The Lost Sierra Hoedown Camping & Music Festival was held over four days in late September, 2017. This annual event takes place at the Johnsville Ski Hill in Plumas Eureka State Park. This activity helps raise funds for the restoration and maintenance of the hill, as there is little or no state funding to do so. In case you are not aware, that area is believed to be the birthplace of ski racing in America, over 150 years ago. The gold miners started winter snow racing on "longboard" wooden skis, reaching speeds of up to 80 mph.
The non-profit Plumas Ski Club is leading the effort to keep the Ski Hill going, and this is one of the ways they raise funds. Ski Club President Don Fregulia of Johnsville works as the Fire Management Officer for the USFS Plumas National Forest. According to Don, they are currently hoping to be able to rehabilitate the public rest rooms outside the old Intorf Ski Lodge on the hill, and also to eventually obtain their own generator for power for the building. Right now they must borrow a generator for each event, providing power for water pumping for the rest rooms and service needs.
California State Park officials require EMS coverage be provided for each large public event. Plumas Eureka FD Assistant Fire Chief Bill Robinson coordinates volunteer EMS providers from local FD's, and PEFD loans medical response equipment and supplies. Paying for these services would eat into the fund raising, and we are thankful to have had enough volunteers to provide coverage for large events over the last five years. This year coverage was provided for three Historic Longboards Ski Races, several Sledding Days, and the Lost Sierra Hoedown. All went well, with only minor injuries. Volunteers for these events have so far come from the Plumas Eureka, Graeagle, Quincy, Long Valley, Greenhorn Creek, and Eastern Plumas Rural fire departments.
We are sponsoring a regional class from State Fire Training, Fire Apparatus Driver Operator 1A. It is a 40-hour course with both classroom and hands-on portions, enabling those who pass to apply for their Firefighter driving endorsement with a California Class C license. Completion of the class, or its equivalent or higher, is required by state vehicle code regulations to test for the endorsement.
This class started on Friday evening, September 15, and continued through the weekend days of September 16 and 17. Homework was assigned for the next month, including completing 12-14 hours of hands-on driving in their fire department apparatus with a licensed operator supervising. Then the second 20-hour weekend will be held starting October 20. Those students who pass five mandatory driving skills tests are then eligible to take the final state written exam, assuming all other parts of the course have been successfully completed. Final qualification to drive each department apparatus then rests with the fire chief and each fire department.
Thanks to the Quincy Fire Protection District for hosting the class, and look forward to a feature article soon through the Inside the Fire House column in Plumas News.
A proud team of five firefighters from the Quincy Fire Protection District won the annual Firefighters Muster at the Plumas Sierra County Fair, for the second year in a row. Taking first place in three of the four events, Quincy dominated the competition, losing only in the Water Polo event to Portola.
Second Place was a tie, between teams from Portola FD and a joint team from Graeagle and Plumas Eureka FD's. Third place went to a joint team from Chester, Eastern Plumas, and Quincy. Read all about it and see photos on our muster page.
Join us Saturday at the Plumas Sierra County Fair in East Quincy for our 2nd Annual Firefighters Muster. Start your day off right by attending the Quincy FPD pancake breakfast beginning at 7am at the fire house at 505 Lawrence St, running until 10am. Then cruise south--east through town to watch the Fair Parade, starting at 10:00am. The parade route starts at Main Street and Lindan Avenue, then proceeds west on Main Street, circling around the courthouse, heading east on Jackson street, and returning to the staging area on Lindan Avenue.
Then, head over to the Plumas Sierra County Fairgrounds, and enjoy the many activities, events, great food, and displays. The Firefighter Muster starts by 3pm, following a competitor event & safety briefing, and will conclude no later than 6pm. Defending Champions Quincy FPD will be back, along with competitors from many local FD's.
We are located directly north from the Fair front gate entryway, just past the old USFS Fire Lookout, and just west of the Sierra Pacific Mill and a huge pile of logs. Muster T-Shirts will be on sale, along with a nearby vendor selling Minerva Incident shirts that benefits Quincy FPD with a portion of the proceeds. Hope to see you there!
We are pleased to have been awarded a weekend off-campus course from the National Fire Academy and the U.S. Fire Administration, part of FEMA. Each year California gets several of these types of courses, coordinated through the California State Fire Marshal's Office, part of Cal-Fire.
Scheduled on October 14 & 15 is the NFA Course titled "Wildland Urban Interface Firefighting for the Structural Company Officer, #FO610. The target audience is "Company Officers or Chief Officers who may be in command of a single resource or Strike Team at the scene of a wildland/WUI incident." The course description and sign-up info is on the flyer below.
We are postponing the start of the CFSTES Driver Operator 1A course until September, due to the Minerva Incident responses and coverage, and the upcoming Muster event. The Muster is still on for Saturday, August 12 at the Plumas Sierra County Fair in Quincy.
We will be posting photos of the Minerva Incident taken by local photographers and Quincy FPD members Kim Eliason, Joanne Burgueno, and others soon.
The flyer is posted for the 2017 offering of the California Fire Service Training & Education System (CFSTES) Driver Operator 1A class, to be held starting August 18th in Quincy. The course will happen over two weekends for a total of 40 hours, with one weekend in August and one in September.
Passing the class and having a valid California Class C Drivers license allows firefighters to test at the DMV for a "firefighters endorsement" on their Class C, allowing them to drive all fire apparatus including the big ones.
Read about this course by clicking the button below.
The second annual Firefighters Muster at the Plumas Sierra County Fair is coming up on Saturday, August 12 in Quincy. Defending Champions Quincy Fire Protection District challenge all comers to try and win the trophy. Please join us at 2:00 pm for this fun competition. More information to follow soon.
The 15th annual Quincy Fire Academy wrapped up on Saturday, May 6. The final day included a "graduation" ceremony featuring Chief Ronny J. Coleman, retired California State Fire Marshal. The word "graduation" is used in a general sense, as firefighters were recognized for whatever they had completed during the seven weeks of training that included written assignments.
Twelve firefighters out of an original 32 completed all assignments either online or printed, participated in all six hands-on days, and successfully completed all skills testing. These students received the "Magna Cum Laude" designation, a latin tern meaning with great distinction. The remaining firefighters competed a range of what was possible, and can complete their basic training missed at their home fire departments. We will be posting photos and a video soon. Congrats to all!
Join us at Greenhorn Ranch on Sunday, June 4 for a great spaghetti feed, helping the firefighters at Greenhorn Creek VFD in the process. Join Chief Tyson Rael and his merry band of firefighters including Jordan Wade, Jake Olney, Troy Van Pelt, Danielle Rael, and the amazing Charlie Read.
Most if not all of our fire departments in Plumas County are very dependent on funding raised through a variety of events, including ones like these. Pancake breakfasts, taco feeds, raffles, beef feeds, and other events are common, held each year usually from Spring through Fall when the weather is nicer.
We thank you for your ongoing support!
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