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Intermountain Preparedness Group holds interagency exercise to prepare for mass causality events

On Thursday April 26 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., about two dozen representatives from emergency response units, healthcare facilities, and support services met at the Burney Fire Hall to conduct a “Mass Casualty Table Top Exercise.”

Burney Fire District Chief Monte Keady facilitating the discussion

The meeting was a function of the Intermountain Preparedness Group that was formed to “attain shared preparedness and bring stability during crisis.” Agencies attending the meeting included CAL FIRE, Shasta County Fire Service, McArthur Fire Protection District, Burney Fire Protection District, Mayers Memorial Hospital District, Mountain Valley Health Centers, Pit River Health Service, Sierra Emergency Medical Services Alliance, Southern Cascades EMS District, Shasta County OEM, Shasta County Health and Human Services, and the American Red Cross,  .

The exercise was facilitated by Burney Fire Protection District Chief Monte Keady. Participants were organized into three groups according to their mission and function. The three groups were: 1) Fire, Hazmat, and Emergency Services; 2) Health Care Facilities; and 3) Support Services.

Chief Keady began the exercise by presenting a scenario of a mass causality event. The scenario involved a 40 vehicle fire on Hwy 299 in which 40 vehicles were involved. It included injuries and fatalities, a fire that began to spread, and a hazardous waste spill.

After briefing the audience on the situation, Keady asked each group to engage in a fifteen minute discussion about how they would respond to this emergency in the first 60-90 minutes.

Group discussions in progress

Afterward, a representative from each group presented a summary of their discussion. In their summaries they discussed how they would plan, organize and staff each of their operations, set up a command structure and communications, organize relief efforts and transportation, provide services, set up shelters, etc. After each presentation there was an opportunity for question and answer and open discussion.

Mayers Hosptial CEO Louis Ward reporting for the Health Services discussion group

The rest of the agenda had two more scenario updates followed by group, intergroup, and open discussions. The last scenario update involved the close of the incident. The final event of the exercise was “Lessons learned,” a thirty minute period of shared reflection during which participants could share “Aha moments.”

The meeting also included breaks during which participants could share refreshments and talk on a less formal basis.

For more information about the Intermountain Preparedness Group, citizens can contact any of the participating agencies.


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Pictures of the Burney Fire Hall Halloween Event

The Burney Fire District together with several local businesses, organizations, and volunteers put on a wonderful Halloween event this Tuesday evening October 31.

I was home giving out candy and didn’t make it but Fire Chief Monte B. Keady very kindly sent me some pictures from his phone to share with the community.

Kudos to the Burney Fire District and all the fine folks who provided this fun and safe event for the children and people of Burney!

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Fire and EMS Employment Opportunity

Burney Fire Protection District

Burney Fire District has immediate openings for qualified persons interested in Seasonal and Supplemental Fire and Fire/EMS positions.

AGENCY OVERVIEW: Burney Fire receives about 800 calls for service in a wide range of emergencies ranging from wildland fire, structure fire, vehicle rescue, confined space rescue, and hazmat. In addition, Burney Fire District has the only fire based ambulance in Shasta County. This wide variety of call types comes from the host of activity Burney offers to its residents and its visitors including hunting and fishing, boating and other water sports, camping, hang gliding, premier golfing, and hiking the Pacific Crest Trail.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The Firefighter/EMT may be assigned to staff a Type 1 or Type 3 engine, a Type 1 or type 2 tender, or staff the transporting ambulance. Or you may be assigned to respond into remote areas using the Fire District’s John Deere Gator (Gator-17) or the Ski-doo Snowmobile (Snowmobile-17). Non-emergency activities include representing the Fire District in local events and festivals, providing school or group tours of the Fire Station and other prevention activities.

Burney Fire provides training, and opportunities to complete open task books. Regardless of their previous experience, new employees all go through the Field Training and Evaluation Program (FTEP). This extensive in-service on Burney Fire operations, uses published performance standards and daily input on progress from designated Field Training Facilitators.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Upon receipt of your application you will be invited to an oral interview, scheduled for a written and physical agility test. Successful candidates will be given a conditional job offer pending successful completion of a background check, drug screen and DMV physical at the Fire District expense.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must have Firefighter 1 training, NWCG Firefighter Type 2 training, Hazmat First Responder Operations training, Driver’s License valid in California, a California EMT or Paramedic license, or obtain EMT within 60 days of hire.

WAGES AND HOURS: Seasonal or Supplemental Firefighter/EMT $10.50 per hour, Paramedic $12.75 per hour. Seasonal Employees are assigned a 56 hour week with a regular schedule. Supplemental employees choose their own scheduled shifts per month.

Little Place, Big Expectations – Burney Fire

37072 Main Street, Burney, CA 96013; Phone: 530.335.2212

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Burney Volunteer Firemen test blood pressure

Matthew Walsh, Chad Coates, and Daniel Chudzimsky from the Burney Volunteer Fire Department came to the Senior Nutrition Lunch at the Intermountain Community Center on Wednesday November 16 to provide a free blood pressure check for seniors.

Volunteer Firemen checking blood pressure at the Senior Nutrition Center

Volunteer Firemen checking blood pressure at the Senior Nutrition Center

Many of the diners present took advantage of the opportunity to have their blood pressure checked. The firemen said that they come to perform this service about once a month.

Volunteer Firemen checking George Whitfield's blood pressure

Volunteer Firemen checking George Whitfield’s blood pressure

The firemen also said that any citizen wanting to have their blood pressure checked could come to the Burney Fire Department on Main Street and they would perform the test for them.

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