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Firefighters responded to an early morning two-alarm pallet fire at the Woodland Pallet yard on January 13th at 1:28 a.m. Upon arrival at Woodland Pallets on the 16700 block of Boyles Avenue in Fontana, they found two-acres of pallets stacked about 40 feet high, many already on fire. - See full story on page 2

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Pallet fire burns dangerously close to freeway Firefighters responded to an early morning two-alarm pallet fire at the Woodland Pallet yard on January 13th at 1:28 a.m. Upon arrival at Woodland Pallets on the 16700 block of Boyles Avenue in Fontana, they found twoacres of pallets JUMP TO FILE# stacked about 40 011416116 feet high, many already on fire. Firefighters immediately dove into action fighting the fire from the ground and air utilizing ladder trucks; keeping the flames from reaching nearby buildings and railroad tracks. Utilizing a SBCoFire dozer, firefighters were instrumental in creating a fuel break and moving pallets away from structures. Within two and a half hours, over 55 firefighters from San Bernardino County Fire and partnering fire agencies (Rancho Cucamonga, Rialto, and Colton) had the fire under control and saved adjacent structures and vehicles. The blaze sent up a large header and could be seen for miles. Interstate 10 is located just north of the railroad tracks where the fire was burning. Fortunately, temperatures were cool and there were no winds, keeping the smoke from blowing dangerously over the freeway. Train traffic was stopped for a short time. San Bernardino County Fire Inmate Hand Crew 15-3 responded to the scene for overhaul and mop up operations, relieving firefighters and medic engines to return back to service in the community. Numerous piles of pallets and other materials had to be broken up to make sure all fire is extin-


Well involved oil tank and pump facility guished. Crews were on scene throughout the morning. There were no injuries or evacuations. No preliminary fire damage estimates at this time. Surrounding roads were closed until the early morning hours. San Bernardino County Fire Investigators have determined the pal-


let yard fire on Jan 17 is arson. Investigators are asking for the public’s assistance. Anyone with information is asked to contact WeTip at 800-47-ARSON (800-4727766) or dispatch at 909-356-3805. - TRACEY MARTINEZ

On Sunday night, Novembere 21 at approximately 7:25 p.m., Fullerton/Brea Fire Department units responded to a reported vegetation fire near Wildcat Rd just north of Lambert Rd in Brea. Upon arrival, fire units found an oil tank and pump facility well involved with fire. Brea Fire Department executed fire attack and protected a large capacity flammable liquid tank within 30 feet of the involved tank. Fullerton/Brea Battalion Chief Kathy Schaefer called for a second alarm response due to the fire load and exposure risk. The fire was extinguished in approximately one hour with no injuries reported. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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Winter is here and many of those New Year’s resolutions have fitness routines in full swing. Having that routine is surely a good thing. It’s keeping you focused. It’s keeping you on track and chances are it’s working. Well, as often as we say “change is good”, we conversely say “if it aint broke, don’t fix it”. So while your routine is working, maybe you can hang on to it, but tweak it enough to keep it from becoming stale. I am a big fan of having it all! Your workout may be a good one. It may contain all the right things in all the right amounts. To top it off - if you are still doing it, chances are it’s comfortable, convenient and working. Giving it up in the interest of change may not be the answer right now. But in the interest of prevention - here’s a midweek ‘routine booster’ designed to give you the best of both worlds. I have my clients swapping this in for one of their ‘full body’ workouts’ in the middle of the week. They get to keep all the stuff they love, all the stuff that works, but their routine gets a facelift before it gets stale. Their minds and bodies are responding to the change with new energy and physical results. It appears to be a terrific combination of staying on track and enjoying a fresh start. Give it a try. Chances are it will do the same for you. Here’s a sample format… We begin as always with a 3-5 minute gentle warm-up of walking cycling or any low level cardiovascular activity. We move on to 30 seconds of push-ups (or chest exercise) and alternate with 30 seconds of squats (or other leg/quadriceps exercise). This 1st sequence is repeated a total of 3 times. Movement is at a somewhat

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Kentucky: Terry “TC” Culver, 65 Rank: Assistant Fire Chief Incident Date: November 12, 2015 Death Date: November 24, 2015 Fire Department: Calvert City Fire Department Initial Summary: While responding to a fire call, Assistant Fire Chief Culver became ill with heart attack like symptoms causing him to fall from a piece of fire apparatus onto a concrete floor. Culver was treated and transported to the hospital but succumbed to his injuries almost two weeks later. The nature and cause of fatal injury is still to be reported.

Kentucky: Zachary Chase Clevenger, 30 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: December 4, 2015 Death Date: December 5, 2015 Fire Department: Estill County Fire Department Initial Summary: Firefighter Clevenger worked a structure fire in the evening of December 4th returning home near midnight. Clevenger was found unconscious by his wife in the morning and emergency assistance was summoned. All efforts to revive Firefighter Clevenger were unsuccessful and he passed away from a nature and cause of fatal injury still to be reported.

Illinois: Mark Zielinski, 49 Rank: Firefighter/Paramedic Incident Date: December 4, 2015 Death Date: December 4, 2015 Fire Department: Matteson Fire Department Initial Summary: Firefighter/Paramedic Zielinski responded to a medical incident for a male who was in cardiac arrest at a local retail store. While performing CPR on the patient, Firefighter/Paramedic Zielinski suffered a medical emergency. A second ambulance was summoned and Firefighter/Paramedic Zielinski was taken to Franciscan St. James Hospital in Olympia Fields where, despite all efforts, Zielinski passed away from a reported cardiac related injury. California: Scott Carroll, 48 Rank: Captain Incident Date: November 28, 2015 Death Date: November 30, 2015 Fire Department: City of Oxnard Fire Department Initial Summary: Captain Carroll fell ill while working a duty shift that had included one cooking fire and two EMS calls. Carroll left the station for his personal physician’s office and then home to rest where, two days, later he was found by his wife having suffered a fatal brain aneurysm.

Wisconsin: Lawrence “Larry” W. Millard, 56 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: December 11, 2015 Death Date: December 11, 2015 Fire Department: Endeavor Moundville Fire Department Initial Summary: Firefighter Millard was struck by a passing vehicle as he was directing traffic while the department was on the scene of a motor vehicle crash on U.S. I-39 at mile post 99.5 in Marquette County. Firefighter Millard was rushed by ambulance to a hospital in Portage then flown to the University of Wisconsin Trauma Center in Madison, where he succumbed to his injuries.

Illinois: Daniel V. Capuano, 42 Rank: Firefighter/Paramedic Incident Date: December 14, 2015 Death Date: December 14, 2015 Fire Department: Chicago Fire Department Initial Summary: Firefighter/Paramedic Capuano died from injuries sustained in a fall down an elevator shaft while operating with fire crews in heavy smoke conditions inside of a burning warehouse building. Capuano was quickly removed from the building and into a waiting ambulance then taken to Christ Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. The cause of the fatal fire incident remains under investigation by local and state authorities. New York: Jack H. Rose, 19 Rank: Captain Incident Date: December 19, 2015 Death Date: December 19, 2015 Fire Department: Mount Marion Fire Department Initial Summary: Captain Rose responded with members of his fire department to a mutual aid response call for a reported chimney fire. According to the fire department, when firefighters arrived on scene they observed fire coming from the ground floor. An entry team of firefighters from the Mt. Marion Fire Department entered the basement to extinguish the fire. During the interior firefighting operation, Captain Rose became separated from his team. Rose was quickly located by fellow firefighters and removed from the basement. Once outside, Captain Rose became unresponsive and firefighters initiated lifesaving measures. Captain Rose was treated by paramedics at the scene and transported by DIAZ Ambulance to the Health Alliance Hospital-Kingston Broadway Campus where efforts to revive Rose continued. In spite of all life saving measures, Captain Rose eventually succumbed to his injuries.

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Well involved bungalow KENT CULLOM

Train versus truck in Santa Monica On December 10th, the Santa Monica Fire Department responded to a train versus truck crash. The semi-truck, loaded with lumber, made an illegal left turn in front of the Los Angeles Metro Rail train and the truck was pushed about 20 feet before the train, doing 25mph, could stop. The truck driver and the train’s engineer received non-life threaten-

JUMP TO FILE #121115102 ing injuries. The Santa Monica Fire Department responded with Deputy Chief Tom Clemo, B-1-Carl Bjerke, Training Captain/PIO Van Sluis; FD Nurse Jodi Nevandro; Truck/Rescue-1; E-1. 2. 3. 4 and 6 and USAR-2.

The Metro Rail line is due to open in May of 2016 and the Santa Monica Fire Department has spent the last two weeks doing Metro Rail accident training, but wasn't expecting to have to use it so soon. The train involved in the accident was one of the test trains used by Metro Rail and had a crew of three. - KENT CULLOM

MFD, Ceres Fire and Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District responded to reports of a structure fire on 15th Street at 6:42 am on January 11th. First units on scene reported a bungalow well involved with fire and bungalows on either side being threatened. Crews made an aggressive attack and kept the fire contained to the one bungalow. Both occupants were accounted for and a female occupant was arrested for arson. Damage is estimated at $60,000.

Accountability tags Chaplain’s Corner Didymus McHugh


Complicated New Year’s Eve fire in Anaheim

On December 31 at approximately 1:30 p.m., Anaheim Fire & Rescue along with Garden Grove Fire Department were dispatched to a structure fire at 2869 W. Orange Ave. First on scene units reported two single story wood sided single family dwellings well involved with fire. The fire soon went to second alarm. Firefighting efforts were complicated by several five gallon gas cans in the structure along with high voltage wires down in the rear of the structure. No injuries were reported. It took approximately 30 minutes to call a knockdown.

Back in the 1990’s, my fire department started using accountability tags. Each person was assigned a number that was engraved on two tags. We were to wear these tags on our gear. We were to put one tag on the apparatus and the other at the assignment of your work. The idea was that when things got bad, and everyone got evacuated from a building, they could tell which person was missing, if any. When the evacuation signal was sounded or transmitted, firefighters are to evacuate and P.A.R. is to be taken, to see who if anyone, is missing. This system was devised because the incident commander is held accountable for every individual on the scene. What happened to us when we are not on the scene? Where do we tag in? Who are we accountable to and who is accountable for us? What are you accountable for? We are held accountable for our actions, words and deeds, even though we did not tag in to an apparatus. We as individuals are held accountable for ourselves in society. We are accountable. The first reported accountability that I have seen was that Adam and Eve were held accountable, to God, for eating the forbidden fruit. Also Cain was held accountable, to God,

for murdering his brother. (Cain had even asked God, “Am I my brother’s keeper?”) We may not like to think of it but we are responsible for our deeds, actions and words. You may think that you do not need to be accountable because you have not physically murdered anyone. There are times when just saying, “my bad” does not cover things. When were you not truthful? When did your words or actions hurt someone, if they put their trust in you or not? It states that each of us is to give an account of himself to God. Do you know that the disciples were sent out in two’s? Talk about the first two in two out before the fire service. Well, it was done for a few reasons. First, when there are two people one can encourage the other. Second, if anything happens to one, the second can take care of the first. Third, accountability. If the two were given an assignment, they were accountable to make sure that the task was performed as it should have been. This made sure that no one was freelancing. We know how important it is not to freelance. If we are married or in a relationship, we hold each other accountable, especially with the most intimate details. If we hold our children accountable for what they say or do, should we also set the example since we ourselves are accountable? Search your own hearts and see what actions you did that may seem questionable. Accountability is so strongly tied in with ethics and caring for people. You may get away with certain actions in the “now” but you will be held accountable for it, in the “future”.

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Newport Beach firefighters extinguish fire in truck The Newport Beach Fire Department extinguished a fire in a mobile document shredding truck on Tuesday, January 12, temporarily shutting down Camelback Street. The fire started in the rear compartment of the truck, which contained approximately 5000 pounds of shredded paper, but was quickly handled once the fire department ar-

JUMP TO FILE #011416113 rived on scene. The entire contents of the truck had to be emptied in order to completely extinguish the fire. Due to the rapid response and decisive actions by the firefighters, the truck

was able to be saved. Thanks to the cooperation of the Newport Beach Fire Department and the Municipal Operations Department, minimal damage occurred and the roadway was cleared with normal traffic able to resume within only three hours of the incident. - NEWPORT BEACH FD

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However, it is a major city with a daytime population of 117,000 and one with many old structures, which burned with vigor through the years when the author worked from the 1970’s through 2000. Protecting the 30+ square miles is 11 engines, six trucks and a rescue company running out of 10 stations. As the years went by, more modern improvements have been made. Many of these stories of fires no doubt gave rise to the opportunity to rebuild and regain tax ratables. Each chapter is titled and they take the reader through different categories such as becoming a tillerman, the first fire, unforgettable and bizarre, animal close encounters, a bad week for babies and others not mentioned here, but nonetheless outstanding reading much of which would be identifiable to firefighters who lived through similar experiences. The stories told are not chronological meaning that they jump back and forth at times from when the author was a firefighter to a lieutenant to a captain and district chief and back to the previous ranks in order to put together a truly action packed chapter responding to a vast array of calls. They do answer medical calls, so you will read about many of them and the memories of working in the street! There are also more fire stories than you might expect and I am sure you will like this book as much as I did.


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Single vehicle collision for Redlands FERNANDO VILLICANA

Firefighter suffers burns at apartment fire Anaheim, Fullerton and OCFA Fire Departments responded to a reported apartment fire early Friday morning (Nov 6) in the 1500 block of E. Benmore Lane at about 5:30 a.m. The fire soon escalated to a 3 alarm fire which involved two apartment building and several units prompting several evacuations. It is estimated that at least 40 people were displaced.

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Firefighters were forced from interior firefighting to external as roofs and stairways were compromised. The blaze was knocked down at about 6:20 a.m. The fire at the two-story apartment buildings caused an estimated $500,000 in

structural damage. One Fullerton firefighter assigned to vertical ventilation suffered second-degree burns to his shoulder and was transported to a nearby hospital. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

At approximately 5:02 a.m. on January 11th, Redlands firefighters responded to a single vehicle traffic collision with major damage and a subject trapped inside the vehicle. Redllands Fire paramedics began treating the patient while the truck company and other firefighters used the Jaws of Life to extricate the victim from the wreckage. It took firefighters about 28 minutes to complete the rescue and remove the victim from the vehicle. Initial assesment of the 25 year old male showed injuries to the head and lower extremities. The driver was transported to the trauma center at Loma Linda University Medical Center by AMR and our firefighters.




Tree trimmer rescued

Redlands and San Bernardino County firefighters rescued a tree trimmer who became entangled in the fronds when they broke loose from a tree on November 26th. The trimmer was approximately 50 feet up when he became trapped. It took firefighters close to one hour to bring him down safely.

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One fatality, four injured in Modesto blaze MFD responded to reports of a structure fire at 5:24 a.m.on January 10th on Goldie Ave. First arriving crews found a single story house well involved with fire and went right to work in defensive mode with life safety and exposure protection objectives. A second alarm was struck bringing additional units. There was a significant structural collapse and the home was completely destroyed by the fire. There are seven possible occupants of the residence. Four have been accounted for and were transported to local hospitals for various

JUMP TO FILE #011416128 injuries. Three occupants remain unaccounted for at this time, investigators are working to determine if they were home at the time of the fire. The cause of the fire is under active investigation. Due to the structural collapse, crews have not been able to complete a search of the entire house; it continues to be searched as it is safe to do so. A total of six engines, two trucks and six chief officers responded to the scene. Three investigators and

five AMR ambulances also responded. Updates revealed that all occupants were accounted for: two uninjured, four injured and treated, one fatality (adult male). Damage is estimated at $120,000 and the building is a complete loss. Investigators have determined the fire originated in the carport, but due to the extensive damage they were not able to determine the specific cause. - MODESTO FIRE DEPARTMENT


El Nino swift water drill

On November 13th, San Bernardino County Fire conducted a swift water rescue drill in Victorville simulating multiple stranded victims along a riverbank. Working in Unified Command with the San Bernardino County Sheriffs, CHP, Apple Valley FD, and Cal Fire; fire and police personnel conducted simulated swift water rescue techniques, which included live hoist rescues.


Working structure fire for California City California City Fire Rescue was on the scene of a working structure fire on Heather Drive on January 13th. CCFR Chief 190 and Medic Engine 190 were assisted by Kern County Engines 14 and 17. The home was vacant and the fire contained to the garage and part of the attic. However, the structure suffered major damage and a wall was found partially collapsed, making the fire more difficult to contain as firefighters couldn't enter the entire home. No civilian or firefighter injuries were reported. The cause of the fire and structural damage is under investigation by CCFR investigators.

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At approximately 2:18 a.m. on January 9th, Redlands firefighters responded to a vehicle that crashed into a home on the 400 block of Robinhood Lane. When firefighters arrived, they found a vehicle that had entered the structure causing significant damage to the home and contents. A 28 year old male in the vehicle was evaluated by paramedics for hand pain and refused further treatment. None of the occupants of the

JUMP TO FILE #011416123 home were injured. Firefighters remained on scene until after 3:00 a.m. to assist with reinforcing the structure during the removal of the vehicle. Redlands Police are investigating the cause of the accident. - REDLANDS FD

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Santa practices for the big day Warming up for what promises to be a very busy Christmas Eve for Santa and his helpers, the big man arrived early Monday morning in San Diego to make a practice run to special families in the area. Deputizing firefighters, family members and friends, Santa took the lead in San Diego Fire-Rescue Department Engine 918, guiding an entourage of vehicles and helpers who made their way to nine area residences, making wish lists a reality for children and adults alike. Clothing, bikes, toys, gift certificates and all manner of surprises remaining wrapped until Christmas morning were unloaded and delivered by Santa. Santa’s engine arrived with flashing lights and blaring air horns, making sure everyone knew he had arrived. A second engine and truck

JUMP TO FILE #122315120 company made sure Santa was noticed before they arrived on scene. Not forgetting other children, Santa and the firefighters also brought along a truck packed with over 5000 toys which were handed out while Santa was visiting with those on his list. While San Diego firefighters take care of Santa and his deliveries, they spend the entire year getting ready for the event, working with San Diego city schools and corporate sponsors to make the day a reality. This year marks the 26th year San Diego firefighters from IAFF local 145 have distributed toys. - BOB GRAHAM

County firefighters rescue dog from mine shaft Just before 11:30 a.m. on December 31, San Bernardino County Fire received a report of a fall victim in a mine south of Lucerne Valley. Further inquiries from dispatchers revealed that it was a small dog that had fallen down a shaft. First units on scene on Powerline Road at Meridian Road were met with a local family who stated they were on a hike when they encountered an entrance to a mine approximately two miles north of their present location. They said that they were crawling through the entrance when Julie, their fifteen pound poodle, ran ahead and fell down a shaft that was about thirty feet into the mine. Heavy rescue units from Hesperia and Fontana responded to the desert scene to reinforce the engine company, medic ambulance, brush patrol and chief officer already assigned for a total of sixteen personnel. The entrance to the mine is 30 inches high by 30 inches wide. It quickly opens up into a long hori-

JUMP TO FILE #011416118 zontal drift along which the first shaft was located. Artificial light was required due to total darkness that existed when traveling more than ten feet from the entrance. Atmospheric monitoring was established to ensure adequate oxygen levels and the absence of any hazardous gases. The shaft was located and determined to be thirty-five feet deep. Julie was visible at the bottom moving and yipping on the floor. A rope system was established, anchored into the hillside, and extended into the mine. Just after 4:00 p.m., Julie was brought out of the mine by County firefighters and reunited with her family. There were no injuries to Julie, rescue personnel, or civilians. - ERIC SHERWIN


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Physical rescue for Santa Monica FD On January 1st, about 9:45 p.m., Santa Monica Fire Department responded to a one car traffic accident in which a car lost control, ran into the bluffs along Pacific Coast Hwy. and rolled trapping two occupants inside. Santa Monica responded with B-1-Nevandro, Truck and Rescue-1; ALS Engine Co's 1/6; ALS RA-2 plus a supervisor from Americare Ambulance and three ambulances. Boths occupants were extricated from the car and transported to the trauma center at UCLA.

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No injuries at Anaheim structure fire Anaheim, Fullerton and OCFA were dispatched to a structure fire at 1320 N Miller Street in Anaheim at 1:41a.m. Nov 10. When units arrived on scene, they found a large single story multiple unit structure with two units well involved with fire. The fire was knocked down in approximately one hour. No injuries were reported, cause of fire still under investigation.

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Vehicle rollover with ejection


On the afternoon of November 11th, California City Fire Rescue assisted Kern County Fire with a vehicle rollover on California City Blvd., which led to the driver being airlifted with moderate injuries. The single vehicle accident occurred on South California City Blvd. at the curve. ME190 arrived on scene to find the driver ejected from the vehicle. CCFD paramedics treated the patient until Hall Ambulance and Mercy Air arrived. The patient was loaded into the helicopter and transported to a local trauma center. The incident remains under investigation by CHP Mojave.

Residential structure fire for Heartland Critical injury traffic collision At 9:28 a.m. Wednesday morning, Heartland Fire & Rescue crews from La Mesa, with assistance from San Diego Fire, were dispatched to a reported residential structure fire in the 7400 block of Oakland Road. Fire personnel arrived within six minutes to report a well-involved single wide, mobile home trailer with fire going through the roof. All occupants were out of the structure when firefighters arrived. There was some minor fire spread to the exterior of an adjacent mobile home as well as a plastic shed that was destroyed. Due to the heavy fire load inside and outside of the structure, fire crews were not able to fully contain the fire for almost 30 minutes. There were no firefighter or civilian injuries reported. The cause of the fire is currently

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JUMP TO FILE #112015107 under investigation. The mobile home trailer is a total loss with an estimated dollar loss for the structure and contents at $50,000. - HEARTLAND FIRE & RESCUE

On January 10, 2016 at approximately 6:17 p.m., the Newport Beach Police Department’s Dispatch Center was notified of a traffic collision on West Coast Highway east of Prospect Street. The collision involved a pedestrian and a black GMC truck. The male driver of the truck was traveling eastbound on West Coast Highway when the collision occurred. Preliminary information indicates that the pedestrian was

JUMP TO FILE #011216132 heading north, crossing eastbound lanes of West Coast Highway outside of a crosswalk. The driver of the truck was not injured, but the pedestrian suffered life-threatening injuries as a result of the collision. Newport Beach Fire Department personnel responded to the

scene and transported him to Anaheim Global Medical Center for medical attention and evaluation. Initial investigation indicates that alcohol and/or drugs do not appear to be contributing factors for the driver in this incident. The cause of the collision is under investigation at this time. - JENNIFER MANZELLA




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Trash truck fire in Ventura County Ventura County, CA. Firefighter Shannon Black was outside when this trash truck pulled alongside Ventura County Fire Department Station 34 in Thousand Oaks on the morning of January 21. The driver let JUMP TO FILE # him know he had a 012216107 fire. Firefighter Black could see smoke coming from the cargo area of the truck, so firefighters had the driver dump the contents on the street. Crews pulled the fire engine out of the station and went to work. The fire was extinguished within an hour and the trash company cleaned up the mess. - Ventura County Fire Department


Newport Beach Fire Captain recognized Newport Beach Fire Department Captain and Fire Investigator Glenn White was given the "Directors Special Recognition Award" from the Orange County Intelligence Assessment Center recently at their Annual Symposium attended by 300 local and federal agency representatives. The award was given to Captain White for his dedication and service to the Orange County Intelligence Assessment Center (OCIAC) as the fire department's Terrorism Liaison Coordinator. The Newport Beach Fire Department is one of several fire agen-


Firefighters battle abandoned commercial structure At approximately 7:50 p.m. on January 21st, the San Bernardino County Fire Department received multiple reports for a structure fire at the 17100 block of South Nevada Avenue at the Southern California Logistics Airport. The first SBCoFD unit arrived shortly after dispatch to find an abandoned single story multi unit building with heavy smoke and fire showing from multiple doors and windows. County fire crews initially went into an aggressive offensive attack into the structure to search for any potential victims and control the fire. While this was taking place, truck crews initiated offensive truck operations on the roof in support of the interior teams. Due to the heavy fire involve-

JUMP TO FILE #012216117 ment, county fire crews pulled out of the structure and transitioned into a defensive fire attack with the goal to keep the fire to the building of origin. The immediate area is dense with dead fuels and trees as well as adjacent structures. Firefighters established exterior lines as well as elevated streams of water from a ladder and aircraft firefighting truck. The fire was declared out in about an hour and a half with a total loss to the structure. Crews remained on scene for several hours for extensive mop up. A San Bernardino County Sheriff inmate

crew was also called to the scene to assist with clean up and overhaul. This allowed early release of paramedic engines back to their stations for additional calls for service. County Fire responded with a total of three paramedic engines, one truck, one water tender, one ARFF crash truck, one paramedic squad, two battalion chiefs, and one Glen Helen inmate crew for a total of 18 firefighters. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation by the County Office of the Fire Marshal and there were no injuries to firefighters or civilians. - SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY FIRE

JUMP TO FILE #012116103 cies that works with OCIAC to ensure the safety of the citizens of Newport Beach and the rest of Orange County. Captain White has been involved with OCAIC as a fire investigator and terrorism liaison officer for the past 10 years, including five years as the President of the Orange County Fire Arson Task Force. - NEWPORT BEACH FD

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The Fireballs and Team Five O engaged in battle.


Monrovia Fire and Police square off in charity volleyball game Monrovia, CA. On Thursday evening, November 5th, off duty members of the Monrovia Fire Department the Monrovia Police Department met in the gymnasium of Monrovia High School. The reason? None other put to play in a charity volleyball game to help raise money for the Monrovia High School Girls Volleyball program. The Monrovia Fire Department team dubbed Team Fireballs was coached by Engineer Rudy Libra.

JUMP TO FILE #110615113 The Monrovia Police Department dubbed Team Five O was coached by Police Captain Nels Ortlund. With members of the Lady Wildcat Volleyball team serving as referees and on duty members of both Monrovia Fire and Police in the stands to root on their colleagues, both teams engaged in a hard fought

match. Both teams battled back after trailing at different times, resulting in the game being tied. An extra set was played to determine the outcome with Monrovia PD Team Five O emerging with a hard-fought victory. Both teams played their hearts out for a great cause while treating fans to an excellent volleyball match. - TIM MACIAS


House fire in City Heights On December 9, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. firefighters were dispatched to 2328 Ridge View Dr. in City Heights for multiple reports of a house fire in the City Heights area. When fire crews arrived on scene, they found a one story home with heavy smoke and flames showing form the rear of the residence. The blaze was extinguished in about 20 minutes, but not before the back portion of the house sustained extreme damage, which included the patio, kitchen and back bedroom. Investigators determined the cause was an accident due to unattended cooking on a butane stove. There were no reported injuries and the damages are estimated at $250,000.

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Fire destroys California City residence


Horse falls into canyon On November 5th, Redlands had a first for the department. A horse fell approximately 70 feet into a canyon bottom. Redlands firefighters and the Rancho Cucamonga Fire Department's Large Animal Rescue Team, assisted in safely rescuing the horse from its unfortunate predicament.

California City Fire Rescue responded to a structure fire early Tuesday morning, November 24th, which resulted in the total loss of an abandoned house. Medic Engine 190 arrived to find an abandoned, single family residence fully involved with fire. The fire was being pushed by gusty, erratic winds which created additional challenges for firefighters. Embers were traveling from the fire and landing on nearby roofs. Firefighters established a defensive attack and had the fire contained in about 15 minutes. ME190 was assisted by Kern County Fire Engines 14 and 17. The KCFD firefighters assisted with fire control and overhaul. The fire was controlled and out by 4:45 a.m. The house was a total loss. There were no injuries to civilians or fire personnel. The fire remains under investigation.


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Residential structure fire in La Mesa


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Medic Engine 190, Chief 190 and Engines 14 and 17 from Kern County were on scene of a fully involved structure on December 20th. A defensive fire attack was initiated. Units were able to contain the fire and protect the two exposure homes. The house was vacant at the time of the fire and the cause is under investigation. Thanks to Hall Ambulance for providing support and firefighter rehab.

La Mesa, CA. At 09:28 a.m. on November 18th, Heartland Fire & Rescue crews from La Mesa, with assistance from San Diego Fire, were dispatched to a reported residential structure fire in the JUMP TO FILE# 7400 block of Oak- 111915102 land Road. Fire personnel arrived within six minutes to report a well involved single wide, mobile home trailer with fire going through the roof. All occupants were out of the structure when firefighters arrived. There was some minor fire spread to the exterior of an adjacent mobile home as well as a plastic shed that was destroyed. Due to the heavy fire load inside and outside of the structure, fire crews were not able to fully contain the fire for almost 30 minutes. There were no firefighter or civilian injuries reported. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation. The mobile home trailer is a total loss with an estimated dollar loss for the structure and contents at $50,000. - SONNY SAGHERA


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Fire destroys home in Grand Terrace


Vehicle fire near the brush Ventura County Fire Department responded to a fully involved vehicle fire near the brush in the Fillmore area this morning, December 29th. The fire was originally reported as a large truck. Firefighter arrived on scene and quickly extinguished the vehicle before it could extend into the nearby brush. U.S. Forest Service - Los Padres National Forest also responded.

At 8:55 a.m. on December 14th, firefighters from San Bernardino County Fire Department responded to a residential structure fire with a possible rescue on the 22600 block of Thrush Street in Grand Ter- JUMP TO FILE # 011416119 race California. First arriving units from San Bernardino County Fire Department found a one story home with fire and heavy black smoke coming out of the front and rear on the structure. Both residents, one in a wheel chair, exited the home as firefighters arrived to battle the blaze. One of the residents was alerted that there was a fire because of smoke coming into his bedroom from under a closed door. Firefighters began an aggressive attack on the fire, which appeared to originate in the family room, while other firefighters cut holes in the roof over the fire to allow smoke and heat to escape. Three paramedic fire engines, one paramedic truck, one para-

medic squad, one investigator and one battalion chief, totaling 16 fire personnel where assigned to the incident. Firefighters from Colton Fire Department and Cal Fire Riverside provided mutual aid. No injuries to civilians or firefighters were reported. Three small dogs and one cat died in the fire.


The house sustained $150,000 in structural damage and approximately $50,000 in contents loss. The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the San Bernardino County Fire Department Office of the Fire Marshal. - JON GARBER


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Two alarm pallet fire quickly contained


Chula Vista Deputy Chief Harry Muns and son Jackson walked in the annual Starlight Parade down Third Avenue in Chula Vista the first Saturday in December.

On Sunday, January 17, 2016 at 11:42 p.m., firefighters responded to an early morning two-alarm pallet fire at the 15600 block of Boyle Ave. in Fontana. Upon arrival, they found a small portion of the pallet yard on fire, some pallets stacked as high as 40 feet. Firefighters began an aggressive attack from all sides; keeping the fire contained to its original origin and away from the rest of the pallet yard. The fire had already reached an onsite storage building containing additional pallets. Firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze and save the building. Firefighters had their hands full

JUMP TO FILE #011816103 keeping embers from a burning palm tree, combined with the extreme heat from the fire, from spreading to an adjacent business and residential structure. In just over an hour and a half, 36 firefighters from San Bernardino County Fire had the fire knocked down. Colton Fire responded to assist. A San Bernardino County Fire Dozer and Inmate Hand Crew responded to the scene for overhaul and mop up operations, relieving

firefighters and medic engines to return back to service in the community. Numerous piles of pallets and other materials have to be broken up to make sure all fire is extinguished. Crews are expected to be on scene throughout the morning. There were no injuries or evacuations. The storage building sustained partial damage. There are no preliminary fire damage estimates at this time. The cause of the fire remains under investigation by San Bernardino County Fire investigators. -TRACEY MARTINEZ

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Battalion Chief Darrell Roberts (middle) and FF/PM Robert Parkhill (left) and Capt. Bill Nigh (right) with Santa Claus, played by Engineer Rich Eagan.

MFD Academy class of 2016. Eight of these new hires will be Paramedic Firefighters with MFD.


Chula Vista Battalion Chief Sean Lowery and Santee FF/PM Scott Larson at the Starlight Parade on Third Avenue in Chula Vista.


Monrovia FD Team Fireballs and Monrovia PD Team Five O pose a group photo at the end of the match.

Chula Vista Fire Department Chiefs and firefighters waiting to enter the Starlight Parade in downtown Chula Vista.

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Fire Family Foundation honored as recipient of Boeing California’s 2015 Crystal Vision Awards Los Angeles, CA. Fire Family Foundation is honored to have been recently named as one of the six recipients of the Employee Community Fund of Boeing California’s 2015 Crystal Vision Awards. This year’s grants were presented on Giving Tuesday with the theme: “Community Heroes: Organizations Leading Heroic Work in Our Communities.” Fire Family Foundation was chosen because of its support of firefighters across California, especially since California experienced an unprecedented and devastating fire season. “Firefighters are some of the selfless people I know who never tire of giving,” says Fire Family Foundation Executive Director Robin McCarthy. “This grant will help us in our work to support those brave men and women in their time of need, to help those who give so much to keep us, our homes and our community safe. When tragedy strikes we are the helping hand for our Fire Family.” Los Angeles County Firefighter James von Harz turned to the Foundation when his three-year-old daughter Cecilia was diagnosed with cancer. The family could not afford to pay for alternative medicine, which was helping his daugh-

JUMP TO FILE #120815105 ter, but not covered by insurance. Fire Family Foundation continues to support the von Harz family as they keep moving forward with Cecilia’s cancer battle. Throughout 2015, the Foundation has established many funds to directly assist firefighters, their families and all affected by fire with 100 percent of money raised going directly to those in need. Fire Family Foundation is the charitable hand of Firefighter’s First Credit Union, based in Los Angeles. ABOUT FIRE FAMILY FOUNDATION: Fire Family Foundation responds when tragedy affects firefighters and fire victims. A nonprofit founded by Firefighters First Credit Union, Fire Family Foundation offers immediate assistance to firefighters and their families, fire victims, fire departments, and charities. The Foundation believes that by coming together as a “Fire Family,” assistance can be provided to those impacted by fire. To learn more, visit - FIRE FAMILY FOUNDATION


Brush fire breaks out on bluffs in Pacific Palisades

A brush fire broke out yesterday November 8th, on the bluffs above Pacific Coast Hwy in the Pacific Palisades section of Los Angeles. The greater alarm fire was fought by Los Angeles FD personel with the assistance from Los Angeles County FD Camp Crews and a water tender from the Santa Monica Mountains Recreation/Conservation Authority FD. The fire was started by a homeless person’s warming fire and burned 2.5 acres in steep terrain. The fire was under the direction of Div-42, Chief Andy Fox.

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Newport Beach firefighters rescue trapped driver The Newport Beach Fire Department rescued a driver after the vehicle went down an approximately 30 foot drop, just before noon on Thursday, January 21st. The driver was trapped inside his vehicle after it trav- JUMP TO FILE # eled down the steep 012216100 embankment and landed on its side. The rescue was complicated due to rough terrain which made the vehicle unsteady. The firefighters used advanced rescue techniques to stabilize the vehicle so that the patient was able to be safely extricated. They then performed a high angle rescue to lift the patient to street level, where he received treatment and was transported to a trauma center hospital by Newport Beach paramedics. The Newport Beach Fire Department responded with one fire engine, two truck companies, one paramedic unit, one battalion chief, and one safety officer to the incident for a total of 15 personnel. - NEWPORT BEACH FD


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Structure fire in Newport Beach Newport Beach, CA. At 11:29 p.m. on Friday, December 4, the Newport Beach Fire Department was notified of a structure fire in the 600 block of East Balboa Blvd. A total of 17 units responded from the Newport Beach Fire Department and two assisting agencies: The Costa Mesa Fire Department and the Orange County Fire Authority. The involved structure includes a retail space on the ground floor with a smaller residential space on the second level, which is where the fire originated. The residential area was occupied when the fire began, but the occupants were able to safely evacuate the structure.

JUMP TO FILE #120715106 The two alarm fire was completely extinguished within 45 minutes of the original call and firefighters prevented the fire from spreading to any surrounding structure. There were no injuries or casualties reported at the scene. The structure sustained significant fire damage to the top floor, as well as water and smoke damage to the ground floor. Damage is estimated at approximately $500,000. The cause of the fire is under investigation. - JENNIFER MANZELLA





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The ink had hardly dried on the last column, “Terrorism, Still a Threat” when it stuck its’ deadly face into the San Bernardino, California community on Wednesday, December 2. Two terrorists, acting in a matter of minutes, killed 14 people and injured another 20 gathered in a conference room for training and a holiday party. Later the same day, the two terrorists, after engaging police in a vehicle chase and shootout, were shot and killed by police. Were these the only terrorists in our country, or are there more? The answer is quite simple, there are more. Both homegrown and imported, operating alone or with others, determined to force us to capitulate to their ideals. So far they have failed therefore they continue sporadic attacks across the country, requiring all Americans to remain ever vigilant. “If you see something, say something”. For those in fire and EMS, you must maintain your training and coordination with local law enforcement agencies in our communities to stay updated as to incidents involving Active Shooters. Active shooters may be terrorists or just crazed individuals bent on killing for one reason or another. In the end, there may be any number of dead and wounded individuals, with the wounded in need of immediate medical assistance. Since the Columbine shooting in 1999, law enforcement agencies have changed their response strategy and tactics relative to active shooters, and they continue to do so today. A major change that took place is that there is

almost an immediate response and entry into the building, where there is an active shooter. The police no longer stage and await SWAT teams. First arriving police officers have been trained and are expected to make immediate entry in an effort to neutralize any suspects. In doing so, this will enable faster medical response for injured individuals. There is no doubt that, in doing so; police officers place themselves in extreme danger in order to reduce the loss of life. Many Americans, including some emergency service personnel, feel they live in small communities that could not and would not ever be a target for terrorist activity, only big cities would be targets. Not so, terrorist activities can occur in any size community and any location, urban or rural. Terrorism causes fear, and fear spreads across the nation no matter the size of the community the event occurred in, therefore all emergency responders must be prepared to safely respond and to act. In light of the San Bernardino shooting, the Department of Homeland Security has posted on it’s web site information and links that provide valuable information for first responders for keeping them safe. I encourage you to review, study, and pass on the information to fellow first responders. The following is excerpted from that page: “DHS Resources Available for Active Shooter Preparedness and Response Efforts; Materials to Help Raise Awareness and Strengthen First Response Efforts With the chilling rise in public mass shootings – exemplified by the devastating incidents in San Bernardino and Paris – the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and other government agencies have released a broad range of resources

to help first responders enhance active shooter preparedness and response efforts. The materials, which include videos, webinars, free online courses and literature, are available through the Active Shooter Preparedness Web Page, Active Shooter and Complex Attacks Resource and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Active Shooter website. Mission Manager users are encouraged to upload pertinent materials into their document libraries for team readiness or community outreach/PR efforts (see links below). The San Bernardino incident occurred shortly after the horrific Paris attacks in which multiple casualty events occurred simultaneously. Complex attacks such as the Paris massacre require a pre-planned, integrated response among multiple agencies, including enforcement, fire and rescue personnel, and EMS across multiple jurisdictions. To help prepare first responders for complex, simultaneous attacks here in the U.S., the DHS Office of Health Affairs (OHS) released its Active Shooter and Complex Attacks Resource” (PDF, 236 Kb). The document was also distributed to emergency management personnel via the Dec. 3 issue of the EMR-ISAC newsletter. Additionally, the DHS also launched the Active Shooter Preparedness Web Page to help prepare first responders and the “whole community” for active shooter situations.” The link to the web page is: m/dhs-resources-available-for-active-shooter-preparedness-and-response-efforts-materials-to-help-rais e-awareness-and-strengthen-coordination-among-first-responders Till next time, Stay Safe and God Bless!

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2015 was a very successful year for Fire-Dex in growing revenue & investing in the organization for future business development. We added a second shift to our operations, grew the field sales team and our marketing staff, as well as integrated a new business with the TecGen acquisition. The budget for 2016 is to grow revenue over 25%. I am confident that we are on track to accomplish these lofty goals.

I have a few organizational announcements effective today, January 4th, as we start the new fiscal year. Dave Liana joined the organization in 1990 as our controller and will now have the title of Vice President, Finance & Chief Financial Officer. John Karban joined in 2003 as Plant Man-

ager and will now have the title of Vice President, Operations. Dave and John have been trusted long term partners with me as Fire-Dex has doubled several times.

Steve Allison will now be Vice President, Sales & Marketing. Steve joined our organization in 2014 as Director of Sales and has worked in our industry for over 25 years. In 2015, Steve hired Peggy Curtis, Bob Keys, Jessica Baumgartner, Jordan Paris and David Moore, and promoted Sarah Finch. Todd Herring also joined our sales team after the TecGen acquisition. John Zbozien, Director of Marketing and Product Development, will report to Steve with this organizational change.

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Quick decision by firefighters saves lives Oxford Dictionary defines valor as “great courage in the face of danger, especially in battle.” The San Bernardino County Fire Department is proud to present two employees with the Medal of Valor at this year’s Promotion and Service Pin Ceremony. JUMP TO FILE # Engineer Ar- 112015110 mando Rodriguez and Firefighter/Paramedic Jason McLaughlin were recognized for their teamwork and decision making under pressure that saved a family while risking themselves. On December 2, 2014, Rodriguez and McLaughlin were leaving a medical call down the street when they heard the initial dispatch about an apartment building on fire and quickly made their way over. With the next fire engines over five minutes behind them, they knew their initial actions would be critical in saving lives. Upon arrival, they found some occupants from upstairs apartments had jumped from windows to escape the flames, almost 15 feet above the ground, and others were preparing to jump. Rodriguez immediately jumped from the driver’s seat, grabbed a fourteen foot metal ladder and started running directly toward an upstairs window with victims hanging halfway in

and out. McLaughlin followed suit and began stretching hose directly toward the fire. This normally can take some back and forth timing and coordination. However, Rodriguez and McLaughlin completed this entire process in little more than one minute. In this incident, crew continuity was vital. Since Rodriguez and McLaughlin have worked together for so long, they know what to do without having to discuss it. A fire engine has a limited amount of water in its onboard water tank, and McLaughlin knew he only had four or five minutes worth of water at hand. Rodriguez ordered the residents to stand back and kept them calm while McLaughlin attacked the fire


with surgical precision. Once McLaughlin fought the fire back far enough to allow safe passage for the trapped victims, Rodriguez lead everyone down the ladder, one at a time, and away from danger to awaiting County Fire Paramedics for evaluation. The Medal of Valor is the department’s most honorable award; it is only bestowed upon an employee who has performed a conspicuous act of valor and heroism under hazardous conditions. Congratulations to Engineer Rodriguez and Firefighter/Paramedic McLaughlin, their actions are the definition of valor. - SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY FIRE


Emergency landing on freeway Monday afternoon, January 11th, at 4:39 p.m. Ventura County Fire Department responded to an aircraft that had made an emergency landing on the 23 Fwy near Tierra Rejada Road. The report had come in through air traffic control. Firefighters arrived after CHP. There were no injuries to the pilot or anyone on the ground. CHP is handling the incident.

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Second alarm fire destroys community landmark in San Bernardino County


Historic bowling alley lost in Portola

The City of Portola received a page at 9:30 a.m. for a fire in the historic Ponderosa Bowling Alley. Upon their arrival, the fire had already breached the second story. Mutual aid was immediately paged out for six other departments including portable air units and an aerial unit. The fire was finally contained after six hours. One attached building was also lost but the fire was finally stopped from spreading to the third building saving the remaining five stores.

Firefighters responded to a commercial structure fire on the 23400 block of Crest Forest Drive and Hwy. 138 in Crestline at 3:23 p.m. on November 17th. Upon their arrival just minutes later, they found the upstairs apartment fully engulfed in flames. The fire was quickly spreading to the below businesses. Not knowing if everyone was out of the building, firefighters conducted JUMP TO FILE # a cursory search to 111815109 no avail. The wind, estimated at about ten mph, was pushing embers southward over forest land and towards Hwy. 18. U.S. Forest Service firefighters quickly responded and patrolled the vicinity looking for any new fire starts. Heavy smoke could be seen for miles. The iconic 1929 building was the home to Pazzo's Italian and Pizza restaurant and the Rim of the World Sports Bar. There was an apartment located directly over the restaurant, and two garages underneath. The fire quickly spread through the common attic space, causing partial roof collapse and forcing firefighters to combat the blaze from the outside. Both businesses and the upstairs apartment sustained major damage and are a complete loss. Firefighters were instrumental in saving another attached apartment and an adjacent home. The two garages were used for storage and also contained a vehicle. The garage and content

sustained smoke and water damage, however received very little fire damage. A 1900 concert baby grand piano located in the restaurant and a vintage Harley Davidson motorcycle said to have been ridden by daredevil Evil Knievel, were destroyed in the fire. Firefighters tried to remove the motorcycle from its mount over the fireplace, however the roof started to collapse and they were forced to retreat. In all, fifty-two firefighters from San Bernardino County, Running Springs, Rialto, and San Manuel Fire Departments, as well as CalFire and the U.S. Forest Service responded to the incident. Working in frigid temperatures, firefighters were able to contain the fire and keep it from spreading; however, due to the intensity of the fire and its location, the fire burned for several hours.


Investigators believe the fire originated in the upstairs apartment, however the exact origin and cause remain under investigation. Firefighters remained on scene throughout the night conducting mop-up operations. No damage estimate at this time. It was later learned that the restaurant was closed for the day and that the sports bar was open at the time of the fire, however all occupants self-evacuated safely. The American Red Cross responded to assist the displaced adult resident of the apartment. Crestline-Lake Arrowhead Water Agency personnel immediately responded to maintain its water supply and ensure firefighters had proper water flow. - TRACEY MARTINEZ

Man rescued from suspended car At approximately 1:45 p.m. on January 10th, San Bernardino County Fire received a report from a man who stated he had “crashed and was hanging off of a bridge”. When firefighters arrived, they found a rented 2014 Nissan Sentra suspended approximately eight feet above a wash on a collapsed section of bridge. Emergency crews were able to speak to the driver asking him to remain calm and still while the vehicle was stabilized. Utilizing the available resources at the scene, the vehicle was stabilized allowing the fire crew to gain entry and assess the victim. It was determined that the man’s injuries required transport to a trauma center. The victim was subsequently transported to a hos-

JUMP TO FILE #011416117 pital in the Las Vegas area by air. The driver and sole occupant of the vehicle stated to dispatchers that he looked down at his phone just before he hit the “Krail” that was blocking the washed out bridge. The driver had apparently driven around two sets of barricades to get onto National Trails Highway from Interstate 40, near Mountain Springs Rd. The resolution of the incident was a team effort consisting of San Bernardino County Fire, Baker Ambulance, the California Highway Patrol, Active Tow, and Care flight. - DEAN DICKOVER



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The Redlands Fire Department took delivery of a new Type-III wildland fire engine transferred from the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services at no cost to the city.



1st Marine Raider Battalion, Camp Pendleton recently purchased four custom 2000 DSTT" and four custom 500 TT from Rescue ONE Corporation dba: ONE Boat. The Double Stack Transport Trailer will carry up to two 16ft inflatable rescue boats. The Single Transport Trailer will carry up to two jet skis.

Firefighters battle two alarm apartment fire Rancho Cucamonga, CA. Shortly after 1:30 p.m. on Monday, December 7, 2015, Rancho Cucamonga firefighters responded to a structure fire in the 8900 block of Arrow Route at the Vineyard Village Apartments in Rancho JUMP TO FILE# Cucamonga. 120815102 Upon arrival, firefighters found a second floor apartment fully engulfed in flames. It was quickly upgraded to a second alarm and additional units were dispatched to the scene, including crews from Upland Fire and Ontario Fire. Massive flames kept firefighters from making immediate entry into the apartment, forcing them to attack the fire defensively from the exterior. The fire was knocked in about an hour, but crews remained on scene for most of the afternoon to ensure all hotspots were completely extinguished and salvage belongings from the damaged apartments. The fire destroyed the unit of origin, extended into the attic and damaged a neighboring unit to the east. The two ground floor units below them sustained significant water damage from the firefight. American Red Cross worked with on-site property management to relocate the residents from the four apartment units. The fire district provided each of the families with a $100 gift card from the California Fire Foundation's SAVE (victim assistance) program, which will help with immediate need items such as clothing, food, prescriptions, etc. More than three dozen firefight-

ers responded to the afternoon blaze on seven fire engines, three truck companies, and additional resources such as battalion chiefs and investigator. Sheriff's deputies with the Rancho Cucamonga Police Department did an excellent job of quickly evacuating all eight apartment units of the building affected as well as quickly

closing Arrow Route to thru traffic, allowing firefighter to go to work. The cause of the fire is being jointly investigated by Ranco Cucamonga Fire and San Bernardino County Sheriff's Arson/Bomb unit. No injuries were reported. KELLEY DONALDSON




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ME190 assisted Kern County Fire Department with vehicle extrication on January 11th at approximately 10:00 p.m. on January 11th. The incident occurred on Hwy 58 near the Cache Creek scales. Two semi trucks were involved in the accident. One patient required extensive extrication and was transported to a local hospital.

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