The Plumas County Fire Safe Council is pleased to announce the first recipients in the Fire Safe Recognition Program. This award identifies, and publicly acknowledges, outstanding fire safety accomplishments in Plumas County.
A personalized certificate was presented at the December 10th meeting to each of the following community member(s) who have demonstrated initiative and leadership through their actions and accomplishments.
The council thanks all recipients for playing a significant part in improving community safety and emergency preparedness!
Recipient: Tiana Bradley
Submitter: Rich McLaughlin
On August 22nd, Tiana Bradley, Gold Mountain CSD Administrative Manager, was proceeding on Highway 70 when she spotted a small roadside fire working up the slope toward a number of residences. In addition to calling 911, Tiana proceeded immediately to Plumas Ace Hardware and asked owner Tim Riddle for a fire extinguisher. Tiana left Ace Hardware with an arm full of fire extinguishers and returned to the fire and, along with another unknown bystander, used the fire extinguishers to try and contain the fire until arrival of Eastern Plumas Rural Fire Department volunteers. Tiana’s quick thinking and willingness to jump in and fight the fire, and Plumas Ace Hardware’s willingness to provide fire extinguishers, likely kept the fire from spreading and damaging residential property. Tiana should be commended for her quick response and willingness to dive in and help.
Recipient: Stephen S. Sandford
Submitter: Dakota Pettit
In the past six years of his Plumas County residency, Stephen, a wildland firefighter, has assisted with the Paradise fire which led him to building homes for FEMA in Gridley, front line fire suppression at the National Lava Beds Monument by Susanville, and multiple fires across Oregon. Most recently, he was promoted to Engine Boss Trainee at the North Complex Fire, where his unit was able to successfully save several Bucks Lake businesses. Always ready to lend a hand to his friends and neighbors, Stephen is a remarkable person who loves this area/community and who respects the blessings that it provides.
Recipient: Chuck Bowman
Submitter: Michael Flanigan
Chuck is a member of the Graeagle Fire Protection District Firewise Community. He has been instrumental to get Firewise USA®status for the Mohawk Valley communities that are included in the Graeagle Fire Protection District. His knowledge and leadership continue to work to keep that status active, with training and projects to keep the forests healthy and fire resilient.
In 2005, he became involved as a volunteer on a local Architectural Review Committee, which led to an interest in training in HIZ procedures and volunteer consultations. He joined the Plumas County Fire Safe Council in 2008 and became a board member in 2011.
Chuck is known to be there for anyone who needs him, he is generous with his time and talent. He’s passionate about firesafe issues, an overall “great guy.”
Recipient: Mike and Sally Yost
Submitter: Conni Bock
Mike and Sally head the Taylorsville Firewise Committee. Taylorsville received an official Firewise USA® recognition from the National Fire Protection Association in early November of this year. The initiative has been in process for the past two years. Mike and Sally spent hours in the community, organizing the Taylorsville Firewise group, promoting and distributing over 100 reflective address signs, and working with homeowners to engage in fire fuel reduction. They have been actively involved in creation of defensible space including cutting down trees and clearing land to create a reduced fuel band around the town.
The nomination process and guidelines are available on the PCFSC website, www.plumasfiresafe.org, under the Recognition tab. A Certificate of Recognition will be awarded to any person, business or community that acted in a manner which helped to reduce the losses from wildfires.
Anyone can nominate a candidate they feel is deserving. A subcommittee will then review the nominees and submit to the Board for a vote to honor the nominee(s) with a certificate. Initially the goal will be to have an announcement at the monthly meetings, which takes place the second Thursday of every month.
For more information on all programs the Fire Safe Council has to offer please visit the PCFSC website: www.plumasfiresafe.org. There are many outreach programs outlined for assistance opportunities and Fire Preparedness.