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148 Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Search and rescue dogs take Photos by Miriam S. Cody their training seriously atSierra Bible Camp the weekend of Oct. 3 - 5. Many of the dogs have already been on multiple search and rescue missions. Miriam S, Cody Staff Writer mcody@plumasnews.com Plumas County Search and Rescue teams are teaching their dogs to fly. The first step was getting them in the helicopter, part of the California Rescue Dog Association training the weekend of Oct. 3 - 5. Volunteer handlers and apprentices brought 40 dogs to Sierra Bible Camp, where they spent the weekend learning to save lives. The highlight of the weekend came on Sunday morning, when California Highway Patrol officers Steve Grammer and Sean Bainbridge landed a helicopter on the causeway on the West Shore of Lake Almanor. Before getting down to the business of training, the off'mers let two children, who came with their parents to the training, sit inside the helicopter. Then they assisted in a "cold run" with the dangerous rotor assemblies off. Dogs were led, one by one, to the doors of the helicopter and placed inside, then out again. All the dogs, most of which had been out on search and rescue missions already, did great. So they fined up the engine and tried the same exercises with the rotors spinning. This time, a few of the dogs spooked at the wind and noise, but all ....... I I ...... II[lllll] I I I I Tired of seeing recyclable beverage containers being carelessly tossed in the trash? RECYCLE TODAY, SAVE TOMORROW Spread the word on the importance of recycling. managed by Advertising funded by a grant Plumas County Department of Public Works of them completed the exercise. The pilots couldn't take the dogs and handlers off the ground, only because it would take too much time, but dogs and handlers alike learned more about the valuable service for which they volunteer and how to do it well. CARDA dogs are trained and owned by their volunteer handlers, who usually start working with them as puppies. German shepherds, golden retrievers, hounds, boxers and several other kinds of dogs are trained for search and rescue. "It's really just what kind of dog the handlers want," said Sandy Osmond, a mission-ready CARDA handler who helped 0i:g iz the clinic, which was run by Susan Hopson. "It takes about two years to become mission-ready," said Osmond. "Once you become an apprentice you can do area, you can do trailing, or you can do tech support. The tech support person doesn't have a dog, but that's somebody who will go with the dogs and help out," she explained. CARDA was founded in 1976, and is the largest volunteer search dog organization in the U.S. Its mission is "to train, certify, and deploy highly qualified search dog teams to assist law enforcement and other public safety agencies in - r alrrOrnla High dy Patrol pilot Steve Grammer assists search and rescue volunteers in teaching their dogs to load in a helicopter. the search for lost and missing persons." CARDA search teams have gone on thousands of searches in the U.S., and have saved public safety agencies millions of dollars through the use of their volunteers. A form is available on carda.org for people who are interested in joining. Prospective members may observe and participate in CARDA trainings for up to 120 days to decide if it is right for them. Locally, weekly CARDA trainings are held every Friday, alternating between Portola and Chester. Dogs of several'different breeds, including hounds, are eligible for search and rescue. Do you know where to recycle your paint? There are now hundreds of PaintCare sites in California where residents and businesses can recycle unwanted paint, stain and varnish all year-round. Most locations are paint stores. FIND A DROP-OFF LOCATION: (855) 724-6809 All PaintCare sites accept at least 5 gallons per visit (some take more). Please call ahead to confirm business hours and ask if they can accept the type and amount of paint you would like to recycle. Leaking, unlabeled and empty containers are not accepted. Fall burning I" project Planned cane a r eR: Soifd : L a snde v f t OrSnt the Forest where the Chips Fire burned in 2012 might soon PAINT notice some smoke in the air. That's because a prescribed burning project is planned in units burned during the Chips Fire that were recently helicopter salvaged. Additional small-diameter snags have been felled, creating concentrations of fuel scattered throughout the units. Dubbed the Bobcat Prescribed Burn, the project will encompass 92 acres of jackpot broadcast burning in northern Plumas County, 2 miles southwest of Pmttville. The purpose of this burn is to consume remaining woody material to open up areas for tree planting, which is scheduled for spring 2015. Because of air-quality concerns, this burn could take up to five days of ignition to complete. Implementation of the project could begin sometime in October or November and will be dependent on conditions being favorable for meeting objectives and lifting smoke up and out of the Almanor Basin. For information regarding this project call Jennifer Hensel, fuels planner for the Almanor Ranger District, at 258-2141. I