Tag: Fire Protection District

CSD and Big Bear Lake Fire Agencies Agree to Joint Powers

Big Bear Lake, CA April 12, 2012 3:00 pm – The fire agencies of Big Bear Lake and Big Bear City have taken the first step in what has been described as an eventual merger of the two agencies.  Most of the general public is unaware that there are as many as 5 different fire agencies in Big Bear Valley.  The Big Bear Lake Fire District and the Big Bear City CSD Fire Agency are the most visible having the largest local group of paramedics-firefighters, equipment and fire stations in Big Bear. On Wednesday morning during a joint meeting of the CSD and the Fire District at Hofert Hall it was agreed to by unanimous vote from both boards that a Joint Powers Agreement would be drafted in order to form a new Joint Powers Authority.  As a JPA each agency will keep their autonomy but will begin to combine some future equipment acquisitions such as laptop computers, heart monitors as well as communications equipment.  The mission of this new JPA would be to maintain present service levels, save additional tax funds, share rescue equipment and perhaps directly employ additional personnel.   In order to better assess the viability of this JPA and possible merger Paul McDonald from C.M. Crinis and Company evaluated the fiscal condition of both fire agencies and reported that both agencies were healthy and that in...

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Moonridge Area To Get Evacuation Signs

Big Bear Lake, CA, August 26, 2011, noon – As part of the Bear Valley fire agencies’ continuing efforts to implement the Big Bear Valley Community Wildfire Protection Plan, one goal is the installation of emergency evacuation route signs in areas that can become confusing to people when a wildfire occurs.  One of those areas is upper Moonridge where it is a maze of winding roads.  David Yegge of the Fire Protection District says it can be very smokey during a wildfire event and it would be easy for people that are not familiar with the area to get disoriented and not know what direction to go. Evacuation signs, if followed, will lead drivers safely out of the Moonridge area. Because the signs will be installed in the county area and the upper Moonridge area of Big Bear Lake, the Mountain Area Safety Taskforce felt the project should be overseen by one organization.  This project was headed by the San Bernardino County Code Enforcement Division, which was funded through a grant from the Inland Empire Chapter of the American Red Cross. According to Team Leader Julie Hernandez of County Code Enforcement, it has taken two years to plan and seek approvals from various city and county departments. She said it’s been a lot of work but it’s rewarding to see that the signs are up. She hopes we never...

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Fire Agencies to Make Presentations to the City

Big Bear Lake, Ca Monday March 7, 2011 12:00 pm – Wednesday’s meeting of the City of Big Bear Lake Fire Protection District will include presentations by CALFIRE and San Bernardino County Fire on the City’s Request for Proposal for Fire Protection and Other Emergency Services.  Both agencies will have time to formally present their proposals to provide fire protection and related services for the City and to answer the Fire Board’s questions.  The agenda for Wednesday’s meeting also includes a presentation by Chief Rod Ballard to Fire Fuels Program Supervisor David Yegge in recognition for his receiving a State Firewise Leadership Award in 2010.  The public is invited to attend the open session in Hofert Hall beginning at 9:00 am.  A time for public comment is provided at the beginning of the meeting. [audio:http://kbhr933.com/wp-content/uploads/SP30501.mp3|titles=Fire Agencies to Make Presentations to the...

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Fire Chief’s Authorized To Submit Proposal For Department Merge

Big Bear, Ca, February 23, 2011, 12:00pm – The Big Bear City Community Services District, and the Big Bear Lake Fire Protection District have authorized Chief Jeff Willis, Chief Rod Ballard, and Assistant Chief Mark Mills to collaborate and create a request for proposal that could possibly merge Big Bear City Fire and Big Bear Lake Fire Departments.  The Chiefs have 60 days to complete the proposal and present it to the Fire Protection District and CSD for consideration.  The Fire Protection District will also be receiving proposals from San Bernardino County Fire, and CalFire to contract with the Big Bear Lake Fire Department and oversee operations. [audio:http://kbhr933.com/wp-content/uploads/SP30467.mp3|titles=Fire Merger...

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