Tag: Big Bear Fire Department

2016 Firefighter of the Year

Big Bear, CA, July 27 – On July 12, 2016, the Big Bear Lake Elk’s Lodge hosted a Firefighters Appreciation Dinner for the Valley’s firefighters. Following the dinner, Fire Chief Jeff Willis recognized Captain John Arden as 2016 Firefighter of the Year for his dedication and excellent service record at the Big Bear Fire Department. With 26 years of service to the Fire Department, Captain John Arden has had numerous contributions which include apparatus and equipment maintenance, along with various upgrades, maintenance and remodeling to the Department buildings. Captain Arden is a three-time recipient of the Firefighter of the Year award. First, as a Firefighter in 1994...

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Early Morning Fire Burns Residence in Big Bear lake

Big Bear Lake, CA, July 19, 2016 – Big Bear Fire Department responded to a reported structure fire on Timberline Trail in Big Bear Lake at approximately 1:42 a.m. on Monday, July 18. Upon arrival of fire crews, the garage and single-story home were well-involved with active flames visible. Crews were unable to make entry due to the intensity of the fire; an exterior attack was taken and fire was suppressed within a short period of time. Once the flames were knocked down, crews were able to make an interior search. The home was unoccupied at the time of the fire. The fire was first...

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Early Morning Traffic Collision Takes Two Lives

UPDATE – June 1, 2016 – The driver and front passenger involved in the fatal traffic collision that occurred on May 29, 2016 at approximately 3:35 a.m. near the intersection of Big Bear Blvd. and Lark Road in Big Bear Lake have been identified. The driver, Hermelinda Celis-Juarez, a 44-year- old resident of Big Bear Lake, remains in critical condition on life support. The front passenger, Andrea Garibaldi, an 18-year- old resident of Big Bear Lake remains in the hospital, and is expected to make a full recovery from her physical injuries. The cause of the collision remains under investigation with the San Bernardino...

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BBFD Live Fire Training

Big Bear, CA, April 26, 2016 – Big Bear Fire Department will be conducting “Live Fire Training” this week through Friday, April 29 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Training will take place at the Department’s Paradise training facility located on Grenfall Lane in Big Bear City. Citizens should not be alarmed if they see smoke coming from the area of Paradise Way and E. North Shore Drive. According to Battalion Chief Ryan Harold, “These simulated conditions provide our firefighters with safe, effective and realistic training, essential in preparing the fire service to achieve our mission of preserving life and property.” Big Bear Fire Department...

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Fatal Fall from Bridge Near Big Bear Dam

Big Bear Lake, CA, April 7, 2016 – At approximately 11:15 p.m. on April 6, deputies from the Big Bear Sheriff’s Station responded to assist Big Bear Fire Department with a subject who reportedly fell from the structure of the Highway 18 bridge near Big Bear Dam. The victim, identified as 27-year-old Craig Cowie, a resident of Sugarloaf, was hiking with friends in the ravine below the bridge. It was reported that Cowie climbed onto the support arch of the bridge and accidentally fell approximately 150 feet to the ground. He sustained fatal injuries as a result of the fall. Personnel from Big Bear...

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