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Ralph Freitas wins 2018 race for Honorary Mayor of Burney

Ralph Freitas is the Honorary Mayor of Burney for 2018. His victory in the Mayor’s Race was announced at the Burney High School Football field at the Kid Fit opening event of Burney Basin Days Thursday evening July 5.

Burney Chamber President Sandy McCullar and Jill Daugherty welcome Ralph Freitas as 2018 Honorary Mayor of Burney

The Mayor’s race is a fun annual event in which public-minded citizens raise funds for favorite charities. The one who raises the most money becomes the new mayor. Four candidates competed in this year’s race.

2017 Honorary Mayor Jill Daugherty, 2018 Honorary Mayor Ralph Freitas, and candidates Katie Small, Jen Luck, and VFW Commander J.P. Wheeler (representing Destiny Tavares)

Burney Chamber of Commerce President introduced each candidate who then spoke briefly about their cause. Ralph raised money for the Burney Fire District. The money will be used to buy new pagers for volunteers. Jen Luck raised money for Burney Beautification. Katie Small raised money for Burney sports, and Destiny Tavares raised money for “past, present, and future veterans.” Ms. Tavares was represented at the event by VFW Post 5689 Commander J.P. Wheeler.

Altogether, the four candidates raised $3,082.31. After Ralph was announced as the winner, 2017 Honorary Mayor Jill Daugherty placed a top hat on his head and draped him with his Honorary Mayor’s ribbon. All of the candidates then shared a high five.

High Five

Mayor Freitas said that he hoped to ride in the Burney Fire District fire truck during the Burney Basin Days Parade.

Shortly after the ceremony Freitas performed his first official duty by judging the closing Kid Fit watermelon-eating contest.

Mayor Ralph Freitas judging the watermelon eating contest


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PG&E Funds Two Lassen County Fire Safe Council Fuel Reduction Projects

Press Release from Lassen County Fire Safe Council, Inc.:

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has awarded Lassen County Fire Safe Council, Inc. (LCFSC) $100,000 to fund fuel treatments to address extreme fire hazards in the Day Lassen Bench community in Lassen and Shasta Counties. The news comes as California recognizes Wild Fire Awareness Week in the second week of May.

Funds are being used to reduce hazardous fuel loads through mastication treatments along the Day Road corridor and for emergent brush treatments of last year’s PG&E funded mastication work.

The Day Lassen Bench Project is again focusing on three critical community needs that were identified after the 2014 Day Fire threatened the community: 1. Reducing hazardous fuel loads along the Day Road corridor, which will provide safer evacuation routes; 2. Reducing hazardous fuel loads in power line corridors, which protects critical community infrastructure, and; 3. Maintaining and expanding fuel breaks that protect the community where it bumps up against wildlands.

It is expected that over 200 acres will be treated within PG&E’s service in the Day Lassen Bench community in Lassen and Shasta counties. LCFSC is partnering with the Day Lassen Bench Fire Safe Council to implement this high priority project. It was tied for the #1 ranking in the 2018 Lassen County CWPP Work Plan.

In 2016 and 2017, PG&E provided LCFSC with a total of $262,388 for fund fire safe projects in both Day Lassen Bench and Little Valley.

“Once again we are grateful for the tremendous boost PG&E is providing to our efforts to reduce fire risk in local communities,” said Lloyd Keefer, LCFSC Chair. “We are putting these funds to work immediately and the PG&E funded treatments are planned to be completed by July 31, 2018, well in advance of the peak period of this year’s fire season.”

“The safety of the communities we serve is the top priority for PG&E and we are once again committed to support local wildfire prevention efforts in Lassen and Shasta counties. This collaboration among PG&E, and the Lassen County Fire Safe Council will help the communities we serve prevent and prepare for wildfires,” said Carl Schoenhofer, senior manager of PG&E’s North Valley division.

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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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