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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, May 21, 2014 7B Quincy Fire Academy graduates 38 firefighters INSIDE THE FIREHOUSE TOM FORSTER Assistant Fire Chief Plumas Eureka Fire Department Thirty-eight volunteer . firefighters from Plumas, Lassen and Sierra County fire departments recently graduated from the annual Quincy Fire Academy. Thirteen fire departments were represented, ranging from Chester to the north, Bucks Lake to the south, Meadow Valley to the west, and Loyalton to the east. Thirty-six instructors volunteered to help teach, with everyone instructing at least one day, and some helping all five days. The course is based upon topics and skills recommended by the National Fire Protection AssociatiOn, a nonprofit that establishes national fire protection standards. Students are offered 40 hours of classroom and hands-on instruction in a wide range of topics including basic fire attack, ladders, ventilation, salvage, rescue and more. This year included a special focus on water conservation, given the drought. Very little water was used during the hands-on training sessions, for skills such as using hose streams. Short bursts of water were applied instead of longer applications. "While wateris one of our main tools to put out fires, we all want to help with the regional drought Most of the graduating class of the 2014 Quincy Fire Academy is pictured here on day four of the five-day training. Photo by Tom Forster Chester Firefighter Sarah Hurdt gives a thumbs-up upon reaching the top of an extension ladder. Photo by Tom Forster situation," said Quincy Fire .....   Chief Robbie Cassou. ---- The annual event is the only one of its kind in this area, and is always hosted and led by Quincy Fire Protection District. It is the only area fire department ith such a comprehensive training facility: The facility has been hand-built at a very low actual cost over the years by Quincy Fire Department, A large group of firefighters, fire chiefs, family and friends attend the final graduation ceremony fQr this year's Quincy Fire Academy. Photo by Julie Cassou members of the Sierra Valley, Herlong, Loyalton, Meadow Valley, Greenhorn Creek and Eastern Plumas Rural fire departments. "We all owe a great deal of thanks to Chief Cassou and the Quincy Fire District for their continued generosity and support of all of our departments," said Chief Ward. "They have continued to do an outstanding job with leading this very important training for our new firefighters: None of us could do this on our own at this very high level of quality. We all look forward to the next academy in the spring of 2015." often using surplus or donated materials and donated labor. It is located on land originally donated to the district by now retired Fire Chief Richard Anderson and his wife Gaff. It is affectionately nicknamed "Andyland" in his honor. The course is open to all firefighters, and even former students are welcome to come through again and also help instruct if they are willing. "I really enjoy teaching; it helps reinforce my skills," said Capt. Cody Ward, of the Graeagle Fire Protection District. Instructors volunteer to either lead sections of training or help others as assistant instructors with the hands-on portions. This allows for an effective student-to-instructor ration that gives plenty of hands-on time. "Hands-on is where everyone learns the most when developing practical skills," said Ward. Plumas County Fire Chiefs Association President and Graeagle Chief Ed Ward served as the keynote speaker, and helped present graduation certificates, along with some of the fire chiefs. Also attending was Chester Chief Joe Waterman, Bucks Lake Chief Jeff Iverson, Portola Chief Henry Johnson, Long Valley Chief Steve Peters and Indian Valley Chief Jim Hamblin. All had graduating firefighters, in addition to Dixie Woofy 5 year old Male, tan Chi/pom mix. Likes to run, good with kids, fenced yard would be nice and plays well with other animals. 1 year old Female Black and White Collie Mix. Looking for good family with kids. F, = Adopt cat anti vc will wave the adoption fee on the 2nd cat! Our office hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 8am-5pm. Saturday viewing is by appointment only. Office hours are subject to change due to staffing, calling prior to visiting shelter is recommended. All potential adopters must complete an adoption consultation form and be approved prior to adoption. Adoption fees are $10.00 for dogs and cats, license fee for dogs are $15.00 per year. 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