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Distinguished Woman 2015 Award

Estelle was presented the “Distinguished Woman of the Year Award” 2015 at the Kiwanis Annual Businesswomen’s Luncheon in Fortuna, Wed October 21st 2015. Each year the recipient is chosen for “Enduring and Devoted Service to the Community”.

The name of the recipient is kept secret until the day of the Luncheon and Estelle was completely surprised and honored to hear her name called.

Estelle Fennell - Distinguished Woman 2015 Award
Estelle Receives the award from Sally Conley and Becky Giacomini

Fire Chiefs Association receives Measure Z funded equipment

Estelle Fennell - firefighting equipment from Measure Z
Second District Supervisor Estelle Fennell stands with some of the new firefighting equipment the Fire Chiefs Association received with Measure Z funds

GARBERVILLE – More than 200 new self-contained breathing apparatuses (SCBA) were inspected on Tuesday, Sept. 29 at the Fortuna Volunteer Fire Department and prepared for distribution to local volunteer fire districts. The equipment cost nearly $1.4 million and is being paid for by Measure Z, the half-cent sales tax passed by voters in November.

Local fire chiefs gathered at the Garberville Cal Fire station on Thursday to receive their new apparatuses and learn the proper way to use them. On hand was Alex Bunker, sales manger for Allstar Fire Equipment Inc. from Hayward. A representative from the manufacturer was also on hand.

It is difficult for volunteer fire departments in the county to make substantial purchases of new equipment. Often, these departments operate at emergency scenes with outdated, unsafe and inadequate equipment, which puts the safety of citizens and firefighters at risk. The equipment received last week will replace old equipment, dramatically improving the ability for volunteers to respond to fires and other emergencies.