(June 1, 2021) The Adin Fire Protection District is receiving a grant of $10,000 to be used towards the repair of Engine 4722 which was burned in Northern California’s Gold Fire. The Gold Fire was a dangerous wildfire that burned in July 2020, south of Adin along Highway 139 in Lassen County. Over 20,000 acres were burned, and over a dozen structures were destroyed. It’s my privilege to help out in getting the engine repaired.
(June 1, 2021) Chief Mark LaMont said, “Without a doubt, this grant will be a life saving addition to our available tools as we serve the community.” His department will be receiving $3,450 to purchase two new Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) to be placed in service on their Rescue Squad and Water Tender. He went on to say that studies have repeatedly shown that AEDs save lives in the event of sudden cardiac arrest. These two AEDs will be available to rapidly provide life-saving defibrillation to both civilian and emergency responders in the event of a sudden cardiac arrest. Congratulations to the Idyllwild Department on their grant.
(June 1, 2021) Their grant of $12,500 will be used to purchase extrication equipment. In their application they wrote, “This will allow us to have a piece of extrication equipment at our most remote station, which will allow us a more direct response to incidents in that area. Currently if a vehicle accident happens in this area a firefighter might have to respond to the station with extrication if entrapment is reported, saving us valuable time.”
It’s my pleasure to help.
Greg Stensler wrote, “We are ecstatic to report that we have received our battery operated Hurst combi extrication tool. This tool will allow us a quick set up when needed and rapid extrication when needed. We will be holding a training on the tool in the near future so all our members are properly trained. We would like to thank you for this opportunity again. We are excited to have this tool to better serve our community when the need arises.”
The Trinity Center Volunteer Fire Department members left to right: Whit Ashley, Mike McHugh, Martie Mullen, Keith Gagomiros, Carol Fall, Tom Dinsmore, Eddie Burch, Steve Noverr, Chief Bob Bryant. Not pictured: Ann Bryant, MaryAnn Bunce, Duke Kneaper.
(June 1, 2021) “This is so awesome!! Thank you, thank you,” said Chief Carol Fall. “We responded to an escaped burn pile that threatened to move into the forest a few weeks ago and one of our new recruits was wearing hiking boots. He got toasty toes as we were mopping up, so firefighting boots will be so much safer. This is wonderful news just in time for a worrisome fire season.” Her department will be receiving $1,000 for three pairs of wildland boots for three new recruits. I’m happy to help the new recruits who made the choice, and sacrifice, to serve their fellow citizens.
(July 19, 2021) Here are photos of two of the department’s new recruits, Mike and Paul, wearing their new boots. Chief Fall also sent a photo of the boots belonging to Mark, the other new recruit, who was unable to be in the photo. Thank you for the great photos!
“We’ve had the boots for less than a month and they’re already worn in due to training and small wildland fires,” said the chief. “Thanks for keeping our firefighters safe. Jenny is OUR hero!” I say the real heroes are in this photo. – j.j.
(June 1, 2021) The Hornbrook Fire Protection District has a new volunteer who is in need of properly filling PPE. The gear they have does not fit properly so they will receive a grant of $5,000. “My crew’s safety is paramount to me,” said Chief Tim Thurner, “and this grant will go a long way to keeping my new member safe with proper updated PPE.” It’s a privilege to help this and any volunteer who chooses to serve the community.
(Sept. 22, 2021) With some careful shopping, the Hornbrook department was able to purchase structure gear, wildland gear and swift water rescue gear for their new firefighter with the grant money. The pants and radio harness Ed is wearing in the photo were also purchased.
(June 1, 2021) I had the pleasure of surprising Chief Charlie Miller with the news that his department would be receiving $15,000 to purchase and install a UniMac Extractor and FireLinc software system to clean their Firefighter Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Heavily soiled firefighter clothing used to be perceived as a badge of honor but it has since been found that wearing contaminated gear exposes the responders to dangerous cancer-causing substances. Chief Miller said that firefighters have about a 14% higher risk of dying from cancer than the general public. This is money well spent to protect his 20 volunteers who sacrifice their time to serve the community.
(June 1, 2021) “These funds will be put to good use by purchasing new protective gear for our firefighters,” said Assistant Chief Clemons. Their current hose, from 1981, is a cotton jacket hose which has far exceeded its service life, and the turnout gear most of the 30 volunteers have is from the late 1990s and is significantly worn out. I’m happy to help provide this new equipment to show my appreciation to the Daggett Fire first responders.
(Dec. 20, 2021) The new turnout gear finally arrived. Thank you for all you do!
(April 20, 2020) “Outstanding!” said Chief Robert Withrow, when I called to share the good news of his grant of $3,000. “Can I share with you how big a deal this is?” He went on to say, “I am a 30-year veteran and the people in this rural community are the best group of people I have ever worked with. They are good hearted public servants.” He explained that it’s not easy to raise money but they still put on pancake breakfast events to help the department.
I’m very glad to be able to help provide the equipment needed to keep the volunteers safe.
(June 18, 2020) The new turnouts are in! Here is a photo of the firefighters, including two new recruits, proudly wearing their new gear.
(April 20, 2020) It was such a pleasure to speak to Mark Schwegler today to tell him they will receive a $10,000 grant to provide personal protective equipment for their firefighters. “We currently have personnel who are not properly outfitted with personnel protective equipment,” he wrote in the application. “This grant will allow us to acquire the minimum gear needed to safely respond to fires and auto accidents and medical aids without compromising personnel safety.”
Mark told me this was going to be a huge help to the department.
(June 23, 2020) Here are some photos of the new PPE, just arrived:
(April 20, 2020) The toxins that firefighters can be exposed to have become front and center in firefighter safety and a washer/extractor is what is needed to properly clean the turnouts worn during exposure. Chief Steve Krausmann requested $11,000 for a washer/extractor and he has generously offered to share it with three neighboring departments.
He wrote, “Firefighters routinely work in environments that deposit carcinogenic materials and blood borne pathogens on their personal protective equipment (PPE) during the performance of duties. The smoke from structure fires, vehicle fires and wildland fires contaminate the PPE with cancer causing compounds. During vehicle accidents and medical aids our PPE comes int contact with bodily fluids and blood borne pathogens. For the protection of the health of firefighters and the community it is important to thoroughly clean the PPE before being placed back into service. Our goal is to protect the health and safety of our firefighters and the communities we serve.”
I spoke to Chief Krausmann this morning to share the news of the grant. He shared his own news with me – he has a grandchild on the way! Congratulations to the family!