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Weaverville Fire
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Inspecting Mill Sprinklers

Frigid Morning Medical

Disaster Drill

BLM Burns

Pre-School Recruits

Keith Heryford at Station 2

Serena Brown & daughter Laurel

HazMat-Decon Training

Vehicle Fire, Hwy 3 North

Wildland Fire, Oregon Mtn

Hazard Reduction

July 4, 2010

Painting the Old Station

Larry, Laurel, Serena Brown

Grass Fire, Forest Ave

Driver Training

HazMat Class

Hurst Training

Fire Academy Graduation

Hurst Cutter, Spreader, Power

Warning Lights

Mother's Day Delivery

Rotary Funds Fire Shelters

Installing Smoke Alarms

Alvord Honored

Mark's Friendly Fire Company

HazMat Class

Chief Smith is Back

Fire, Transfer Station

Fire, Davis Rd

New Rescue, In Service

Weaverville, a Firewise Community

Chimney Enclosure Fire

New Sign

Car vs Tree

Valentine's Flame

Accident Downtown

Likely a Bad Idea

Mobilehome Fire, Douglas City

Flue Fire

Planning Extrication Training

Painting the Museum

Water Damage

Fire, 1-Stop-Automotive

Accident, Oregon Summit

Log Truck Accident

News from 2010, 2009

20dec: Winter home-heating fire safety tips...

8dec: Folks from Weaverville, Junction City, and Downriver Fire Departments, Trinity OES, and Trinity & Humboldt Public Works received hands-on training in Flood Fight Methods, supplied by experts from State Department of Water Resources. photos...

7dec: The new automated weather station at Weaverville Airport broadcasts by radio to pilots, but the data can also be accessed via 623-3810, or internet.

1dec: Weaverville Fire District is government, whereas the Fire Department is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation. Newly-elected officers for 2011 department business are: President: Roan Lovely, VP: Ernie Curran, Treasurer: Gus Kormeier, Secretary: Jeremy McBrayer, Member at Large: Mike McMillan.

24nov: WFD rolled this morning to its 400th call of 2010. Fires are fortunately few, but 'medicals' are many. Confidentiality keeps details from the news, but medical assists are a daily reality in the lives of the Volunteers.

17nov: The Public Health Unit of Health & Human Services, assisted by WFD, TCLS, and local Red Cross volunteers, simulated set up of an emergency Alternative Care Site at Vets Memorial Hall. info... and a video...

31oct: WFD volunteers, with help from Trinity High School, TCLS, CHP, and Douglas City Garage, erected its annual Halloween Haunted House inside Station 21. Hundreds of Trick-or-Treaters attended. Much thanks to sponsors Soroptimist International, Schmidbauer Lumber, Trinity Lumber, & Trinity County Health & Human Services. photos...

25oct: Given all the rain, CalFire has lifted the burn ban. more...

21oct: BLM is prescribed-burning southwest of town. more...

20oct: Firefighters visit Weaverville Parent Nursery School. photo...

3oct: October 3 to 9 is Fire Prevention Week. more...

23sep: Volunteer Keith Heryford has completed fencing and a new flagpole at East Weaver Station 2. Good work! photo...

18sep: The Spaghetti Feed benefit for paramedic Serena Brown was a great success, raising over $3500. photos...

7sep - Weaverville Fire Protection District applied for $235,000 to extend and expand its Hazard Reduction Program, under Title 3 of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act. more...

aug 31: WFD, CalFire, and TCLS roll to a car-vs-pedestrian. more...

aug 28: HazMat First Responder Operational Decontamination training was held at Weaverville Station 21, attended by WFD volunteers and other departments. more...

aug 25: Congratulations to Ben Hendricks, appointed as a 5th Captain. He's a highly experienced Forest Service firefighter and 6-year WFD volunteer.

aug 21: WFD, CalFire, & USFS roll to a barn fire, more...

aug 3: WFD, CalFire, & USFS handle a small wildland fire on Oregon Mountain, more...

aug 3: Gus Kormeier maintains a 'Weaverville Volunteer Fire Department' Facebook page. Encourage him!

jul 23: Check the new website, www.Trinity911.org. It'll be much like WFD's, except with a county-wide all-emergency-services orientation.

jul 21: CalFire, Forest Service, WFD, Fish&Game, and TCSO rolled to a vehicle fire on Hwy 3 north of Weaverville.

jul 19: WFD's Assistant Chief Scott Alvord is spending the month in New Orleans, part of the batttle against the Gulf oil leak. "I am working in the Unified Area Command in downtown New Orleans," he tells us, "on the 14th floor of a high rise building across from the Super Dome. One of the UCPs has over 14,000 people assigned to it. The IAP is 788 pages long. Incredible."

jul 16: A vehicle fire on Hwy 299 west of Oregon Summit spread to the wildland. WFD, CalFire, Forest Service, and other agencies doused it. more...

jul 6: Weaverville Fire Commissioners hired WFD volunteers Jeffrey Hamilton & Nathan Howard to do Defensible Space work as part of the District's Hazard Reduction Program. Both have experience doing similar work with Firestorm last summer. The program benefits elderly, handicapped, and low-income persons, reduces overall fire hazard in the community, and creates a safer work environment for firefighters.

jul 4: Weaverville's Independence Day is the best! After late-night standby at the Fireworks, WFD volunteers were up at 5:30am to serve the pancake breakfast in Lowden Park. The District's historic 1855 Handpumper appeared in the parade, then demonstrated it still pumps! The Fire Museum was open after the parade, hosted by old-timer Dick Berrien. The very long day ended with stand-by at the Destruction Derby.

jul 1: All burn permits are suspended, by order of CalFire. more...

jun 29: The original Weaverville Fire Station, first used by the District in 1906, is getting a new coat of paint, thanks to E Clampus Vitus (who rents the building from the Fire District) and Madden Painting of Weaverville.

jun 27: Serena Brown (Trinity County Life Support paramedic, EMT instructor, former WFD volunteer firefighter) is diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Over the last year, she's gone through a painful round of chemo-therapy, to, tragically, no beneficial effect. Serena is an amazing woman: through it all, she has not only continued working (saving lives!), but raises her delightful daughter Laurel, and passes on her knowledge and experience by teaching EMT classes to firefighters from all over the county. To save her life, the next regimen will be a stem cell transplant; she will be unable to work. Serena (and husband Larry, a decades-long WFD volunteer) have not asked for help; but they need it! Please, contributions to: Weaverville Fire Department, Box 447, Weaverville CA 96093. We need her.

jun 27: Smoke, spotted by WFD firefighters training nearby, turned out to be a spreading debris burn, no clearance, no water, no one in attendance. With hot dry weather, it's essential to be careful with fire!

jun 26-27: Firefighters & rescuers from WFD, Trinity County Life Suppprt, and Douglas City, Junction City, Lewiston, Down River, and Post Mountain Volunteer Fire Departments trained in maneuvering large emergency vehicles ('EVOC': Emergency Vehicle Operator Course). Training, supervision, & certification was provided by Absolute Safety Training. photos...

jun 26-27: Volunteers from WFD, Coffee Creek, Trinity Center, Hawkins Bar, Hayfork, & Salyer attended a 16-hour HazMat First-Responder Operations class at Station 21. Instructor was Larry Masterman of Rural Response Group.

jun 14: Jeffrey Hamilton is the new Station 21 'Sleeper'. The Sleeper lives at the station, helps take care of the station and the trucks, and goes on plenty calls.

jun 12: Rescuers from WFD, CalFire, Forest Service, and Douglas City FD trained with WFD's new Hurst extrication tools.

jun 11: Five WFD volunteers (Nathan Howard, Jeffery Hamilton, Gabby Noland, Levi Burgess and Sam Whittler) have graduated from Trinity High School. Good for them, and to all their service already to the community! photos...

may 27: After a grueling 16-weeks, Weaverville Volunteers Jeremy McBrayer & Ernie Curran have graduated from the Shasta College Fire Academy. We are so proud of them! (Their academy was the 42nd, but here's a video from the 41st.) Both will work for the Forest Service in Trinity County this summer.

may 25: The new Hurst extrication tools have arrrived, tho' we still await hoses. The new tools will be 2 to 3 times more powerful than WFD's older equipment. The stronger gear is needed for the Ultra High Strength Steel (UHSS) in modern automobiles, becoming more common since 2001. Spreaders, cutters, and power-plant were purchased jointly by the Weaverville Fire District and Weaverville Fire Department, $23,000.

may 20: Warning lights now extend out over 299 at either side of Bremer St. In the event of an emergency, strobe lights atop 2111, 2112, 2151, and 2131 can activate the flashing lights, to alert drivers to imminent approach of Code 3 traffic from the side street. (We tried it with 2151, it works.)

may 9: WFD's Mother's Day fund-raiser: firefighters and a Big Red Truck deliver a rose to Mom: for ten bucks! Place your order, before May 7.

apr 27: Rotary Club awards WFD $6000 for wildland fire shelters and boots. For firefighters trapped by wildfire flames, fire shelters are their final defense. Rotarians, thank you for this grant, it may save our lives. (Pictured: Richard Smith, Weaverville Fire Chief; Dee Potter, Weaverville Rotary President; Earl Kilmer, Rotary District Governor; Steve Howard, Weaverville Fire Commission Chairman.) For details, the full final grant report...

apr 24: Weaverville firefighters and members of the Rotary Club of Weaverville visited local residences, checked smoke alarms and installed free detectors. more...

apr 20: County Supervisors honored Scott Alvord for his service as Interim Chief. more...

apr 19: Captain Lancaster bought himself a used fire truck.

apr 18: Volunteers from WFD, Post Mountain, Hayfork, and Lewiston completed a 16-hour HazMat First-Responder Operations class at Hayfork FD. Instructor was Larry Masterman of Rural Response Group.

apr 6: Fire Commissioners awarded the old Rescue truck to high bidder Ken Medin of Alps Lock & Key, for $3876.

apr 5: Chief Richard Smith, out on medical-leave for 2 years, is back! May all give him all possible support! And most-heartfelt thanks (and happy renewed retirement) to Interim Chief Scott Alvord, an amazing man, we were so lucky for his inspirational leadership over this last year. He will continue with WFD as volunteer Assistant Chief, 2102.

apr 3: Station 1 houses an excellent (but little-visited) Fire Museum. Check it out! And, online, read issues of The Squirt, WFD's newsletter, looking back 30, 40, and 50 years, updated monthly.

mar 28: Volunteers from Weaverville, Douglas City, Lewiston, Down River, Post Mountain, and Hayfork FDs completed 40 hours of basic wildland firefighting training. more...

mar 17: WFD extinguished a trash fire in a concealed space at the Solid Waste Transfer Station. more...

mar 15: Weaverville and Douglas City units suppressed a structure fire in a cabin on Davis Rd, Weaverville, preventing spread to an adjacent residence. (Photos by Larry Masterman.) more...

mar 14: Spring Forward: Daylite Saving Time kicks in. Test your smoke alarm!

mar 13: Although there is some more to do (e.g.: lettering, stripes, shoreline), the new Rescue 2151 is in service! It ran its first call (four firefighters aboard, seated in comfort!) this same eve.

mar 8: Pat Frost of Trinity County Resource Conservation District awarded Weaverville Fire District Commissioners a Firewise Communities plaque. more...

mar 8: Junction City and Weaverville Fire units rolled to a reported 'flue fire' which turned out to be quite a bit more potentially serious. The fire, successfully suppressed by the homeowner with a garden hose, deeply charred the enclosure around the metal chimney of the built-in fireplace, and nearly extended into the attic.

feb 16: Weaverville Fire units and TCLS handled a vehicle accident with complex extrication on upper Oregon Street. Douglas City FD assisted.

feb 14: Valentine's Flame, a WFD fund-raiser. Despite pouring cold rain, firefighters sold-out their entire stock of 125 roses, 300 chocolate-dipped strawberries, and 100 teddy-bears. Thank you to Plotzke Ace Hardware for loan of the parking lot, and to all who participated in supporting the fire, medical and emergency services of the Weaverville Volunteer Fire Department.

feb 5: WFD, TCLS, CHP, & SO responded to a car-vs-pole, downtown. Two injuries were transported to Trinity Hospital.

jan 29: Called to a smoke smell, WFD discovers overheated electrical on Taylor Street. more...

jan 27: EMTs must accumulate Continuing Education hours to renew certification. One way is to attend TCLS Run Reviews. Schedule...

jan 20: Dick and Joan Berrien have researched a list of WFD apparatus, going back to the beginning. more...

jan 18: Douglas City, Weaverville, and Lewiston units responded to a mobilehome fire south of Douglas City.

jan 14: WFD handled an afternoon flue fire, East Weaver.

jan 10: WFD Annual Awards Dinner at LaGrange Cafe'.

jan 9: Vehicle Extrication Training in Douglas City. Two hours of lecture at Douglas City Firehall was followed by training and practice at Douglas City Garage, where 5 wrecked cars were opened up with a variety of rescue tools. Over 40 firefighters attended, representing Weaverville, Douglas City, Lewiston, Down River, Trinity Center, Junction City, Hayfork, and Hyampom Volunteer Fire Departments. Thank you, Douglas City Garage, for making this critical training possible!


dec 30: New to the website: a listing of new photos as they're added. We're often adding new photos to the Gallery, of incidents new & old. To see the latest additions, check the listing. And get any photos you have, digital or otherwise, to Mike McMillan.

dec 15: Volunteer firefighters (and volunteer trustees from the Trinity County Jail) repainted the Fire Museum at Station 1.

dec 12-13: Volunteers worked all weekend stripping old Rescue 2151; setting up 2161 as a temporary Rescue rig; and transferring the equipment 'box' from the old chasis to new. Still plenty to do before the new Rescue's ready.

dec 9: New to the website: training calendar. Find it under the 'Volunteers' menu.

dec 8: Fire-fighters fought water at the Weaver Creek Apartments, when very cold weather burst a pipe in the attic.

dec 5: Weaverville FD stopped an early morning fire at 1-Stop Automotive on Ransom Road. Douglas City FD assisted. The fire was discovered by a CHP unit investigating a security alarm at the location. (See Press Release.)

dec 2: Weaverville units responded to a foggy big rig wreck on Highway 299 at Oregon Summit. The driver was transported by Trinity County Life Support to Trinity Hospital.

dec 1: Weaverville Fire Protection District is awarded $130,000 to continue its Hazard Reduction program in 2010. The action, by the Trinity County Board of Supervisors, allocated funds from Title III of the Federal Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000.

nov 12: Weaverville and Trinity Center FD units responded to a log truck wreck on Highway 3 near Trinity Center. The driver was transported by Trinity County Life Support to Trinity Hospital.

Hazard Reduction work: first phase complete, more to be done. more...

Services held for former chief Cliff Carrington more...

Fire units responded to an early morning fire more...

Disaster Exercise "a tremendous learning experience for all involved." more...

Recent Mill Fire shows need for more volunteers. more...

The 'Sawmill' Incident, Trinity River Lumber Company, September 12, 2009. more...

WFD Website Has New Look. Bring in your WFD photos, even prints, for sharing via internet. For comparison, the old website...

Smoke Alarms Save Lives. Most fatal fires occur at night. Every home needs working smoke alarms to provide an early warning. more...