Letter to editor: Fire chief to school chief

mammothfireRe: Removal of High School Propane Tanks

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the School District, the Board of Education, and Superintendent Rich Boccia for the recent removal of the two 30,000 gallon propane tanks that were located on school property.  The tanks sat less than 100 feet from the high school building and adjacent to the northern most driveway for the school.

The tanks have had several leaks over the years and due to their location were a significant concern for the Fire District.  In addition, the tanks sat immediately adjacent to Sierra Park Road and across the street from numerous residences and businesses.  Any number of problems could have arisen that might have caused an incident resulting in a threat to those around the tanks.

The Fire District feels that this is a large step forward for the safety of our community.  Any number of problems could have arisen triggering an incident resulting in a threat to those around the tanks.  The removal of the tanks was a constructive action in making our community a safer and more enjoyable place to live and work.

Thank you again,

BRENT J. HARPER                                 THOM HELLER
Fire Chief                                                    Fire Marshal
Mammoth Lakes Fire District                Mammoth Lakes Fire District

 

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8 Responses to Letter to editor: Fire chief to school chief

  1. upthecreek February 17, 2012 at 3:24 pm #

    Now If we could only get rid of that HUGE town Debt ….

     
  2. Josh February 17, 2012 at 4:22 pm #

    The propane tank at my house sits only feet from it. Do I have to remove it and freeze this winter?

     
  3. Trouble February 17, 2012 at 6:22 pm #

    Maybe they district should grow some herbs there. Lets let the seniors vote on it :)—-

     
    • Wayne Deja February 17, 2012 at 8:11 pm #

      Trouble…..Let’s count em….3 posts I see so far from you…..Want to grow pot on school property….you talk about changing laws….and feel Wilderness areas should be open to motorized vehicles……..Anymore smart things to say tonight?

       
  4. Ken Warner February 18, 2012 at 12:41 am #

    A gallon of propane weighs 4.23lbs. 60,000 gallons weighs 253,800lbs.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CBU-55

    “The CBU-55 was a cluster bomb Fuel Air Explosive that was developed during the Vietnam War, by the United States Army, and was used only once in warfare. […] the 750 pound CBU-55 was fueled primarily by propane. Described as a “the most powerful non-nuclear weapon in the U.S. arsenal,” the device was one of the more powerful conventional weapons designed for warfare.

    The contents exploded in a fireball over a 4-acre (16,000 m2) area. Experts estimated that 25 soldiers had been killed, primarily by the immediate depletion of oxygen rather than from burns. The CBU-55 was never used again in the war,”

     
  5. Trouble February 18, 2012 at 7:30 am #

    By the way Wayne, yes I do think we should be able to ride snowmobiles anywhere that is on public land. It’s hard to hurt snow.

     
    • Wayne Deja February 19, 2012 at 8:51 am #

      Trouble….Here is what you should do…In the winter,find an area that allows snowmobiles….notice the trails they use…and are supposed to stay on…when the snow thaws in the spring,go to that same area…and notice the landscape there…in the snowmobile area….as well as the areas nearby they aren’t supposed to be riding in.See the difference to the land?…That’s from the snowmobiles.

       
  6. Trouble February 19, 2012 at 3:13 pm #

    Wrong Wayne, those approved areas are open all year roundto bikes, atv’s, hikers and bird watchers. Snowmobiles rarely touch the ground. Nobody wants to rip up the land or their 10 thou plus snowmobiles.

     

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