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• Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011 5B Fire district holds lea(00rership class .. i INSIDE THE FIREHOUSE TOM FORSTER Assistant Fire Chief Plumas Eureka Fire Department A weekend leadership class was recently held in Graeagle for Plumas County fire dis- trict board members, fire chiefs and administrative staff. The event was spon- sored and coordinated by the Plumas County Fire Chiefs Association, and was led by instructor Jim Hill from Sonoma County. The workshop was designed to orient, educate and support those serving as the fire de- partment leadership team. Topics included legal founda- tions, fire and special district governance, principles and dynamics of boards, ethics and conflict of interest, local agency formation com- mission law, and staff roles and responsibilities. CalFire gave a presentation on under- standing the differences between federal, state and local fire responsibility areas in the county, and how they work in wildland fire protec- tion. Hill has conducted work- shops on special district laws as well as board governance and dynamics throughout the state. He is a past presi- dent of the Fire Districts Association of California and the Sonoma County Fire Districts Association. He has been a board member with the Cloverdale Fire Protec- tion District for the past seven years, and prior to that served 11 years on the board of the Forestville Fire Protection District. He was also involved with the development of a fire district administration handbook and has 40 years of fire service experience. In addition, Chief Robbie Cassou, of Quincy, presented the Plumas County Fire Chiefs Association three-year strategic plan. Graeagle Chief Ed Ward participated in the class, and currently serves as president of the Fire Chiefs Association. He discussed an environmental context chart developed at the last chiefs' meeting, showing various issues and challenges being faced in the fire service inside and outside of the county. "We really appreciate the participation in this class by everyone, and especially the board members. It's an important part of assuring we work together in solving our challenges for our county," said Ward. Nineteen people from eight fire districts participated in the class. The Quincy Fire Protection District Leader- ship Team was the best represented, with all three fire commissioners, the fire chief and the secretary participating. "Given the very good feed- back we received on the class, we definitely plan on bringing this training back here next year to help more fire district leaders," said Ward. "Jim did a great job." Nineteen members of Plumas County fire district leadership teams attend a recent class held in Graeagle. Draft volcanic byway plan ready for publ'c review The Volcanic Legacy Com- munity Partnership (VLCP) announces the release of the 90 percent working draft of the Interpretive Plan for the Volcanic Legacy Scenic By- way All-American Road (called the Byway). The draft Interpretive Plan will guide the development of interpre- tive sites and messages along the California portion of the Byway. The 60 percent work- ing draft was released for public comment in March 2010. This current draft in- cludes revisions based on public comments received last spring and is now at the 90 percent draft stage for a fi- nal public review. The 500-mile Byway cele- brates the spectacular scenery of the volcanic landscapes be- tween Crater Lake, Ore., and Lake Almanor in California. Interpretive plans for most of the Byway were completed be- tween 1990 and 2007. This draft Interpretive Plan com- pletes planning for remaining portions of the Byway from Lake Almanor, Susanville to Burney as well as the High- way 161 section from Dorris to the Tule Lake area. The draft plan identifies specific sites, guidelines and media recommendations for guiding visitor experiences for portions of the Byway traversing through Lassen National Forest, Lassen Vol- canic National Park, Klamath Falls Lower Refuge, Tule Lake and Lava Beds National Monument and World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument. There are numerous recre- ation and interpretive oppor- tunities along the Byway, which are showcased in the draft Interpretive Plan. The VLCP invites public comment on these suggested interpre- tive sites and their proposed messages. There are three parts to the draft plan includ- ing the Interpretive Plan and the Interpretive Site Inven- tory and descriptions. To review the draft plan and in- terpretive sites, visit volcanic PlanPublicReview4.html. Most people will want to look at the proposed interpre- tive site descriptions for their Byway area. This is especially important to ensure the pro- posed sites are acceptable, other sites have not been missed and the interpretive messages convey the informa- , tion local communities would like Byway travelers to have. Public comments are re- quested by Jan. 13, 2012, and can be emailed to info@ and mailed to: VLCP, P.O. Box 832, Mt. Shasta, CA 96067. For more information about the draft Interpretive Plan, call: Elizabeth Norton, Volcanic Legacy Community Partnership, at 251-7368. .. I am concerned about my elderly neighbor. I know that she doesn't have much money and I iw, think that she just lives on her Social Security check, v She has told me before that she can hardly pay the heating bill let alone pay for her prescriptions, I take food over sometimes but she is so proud and doesn't want to take it. Surely there must be some help for her? Call the Plumas/Sierra Crisis Line at 1-877-332.2724 for referrals and resources. Chief Jeff Young from CalFire gives a presentation on the differences between federal, ,state and local •responsibility areas for wildland fire protec tion in Plumas County Photos by Robbie Casou Students work together to list ideal characteristics of board members and staff during one of various group exercises. Crisis Line  Resource 283-4333 . Center or 93 I 1-877-332-2754 283-5515  A program of Plumas Crisis Intervention & Resource Center ˘