Tag: Fire Chief Jeff Willis

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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Big Bear Fire Department is the Most Fit Fire Department Again

Big Bear Lake, CA, February 2, 2016 – Big Bear Fire Department continues its reign as the Most Fit Fire Department for four years running. Once a year, firefighters are put through an intensive physical fitness screening process. An Exercise Physiologist from Fitness Appraisal, Inc., tests firefighters with an array of physical fitness testing equipment and blood tests. Big Bear Fire Department has surpassed the ideal standard of 1500, once again topping the rankings in 2015, achieving an average performance score of 1630.6. Each year, Fitness Appraisal, Inc. determines the Most Fit Fire Department among its clients based on the average Physical Performance Score among all firefighters in...

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Asst. Chief Mills Heads to Bay Area

Big Bear City, CA, February 7, 2014 – Mark Mills is trading in the title “Assistant Fire Chief” for “Fire Chief.” After his last day with the Big Bear Fire Department on February 21, he’ll head north to San Anselmo for his new position with the Ross Valley Fire Department. At Tuesday’s Fire Authority meeting, Fire Chief Jeff Willis highlighted Mills’s accomplishments during his seven years of service in Big Bear. They include completing his Bachelor Degree in Fire Science, establishing an Internship Program for fire academy students at Victor Valley College, and obtaining $700,000 in grants for the Big Bear Fire Departments. He also achieved Executive Fire Officer certification through the National Fire Academy, and Chief Officer Designation through the California State Fire Marshal’s Office. Mills is continuing his professional development by training to become an All-Hazardous Division Group Supervisor, and working on a Master’s degree in Public Administration. Chief Willis stated, “Mark has been a true asset to the Big Bear Valley and its fire agencies.  His gain is our loss, and we wish him all the best in this next chapter of his life.”...

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Curbside Chipping Ends; Defensible Space Still Crucial

Big Bear Valley, CA, June 25, 2013 – During the free Curbside Vegetation Chipping Program that began in 2005, several thousand tons of vegetation were collected and chipped each year.  While the program has ended along with its funding, there is still work to be done on private property.  Residents and property owners are still highly encouraged to continue with their efforts in creating and maintaining defensible space. While creating defensible space, the primary goal is to remove overgrown, dense brush, small trees, limbs, and dead material.  It is also important to clear weeds, pine needles and fallen leaves. Fire Chief Jeff Willis calls the efforts “vital to the fire fighting tactics and keeping our community safe.” For more information on creating defensible space, visit our website www.thinisin.org.  Or call the Big Bear Fire Department at (909)...

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Jeff Willis To Oversee Big Bear Lake Fire Department As Interim Chief

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