Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on March 10, 2004 · Page 10
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Ukiah, California
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Wednesday, March 10, 2004
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p 10-WEDNESDAY, MARCH 10, 2004 LOCAL NEWS THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL On-call : Continued from Page I Patrick Campbell Sr. said. In other words, Wright explained, if the U.S. Forest Service were to call "we ; would send our 40 guys and girls out there." Wright said he hopes to expand that number to 60 men and women, or three fire crews. Before being trained, potential firefighters had to answer a medical questionnaire to be sure they were in good enough physical condition to take the pack test. The pack test consisted of walking three miles, carrying 45 pounds, within 45 minutes. Six people out of the 54 who took the pack test didn't 'pass it, Campbell said, noting they will be given the oppor- ;tunity to retake the test. "One guy was 45 seconds /•late and he didn't pass," "Campbell added, noting the ,test is strict, but needs to be. "The test is strict," echoed . Schwab. "It is a test designed ', to measure someone's ; endurance. It's the closest I thing we can do to test their j endurance level without being I on a fire," Schwab said. j Once assigned to a fire, a I firefighter is required to work { up to 16 hours a day, and up to j 14 days in a row, Schwab said i ~ hence the reason endurance 'is so important. .. A total of 54 people started the training but only 42 completed it, due to the fact they t;had to meet certain grades on ^classroom tests and also pass [tthe pack test, Schwab said. '!, "Our crew will be required ijto do physical training at least kwice a week to keep in some j'kind of shape," Wright said, j preferring to the Mendocino i.^County crews. jj In addition to the pack test, ^training consisted of class, room work and fire shelter 'training, which requires being $able to get into a fire shelter within 25 seconds. A fire shel- ;er is similar to a tinfoil tent is carried in a firefighter's iack at all times, Campbell | said. "It's an absolute last resort I if all means of escape are j gone," Schwab said, j The future firefighters also j learned how to use hand tools 'during training and studied a course on how to monitor the weather ... how the wind I changes, etc., and anything ,'jthat can affect a fire, J Campbell said. I. They also learned about T 'fire suppression, communicating via hand-held radios, and ;i how to do back-burning. "Back-burning is a tactic that we Dse to eliminate unburned fuels between the fire line and the fire's edge. If you have unburned fuel between your fire line and the fire's edge the fire can make a run to the fire line and possibly jump it," Schwab explained. Last but not least, the firefighter course also trained attendees how to use the incident command system, a ays* tern that is used to coordinate and organize the efforts of agencies working together on a major fire. Wright said he is looking forward to putting what he has learned to the test. "I'm not," Campbell said. "I'm 55 years old and that is a little to*b old to start. But we want to be available and have that training," he said. "I am just the opposite; I am looking forward to it," Wright said, adding, "It would have never happened if Patrick (Campbell) didn't support me." Campbell noted that those who successfully completed the 80-hour training will have a better chance of making a career out of firefighting, if that is what they want to do. Members of the OC fire crews are not considered volunteer firefighters. They were paid around $10 an hour during training — if they completed it and passed the tests — and they will be paid when working on fires, Schwab said. "Once they go out on a fire they can get bumped up in pay," Schwab said. "It's a job, they just don't show up everyday; they show up when there is a need somewhere in the nation." Breath Continued from Page I school and sang with Rick Allan. "1 was in a singing group just like Breath called Echo in high school, and the kids that I work with are in Rick's singing program, so they pretty much know what I knew at that time," Frochen said. "It's really easy to work with them, having worked with Rick." After high school, Frochen lived in Berkeley and attended Mills College in Oakland, and after that she lived in Hawaii before she moved back to Ukiah to live near her family. "This community -- it embraces you," Frochen said. "I don't feel I, could have asked for anything more. The community is so arts- focused." She noted especially the support of Near and Arnold. In her work, Frochen tries to pass on this focus to the next generation. "What's really important to me -- and I've really tried to make the girls feel it too ~ is the sense of giving back to our community," Frochen said. "We've had such great teachers, and a lot of my students have grown up in SPACE, and now these girls go out and do 20 performances a year. "I try to let them know that this is our chance to give back, especially because of the kind of music we do. We don't do barbershop; we sing about social issues and women's issues and human rights. I'm hoping it means a lot to them. It does to me." Frochen's work with Breath is part of her larger role as music director for 6TH ANNUAL FOOD DRIVE *Bring a bag of non-perishable food items this week (March 8-12) to your local Curves and join with no service fee. All groceries will be donated to local food banks. The power to amaze yourself™ 707-468-5755 • 628 South State Street •Ukiah •Offer based on first visil enrollment, minimum 12 mo. c.d. program. Not valid with any other offer. Valid only at participating locations. SPACE, for which she teaches a number of dther classes. Along with the students pictured, Frochen said the "founding girls" who started with her in 2000 were Alison Wipple, Rachel Kiichli, Eva Hansen and Grace Magruder. The following year, Breath added Josanna Kiggins, with Leah Deyinny joining the same year. The next year, Robin Cole and Fiona McCann joined the group. Breath will be singing next on March 14 at the "Yes Conference" in Saratoga Springs. "It's like a weekend- long retreat for teenagers, and I am going to lead a workshop there on singing, and the girls are going to perform afterwards," Frochen said. And then on the 19th, Breath will be singing at the Crushed Grape at 8 p.m. for a woman's award ceremony. Cell 'Continuedfrom Page 1 staff report, the new antennas would not have a significant impact on wildlife or produce noise other than during their construction. At a county Planning Commission meeting March 4, planners unanimously approved modifications to an existing 60-foot cellular tower approximately two miles south of Boonville. That proposal, also by U.S. Cellular, added nine panel antennas measuring 8-feet tall by 1 foot wide. At the same meeting, coun- ty plariners also reviewed a request by Verizon Wireless to build a 125-foot tall wireless communication tower on a 40-acre parcel located approximately 10 miles north of Willits in the Longvale area. That project proposed the construction of a tower with 12 panel antennas as well as a 240-square foot equipment shed and emergency back-up generator. The item was tabled to a May 6 Planning Commission meeting. The Zoning Administrator meeting takes place at 11 a.m. in Conference Room C at the Mendocino CoUnty Administration Center at 501 Low Gap Road. ind the pet for you in Journal Classifieds IS COMING! Play your picks in the NCAA Men's National Basketball Championships and Win a S 250°° gift certificate to the particpating merchant sponsor of your choice ' for the entry form Monday., March 15 and Tuesday, March 16 Advertisers call now to sign up! 468-0123 Advertising Deadline is Wednesday, March 10th. 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