Category: Fire/Safety

Financial Assistance Available to Forest Landowners

Big Bear, CA – Over the last several years California has experienced abnormally dry conditions. These conditions have fueled wildfires that are challenging our natural resources. The Natural Resources Conservation Service has federal funding for forestland owners that are experiencing dead trees, trees threatened by beetles and other pests, and thick understory that poses wildfire risk. On Saturday, March 18th, at the Big Bear Discovery Center from 9:00 – 11:00am, there will be an opportunity to learn more about forest health and opportunities to apply for funding to protect your forestland. There will be representatives from several agencies such as...

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Big Bear Fire Conducts Live Fire Survival Training

Big Bear, CA – There is no call more challenging to fire ground operations than the MAYDAY call — the unthinkable moment when a firefighter’s personal safety is in imminent danger. Firefighter fatality data shows that firefighters becoming trapped and disoriented represent the largest portion of structural fire ground fatalities. During the month of March, members of Big Bear Fire Department will complete life-saving training through the Fire Ground Survival program created by the International Association of Firefighters. This program provides step-by- step tools for the firefighter if they become lost, disoriented, injured, low on air, trapped, or are leading...

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Air Rescue 307 Finds Injured Hiker After Activation of Personal GPS Locator Device

Lake Arrowhead, CA – On Wednesday, March 8th, members of the Sheriff’s Department Emergency Operations Division received information regarding an injured hiker in the Pinnacles area of Lake Arrowhead. The Office of Emergency Services for the State of California received an activation from an In-Reach personal locator device. The activation included text messages, which said the victim, William Simpson, a 67 year old man from Santa Monica, had fallen while hiking and was suffering from injuries. The crew of San Bernardino County Air Rescue 7 was requested to assist. The crew responded to the location using the GPS coordinates provided...

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Change Your Clocks and Batteries This Weekend

Big Bear, CA – Dayligh­t Saving Time begins Sunday, March 12 at 2:00 a.m. It’s time to “spring forward” one hour which means, change your clocks and change your batteries! While phones, computers, and tablets may change themselves, it’s up to you to keep yourself and your family safe by changing your smoke alarm batteries. Three out of five home deaths resulted from fire­s with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. This is especially important if someone in your home smokes. Fires caused by smoking materials like cigarettes are the leading cause of fire-related deaths. An alarm should...

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Planning For Future Fire Services Protection: Big Bear Fire Wants Your Opinion

Big Bear, CA – Big Bear Fire Department is planning for the future. The Department is in the process of conducting a master planning study to develop a Fire Protection Master Plan for the Big Bear Valley. The study will help the Department and its governing board evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of current fire services and develop a plan for the future. A survey has been developed for community input as a part of the study process. Fire Chief Jeff Willis invites the community to participate in this important study stating, “Fire Protection Master Planning is an important process...

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