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BUlletin, Hecorcl, f'rogresslve, Reporter REGIONAL ' INSIDE SECTION B: EDITORIAL " OPINIONS UPCOMING EVENTS Wednesday, June 18, 2014 1B . Debra Moore : Staff Writer , dmoore@plumasnews.com  ince it's not a question of if, but when a fire will break out near a Plumas County community, loca ! officials organized the largest drill ever held in the area. ,,' ....... tt e ..... It.was flrst fu -scat exercise in 25 years held in Plumas County," said Jerry Sipe, the county's director of the office of emergency services. Sipe's otTme, along with the Plumas National Forest and the Meadow Valley Volunteer Fire Department, coordinated the June 1 event that included a host of agencies. Thirteen of the county's 25 fire departments, from as far as Sierra Valley and Lake Alrhanor, converged in Meadow Valley, where a mock fire threatened the community. As the Forest Service, Cal Fire and the local departments battled the blaze and provided structure protection, search and rescue personnel went from door to door alerting residents. Meanwhile, others assembled at the fairgrounds, which served as an , evacuation center for people and animals. ,L Everyone who would have ' a part to play in a real fire assumed that role for the mock drill. "This exercise was a great example of local, state and 'federal emergency services , resources working together :on behalf of our communities," said Steve i Millert, fire management ' officer for the Plumas. i "Preparing and engaging like this really helps us get ahead of the curve. We have all the makings of a long and buy fire season, taking into i account the lack of moisture * in our vegetation and current drought onditions." "I thought it was great," Supervisor Lori Simpson Above, structure protectio, nlis part Meadow Valley exercise, During the mock  drill, residents were informed of the fire : ' danger through the county' emergency : notification system. Animals were evacuated to a site at the county fairgrounds. Above, members of the Quincy Volunteer, Fire Department roll eut hose during the June 1 training exercise in Meadow Valley. :/ Right, John Gay, a captain in the Quincy Fire Department, briefs his fellow firefighters during the wildland fire drill June 1. said of the event. She was a new supervisor five years ago, when a fire broke out near Meadow Valley and she recalls that "I didn't know what to do.." After the June 1 event she feels better prepared. What is a supervisor's role in the event of a fire? "I would go to the , command center and see what resources are needed and what I could do as supervisor to facilitate that,' she said, "Then I would check CodeRed is Plumas County's rapid emergency notification system.During the Meadow Valle fire exercise, officials learned that more than a third of the residents don't have a landline and rely on cellphone service. To receive automated emergency notifications on a mobile deviCe, residents must register by either going to the sheriff's department or by visiting countyofplumas,com. Click the "CodeRed" link on the county's homepage and follow the instructions. All information is confidential. t on shelters and communications." Communication was one of the stated goals of the exercfse: "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." And it turned out that communication proved to be an area that needs imProvement. "Thirty-eight percent of the residents of Meadow Valley don't have a landline phone," said Sipe. "Countywide approximately 33 to 35 percent of the residents don't have a landline." That's critical to the county's emergency notification system, CodeRed. See Drill, page 3B Above, Meadow. Valley Fire trtment volunteers work on their home turf during the June 1 drill. Above; L Plumas nty Supervisor Lori SimpsOn; left, talks with a Above, thirteen fire departments from across the county participate in the MeadOw Valley drill, including this team from Indian Valley. 00mano00r T00rn ...now featuring exquisite (ine ammg: Dinner Served h B Tues..Sat. Starting at4 p.m. Chef Chuck Romo ' of Pioneer saloon ss0n $e wo) Home of the Brubeck Bar(from the historic Amedee Hotel) and featuring Custom Classic Cocktails r