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Peatl~er Htver Bulletm Wednesday, April 2, 2014 3A I The Plumas County Office of Emergency Services, Plumas National Forest and the Meadow Valley Volunteer Fire Department, along with many others, will be conducting a wildland fire training exercise in Meadow Valley on Sunday, June 1. According to Jerry Sipe, Plumas County Office of. Emergency Services director, "although there is no actual fire, residents should expect emergency vehicles and operations throughout the community." Most of the drill will occur between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. The objectives of this training exercise are to test and improve the participating agencies' notification, response, coordination and communication systems used during an incident in addition to expanding participants' knowledge and use of the incident command system. Other objectives include increasing community awareness about the Firewise communities program, how to create defensible space around homes and how to be prepared for an evacuation. "Our training exercise is based on a fire starting west of Silver Creek Road in Meadow Valley," said Meadow Valley Fire Chief Ron Heinbockel. Fire suppression resources will include local volunteer fire departments, USDA Forest Service and CalFire. The Plumas County Sheriffs Department, California Highway Patrol and Plumas County Search and Rescue will be simulating an evacuation. The American Red Cross, Plumas County Social Services, Public Health and all Plumas County hospitals will simulate emergency sh61ter operations at the Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds. The operations will include an animal shelter component simulated by the Plumas County Agriculture Department. Other cooperators include the California Office of Emergency Services, Pacific Gas and Electric Co., Soper Wheeler, Plumas Amateur Radio Club and private landowners. Community information In addition to individual outreach being conducted by the Meadow Valley Volunteer Fire Department, two community meetings have been scheduled. The pre-meeting is Thursday, May 8, from 7 to 8 p.m. and the post-meeting is Thursday, June 19, frbm 7 to 8 p.m. Both will be held at the Meadow Valley Community Church to ensure access for people with special needs. Various Firewise meetings will be scheduled throughout the season. Information resources More information is available from the Plumas County Office of Forest Service firefighters plan to respond as one of many agencies involved in the Meadow Valley Multiagency Wildland Fire Exercise. Emergency Services (http://bit.ly/P9u3Uv), Plumas County Fire Safe Council (plumasfiresafe.org) and Firewise Community Program (firewise.org). Incident information during the training exercise and in the event of an actual Plumas National Forest fire J may be found at inciweb.nwcg.gov. 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