Volunteers needed for Log Hill mock evacuation
Sunday, 07 April 2013 20:42
by Mary Pat Haddock
The Log Hill Fire Department is holding a drop-in open house Saturday, May 18, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. A pumper, ladder truck, tender, brush truck and other equipment used by firefighters will be on view for kids of all ages to inspect. Fire department representatives will be available to answer questions about fire safety, defensible space, county medical services, evacuation planning and more.
Around midmorning the department will conduct a mock evacuation drill, with the fire station serving as the mock evacuation center. Twenty to 30 mesa residents are needed to serve as volunteer evacuees.
The truck bay will be set up as a practice evacuation center where the volunteer evacuees will be processed by 4H Center staff, fire district board members and Fortuna Tierra Club members. County emergency medical services, sheriff's office, public health and social services representatives will participate to assure that health and medical needs are appropriately considered.
Representatives of Second Chance and the Cattlemen's Association will participate to consider the challenges of sheltering small and large animals during an evacuation, as well to offer pet micro-chipping for $20.
Volunteer evacuees will receive a prerecorded phone call at home from the Target Notification System (TNS), the system that emergency responders can use to deliver information in the event of an emergency, and then report to the fire station for evacuee processing. Persons interested in volunteering should send an email to
. A household fire extinguisher will be given as thanks to each volunteer evacuee.
For questions, call Dick Kreutzen, 626-5868, or Bob Mitton, 626-3299.
The complete Mesa Evacuation Plan and an Evacuation Quick Reference Guide are available for review and downloading by going to www.loghillfire.org and clicking on Preparedness/Evacuation.