Category: Fire/Safety

Annual Fitness Testing Ranks Big Bear Firefighters at the Top For Fifth Straight Year

Big Bear, CA, January 5, 2017 – Big Bear Fire Department is recognized as the Most Fit Fire Department in 2016. They have achieved this distinction for five years running from Fitness Appraisal, Inc. Once a year, firefighters are put through an intensive physical fitness screening process. An Exercise Physiologist at FAI tests firefighters with an array of physical fitness testing equipment and blood tests. Big Bear Fire Department has surpassed the ideal standard of 1500 points, topping the rankings for 2016 achieving an average performance score of 1690.8. Each year, FAI determines the Most Fit Fire Department among its...

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Pong’s Restaurant Heavily Damaged in Early Morning Fire

Big Bear Lake, CA, November 25, 2016 – Big Bear Fire Department responded to a reported commercial structure fire at Pong’s Restaurant on Thursday morning, November 24, 2016 at approximately 3:00 a.m. Upon arrival, initial Big Bear Fire crews confirmed a commercial structure fire with heavy flames and smoke coming from the rear of the building. Thirteen firefighters quickly extinguished the blaze with the assistance of San Bernardino County Fire and Cal Fire personnel. Significant damage was present in the kitchen area and in the rear of the building. The restaurant was not open at the time of the fire....

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One Hour Can Change Your Life

Big Bear, CA, November 3, 2016 – As the seasons change and the daylight is shorter, it is a great reminder to change your batteries as you change your clocks for Daylight Savings. Sunday, November 6 is Daylight Savings Time and clocks will be set back one hour. While phones, computers, and tablets may change themselves, it’s up to you to keep yourself and your family safe by changing the batteries in your smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, and flashlights. Smoke alarms and all life-saving devices should be tested on a regular basis, with new batteries installed at least twice a year. An alarm should be installed on every floor of your home and outside of all sleeping areas to ensure all areas of your home are protected. A working smoke alarm can decrease a family’s risk of perishing in a fire by nearly 50 percent. In addition to having properly working life-saving devices in your home, San Bernardino County Fire Department encourages every household to have an emergency evacuation plan and to take the time to practice it. Make sure everyone knows how to get out and where to meet. Review with your family the different sounds between your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors and practice evacuation plans at different times of day or night. You can find more helpful, life-saving information at SBC Fire....

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Southern California Mountains Foundation Seeking Young Adult Applicants for Americorps

Big Bear, CA, October 28, 2016 – The Southern California Mountains Foundation Urban Conservation Corps AmeriCorps program is now recruiting individuals ages 18-25 years old with an “I can do it attitude” that want to serve for 6 months on a service crew that will help restore and protect the San Bernardino National Forest. AmeriCorps service crew members will provide wildfire disaster mitigation services that will target some of the most hazardous areas in the San Bernardino National Forest that are at the highest risk of wildfires due to the current drought conditions in California. The Southern California Mountains Foundation...

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Annual California ShakeOut Drill Tomorrow at 10:20am

Big Bear, CA, October 19, 2016 – On the anniversary of the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake in the Bay Area, and in a month when Southern Californians learned of a significant new fault in their backyard, the California Earthquake Authority reminds Californians that no part of the state is without earthquake risk and invites everyone to get better prepared by joining the Great California ShakeOut drill. This year’s ShakeOut drill is set for 10:20 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20, and CEA will participate alongside millions of Californians. The annual event is an opportunity for people all over the world to practice what...

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