Friday, July 25, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

Training partnership enhances fire service

Davis firefighter Schuyler Lacy, right, takes the lead hose during training  Thursday, under the watchful eye of Capt. Steve Herzog of the Yocha Dehe Fire Department, who served as instructor. Fred Gladdis/Enterprise photo

By
From page A1 | August 05, 2012 |

A series of wildland fires west of Davis last week marked the launch of a countywide training partnership that officials say will improve fire service and safety across Yolo County, even during an era of shrinking budgets.

The Davis, UC Davis, Woodland and West Sacramento fire departments have joined forces to create the West Valley Regional Fire Training Consortium, a cooperative effort to share resources and maintain standard operating guidelines.

Their first joint training exercise took place over several days last week, with the four member agencies — along with the West Plainfield and Yocha Dehe fire departments — practicing wildland fire suppression on a riparian reserve near Russell Boulevard and County Road 95.

“When I became fire chief, I wanted to not give up on this idea of regional collaboration,” said UCD Fire Chief Nathan Trauernicht, who earlier this year saw merger talks between the Davis and campus fire departments placed on a temporary hold.

Talks of a consortium began in late May, when UCD hired West Sacramento fire’s training and operations division chief, John Heilmann, away from that agency.

Trauernicht said he turned around and made West Sacramento an offer: Let us manage your training division, in exchange for which you give us a 40-hour-a-week captain to assist Heilmann in that effort.

The Davis and Woodland fire departments, which also have lost their dedicated training chiefs to budget cuts, eventually came on board as well, offering either financing or personnel to help support the partnership.

“What we’re trying to do is put together something that none of us could sustain on our own,” Trauernicht said.

And with all four agencies working under standard operating guidelines, “you get a more effective response force, because everyone operates as one,” he added.

Led by the chiefs of the four participating agencies, the consortium’s services include the development of an annual training calendar that meets all mandates by the state, federal and Occupational Safety and Health Administration, as well as specialized training to suit each department’s unique needs.

“I think what we’re going to get from this is the best of all departments,” said Shawn Kinney, division chief for the Davis Fire Department. “Times are tough, but we still need to get the same job done.”

The consortium may eventually expand to include other fire agencies in the region, Trauernicht said. Dixon, for example, already is part of an automatic aid agreement with Yolo County and would be a natural fit.

“The huge thing here is we’re having these conversations and developing relationships,” Kinney said.

Trauernicht also envisions the partnership leading to shared resources in other areas, such as fleet purchases and services, plus the equipment cleaning and repairs that all fire departments require.

“Who knows what the future holds?” Trauernicht said.

— Reach Lauren Keene at lkeene@davisenterprise.net or (530) 747-8048. Follow her on Twitter @laurenkeene

LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | No comments

The Davis Enterprise does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

  • Recent Posts

  • Enter your email address to subscribe to this newspaper and receive notifications of new articles by email.

  • .

    News

    California climate change policies to hit our pocketbooks

    By San Francisco Chronicle | From Page: A1

     
    Tech Trekkers boldly go into STEM fields

    By Amy Jiang | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
    Decoding breast milk secrets reveals clues to lasting health

    By Pat Bailey | From Page: A1 | Gallery

    Artists, photographers invited to support Yolo Basin Foundation

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A3 | Gallery

     
    Unitarians will host summer camp

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    Wetlands visitors will see migrating shorebirds

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A6 | Gallery

     
    ‘Bak2Sac’ free train ride program launched

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7

    Explorit: Wonderful wetlands right at home

    By Lisa Justice | From Page: A8 | Gallery

     
    Recycle old paint cans for free

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A8

    Where your gas money goes

    By San Francisco Chronicle | From Page: A12

     
    STEAC needs donations of personal care items

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A16, 1 Comment

    Can you give them a home?

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A16 | Gallery

     
    Americans, internationals make connections

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A16

    .

    Forum

    Thanks for emergency help

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10

     
    Commenting system to change

    By Debbie Davis | From Page: A10, 15 Comments

     
    Support these local restaurants

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10

    Let’s get the bench repaired

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10

     
    Tom Meyer cartoon

    By Debbie Davis | From Page: A10

    Predicting climate changes

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10, 1 Comment

     
    Clinton’s book is worth a read

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10, 1 Comment

    .

    Sports

    Hudson solid, Hammels better in Giants’ loss

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    Petrovic, Putnam share Canadian Open lead

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    Moss powers A’s past Astros

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    My Zenith was whacked, but I wouldn’t trade a thing

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1

    Enriquez brilliant, but Post 77 season ends with Area 1 loss

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    The un-Armstrong? Tour ‘boss’ Nibali wins Stage 18

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B8 | Gallery

    .

    Features

    .

    Arts

    ‘A Most Wanted Man’: Superb espionage drama

    By Derrick Bang | From Page: A9 | Gallery

     
    Clyde Elmore: Art in the Wild

    By Evan Arnold-Gordon | From Page: A9 | Gallery

    Musicians perform at Sunday service

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A17 | Gallery

     
    .

    Business

    Accord’s latest model is most fuel efficient

    By Ann M. Job | From Page: B3 | Gallery

     
    .

    Obituaries

    Richard ‘Dick’ Robenalt

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A7

     
    .

    Comics

    Comics: Friday, July 25, 2014

    By Creator | From Page: A13