Tag: Big Bear Lake Fire Department

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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Comb Fire – Holcomb Valley

Big Bear, CA September 27, 2015 – *Update 1:35pm, September 27, 2015 – Van Dusen Canyon road (3N09) has been re-opened, it was closed earlier today due to the “Comb” fire.   A total of 80 personnel were assigned to the fire along with the 9 engines, 1 crew, 2 water tenders, 3 helicopters, 2 air tankers and one air attack plane.  With light winds in the area and a very quick response this allowed firefighters to quickly move into the mop up phase. The Comb Fire was reported at 10:25 am on September 27, 2015. It was burning near Holcomb Valley Campground on the Mountaintop Ranger District. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. It is holding at approximately 0.25 acre in size, and the forward rate of spread has stopped.  Van Dusen Canyon Road (3N09) remains closed.  Updates will be posted as information becomes available. Photo provided by Bob...

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Arrest Made in Homicide Fire Coverup

Big Bear Lake, CA – June 24, 2015 –   As we previously reported on April 28, 2015, at approximately 11:20 a.m., deputies of the Big Bear Sheriff’s Station responded to a report of a deceased male at a residence in the 42000 block of Willow Avenue in Big Bear Lake. A relative of the deceased called the Sheriff’s Department after finding the victim, 33-year-old George Kovacevich, dead at the location. Deputies determined Kovacevich to be the victim of a gunshot wound. John David Simmons was identified the next day as the suspect in this matter. Simmons was located and found to be suffering from a gunshot wound. Suspect Simmons was interviewed and then transported to a local area hospital for medical attention. Investigators learned that Simmons and Kovacevich met at the location to trade stolen guns. An argument ensued between Kovacevich and Simmons. Kovacevich shot the suspect Simmons. Simmons returned fire, killing Kovacevich. Simmons then took all of the stolen guns, along with the victim’s identification, and fled the scene. Several hours later, Simmons returned to the cabin where he spread a flammable liquid inside the residence and left the gas stove on in an attempt to destroy any evidence and conceal his involvement in the homicide. On June 19, 2015, the District Attorney’s Office filed criminal charges against suspect John Simmons for burglary, attempted arson, destruction of evidence, and possession of stolen...

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Fire Explorers Wanted!

Big Bear Lake, CA, February 4, 2015 -Fire Exploring Post #232 is a local organization for high school and early college age adolescents, designed to help them explore the career field of firefighting.  Operating within a sub-division of the Boy Scouts of America called Learning For Life, Fire Exploring is an after school organization taught by career firefighters within the Big Bear Fire Department.  Focusing on work ethic, discipline, integrity and self-worth, the Big Bear Fire Explorer Post has been training the future firefighters of Big Bear and beyond for the last 20 years.  Participants are involved in training events such as night drills, camping and climbing trips.  The Fire Explorer Post also supports the Big Bear Fire Department in all of it’s fund-raising endeavors who together have raised over $15,000 annually for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, the Muscular Dystrophy Association, the Special Olympics, and under privileged youth in the Big Bear Valley.  As Post #232 continues to grow, their needs continue to grow, which are almost entirely fulfilled by contributions from the community.  For more information on how you can help contribute, contact the Big Bear Fire Department at...

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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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