Sunday, October 12, 2014

Victim Freed From Car Wreck with Jaws of Life

  • Contact: Battalion Chief Nathan Cooke 909-260-1257
  • Incident Commander: Battalion Chief Nathan Cooke
  • Incident Date: 10/12/2014
  • Location: 6th Street and D Street
  • Time of call: 10:53 pm
  • Number of Units: 1- Medic Engine,1- Ladder Truck, 1- Heavy Rescue, 1- Battalion Chief
  • Injuries: 5
  • The San Bernardino City Fire Department responded to a traffic collision at 6th and D Street and found two cars that had sustained severe damage. One victim was trapped in a 4-door compact car in the front passenger’s seat.
  • The victim sustained major injuries and was treated and transported by Firefighter/Paramedics. A total of 4 adults and 1 infant sustained minor to severe injuries. All victims were transported to a local trauma center for further evaluation.
  • The San Bernardino Police Department is handling the investigation.
  • ****Safety Message****
  • Seat Belts Save Lives!

    Tuesday, October 7, 2014

    Suspicious Fires Damage Two Homes



    Contact: Captain Jason Serrano, PIO Assigned - Contact # 909-384-5402
    Incident Commander: Battalion Chief Grant Hubbell 909-384-5401

    Incident Date: 10/7/14

    Location: 771 W. 17th Street
    Time of the call: 18:40

    Number of Units: 4 Engines, 1 Ladder Truck, 2 Battalion Chiefs
    Number of Firefighters: 17 Firefighters and 2 Chief Officers

    Fatalities/Injuries: None
    Property Damage: $1,000 structural and $0 contents
    Property Saved: $75,000

    Additional Information:
    • Fire Crews dispatched to a report of smoke coming from a residential structure.
    • Arriving Firefighters discovered a single-family home involved with fire on the interior and beginning to spread rapidly throughout.
    • Firefighters forced entry into the heavily boarded vacant structure.
    • Fire Crews quickly extinguished the contents burning within the main living area of the structure.
    • Firefighters were able to successfully protect the majority of the structure due to early recognition and reporting by neighbors.
    • The fire was brought under control within 8 minutes of arriving on-scene.
    • The cause of the fire is still under investigation but has been labeled suspicious in nature. The property was an abandoned home and no one was displaced as a result of the blaze.
    • This was the second fire in a vacant structure this afternoon. Shortly after 5pm the SBFD responded to the 1000 block of W. 11th Street for a similar incident.
    **SAFETY MESSAGE**
    San Bernardino City Firefighters urge all citizens to report dangerous property conditions to the Fire Prevention Bureau or city Code Enforcement immediately upon recognition.
    END

    Monday, October 6, 2014

    Car and SBX Bus Collide Trapping Driver of Car

  • Contact: Battalion Chief Nathan Cooke 909-260-1257
  • Incident Commander: Battalion Chief Nathan Cooke
  • Incident Date: 10/06/2014
  • Location: 219 E. Hospitality Lane
  • Time of call: 12:36 pm
  • Number of Units: 1- Medic Engine,1- Ladder Truck, 1- Battalion Chief
  • Injuries: 1
  • The San Bernardino City Fire Department responded to a traffic collision to the front of 219 E. Hospitality Lane involving a 4-door compact car and an SBX Omni trans Bus. No passengers on the bus were injured. Firefighters used the “Jaws of Life” to free the driver of the 4-door car that was trapped.
  • The victim was extricated and treated for moderate injuries by Firefighter/ Paramedics and transported to a local trauma center for further evaluation.
  • The San Bernardino Police Department is handling the investigation.
  • ****Safety Message****
  • Seat Belts Save Lives!

    Two Victims Burned and Property Damaged from Raging Truck/Trailer Fire

  • Contact: Battalion Chief Nathan Cooke 909-260-1257
  • Incident Commander: Battalion Chief Grant Hubbell
  • Incident Date: 10/06/2014
  • Location: 1470 E.Eureka Street
  • Time of call: 3:39am
  • Number of Units: 4- Medic Engines, 1- Battalion Chief
  • Injuries: 2
  • The San Bernardino City Fire Department responded to a vehicle fire to the front of 1470 E Eureka Street and found a pickup truck and attached trailer fully involved with fire. Firefighters started an aggressive attack to extinguish the fire and protect several adjacent homes.
  • The fire caused two power lines to fall and also caused extensive damage to a fence. Edison was requested to the scene and assisted with securing several down power lines. Two victims were burned as a result of the fire. One victim was on scene and another was located at an adjacent residence. Both victims were transported to ARMC.
  • Arson investigators were requested to respond to the scene and the fire is currently under investigation.
  • The California Highway Patrol was on scene assisting in the investigation.
  • ****Safety Message****
  • Please ensure that any suspicious vehicles or trailers are reported to the Police Department.

    Sunday, October 5, 2014

    Illegal Marijuana Grow Operation Uncovered During Commercial Structure Fire

  • Contact: Battalion Chief Nathan Cooke 909-260-1257
  • Incident Commander: Battalion Chief Nathan Cooke
  • Incident Date: 10/05/2014
  • Location: 900 S. Arrowhead Ave.
  • Time of call: 6:45pm
  • Number of Units: 5- Medic Engines, 1- Ladder Truck, 2- Battalion Chiefs
  • Injuries: 0
  • The San Bernardino City Fire Department responded to a structure fire in the 900 Block of South Arrowhead Ave. and found smoke coming from a vacant commercial building. Firefighters forced entry into the front office portion of the building and found the entire space filled with smoke. A fire was found burning in the wall next to an electrical panel and was quickly extinguished.
  • Firefighters made entry into the remaining portion of the building in order to check for possible victims and to ensure that the fire had not spread. During their search, firefighters discovered a large marijuana growing operation in the main warehouse portion of the building. There were numerous electrical hazards noted due to the grow operation that kept firefighters from securing power to the building. Edison was requested to the scene and assisted with securing the power to the building.
  • Arson investigators have determined that the fire was caused from an electrical short due to the power being stolen from Edison. The occupants of the building illegally ran wire around the electric meter which subsequently became overloaded causing the fire.
  • The San Bernardino Police Department is conducting the investigation into the marijuana grow operation.
  • ****Safety Message****
  • Please ensure that any suspicious or illegal activity in or around vacant buildings is reported to the Police Department.

    Wednesday, October 1, 2014

    Firefighters Respond to White Powder Substance Call at IRS Building



    Contact: Engineer Mike Arvizo, PIO Assigned - Contact # 909-289-6679
    Incident Commander: Battalion Chief Tom Hannemman - 909-384-5279
    Incident Date: 10/01/14
    Location:  290 N D. Street    
    Time of the call: 10:54 AM
    Number of Units: 1 Engine, 1 Ladder Trucks, 1 Hazmat Rig, 1 Battalion Chief
    Number of Firefighters:   9 Firefighters and 1 Chief Officer
    Fatalities/Injuries: None
    Property Damage: None
    Personal Items: None
    Property Saved: N/A

    Additional Information:
    •         Fire Crews were dispatched to reports of a white powdery substance on the floor of the IRS building.
    •         Arriving Firefighters isolated the first floor and awaited the City’s Hazardous Materials Unit.
    •         When hazardous materials personnel arrived, they had a Hazardous Material Team Member don a hazmat suit and make entry into the office to retrieve samples of the substance for testing.
    •         Hazardous materials team members tested the samples and deemed them to be negative for any hazardous biohazard substance such as anthrax. 
    •         The substance was deemed to be silica.  An elderly female who picked up an envelope outside on the sidewalk carried in the substance. Once inside she spilled the substance that was inside the envelope onto the floor and notified officials.  She was temporarily held for questioning and released.