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4B Wednesday, April 22, 2015 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter An aerial shot from a small quad-copter shows student firefighters working with ladders on the training grounds. Photo by Robbie Cassou via drone Quincy Fire A caden00y The 13th annual Quincy Fire Academy has begun, providing training for 40 new volunteer firefighters from Plumas and Sierra counties. The popular 40-hour recruit program is held over five Saturdays in April and May, led by Quincy Fire Chief Robbie Cassou and a total of more than 35 volunteer instructors from the various fire departments. This year 17 firefighters were turned away after the maximum number of 40 slots was filled by mid-March. "This is unfortunate, but our classroom and facilities can only handle 40," said Cassou. "We hope they will sign Up nextTear, and early:" : :: Each spori'b'Hfig! fiY6 ' :   : : ' :'- department must cover its volunteer firefighters and instructors with workers' compensation insurance and provide appropriate personal protective clothing and self-contained breathing apparatus. There is a small fee to cover supplies, along with a large and heavy firefighter textbook. This year the textbooks Were provided with a large discount by the Fire Service Training Institute, through a grant fromFarmer's Insurance. The discounted textbooks were also offered to all Plumas County fire departments and 120 were sold. "We very much appreciate the continued generosity of FSTI and Farmer's Insurance," said Graeagle Fire Chief and Plumas County Fire Chiefs Association President Ed Ward. "Without their support welcomes recruits Plumas Eureka firefighter John Sea extinguishes a pan fire using an extinguisher while other students wait for their turn. Photo by Tom Forster INSIDE THE FIREHOUSE TOM FORSTER Fire Chief Plumas Eureka Fire Department many of our departments would not be able to afford these high-quality books, the latest editions on basic fwefighting." Every year the program is upgraded and improved through Quincy Fire Department with help from ' the Fire Chiefs Association. This year improvements include formal skills testing based on the latest guidelines from California State Fire Training. All students and instructors also signed the new national firefighters ethics statement, and are completing written assignments as "homework" between each class. All training documentation will be provided to each sponsoring fn-e chief for his records. Cassou and Quincy Facilities Manager Charlie Read led the construction of several new training props, including one that provides firefighters with practice using tools inside buildings to pull ceilings to extinguish fire above and gain access into attics and other spaces. "Each year we add some new props," said instructor Quincy Capt. John Gay. "They are put to great use well beyond the academy." Please consider becoming a volunteer firefighter in your' community. Even though it is too late to join the current academy, each fire department also conducts in-house training that will carry you to Academy 14 in 2016. Contact your local fire department for more information. LET US SAVE YOU TiME & MONEY RFACH 75+ MILLION READERS WffH ONE ORDER, GNE 81kU (. Cormunit Classified lx $650 Statewide ' " 25 words245+ papers $435 North/S485 South Daiiy Ctaslfied 7 days $995 " 25 words/41 papers/7 days $650 North/S650 South   CLASSIFIED COMSO 8 days $1,270 "   25 words/282+ papers Statewide   DISPLAY - Cemmun|ty Newspaper's P 140+ papers lx $1,600 2x2 Statewide; si,,s: z;.2x4; a; 2x5 $1,240 2x2 No.; $1,240 2 So CALIFORNIA NEWSPAPERS DELIVER! ADOPTABLE DOG OF THE WEEK Aloha! Vm Maui, a one-and-a-half year old female Lab mix. 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On a hot day he would beckon me to join him, feeling the cool respiring blades of grass, soothing the bottoms of our feet. He needed this lawn. It was part of the advertisement for his business as a landscape architect. Water was plentiful, and it was a staple of most of his landscape plans, whether for a park, a winery or a residence. One spring he went to Europe for a couple of months. During that time his sprinkler system went awry. This was discovered by a friend who happened to be a nurseryman. The nurseryman contacted a few other nurseries, and .between them, they replaced my father's dead lawn before he returned from Europe. It was a true gift, born of caring and, also, excellent business practice. Dad returned to find his lawn just as pristine as When he had left months before. As we are in historic drought conditions in California, this staple of gracious living will be getting a "redo" or a "reboot." Gov. Brown is making it clear that water usage must decrease 25 percent in the next nine months. Brown's executive order will also mandate additional cuts in water use on campuses, golf courses and other large public landscapes. It will also replace 50 million square feet of lawns with "drought-tolerant landscaping." A program will be launched helping people replace older clothes washers and dish washers with more efficient models. New housing developments will not be using potable water, unless certain cHteria are met in terms of water efficiency. Watering of grass on public medians will be banned. Finally, agricultural water users will have to monitor and report their water usage to avoid waste. NASA has calculated that 11 trillion gallons of rain would be required to recover from the extreme drought in California. December's rains were able to increase Lake Oroville from 44 to 54 percent. And, of course, we have spoken before about the groundwater becoming depleted in many areas. California has been Cited as the only western state that has not managed its groundwater. So, this year, the lawns under my care will undergO a reboot. I plan to dig up portions of them in order to establish hUgels that will ,your lawn to drought 'i o. COMMUNITY GREEN PAMELA NOEL enable me to grow perennial plants with a minimum of water. The hugel itself will act as a sponge, soaking up the winter rains and snows, and will then irrigate the plants situated in its mound. The Master Gardener program sponsored a hugelkultur workshop at Feather River College several months ago, in which participants actually constructed a hugel (mound) that will soon be planted. The remaining lawn area that isn't "hugelized" will be left to its own unirrigated devices. I plan to continue a drip system on my fruit trees. If the situation becomes worse, I'll use graywater from my house to continue to water them. I can justify watering food-producing plants at this point. It's more difficult for me to justify if the plant is purely decorative. As Gov. Brown acknowledges, "It's a different world. We have to act differently," Brown made this statement recently as he stood atop a dry patch of grass that typically would still be packed with 5 feet of snow. Many seem to be taking potshots at differen segments of the population, saying that this segment or that segment is wasting water. I'm certain there will be a fair amount of the usual politics in all this "agriculture versus urban use," some stating that the laws pertaining to agriculture's overuse of groundwater won't be enforced until 2040. I don't know whether this timeline can be decreased, or whether it's necessary. What I do know is that my father would have taken this drought situation as a personal challenge. He would have designed drought-tolerant landscapes, and perhaps other systems to make the best use of what we have presently. So this brings me to my own lawn "reboot." I don't know exactly how my plans will shape up. Perhaps part of it will look like the dead lawn in front of the state Capitol last June. Part of it will transform into a hugel; and I will feel good knowing that at least I will be doing my part. If anyone would like assistance in planning to transform their lawns into hugels, there are several who would be happy to give advice on your transformation. Please call 283-2480 if you would like this assistance. Don't know where to turn to for supporff If you have some questions or concerns about possible child sexual abuse, Please do not hesitate to call: The Plumas/Sierra Crisis Line at: (530) 283-4333 1-877-332-2754 ~or~ 283-55 1 5 for information & referrals --.: A program of Plumas Crisis Intervention 8, Resource Center