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;11 a, ra- February 1,2012 VouR COMMUNITY Page 9 Trauma team continues under new name By Scan C. Morgan Of The New Era The Linn County Trauma In- tervention Program has changed its name to Linn County Fire Corps and is seeking new volunteers. Volunteer training begins on Feb. 6. "We had to have so much funding because of the name TIP," said Kathy Fitzwater of the Fire Corps, explaining that the local or- ganization had to pay a fee to use the "TIP" moniker. "The only thing we need mon- ey for now is training classes." Fire Corps volunteers still perform the same services they did under the TIP designation: respond to fires, death investigations and other tragic incidents throughout Linn County to help victims and their families. "Volunteers help citizens and emergency responders in times of tragedy," Fitzwater said. The Lebanon Fire District has taken the Fire Corps under its wing, Fitzwater said. Also helping are Sweet Home, Lebanon and Al- bany police departments; the Linn County Sheriff's Office; and Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District, along with agencies from smaller communities in Linn County. Currently, the organization has 12 volunteers - 10 from Leba- non and two from Albany. The last Sweet Home volunteer recently moved and resigned.. New volunteers will attend a three-week training  course, Fitz- water said. Classes are held three days a week in the evening. Fol- lowing training, they work three 12-hour shifts per month. "It's so rewarding to help the community," she said. She has been doing it for about five years. "I actually got started when my mother-in-law passed away." Fitzwater said her own in- volvement with TIP has been re- warding. "Your heart just goes out to these people. We're there for the citizens, especially on death calls so they aren't by themselves. It tears at your heart strings, but it's so rewarding in the end - It's just that good feeling you have after- ward." The volunteers give them whatever they need and make sure they don't feel pressured at the scene of a tragedy to make a deci- sion until they are ready, she said. With emergency responders, the volunteers sometimes just listen and help them make it through. "They go Fitzgerald through a lot out there," she said. Volunteers must have a work- ing vehicle and insurance, Fitzwa- ter said. They need a cell phone with texting capabilities and ac- cess to a computer. There is also a financial requirement, including $33 (which is reimbursed) for a background check and $20 for a Fire Corps T-shirt. Training begins on Feb. 6, running from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. three days a week for three weeks at the Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital. The organization can always use donations, especially blankets, stuffed animals and clothing. For further information, to do- nate or to volunteer, contact Fitz- water at (541) 409-5299. Cut pipe causes A worker for K&R Plumbing last week accidentally cut through a gas line located three inches be- low the surface of Ninth Avenue last week. The worker was cutting as- phalt in the middle of the street with a rotary saw, said Fire Chief Mike Beaver. "The gas line was right under the asphalt." Firefighters blocked the street, notified neighbors and con- tacted Northwest Natural, he said. The natural gas was allowed to vent to the atmosphere. Fire fighters responded at ap- proximately 9:11 a.m .on Friday at 1548 Ninth Ave. There was little to no wind to blow the gas into anyone's homes, Beaver said. Unlike propane, nat- ural gas is lighter than air and can be allowed to vent 99 percent of the time. It can be a problem in en- closed places, like structures. The worker was lucky the saw didn't spark and ignite the gas, Beaver said. "That line should've never been 2 inches beneath asphalt," Beaver said. natural gas leak The project is part of Phase IV of the city's inflow and in- filtration reduction project. For more than a decade, the city has been replacing and repairing old sewer mains and laterals to re- duce i&I, water that leaks into the city's sewer system during heavy rains. The worker was cutting as= phalt to prepare for excavation and cut through a 3/4-inch pipe located three inches below the surface of the asphalt, said Public Works Director Mike Adams. The pipe was marked on a locate, but the depth is typically 2 or 3 feet. "It doesn't appear anything K&R did was wrong or anything," Adams said, The pipe was where it was supposed to be, but it was not at the standard expected and recognized depth. It shouldn't have been that. close, but there are probably more around like it, Adams said. 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