Category: Fire/Safety

CAL FIRE Hand-Crews Clear Hydrants Buried by Winter Storms

Big Bear, CA, February 2, 2017 – Big Bear Fire Department and CAL FIRE have teamed up to clear fire hydrants buried by last week’s series of big storms. Beginning, Monday, January 30, 2017, CAL FIRE put hand-crews on the streets of Big Bear Valley helping dig out the hydrants buried under huge berms of ice and snow. These hand-crews, dressed in orange jump suits, are part of the same inmate program CAL FIRE uses to battle wild fires. Big Bear Fire Department Assistant Fire Marshal Nick Bruinsma stated, “The digging out will begin where road departments have completed its...

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Be Careful in the Backcountry

Mount Baldy, CA, January 27, 2017 – On Wednesday and Thursday of this week, 4 people had to be rescued by hoist via helicopter in two separate incidents in the Mount Baldy area. On Wednesday, January 25, Sally Morley, 61years old of Temecula and Ellen Coleman, 63 years old of Riverside were hiking down a snow-packed ridgeline into San Antonio Canyon at the 8500’ level. Despite having appropriate snow hiking gear, they realized the terrain was too steep and the snow was turning to ice. They were unable to climb out from their location and were in need of...

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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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