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Emergency response team formed in LWW

With all the security alerts we have had in the past few months, have you ever wondered what would happen if there were an emergency that was too big for the local fire and police departments to handle? Thanks to Bill Koontz, I have just learned that LWW has the first volunteer Community Emergency Response Team in the county. Since 1992, LWW has had an emergency team of over 130 volunteers. Nineteen of these volunteers recently completed an intensive weekly training and testing on hazard mitigation, emergency first aid, CPR, medical triage, fire suppression, light search and rescue, organization and deployment, hazardous materials, and terrorist threats.

This is a big deal for the county. The Nevada County Emergency Services Council received federal grant money that was passed through to the Western Nevada County-American Red Cross for Train the Trainer courses in developing community emergency response teams. Three people from the local Red Cross attended the training. Bob Stanbury was then instrumental in getting the first volunteer training program going in LWW. This team will not only assist the LWW security but will also augment the Nevada County agencies responding to incidents in our community – a unique ability to provide public safety assistance when agencies are delayed or over committed.

A special graduation is planned for this team on Thursday, Feb. 5 at 7 p.m. in the Cedar Room at LWW. Headed up by Bob Stanbury, chairman of the LWW Public Safety Committee, and George Croft, team coordinator, other emergency team graduates include Marjorie Colburn, Jan Croft, Jane Dickson, Ronald Johnson, Bill Koontz, Bob and Dolores Martin, Marty McGaha, Jerry Miller, Paul Ronberg, Ray Shepherd, Linda and Dave Doench, Kathy and Terry Hutson, Don Ricketts, and Al Walti.


On a “lighter” note, The Nevada County Meltdown meeting on Tuesday evening had the makings of a revival meeting. Teams ran up on stage to rowdy applause to celebrate their successes. Back in the audience, participants talked among themselves to confess their challenges. For the total group of 859 people registered, the goal is to lose 8,000 pounds in eight weeks. To date, this group has lost 2,492 pounds or an average of 3 pounds per person in the first three weeks. My own GV Fast and Fit Women’s Center team was way under the radar screen. Calling ourselves the “Take 5,” we are each committed to lifetime lifestyle changes and had lost a total of 6 pounds. Unfortunately, none of the lost pounds were mine. However, I did meet up with a LWW team at the meeting that was over half way to their goal. They call themselves the “Winsome/Losers” (Now that’s a catchy name!) and their combined goal is to lose 50 pounds. The team includes Vince and Saundra Mutascio, Dale and Judy Gurley, and Jim and Lucy Gratteau. From the looks of it at the meeting, this group is having way too much fun. They are partying their way to good health with lots of laughter (a great way to release more endorphins) and variety. Next on their exercise list is a little line dancing at the Senior Center.

Got a tip about someone in LWW? Contact Shirl Mendonca at 432-3787 or shirlmendonca@gv.net via e-mail.

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