Office of Emergency Services Wins Gold for Second Year
Sept 16 - For the second year in a row, the San Bernardino County Fire, Office of Emergency Services (County Fire OES) was awarded the Gold Award by the California Emergency Services Association (CESA) at the association’s annual conference in Indian Wells. On September 10, the Office of Emergency Services received the association’s highest honor for its creation of the “ROPE FOG” (Responders Organized for Pass Emergencies - Field Operations Guide). Last year’s award was received for the development of the innovative Shelter Operations Compound, or SHOC, plan.
Pallet Yard Fire Sparks 3rd Alarm Response
Sept 14, 9:48 p.m. - Firefighters responded to a 3rd alarm commercial fire at Monarcas Pallets, located at the 13800 block of Slover Ave. in Fontana. Initial reports stated there were explosions coming from within the pallet yard.
Upon arrival minutes later, firefighters found numerous stacks of pallets, some as high as 30 feet, encompassing about 2 1/2 acres, fully engulfed in 100' flame lengths and quickly spreading to adjacent properties. Semi trucks with tractor trailers attached, as well as stand along cargo trailers and passenger vehicles surrounding the facility were already catching fire and putting adjacent businesses at risk.
Always Remembered, Never Forgotten…09/11
Out of the ordinary – often the extraordinary is born! Everyone has a hero in his or her life – someone who has done astonishing things like the hundreds of thousands of men and women who have sacrificed or compromised their lives in the line-of-duty in the 9/11 attacks. San Bernardino County Fire salutes our unsung firefighters amongst all the other public safety personnel for their courage, service and their life in the horrific events of 9/11/2001. As we remember the events of that horrific tragedy, let us not forget others who are still dying and suffering due to the effects from the exposure during the rescue and recovery attempts. We honor these heroes for their selfless commitment to serving our country.
San Bernardino County Fire Seeks $3.1 million in GEMT Funding
Sept 10 - In November 2013, the County Board of Supervisors authorized San Bernardino County Fire to participate in the federally funded, Ground Emergency Medical Transportation (GEMT) Services Supplemental Reimbursement Program. Participation in the GEMT Program allows San Bernardino County Fire to claim supplemental reimbursement for unrecovered costs for providing medical transports to Medi-Cal beneficiaries.
¿Están Listos? (Are you ready?)
Sept 10 - The first ever Listos course conducted in San Bernardino County concluded last week at County Fire Station 72 in Fontana. With almost 25% of the County’s population speaking Spanish as their primary language in the home it makes sense to provide disaster preparedness training to this population in a culturally-relevant format. Last week’s course was conducted entirely in Spanish by instructors from Fontana CERT for the City’s residents.