Friday, October 09, 2009

Exciting Goings-On in Town!

This Saturday, 10/10, marks the 3rd Annual Fire Service Day, which is intended to be an "open house" of Station 81 with the community and anyone who's ever wanted to get a behind-the-scenes look at firefighting operations. The event runs from 10:00am - 2:00pm where station tours will be given, along with firefighter and fire extringuisher demonstrations, specialized equipment display (get your photo taken in Brisbane's antique fire engine!), and plenty of activities for kids and adults. Oh, and there will be refreshments served, too! Take a look at pictures from last year's Fire Service Day and behold what a fun day it could turn out to be:

So remember to come out to Station 81 on Saturday, 10/10 @10am!

You may have recently spotted a red, white and blue helicopter, similar-looking to the one pictured to the left, hovering close to transmission lines in town. This helicopter (a Bell 407, tail # N110AL) is actually is used by PG&E to wash the insulators on our electric transmission lines. Using high pressure water, specialized crews are cleaning the insulators of dirt, salt, and bird contamination. This type of procedure greatly increases the reliability of our electric transmission system, with the crews using clean, de-ionized water. This allows them the ability to wash the lines (70kV to 500kV) when they're still being energized and for electric services to continue without any disruptions.

And you can be sure that these linemen have received excellent training for this type of work. Click here for a stunning picture of a PG&E lineman being trained how to be transported by helicopter to a transmission tower (it was one of SFGate's "2008 Best of Features").

The flu season is much more complex than previous years with the arrival of the H1N1 (swine) flu. It is therefore important for everyone to stay informed and take steps to help lessen the effects of the flu on our community. The San Mateo County Health System has a new Flu Website designed to provide easy access to timely and accurate information. Click here to see about updated information on vaccination availability and a full listing of vaccine clinics (click on Vaccines).

Every year, the Brisbane Lions Club along with Seton sponsors a Flu Clinic at the Senior Center (2 Visitacion Ave.) for Brisbane residents ($20 if you're not a resident). This year, the Flu Clinic will be taking place on October 17th from 9:30am - 12:30pm. The County is recommending that everyone over 6 mos. get vaccinated as soon as possible. For more information about the Flu Clinic, please contact Lions representative Bob Wilson at 415-467-3427. Thank you for your efforts and commitment to the health and well-being our community!

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