Chief McClintock's article for the November 2019 Smoke Signals Newsletter

Chief McClintock's article for the November 2019 Smoke Signals Newsletter

Following is the letter submitted by our fire chief, Steve McClintock, to the Mi Wuk Area Homeowners Alliance (MAHA) quarterly newsletter. Only members of MAHA receive this mailing but I deemed Chief McClintock’s article of value to all community members.



 It has been a pretty busy schedule for the Fire Department. We are averaging 30 calls per month. Mostly medical and unattended pile burning. We are staffed better than ever with four personnel per shift. We have added another piece of equipment to our apparatus to better serve the community and support other counties and states for wild land fires. Thank you to Chief Jim Krussow for the Type 6 response vehicle he built for Mi Wuk Sugar Pine Fire District. You can see it coming with the bright yellow color. Our Type3, Water Tender and the Type 6 have been on assignments for support for local and out of county fires. Remember the Fire Station is always manned 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. Stop by anytime and chat with the crews and look at all the nice improved equipment and facilities. 

  Thanks to the CAST team for the hard work they do for the department. We now have all new energy saving lights throughout the station and if you haven’t noticed, the marquee out front is lit up like a Christmas Tree. They have also extended the roof line in the back to protect the heating and air conditioning units from the snow and rain. Theses are just a few of the many things that they do.

 The Volunteer Inspection Program has done an outstanding job of inspecting for defensible space around residential homes. The question always comes up about vacant lots and to answer the question, we are in the process of getting that changed. As of right now there are not any ordinances covering vacant lots. One of our cast members has submitted a change in the wording but it seems to hit on deaf ears. We will continue to pursue it. If you want a copy* contact me and I can get it to you so you can talk to your County and State representatives. It is known that the squeaky wheel will get the grease. Lets all be squeaky. Just a reminder the defensible space inspection is ongoing through the year.

 As usual the Auxiliary has been rather busy with fund raisers to help support the Fire District. They do so much for the Department it is just unbelievable. We are so blessed to have each and everyone of them. If you want to know when all the fund raising or activities are, we can put out the yearly calendar of events. I believe they are looking for new memberships as well. Come on out and help support the men and women who watch over your community to keep it safe.

 I don’t want to forget the residents of this great community for the never-ending support that is given to this Department. There is no I (eye) in TEAM and we couldn’t do it without all the support and enthusiasm from each one of you.

 The weather is changing and most of you will be running your heater and burning in your fireplace. Remember to have your flu inspected prior to burning in your fireplace. We do not want a flu fire. If you have questions, feel free to contact any of the fire personnel.

 I would like to take a moment and thank my whole staff and the fire board members that not only support myself but the whole department as well.  What a fantastic bunch we have.

 We are all saddened by the notification that Russ and Blythe Klipple, long residents and great supporters of the community and fire department, are moving on to greener grass. We wish them the best of luck and they will be truly missed by all. Thank you both for your kindness and support. 

 This will open a spot for the Fire Board. If you are interested, I urge you to pick up an application from Bonnie at the fire station between the hours of 8-4 Monday through Friday. The application deadline is December 1, 2019 at 3:30 p.m. The new board member selected by the existing board will be recognized at the December 9, 2019 Board Meeting and will be sworn into office on the January 14, 2020 Fire Board Meeting. Come on in and see who the new board member is. It could be you. 

 The board meetings are all open to the public so come on down for the meeting and see what’s happening in your Fire Department. We are always open for public questions and comments. I look forward to seeing you and meeting the ones I do not know.

Just a reminder if you have an Emergency call 911. This will speed up the response time.

   Thank you for your time and support: Chief McClintock

*See the next post for the proposed wording for PRC 4291.

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