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4A Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015 Feather River Bulletin Where in the World? Amy Napoleon and her daughter Marjorie Wilson show their Plumas County pride with a copy of the Feather River Bulletin in front of the giant muskie statue in Hayward, Wisconsin. 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. Office is open Mon. through Fri., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. How to contact us: All departments: FAX: (530) 283-3952. Email: mail@ Website: (530) 283-0800. Ownership and heritage: The Bulletin was established Aug. 11, 1866, as the Plumas National (later changed to Plumas National Bulletin May 16, 1892) subsequently changed to its present name May 7, 1931, which merged with the Plumas Independent (1892 - 1945) June 7, 1945, Published weekly. It is part of the Feather Publishing family of newspapers serving Plumas and Lassen counties. Deadlines: Display advertising: Thursday 4 p.m.; display classified: Thursday, 3 p.m.; legals: Thursday 4 p.m.; news: Fridays, 3 p.m.; classified: Monday 9 a.m. Breaking news: anytime! To subscribe: Call (530) 283-0800, come to the Bulletin office, use the handy coupon below or send email to Adjudication: The Feather River Bulletin is adjudicated a legal newspaper by Superior Court Decree No. 4644 (1953) and qualified for publication of matters required by law to be published in a newspaper. Postmaster: Send change of address orders to the Feather River Bulletin, P.O. Box B, Quincy, CA 95971. Michael C. Taborski Jenny Lee Elise Monroe Co-Owner/Publisher Photo Editor Bookkeeper Keri Taborski Mary Newhouse Eva Small Co-Owner/Legal Advertising Classified, Circ. Manager Graphics Dept. Kevin Mallory Cobey Brown Sandy Condon Vice Pres./Admin.Vice Pres./Operations Human Resources Dir., Office Manager Dan McDonald Tom Fomey Managing Editor r Production Manager Cpl~f~lr,:~ ~ YPd~cler~d(~r p m --- .== --- --- m m ,.-. m m --- --- =I Subscription Order Form Feather River Bulletin P.O. Box B, Quincy, cA 95971 Please enter my subscription for __ years. [~l Enclosed find my check for $ In County $26 per year [~l Out of State $44 per year [~l In California $37 per year, m , Name I Address I City, State, Zip SubscdpUons can be transferred, but not refunded. lib m I m lib ~IB m m m m BIBlll m BBI BIB Breaking ItlEWSI Debra Moore Staff Writer Holding up a 3-inch binder filled with complaints, Plumas County Sheriff Greg Hagwood told the Board of Supervisors that he had had enough; he was terminating dispatch service for the Beckwourth Fire Protection District. "We have endured this nonsense for far too long," Hagwood told the supervisors during their Sept. 1 meeting. The sheriffs department provides dispatch service for the county's 22 fire protection districts, with the exception of those based in the Lake Almanor Basin. "I don't have a binder for the other districts; this is an anomaly," he said. In the letter of termination, Hagwood wrote that Beckwourth Fire receives about 2.5 percent of the total calls for service required by fire departments, but accounted for 98 percent of the complaints. "As a reminder, these dispatch services have been provided to your district at no cost," he wrote to George Bundy, chairman of the fire district's board of directors. "The unprecedented level and frequency of these complaints, most of which are unfounded, have been a significant disruption to my agency." An ongoing area of complaint has been the emergency service street numbers, and the sheriff said ~'~i~ ~: '~',,ii~' ......... 'J~,, ~'J~ i~ ........... ~'! .~ Electrical & General Construction Over Thirty Years Industry Experience Commercial, Residential & Agricultural* New Construction, Additions & Renovations Contract & Service Work Construction Management & Inspections Licensed, Insured & Bondable Serving Plumas County Local References Available Michael Scott, Owner (530) 258-9327 or CA License 965948 - A, B & C-10 5Ut Omum 12, 2015 I0:00 AM to 4:00 PM Art & Crafts Caipine Park Food & Produce m ~- ~ 9 To QUINCY ~ ~I~P~fY-70 ~"~ o TO RENO BBQ, Beer & Wine Garden, Live Music Classic Cars ~ Show & Shine ~ Kids Corner For For more information call Paula 530-994-3610 or email information on Classic Cars Call at Stacey (530) 320-0764 "We have endured this nonsense for far too long." Greg Hagwood Plumas County Sheriff that dispatch uses the official county numbers. "Despite our efforts, your district's administrative staff has remained unsatisfied, and had continued to complain that addressing is wrong and not what is displayed by residents or consistent with Street names of the community," he wrote. "All told we have spent many thousands of dollars trying to resolve and investigate complaints, something we have not had to do for any other fire agency, in the county," the letter continued. "Your district's administrative staff seems unwilling to accept that many times we are at the mercy of the caller for providing a proper address, as wireless technology does not always give us what we need and want." Hagwood said that cell phone emergency calls present issues for dispatch centers across the country and the Federal Communications Commission is discussing the issue. Hagwood told the board that recent events have exacerbated the situation, and indicated that Beckwourth Fire has been sending correspondence to victims "assigning blame to me and my staff," and he feared that they were "actively soliciting litigation." "I have elected to cease providing dispatch service," Hagwood told the board and said that Beckwourth Fire would have until March 2, 2016 to fred alternate service. The supervisors unanimously approved Hagwood's request to send the letter without comment, except for Supervisor Lori Simpson who commended ' Hagwood on his presentation. There were no representatives from the Beckwourth Fire District present for the discussion. When reached for comment two days later on Sept. 3, Beckwourth Fire Chief Greg McCaffrey said he was unaware that the item was on the board's agenda and he hadn't seen the letter. "We have problems all the time," McCaffrey said about dispatch, but declined to make further comment until he read the letter. Likewise, Bundy said that he was unaware of the letter or the sheriffs presentation to the board of supervisors. "We talked about this issue (dispatch) a year or so ago," Bundy said during an interview Sept. 3. He said he met with Sheriff Hagwood and an undersheriff. "We all left being friends. I'm flabbergasted." Bundy said that though he had yet to read the letter, he is optimistic that the problem could be resolved. If Plumas does discontinue service, Jerry Sipe, the director of the county's Office of Emergency Services, said that the two most likely options for Beckwourth Fire would be the Susanville Interagency dispatch system, which provides service for the Almanor Basin, or Sierra County dispatch, that serves nearby Loyalton. 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