New, specialized rescue equipment for Camptonville Fire Department

New, specialized rescue equipment for Camptonville Fire Department

The Camptonville Volunteer Fire Department will now be better able to respond to accidents in which a vehicle, bicyclist or hiker in the Yuba County foothills veers off the road and goes over the bank, with the help of a grant from Yuba County Water Agency.

The $5,000 grant, approved today as a part of the Bill Shaw Rescue Equipment and Training Grant Program, will help the Camptonville Volunteer Fire Department purchase new equipment to assist with over-the-bank rescues, including: ropes, webbing, pulleys, carabiners and a rescue basket.

“These specialized items will significantly help our response efforts in those cases when someone goes off the road, as well as rescues on the trails around New Bullards Bar Dam and Reservoir,” said Camptonville Volunteer Fire Department Chief Brandi Dudek.

The Camptonville Volunteer Fire Department provides fire and emergency medical services for approximately 50 square miles around the Camptonville area, including the dam and reservoir, the Pendola area, and the Camptonville side of Marysville Road and Highway 49.

“Next week marks the one year anniversary of Bill Shaw’s accident, which resulted in the loss of his leg,” said Yuba County Water Agency Administrative Manager Terri Daly, speaking about the agency employee who inspired this grant program. “During his recovery, and prior to returning to work full time, he suggested creating a grant to support first responders and fire districts that the agency relies upon during incidents, ultimately leading to the creation of this program, which is able to give so much to first responder agencies in Yuba County.”

This is the third agency to benefit from the Bill Shaw Rescue Equipment and Training Grant Program, which was created in January, 2018, after Shaw returned to work full-time. These grants are designed for first responder agencies in Yuba County and will cover the one-time costs of up to $5,000 per applicant annually, associated with the purchase of rescue equipment or specialized personnel training. Grant funding requests must be connected to Yuba County Water Agency’s missions of flood risk reduction, water supply reliability, hydropower generation, groundwater management, fisheries enhancement and recreation in and around New Bullards Bar Reservoir.