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6/~t Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2008 Feather River Bulletin Quincy firefighters apply a foam blanket to protect workers offloading flammable liquids still tanker on Highway 70 next to the Pine Hill Motel. Photos submitted FOAM, from page 1A in an accident, with one tank dents had the potential for a overturning and rupturing horrific fire with increased cocktail in several places, property damage, loss of life Quincy Fire Department On arrival of Quincy Fire,and further environmental stayed on scene for 24 hours the undamaged tanker was contamination. "After the to provide structure protec- removed from the scene to Quincy tanker incident, it be- tion to Storrie and provide lessen the explosive poten- came clear Quincy Fire need- technical assistance to the tial. The tanker in this case ed to do more to prepare for Plumas County HAZMAT was carrying a mixture of similar future events. The Team. North Tree Fire, a pri- several products includingthree incidents all occurred vate contractor hired by gasoline and diesel fuel. as results of transportation Union Pacific, relieved the Despite efforts by firefighters emergencies, but Quincy has Quincy Fire Department the to patch the ruptured tank, many other serious risk fac- next day. over 2,000 gallons of product tors. North Tree remained on eventually leaked out ontoAside from the major scene for several weeks pro- the highway and into a near- transportation corridors, riding fire protection and ex- by drainage canal. Quincy is home to most of tinguishing at least two fires In all three incidents, re- the bulk fuel storage in caused by the cleanup opera- sponders were unbelievablyPlumas County. Couple this tion. lucky. Due to location, with the commercial fuels at In fall 2007, Quincy Fireweather conditions and theroad maintenance, construc- Department was called to re- grace of God, none of the tion facilities, the SPI mill spond to an overturned spills resulted in a cata-and the airport and the tanker on the west edge of strophic fire. threat is very real. town. In this case, two 5,000: If there had been an igni-In early 2004, Fire Chief gallon trailers were involved tion source, all of these inci- Andy Anderson obtained a everyone House plant • Christmas Cactus • Gift Certificates ~ for Purple Passion any occasion! Call us early, call us late ~ We Deliver We will be closing at 2:00pm on Christmas Eve and will be closed 12/25 - 1/4/09 to spend time with our family Our roots are deep in Plumas County • Quality & Experience Since 1946 Where we love our plants enough to raise them here 41796 Hwy. 70, Quincy Near Feather River College 283-2010 Full Service Florist Don't forget, we deliver! Open: Mon.-Fri.: 9am. 5pm Closed Sat. & Sun. Firefighters practice with Quincy's High Expansion Foam Gen- • erator at Quincy's annual Fire Academy in April 2008. contained in this leaking fuel small two-axle trailer from the Chico fire department. This chassis was used to con- struct Quincy's new foam trailer. Additional materials included hose bed dividers and plumbing that were ob- tained from a surplus fire truck donated by San Bernardino County Firein 2006. Much of the foam, nozzles and appliances were ob- tained through Homeland Se- curity Grants. Any additional materials were purchased through funds raised by the volun- teers themselves. The vehicle was lesigned, built and painted by district employees Fire Chief Robbie Cassou and Chief Mechanic Charlie Read, The reflective lettering was purchased by the district and supplied by Wild Hare Sign Co. in East Quincy. The trailer was used for the first time in August at the volunteer's weekly drill meeting. Using water rather than foam, the volunteers practiced with the units 500- gallon-per-minute, self-educt- .ing foam nozzle. This nozzle is attached to a 250-gallon foam cell that can blanket a fuel SPill from sev- eral hundred feet away. The trailer also has a high expansion foam generator that is capable of producing a foam blanket four to five feet deep. The high-x generator is ca- pable of producing 1,700 gal- lons of foam to every 1 gallon of foam concentrate intro- duced. It can easily fill a con- tainment dyke around a fuel storage facility, fill a subter- ranean basement or vault with thick foam or pump a three foot tube of foam up several flights of stairs. The high expansion foam can quickly smother a three- dimensional fire or be used to displace a toxic vapor cloud. Aside from the fixed 250- gallon foam tank, Foam 81 al- so carries 14 five-gallon pails of Alcohol Resistant Aqueous Film Forming Foam for portable use. The trailer has a specially designed hitch allowing it to safely be towed behind sever- al different size vehicles. The trailer is now housed at the Lawrence Street fire station and is available to other de- partments around the county should the need arise. According to Chief Cassou, "We've dodged the bullet three times in two years with incidents that could have re- sulted in major fires. With this new piece of equipment my hope is that we will never need to use it, but if we do, it'll be ready." "The Right Coverage For Right Price CA Lic. #0F82722 t .' .......... " ........ ..... ..........(E You: t at !nde ndent l.su ace YQu Business • .Auto • Homeowners Renters • Life ° Health Toll Free 877-447-1400 Consulting • Insurance Placement • Risk Management • Related Advic .......... ...... ..................... :ii:: : :::::':: .... ;~i: !ii:i Wishes everyone a Merry .......... We Will Be Closed on Christmas & New Years Day .... : Transfer sites closed 12/25 and 1/1/09 Office will be closed Thurs. and Fri., 12/25, 12/26 and 1/1/09 and 1/2/09 ...... Quincy routes will be picked up on Friday 12/26 and 1/2/09 • Chester / Lake Almanor routes: i Commercial customers (businesses) will be picked up on Wed., 12/24 & 12/31 .... ...... ] Residential customers (12/26 8, 1/2/09) will be picked up on Friday Please have cans out by 7 00 am . o ) Feather River Disposal, Inc. A Waste Management Company Serving Quincy, Greenville & Chester~Lake Almanor ~iiiili~!'il ~ ~?i?il)ii'~ [ PL SNF_,WS.COM