Category: Fire/Safety

Sheriff’s Aviation Conducts a Hoist Rescue at Snow Summit

Big Bear, CA, August 2, 2016 – On Saturday, July 30, at approximately 10:40 a.m., Sheriff’s Air Rescue 07 was dispatched to the Snow Summit Ski Resort to assist the San Bernardino County Fire Department regarding an injured mountain biker. The victim, Jamie Adamson, was riding her mountain bike near the ski resort when she fell from the bicycle. During the fall, Adamson suffered major injuries and was unable to walk. Fire Department personnel arrived and located Adamson before the crew arrived. The personnel determined Adamson would need to be hoist rescued due to her injuries and the remote location....

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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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Early Morning Fire Burns Residence in Big Bear lake

Big Bear Lake, CA, July 19, 2016 – Big Bear Fire Department responded to a reported structure fire on Timberline Trail in Big Bear Lake at approximately 1:42 a.m. on Monday, July 18. Upon arrival of fire crews, the garage and single-story home were well-involved with active flames visible. Crews were unable to make entry due to the intensity of the fire; an exterior attack was taken and fire was suppressed within a short period of time. Once the flames were knocked down, crews were able to make an interior search. The home was unoccupied at the time of the fire. The fire was first...

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CAL FIRE Concludes Illegal Fireworks Interdiction Operation

Big Bear, CA, June 26th, 2016 – During the course of this previous weekend, CAL FIRE law enforcement conducted a multi-agency fireworks seizure operation. The operation resulted in the confiscation of 25,406 pounds of illegal fireworks. Additionally, 195 contacts were made and 51 misdemeanor citations were issued. A total of 2 felony arrests and 2 DUI arrests were made during the operation. “There is no excuse for breaking the law when it comes to fireworks. Illegal fireworks and pyrotechnics can cause devastating injuries and damage to property,” said Tonya Hoover, California State Fire Marshal. The interdiction operation occurred in various areas throughout San Bernardino County. The...

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CALFIRE Officials Confirm Over 66 Million Dead Trees in CA

Big Bear, CA, June 24, 2016 – As wildfires burn across California, new estimates on the number of dead trees in California were announced, prompting continued concern for California’s forest health and wildfire danger. The US Forest Service released the outcome of its latest aerial surveys over California forestland, finding that over 66 million trees have now died due to drought and bark beetles since 2010. That number is up from 29 million dead trees in 2015 and 3.3 million in 2014. CAL FIRE director, Chief Ken Pimlott states, “We must continue our work to remove dead trees around roadways...

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