|Paper||Hill Air Force Base Newspapers|
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|Publisher||Digitized by J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah|
|Paper||Hill Air Force Base Newspapers|
HILLTOP TIMES LEADERSHIP IN SERVICE TIMES December 4, 2008 AROUND & ABOUT 2008 Festival of Trees The 2008 Festival of Trees will be open at the South Towne Exposition Center, 9575 S. State Street, Sandy, through Dec. 6 from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. Tickets are $4 for adults, $3 for children ages 2-11, with all proceeds benefiting Primary Children's Medical Center. The festival is organized by a volunteer board of 84 women who enlist time and talents from thousands of individuals, organizations, businesses and families throughout Utah. There are more than 800 decorated Christmas trees along with a Sweet Shoppe and a Gingerbread village. Visit www. festivaloftreesutah.com for more information. Christmas Around the World Christmas Around the World features the BYU Folk Dance Ensemble performing a varied repertoire of international dance with costuming, dance, music and cultural representation at its highest quality. The annual Christmas concert will be held at the Marriott Center on Friday and Saturday, Dec, 5 and 6 at 7:30 p.m. with a 1:30 p.m. Saturday matinee. Tickets are $25 for floor seats, $15 for prime lower chairs and $12 for arena seating. Visit www.byutickets.com for more information. Utah WinterCross Races AIRMAN 1ST CLASS ROBBY HEDRICK/U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt Kevin Cancller, command chief master sergeant of the 75th Air Base Wing and Ogden Air Logistics Center, greets Airman Ryan Richards, 75th Security Forces Squadron, at the Thanksgiving meal held at Hillcrest Dining Facility on Nov. 27. Various base leaders, including Maj. Gen. Kathleen Close, Ogden Air Logistics Center commander, and Col. Linda Medler, 75th Air Base Wing commander, served the Airmen and retirees dinner on Thanksgiving Day. 1200 Building series air tests results released of their location in relation to an area of groundwater contamination on the base. Historical activities and disposal practices of chemicals that were used primarily as degreasing solvents have resulted in contamiesuITiTof recent airsSfifpiTrig in seven Hill nated soil and groundwater where the buildings are Air Force Base buildings were released located. Because these chemicals can evaporate easily Dec. 1 to employees, and the results were and move up into the soil from the groundwater, testgood news, said Col. Linda R. Medler, 75th Air ing was done to see if vapors from the soil had entered Base Wing commander. "No chemicals were detected in the indoor air at a the buildings. level that would require us to take any kind of reJarrod Case, the 75th Civil Engineer Group environsponse action," Medler said. "We plan to do additional mental program manager for air sampling, said that monitoring to ensure conditions do not change, but as expected, the samples collected from beneath the we are pleased we could provide positive news to our buildings showed a number of different chemicals. employees." "We also saw some very low levels of chemicals in A total of 47 air samples were collected from the the indoor air of each building," Case said, "but these buildings located on the west side of the base. Half of levels were well below action levels and do not pose a the samples were taken from inside the buildings, and risk to workers." the others tested the air beneath the building floors. All of the sampling, results were posted on a Web The sampling was done in the buildings because site set up for this project, www.hillrab.org/1200area. BY BARBARA FISHER Environmental Public Affairs chief 75th Air Base Wing R Heber City will host the indoor motocross competition Dec. 6 at the Wasatch County Event Center, 450 S. 1200 West, Heber City, at 7 p.m. For more information, call (435) 6573335 or visit the Web site at www.co.wasatch. ut.us. Sounds of the Holidays Come join the Salt Lake County Library for a short, fun program of music, treats and a craft. The Murray High School Handbell Choir will be playing holiday music from around the world while participants make an easy holiday craft. Fun for the whole family at the Whftmore Library, 2197 E. Fort Union Boulevard in Salt Lake City. There is no charge for the Saturday, Dec. 6, event set to begin at 4 p.m. Alphabet Soup Family Fun Calendar Alphabet Soup, Treehouse's family literacy program, features fun activities based on a different letter of the, . alphabet each week. A reduced admission of $3 per child and adults admitted free applies after 6 p.m. on Fridays. Please see the Treehouse Web site calendar for the specific letter of the week. Friday, Dec. 5, 6 p.m.-8 p.m., Elizabeth Stewart Treehouse Museum, 347 22nd St., Ogden. Original performance of The Nutcracker' Imagine Ballet Theatre presents an original production of the holiday favorite, "The Nutcracker," choreographed by Raymond Van Mason on Friday, Dec. 5, 7:30 p.m.-10 p.m. Price ranges from $10 to $25. For tickets, phone 395-3227 or visit the ticket Web site at www.peerysegyptiantheater.com/ticket.asp. The performance will be at Peery's Egyptian Theater 2415 Washington Blvd., Ogden. FIRE From page 1 fire departments are not willing to put themselves through such tough scrutiny. Plus, it is a voluntary process that is not required. After completing the recent Unit Compliance Inspection and wrapping up a busy Fire Prevention Week in October, what motivated the Department to undergo this daunting, yet voluntary, process? "In our mission statement, we maintain that we are the best," Dubinski explains. "If you say 'no' to any challenge, then you are not the best." Dubinski's enthusiasm convinced her team members to give the accreditation process their best effort. "I admit that I am a convert," said Jeffrey Beck, the department's Fire Prevention Specialist. "Now I truly believe that this is a good program." The main advantage that the fire department has gained from this process is the education, Beck said. "The research required to produce our Self Assessment has helped strengthen our internal processes, and validate our program," he said. Chris Lee said that accreditation shows the surrounding communities that Hill's fire department has met the same standards other fire departments are required to meet. "We officially met the standard set by a trusted agency — that proves we can do our job," he said. The Hill AFB Fire Department is the only fire and emergency services agency in the state of Utah to receive the CFAI accreditation. Courtesy photo Left to right Brady Thompson and Gaylen Fish (both top of truck), Aaron Hottel and John VanDyke (on the tailboard), Christopher Gonzales, Matthew Lager and Jeremy Ehresman (on the ground) load large diameter hose after completing two performance evolutions for the Hill Air Force Base Fire Department peer assessment team which took place in November. "When we train, it is very important to get our vehicles back in service as soon as possible in case we are called out," explains Cynthia Dubinski, accreditation manager and apparatus driver operator for the Hill AFB Fire Department.