THE OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER FOR BOUNDARY COUNTY, BONNERS FERRY, MOYIE SPRINGS, NAPLES AND PORTHILL SINCE 1891
Bonners Ferry Herald
VOL. 125, NO. 39
THURSDAY, October 5, 2017
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Seen ?n Heard
n Katka Schoolhouse turns 100 this year. n Toaster issue on Brown Creek creates response from South Boundary Fire Department and ambulance.
Fun was had by all during the BFHS Homecoming Parade on Friday. Photos from all the day?s events are on pages A9 and A10. For coverage of the football game, see B1. Photos by Mandi Bateman Multiple agencies work together to recover and decontaminate a body during a large training exercise.
Are we prepared?
Local, state and federal agencies work together on emergency management training exercise
By MANDI BATEMAN Editor BONNERS FERRY ? In an uncertain world filled with terrorist attacks, mass shootings, natural disasters, and more, there is an underlying concern as to how such things will be handled. Will everything fall apart, or will the community come together? Although all of our first responders train on a regular basis, how will they respond when a large crisis hits home? How will all of the individual departments work together? That question was answered on Sept. 19, when Boundary County Emergency Management planned an exercise with the 101st Army Civil Support Team from Boise. ?The exercise involved a vehicle entering the United States from Canada in which the driver was a known individual on the FBI?s list,? said Director of Emergency Management Michael Meier. ?The vehicle continued after being pursued by the Border Patrol to an accident site at the airport.? At the crash site, located at the Boundary County Airport, a white powder was found all over in and out of the vehicle. The driver, played by a dummy, was deceased, while others played the role of confused subjects. The scene played out from there, escalating as the first responders became See PREPARE, A2 Above: Crews investigate the simulated crash vehicle with the white, powdery substance. Left: North Bench Firefighters work together to set up a decontamination station. Below: A decontamination exercise taking place in the rain.
Plenty of support for first responders
Large turnout, fun activities highlight Hall Mountain Volunteer Fire event
By MANDI BATEMAN Editor BONNERS FERRY ? During the unpredictable weather fall brings to North Idaho, the Hall Mountain Volunteer Fire Department Appreciation Potluck and Silent Auction was held on Saturday, Sept. 30. Clouds and impending rain threatened the small community affair, but then scattered, leaving sunshine to warm the attendees as they visited in and out of Station #1 with the backdrop of mountains and rolling fields, adorned with hints of fall colors. More than 100 people gathered together, bringing a wide array of home cooked dishes, from casseroles to pastas, deviled eggs to delectable desserts. People wandered and mingled, smiling and laughing, voting for their favorite items in the silent auction. The silent auction featured 119 items, all donated by individuals and local businesses, bringing in a total of $2,883. They also held the drawing for a quilt, a king size flannel top, and a rifle, a Mossberg Patriot 30-06 with scope, donated by Far North Outfitters. The quilt and rifle have been traveling around to different locations and businesses this summer, providing people the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets. ?We wanted to thank Far North Outfitters, Big Daddy?s, Wildhorse Mercantile and Feist Creek for selling Quilt and/or Rifle Tickets for us,? said President of the Hall Mountain Volunteer Fire Association Ladies Auxiliary Justine Williams. ?Super 1 let us set up monthly in their lobby. We can?t mention all the business? but we had a HUGE community support for HMVFD!? The rifle brought in $4,449 and the quilt earned $1,280 for Hall Mountain. Thanks to the wonderful response, the Hall Mountain Volunteer Fire Association Ladies Auxiliary was able to See SUPPORT, A3
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