ownership for the Hazmat team by County OES under Director Keith Mahan's direction," said Chief Cassou. "I am also gratified to have new players taking an interest in revitalizing the team, starting with the recent Hazardous Materials First Re- sponder Course sponsored by Plumas Eureka FD and Graeagle FD." Congratulations Kindness Award Recipients! Kim Baxley . Susanville John Kolb Bob Nunn Portola George Clear Westwood !ii ! Guy McNett Carolyn Steurer Chester [ [ [ i PLUMAS To nominate someone for future monthly kindness awards, please visit your local BA N K FDIC Plumas Bank office for a Nomination Form or go to " " "o le Localpe ,p serving local needs" Remember, everything you do to share and promote kindness makes the world a better place!