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4B Wednesday, April 24, 2013 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Firehouse Thrift helps community, fire department Carolyn Carter Staff Writer Along with fighting fires and saving people, the Eastern Plumas Rural Fire Protection District helps the community in another way. The Firehouse Thrift Store in Portola is owned and operated on behalf of the fire department. It provides community members opportunities to find those hidden treasures, and give up those things that may he worth something to someone else. Fire department member Marsh Dickinson manages the store. However, a board of directors acting as representatives of the Eastern Plumas Fire Department operates it. EMT and Firehouse Thrift board of directors member Elaine Frank said the thrift store was the idea of former department member Linda Robinson. After seeing examples of other fire departments raising money by running a thrift store, Robinson proposed the idea to the Eastern Plumas department. "It was a big step, but we decided to take the chance," said Frank. On April 1, 2009, the fire department opened the thrift store in a much smaller building than the one it is currently in on Highway 70. After seeing the response from the community, within a year the department saw that they would have to move to make room for growth. "The store is here to help fund the needs of our fire department as we endeavor to aid our communities," said Frank. Since opening four years ago, Firehouse Thrift has been able to purchase a rescue unit for the department, and fund many training seminars and medical training exercises. "We constantly look forward to putting that money to good use," she said. "You can never have enough gear." Frank says the store serves PROFILES IN BUSINESS FIREHOUSE THRIFT two purposes. "The store isn't just for the fire department. The store is for the community," she said. The crew at Firehouse Thrift works hard to provide high quality recycled items at reasonable prices. Frank said they have felt huge support from the community. "It's amazing to see how many people we touch," she said. "It's not just a business; you get a relationship with these people you see all the time." Frank said the store is something the fire departmeilt can count on, more so than fundraisers or events. GeRing extra funding helps the department keep up-to-date with regulations and improve the quality of their department. "When the community donates to us the sales help supplement the needs of the fire department. It has grown into a friendship and partnership with the community," she said. Firehouse Thrift offers a wide variety of clothes, glassware, appliances and furniture. All the items are donated and resold at reasonable prices, and even Frank said they are always willing to strike a bargain. "We get some beautiful, wonderful new and used items," she said. They also strive to continuously give back to the community, both as a fire department and a business. Frank said often when people lose their houses in fire, volunteers will give the victims vouchers for the store to purchase clothes and other necessities. "Before when we were just doing fundraisers we were so Firehouse Thrift Store clerk and volunteer Lauri Sears bags up some donated items at the thrift store in Portola. All the proceeds from Firehouse Thrift help fund the Eastern Plumas Rural Fire Protection District. Photos by Carolyn Carter Business name Firehouse Thrift Store Owner Eastern Plumas Rural Fire Protection District Address 208 W. Sierra St., Suite A, Portola Phone number 832-9676 Hours of operation Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. wrapped up in how much we were going to make. Having a store in the department has taken us out of tunnel vision, and it's serving purposes in the community in ways that exceeded our initial concept," she said. Five out of seven of the employees at the store belong to the Eastern Plumas Fire Department. Frank said often they will have other firefighters come in and ask what they can do to help. Pete Sears, Lauri Sears and Elaine Frank (right) stand behind the counter at Firehouse Thrift. All three of the volunteer employees are also volunteers for the Eastern Plumas Fire Department. "We look forward to keeping the pace, improvingourselves and improving our department so we can better serve our community," said Frank. Wher'0000 in the World? Our community benefits from it! The Wielputz family, of Greenville, poses at the Hoover Dam on Easter during a trip to Las Vegas and Disneyland over spring break. Why the Portola Reporter? "We live in Greenville," said April Wielputz, "and on the way we stopped at Hallelujah Junction and the only paper they had was the Portola Reporter. But we had a lot of fun." ,e# MYSTe.e Tlumas County Museum History Question of the Week April 24, 2o13 Answer to last Week's question: How did a 40 mule packtra& navigate a Snowbound cliff with a 40 foot dropoff in the winter of 1852? Tightening the packs, the drivers blindfolded the mules and pushed them over the side, where they rolled to the foot of the cliff. Not a pack was broken or mule injured! This Week's History Question By 1856,it was possible to travel on horseback or by saddle train from Rabbit Creek (LaPorte) to American Valley (Quincy) saving hours of strenuous walking over a steep and dangerous terrain. How long would this horseback trip have taken? The answer to this Week's question and other fascinating historical facts are taken directly from the books on sale at your museum! Become a member of the Museum Association and you may be eligible to receive some of these publications at no cost. 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