are on the 3rd Thursday of the month, starting at 6:30pm, at the Fiddletown Community Center,
The agenda changes each month as we get updated information.
Sue Wilson 209-245-6523
Caroline Goddard 209-245-3179
To have firefighters on site at the Fiddletown Fire Station, we need to upgrade the station to include living quarters. The station already has two bathrooms and a kitchenette, but one of the bathrooms needs to be converted to a shower, and other work may need to be done as well. It will also need a backup generator system.
This project can benefit from volunteer labor, so if you are skilled in electrical, plumbing, concrete, framing, drywall, tile setting or painting and would like to offer your skills and time, please email Sue Wilson at email@example.com. We could use you!
To pay for the upgrades we are planning a fundraiser (our very own Caroline Goddard is heading up the fundraising drive) and we already have support from the Plymouth-Foothill Rotary Club (thank you!). Our goal is to be ready for firefighters to move in by this summer. Want to help? Have questions? Contact Caroline at firstname.lastname@example.org or 916-616-3577
The Firehouse Project is moving forward! If we can raise $2,000, the Passport to Rotary and Plymouth-Foothill Rotary Clubs, in coordination with Rotary International, can turn that into $9,000. We already have $850 committed (thank you neighbors!). We are still working out the details, but if you can chip in, any and all amounts make a difference. Contact Deirdre Mueller at email@example.com or 209-418-5707.
AND local Amador volunteers who work with Habitat for Humanity are galvanizing to build out the project!
WHY fix up the firehouse? If we create sleeping quarters inside our existing station, volunteer firemen will be able to staff it providing local fire protection, which reduces our wildfire risk, and possibly lowers insurance rates
A cut of that size to the already underfunded Amador Fire Protection District could jeopardize the Fiddletown Firehouse and take existing fire staffing away from Pine Grove and other Amador areas.
Budget cuts do need to be made, but please contact your Supervisor immediately and tell them NOT TO CUT FIRE PROTECTION! Fire season is upon us, and this is a critical need for all of us.
Call or Email your Supervisor NOW or Attend the Budget Workshop Thursday, May 21st at 10:30 am.
MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD!
District 1: Patrick Crew 209-223-6470
District 2: Richard Forester 209-223-6470
District 3: Jeff Brown 209-223-6493
District 4: Frank Axe 209-223-6470
District 5: Brian Oneto 209-223-6470
(Note: Only Jeff Brown provides his own number, the rest of the calls go to the Board Clerk)
By Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
By attending the County's Budget Workshop Thursday, May 21, at the County Offices at 810 Court Street in Jackson. The discussion about the Fire Protection District Budget is on the agenda for discussion at 10:40 AM, but that could change somewhat, so please arrive early.
In these times, budgets do need to be balanced, but Fire Protection needs to be top priority. Let's make sure our County leadership understands what our priorities really are.
FUNDING available for brush clearing along roads in the Fiddletown area
Priority given to non-county roads (e.g., private homeowners associations). A few applications in our area are currently under review; Caroline Goddard is working with the Amador Fire Safe Council to evaluate them. If you have a project in mind, please email email@example.com for an application.
The Aukum Fairplay Fire Safe Council has adopted the Fiddletown properties that are in El Dorado County into their Fire Safe Council. This enables those Fiddletown owners to participate in El Dorado County funding opportunities, including $1,000 grants for senior and veterans for land clearing and home hardening.
Please contact John Hess at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The GMRS radio project is moving forward with help from both the Amador and El Dorado Amateur Radio Clubs.
We hope to be able to provide a demonstration soon.
"Home hardening" refers to the things we can do with our structures to prevent them from burning down when there is a wildfire. Research shows that there are a few simple steps we can take to make our homes much safer. Here is some advice from various Fire Safe resources. (Note: Doing these things can and do help, but this tutorial is for advice only, we personally cannot guarantee it.)
Let's start by watching a couple of videos. This one is very detailed and shows a scientific experiment of how homes burn and do not burn from flying embers. It is from the National Fire Protection Association and is called "Your Home Can Survive a Wildfire." https://youtu.be/vL_syp1ZScM
This one is short and sweet and from the National Interagency Fire Center:
This is much easier than you thought, isn't it?
Here are 5 things you can do right now, along with a few product suggestions:
All of our vents, those that go into our attics and cellars need to have 1/8 inch or tighter screen.
Vulcan Vents (available through Meeks) are the gold standard if you can afford them. If an ember hits the screen, the screen will fuse to close off any entry into your home. https://www.vulcantechnologies.com/products.php
We just bought a simple vent from Home Depot. It has slats in the front which prevent ember flow, and also has 1/8 inch screen on the back. We will be putting another layer of metal screen behind that for extra protection. These units only cost a couple of dollars. (Home Depot is still delivering.)
Have metal gutters and keep them free of debris that could catch fire.
Byers Leaf Guard is the best, but again, it is pricey. The manufacturer says they will not clog, and if they do, they will clean it out. https://thatsbyers.com/leafguard
Micro Mesh Gutter Guard can be installed on your existing metal gutters to keep pine needles and debris out. These are available at Home Depot and Lowes. vhttps://www.gutterglove.com/
(To simplify things, we are just going to take off the two gutters we really don't need.)
Cover your vertical vent pipes with a metal screen (not just an open cap)
Remove all lawn growing next to your house for 5 feet of your house.
Install a "rock mulch" or gravel or tiles or cement board along the edge of the house for at least 18 inches, and more is better. Keep dry dead leaves cleared from any greenery next to your home, and make sure your greenery does not ignite easily.
Harden your decks!
Remove all items under your deck. Lattice is especially dangerous; put metal screen behind your lattice or just get rid of it. If you have a low deck, consider putting metal sheeting all around the base of it.
Here is another excellent resource on Home Hardening from Fire Safe Marin. https://www.firesafemarin.org/home-hardening
What can you expect in an emergency evacuation? (No, first responders will not knock on your door!) FEMA trained Kayla Dale with the Amador County Fire Protection District shows us how to prepare and practice in case we ever need to evacuate.