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4A Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012 Feather River Bulletin II pa assem sses Northstate Assemblyman and Republican Chief Whip Dan Logue has announced his tele- health bill, Assembly Bill 1733, passed the full Assembly with a unanimous bipartisan vote of 71-0. "This is an important follow- up to my bill AB 415 from last year, the Telehealth Advance- ment Act of 2011," said Logue. "I'm glad that both Democrats and Republicans continue to recognize the benefits that tele- health brings'to people in Cali- fornia's rural, underserved communities." AB 1733 follows up on the ma- jor policy accomplishments of AB 415, which was estimated to save the taxpayers $1.3 billion, by clearing up further technical issues that may prevent the full and proper use of telehealth. It also clarifies that every healthcare professional is legal- ly authorized to use telehealth, so long as they comply with the laws and regulations governing their profession. "I will continue to fight to im- prove healthcare in the North- state where decades of neglect have led to dangerous, critical situations," Logue commented. "This bill will help to bring this critical tool to the residents of my district who will greatly benefit from better access to healthcare." AB 1733 heads to the gover- nor's desk for signature or veto. Assemblyman Logue represents the 3rd Assembly District in the California Legislature, which includes communities in Butte, en, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sierra and Yuba counties. Laura Beaton Staff Writer Ibeaton@plumasnews.com Meadow Valley Volunteer firefighters Bill Bradfield, Warren Grandall and Roland Hays got more than they ex- pected Aug. 18 when they went from riding in the Plumas-Sierra County Fair Parade to reporting for duty at the Chips Fire Camp near Chester. When the call came for Plumas County firefighters, Meadow Valley was the only Plumas County department able to muster a crew to fight the fire. Quincy has maintained a crash truck at Gansner air- port for aerial support. Initially the crew thought they would work near Rush Creek for a few days, but when they reported in, they were told they'd be working 14 days on the Chips Fire. Bradfield, 67, and Grandall, 70, are both retired Forest Service employees and expe- rienced firefighters. Hays, 24, has been a Meadow Valley volunteer for many years. Most volunteer fire depart- ments are short staffed and volunteer firefighters often have full-time jobs, making long assignments difficult to fill. Grandall noted all volun- teer fire departments in the county need volunteers in a number of capacities. There are 16 fire departments in Plumas County and very few paid firefighters. .The three men and their type-three fire engine were part of a five-crew strike DRIVEWAY MAINTENANCE SLURRY SEALCOATING SSIH OIL HOT CRACK FILLING PATCHING SERVING ALL OF PLUMAS & LASSEN COUNTIES FREE ESTIMATES C-12 CA LIC. #762465 530 - 284 - 1474 Meadow Valley volunteer Almanor Base Camp. The submitted firefighters Roland Hays (left), Warren Grandali and Bill Bradfield stand with their fire engine at the trio was part of a five-crew strike team that worked for two weeks fighting the Chips fire. Photo team. Each strike team is di- rected by one leader, who gets orders from higher up the chain of command. Wildfire fighting is similar to a military operation and uses a strict chain of com- mand. "We are fighting a war with fire," Grandall said. Because of the diverse ca- pabilities of the Meadow Val- ley fire engine, an older "mixed vehicle" with urban interface faculties, the crew was able to protect struc- tures as well as go off pave- ment in more challenging terrain. The Meadow Valley crew spent the majority of its time on mop up, spot fires, hazard reduction and structure pro- tection, including protecting a PG&E cloud-seeding sta- tion, equipped with two 1,000- gallon propane tanks. The crew's engine has a 500-gallon water tank, with up to a hundred gallons per minute (gpm) pumping rate. Water can last anywhere from two-and-a half minutes catering system comes to the Hays chose to sleep out in the to one-and-a-half hours, de- base camp and sets up shop. open, despite the dust, noise pending on the type and Forty-foot semis with total- and bugs. number of hoses used and ly equipped kitchens work After their shift ended, the gpm pumped, around the clock to prepare their engine was inspected The crew usually worked abreakfast and dinner for the and determined to need re: half-mile to 2 miles way from entire camp. pairs. a water tender, a mobile tank Fighting a wildfire of this Unfortunately, Grandall with a 3,000- to 4,000:gallon size utilizes many resources said, the repairs are costly capacity, where they would and requires excellent orga- and funds to replace their ve- refill their engine's tank. nization and execution, hicle are unavailable. One day they assisted twoCrews and engines have In addition, new engines other engines in shuttling come from as far away as San are bigger than the existing water to a crew battling a Diego and Oregon to fight the older equipment that Mead- blaze usinga 3,000-foot hose. Chips Fire, while personnel ow Valley has and can ac- In addition to extinguish- have dome all the way fromcommodate in its station ing fires, they also worked to the East Coast. house. protect the communities of In addition to the catering An assessment will be Canyon Dam, Prattville and trucks, the base camp has a made to determine whether Big Meadows. medical unit, as well as sup- the Meadow Valley depart- On Aug. 27 there were 1,502 ply units, where' necessary ment can repair its engine or people working on the fire supplies such as clothing,start looking for a replace- and living at Almanor Base gear, Gatorade, ice andwater ment, most likely an older Camp. Workers are generally may be checked out or used engine tha.t~is more af- split between the day andissued, fordable and small enough to night shift -- leaving 751 peo- There are shower units, a be housed in the current fa- ple hungry at the same time. 12-hour laundry service and cility. Grandall reported the food mobile sleepers, three-tiered To date, the Chips Fire has was good, and that the beds housed in specialty burned more 73,000 acres, longest he had to wait for a trailers, where firefighters surpassing the 65,000 acres meal was 15 minutes. In situ- and workers may sleep, charred by the 2007 ations like this, a national Grandall, Bradfield and Moonlight Fire. FE~THE R Postal Service: USPS (No. 188-550.) Periodicals postage paid at Quincy, CA. Published: Every Wednesday morning by Feather Publishing Co., Inc. Office Location and hours: 287 Lawrence St., Quincy, CA 95971. Mailing address: P.O. Box B, Quincy, CA 95971. 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