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Saturday June 09, 2001

Fire departments training at Tilden Park 


East Bay fire departments will prepare for the early fire season with a training for wild land fires at Tilden Park today. 

At 9:30 a.m. the fire departments of Berkeley, Oakland, Moraga-Orinda, Contra Costa County, California Division of Forestry, East Bay Regional Parks, and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab will come together at the Equestrian Camp off Wildcat Canyon Road. 

Although there will not be any actual fire, the drills will include hose development and communications and command tests for large scale incidents, according to a press release from the City Manager Weldon Rucker.  

Fire engines will be coming from various stations around the area and while their lights may flash for safety reasons, they will not be responding to actual emergencies. 


Volunteers needed for Meals on Wheels 


The city’s Meals of Wheels program is looking for summer volunteers to deliver hot, nutritious meals to some of the area’s homebound seniors. Every summer the program faces a shortage of volunteers as people take vacations, said Natalie Krelle-Zepponi of the Meals on Wheels program in a press release. Due to the high cost of producing the meals, volunteers are essential in keeping the program running. 

Volunteers are needed to help package and deliver the meals to seniors 60 years old and over in Berkeley, Albany and Emeryville. From 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. help is needed to package meals, and from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. the meals need to be delivered.  

A typical delivery route would take food to between eight and 20 seniors and would take between 45 and 75 minutes. For information or to volunteer contact Portable Meals at 644-8590.