Tag: Big Bear City Fire Department

Aircraft Accident Under Investigation

Big Bear City, CA, January 26, 2016 – Yesterday morning, while performing a daily inspection, Big Bear City Airport staff found a single engine, tail wheel aircraft that was lying upside down near the runway. Following standard procedures, the airport was temporarily closed and FAA, fire,  and law enforcement personnel were contacted. There was no pilot present and the airport was told by FAA authorities not to disturb the scene. The pilot had mistakenly attempted a landing at approximately 7:30 Sunday evening on the infield area between the runway and taxiway and flipped over in the snow. The airport office was...

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Carbon Monoxide Poisoning The “Silent Killer” Can be Prevented

Big Bear Lake, Ca, November 16th, 2015 – Winter is fast approaching, and the Fire Department encourages everyone to practice safe winter heating.  Big Bear Valley residents and tourists alike are now lighting pilot lights and finding other ways to keep warm during the chill of the season. When not functioning properly, the heating appliances that are keeping us warm, can turn deadly quickly.  Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas that produces flu-like symptoms in its victims such as severe headaches, dizziness, mental confusion, nausea and/or faintness. If carbon monoxide poisoning is suspected, get fresh air immediately and seek medical attention as soon as possible. The best way to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning is to have gas-fed, flame producing appliances serviced annually by a professional, in addition to installing carbon monoxide detectors.  Carbon Monoxide detectors are required, by law, to be placed in the home outside sleeping areas, as well as on each level of the home, and in the basement.   It is also a good idea to place detectors near the home’s conventional heating source.  Carbon Monoxide detectors should be tested monthly and replaced every 5–7 years. Other ways to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning include visually inspecting your water heater, furnace and clothes dryer flues for signs of damage or obstruction. Birds and squirrels are known for building nests or hiding food in in the exhaust...

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Thanksgiving Safety Checklist

Big Bear City, CA, November 27, 2013 – Local firefighters will rush to your house in a pinch, but they offer the following advice to avoid needing them in the first place: • Clean ovens and stove tops thoroughly before cooking so that built-up grease can’t ignite. • Don’t leave cooking food unattended on the stove or in the oven — especially not overnight. • Keep guests, especially children and pets, out of the kitchen to avoid the overcrowding that can lead to accidents. • Be sure pot handles are facing away from the front of the stove and that appliance cords are safely out of the way. • Keep a fire extinguisher handy (and know how to use it). Additional kitchen safety information can be found online. CAL FIRE has its own special restrictions regarding open fires: 1. Use of campfires is restricted to within established campfire facilities located in established campgrounds open to the public. 2. Cooking fires with a valid permit are permissive when no alternate means of cooking is available and requires an on-site inspection prior to the issuance of a permit. 3. Warming fires with a valid permit are permissive and require an on-site inspection prior to the issuance of a permit when weather conditions exist to justify the request. 4. Burn permits issued to property owners for their parcels will have been inspected to ensure adequate clearance and prevention...

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Defensible space: Chipping ends, clean-up still encouraged

Big Bear City, CA, April 26, 2013 – Since the Curbside Vegetation Chipping Program debuted in 2005 to help create defensible space on private property, several thousand tons of vegetation have been collected each year. The service had been free to Bear Valley residents, but the program is over now that funding has run out. There is still work to be done, however, so residents and property owners are still highly encouraged to continue efforts in creating and maintaining defensible space.  As Big Bear City Fire Chief Jeff Willis says, “It is vital to the fire fighting tactics and keeping our community safe”. While creating defensible space, the primary goal is to remove overgrown, dense brush, small trees, limbs, and dead material.  As we head into spring and summer months, the Fire Department also encourages clearing property of  weeds and pine needles. For more information on creating defensible space, visit www.thinisin.org.  Or call the Big Bear Lake Fire Department at (909)...

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Motorcyclist Killed In Crash Near Baldwin Lake

Big Bear City, CA, August 20, 2012, noon – A 32-year-old citizen of Great Britain was killed in a traffic accident late Friday afternoon, August 17, 2012. Ian Anthony Ferguson, was operating a rented motorcycle, traveling on State Route 18 in the Baldwin Lake area. His motorcycle drifted into the oncoming lane and collided with a small pick-up truck. The collision was reported by a witness, and when emergency medical services from Big Bear City Fire arrived at the scene they confirmed that Ferguson was dead. The incident is under investigation by the California Highway Patrol. The British Consulate has been notified and they’re attempting to contact Ferguson’s next-of-kin in England. [audio:http://kbhr933.com/wp-content/uploads/SP31647.mp3|titles=Fatal Motorcycle Accident – Mike Evans...

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