Interim Fire Chief Mark Mills of the Big Bear Lake Fire Protection District announced Friday that it was awarded an Assistance to Firefighters grant to purchase a driving simulator. The cost of the equipment is over $216,000 and will also be available to the Big Bear City Fire Department, the San Bernardino County Fire Department, and the U.S. Forest Service. The simulator duplicates real-world traffic environments and is designed to elicit decision-making that reflects the wide range of situations facing our firefighters every day. The training is significant, because on a national level, vehicle crashes cause more firefighter deaths than fires.