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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, June 6, 2012 5B Fire departments focus on recruiting and retaini0000 j00}51&apos;i' INSIDE THE FIREHOUSE TOM FORSTER Assistant Fire Chief Plumas Eureka Fire Department A weekend recruiting and retention class was recently held in Graeagle for volun- teer fire service leaders from throughout Northern Califor- nia. The California State Firefighters Association (CS- FA) sponsored the event, and all travel expenses and course costs were covered for attendees through a grant. The workshop was de- signed to improve rural vol- unteer fire service leader- ship, with a special focus on one of the biggest challenges today -- recruiting and re- taining volunteer firefight- ers. The Graeagle Fire Pro- tection District provided the facilities for the 25 students, and the Plumas County Fire Chiefs Association (PCFCA) coordinated the event. Stu- dents came from around Northern California. CSFA received a federal grant several years ago to provide six of these work- shops around California each year from 2011-2014. The CS- FA Committee for Volunteers leads each workshop under the direction of chairman Chief Ronny Coleman, re- tired California state fire marshal. Volunteer instruc- tors help Coleman with each class, including at times Chief Rabble Cassou of Quin- cy and Assistant Chief Tom Forster of Plumas Eureka. Also assisting were Mike Williams from the Fire Ser- vices Training Institute, re- tired San Rafael Chief Bob Marcucci, CSFA representa- tive Bob Hamilton and re- tired Coast Guard Fire Cap- tain Jim Hill. Whiswas t, n!nth,ours e held since 2011, and the first Twenty-five volunteer fire service leaders from Northern California attend a class held in Graeagle. one where a specific regional plan for recruiting and reten- tion was developed. PCFCA has incorporated the plan in- to its three-year strategic plan and will be seeking fur- ther grant funding for imple- mentation. "It was great to be able to work on a local plan, and we look forward to doing this in all of our future classes," said Coleman. PCF- CA will also be including interested fire departments from Sierra and Lassen counties in the regional recruiting efforts. Graeagle Chief Ed Ward participated in the class. He currently serves as president of PCFCA. "The time, skills and energy required to be an effective volunteer firefighter today has never been greater, meaning that recruiting and retention at:e two of our biggest challenges," said Ward. "This class was very helpful to all of us, and we - thank CSFA and everyone in- volved for the wonderful op- portunity., From left, Graeagle Chief Ed Ward, Captain James Arevalo and Chief Ronny Coleman work on planning specific goals for fire department recruiting and retention in the Plumas County region. Photos by Tom Forster Fire Safe Council meets June 14 The Plumas County Fire SafeCouncil (PCFSC) invites citizens to participate in its regularly scheduled monthly meeting Thursday, June 14, at the Plumas County Plan- ning and Building Services office, located at 555 Main St. in Quincy, from 9 to 11 a.m. At the meeting information will be presented on existing wildfire mitigation projects, implementation of the Com- munity Wildfire Protection Plan and efforts to expand current programs. The council was recently notified that its grant propos- al to the Sierra Nevada Con- servancy for treating an ad- ditional 172 acres of haz- ardous fuel conditions in the La Porte Road Community in American Valley is being recommended to the govern- ing board for funding. This project will now be able to move towards completion along with funding from the Plumas National Forest as recommended by the Plumas County Resource Advisory Committee and from CalFire. When accomplished the project will create a fire resilient landscape on 350 contiguous acres in that community. The science is thoroughly convincing that if communi- ties reduce fuels, by reducing excessive surface and ladder fuels, they will reduce the in- tensity, spotting and subse- quent damage from wildfires. To date, PCFSC has or is treating 4,400 acres of haz- ardous fuel conditions on pri- vate lands in or around 20 communities. For more in- formation on how a commu- nity can request assistance from PCFSC, visit plumas and click on SAT., JUNE 16 Soroptimist International, Quincy 12th Annual Garden Tour Info: 283-0957 BECOME A SCHOOL BUS DRIVER! Classroom Training Available for Substitute Bus Drivers A six- day class is scheduled for June 21-June 28, 2012 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. 100% attendance is required Where: PUSD Transportation Facility I 13 North Mill Creek Road, Quincy, CA 95971 Pay for Substitute Bus Drivers: $12.95 per hour For More Information: Call Peggy Lorenzo 283-6545, ext. 101. Leave a message w/name, phone number and best time for a call back. Note: Classroom training is free. 20 hours of classroom training does not constitute employment. i i Hazardous Fuel Reduction. The Plumas County Fire Safe Council is a coalition of citizens, businesses and rep- resentatives from local, state and federal government agencies that share a com- mon interest in preventing loss of life and minimizing loss of property from wild- land fires. The mission of the Fire Safe Council is: "To re- duce the loss of natural and manmade resources caused by wildfire through Firewise Community programs and pre-fire activities." For more information on the council, Plumas Coun- ty's Community Wildfire Protection Plan and other fire safe information, visit the council's website or con- tact the coordinator at or 283-0829. If you or your organization needs information on how to protect your child from sexual abuse, Call the Plumas Crisis Intervention & Resource Center at 283-5515, Ext. 15. Crisis Line Resource 283-4333 m~. Center -877-332-2754 or 283-5515 A program of Plumas Crisis Intervention & Resource Center WANTED OLD COIN COLLECTIONS... Pre-1965 Silver Coins, Proof Sets, Old Currency, Pre-1936 Silver Dollars, 10k-24k Gold, All Gold Coins HUNGR".00 summea IS HERE! and so is the BBQ season! Come see the $llt, lN lOl selection of Primo and Traeger BBQ grills and accessories Remember 1 " .... Father's Day June 17th ; . 2019 East Main St., Quincy Open: Tues-Fri 9:30am-S:30pm 283-2929 iit Spot st o-4p,. .......... 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