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Eureka wins Helen Putnam Award for live-fire program

By: The Eureka Reporter

The League of California cities honored the City of Eureka Wednesday as one of 28 cities in the state that won a Helen Putnam Award. Nominations were submitted for 150 cities.

Eureka received the Award of Excellence in the category of Effective Advocacy, Intergovernmental Relations and Regional Cooperation for its Eureka Fire Department Mobile Live-Fire Simulation program.

Inspired by the need to adequately prepare its new workforce and assist in the same development of the region’s first responders,
Eureka’s Fire Department obtained funding to develop a regional “Live-Fire” training program. Using a regionalized, multi-agency approach, the program delivers critical live-fire training to more than 500 firefighters in the region, and at the same time develops future fire service trainers.

The Helen Putnam Award for Excellence program recognizes outstanding cities that deliver the highest quality and level of service in the most effective manner possible.

The award is given annually in 10 categories: Effective Advocacy, Intergovernmental Relations and Regional Cooperation; Housing Programs and Innovations, Enhancing Public Trust, Ethics and Community Involvement; Community Services and Economic Development; Planning and Environmental Quality; Internal Administration; Public Safety; Public Works, Infrastructure and Transportation; the Ruth Vreeland Award for Engaging Youth in City Government; and the League Partners Award for Excellence.

The League of California Cities is holding its annual conference in
San Diego this week.

The league was established in 1898. It represents incorporated cities and provides programs and information resources, conducts educational conferences and research and advocates on cities’ behalf in
Sacramento.

More information is at www.cacities.org.