Although he is now a member of Plumas Eureka Fire Department, Bill said 20 years ago he was ecouraged by Chief Vern DeBerg to join the Sierra Valley Fire Department, expecially given his ability to respond to calls at any time during the day. "I found that I enjoyed making calls and learning how to properly use all the equipment. The satisfaction of helping those in need came later when I became better-trained and more confident in handling emergency incidents. Three fire departments in two states and a few years later I still enjoy making the calls." "I am blessed to have a wife (Linda) that supports all the training and the interruptions of our daily life to help others." His specialized training includes the Quincy Fire Academy, Hazmat operations, vehicle extrication and is a state fire-training instructor. Bill said there are many ways to help and serve a volunteer fire department. "If you think you might want to be a part of something that is really good and vital to your community, I encourage you to give your local department a call or stop by the firehouse. We all love to talk about our departments and how proud we are of being part of somthing bigger than ourselves. It's great to serve with like-minded firefighters in Plumas County and we have the Plumas Fire Chief's Association and the Quincy Fire Academy to thank for that!"