Thursday, February 5, 2015

Downed Hang Glider Rescued From Foothills

Incident Date: 2/05/15

Location: 6191 Badger Canyon Rd, San Bernardino, CA
Time of the call: 14:42

Number of Units: 1 Engine, 1 Battalion Chiefs, 1 Rescue Helicopter
Number of Firefighters: 3 Firefighters and 1 Chief Officer

Fatalities/Injuries: 1 Injury (adult male approx. 60 y/o)

Additional Information:
  • Fire Rescue crews dispatched to a report of a hang glider that crashed into the mountain side just above Cal State University San Bernardino.
  • Reports from witnesses at the Andy Jackson Air Park advised victim was approximately three-quarters of a mile up the hillside at the 2600’ elevation level.
  • Brush Engine 225 from the fire station located on Kendall near University was the first rescue unit on scene and determined that quick access and rapid patient extraction on foot would not be feasible.
  • SB County Sheriff helicopter 40-king assisted with determining the precise location of the patient which was approx. 150 yards from Marshall Peak.
  • SBFD requested the assistance of Sheriff Air Rescue 306 to assist with victim extraction. Air Rescue 6 is staffed with Fire Medics from SB County Fire Dept.
  • Air Rescue 6 lowered a Flight Medic down to the patient and hoisted the male victim to safety.
  • The patient was flown directly to a local trauma center with moderate leg injuries.
  • The cause of the accident has yet to be determined.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Spark of Love Toy Drive

  • Contact: Battalion Chief Nathan Cooke 909-260-1257
  • Incident Date: 12/25/2014
  • Location: San Bernardino City Fire Department
  • The San Bernardino City Fire Department is excited to announce that we have received thousands of brand new unwrapped toys at all 11 city fire stations.
  • This was made possible with a long standing partnership with ABC-7’s Spark of Love toy drive.
  • The San Bernardino City Fire Department would like to thank the thousands of citizens and businesses that graciously donated the toys this year.
  • The toys have been presented to Mary’s Mercy Center (641 Roberds Ave. San Bernardino) and the American Legion-Post 710 (2181 W. Highland Ave. San Bernardino) where they are being distributed to local children throughout our community.
  • It is anticipated that this is the largest volume toys received by the San Bernardino City Fire Department since the program started many years ago.
  • ****Safety Message****
  • Please ensure that all Christmas trees that have dried out are taken out of the home immediately. These trees present an extreme fire danger.

    Sunday, December 21, 2014

    San Bernardino City Fire Department Press Release 

    Off Road Accident Severely Injures Driver

    PIO Assigned:       Rodd Mascis (909) 630-3969

    Follow up Info:      Battalion Commander (909) 384-5401 (909) 384-5279

    Date:                     December 21, 2014

    Location:              Cloudland Truck Trail, North of Cal State San Bernardino

    Time of the call:    11:55 Hrs

    Number of Units:   2 Engines, 1Truck, Urban Search and Rescue, 2 Battalion Commanders

    Number of Firefighters:  14 Firefighters

    Injuries:                Critical Injuries

    Additional information:

    • Fire Department 911 received a call from the driver in a jeep that had lost control and rolled down the hillside, in the foothills north of Cal State San Bernardino. 
    • The driver was able to give dispatchers critical information until losing consciousness. Through GPS location and air support from the San Bernardino Sherriff’s Dept. the victim was located approximately 35 minutes later. 
    • San Bernardino Fire Department Companies on the ground arrived to find the victim had been ejected after rolling some 100 feet over the side from the road, where he lay unconscious with critical injuries. 
    • SBFD Paramedics began treatment of obvious injuries while San Bernardino County Sherriff’s Department Air Rescue were called to assist and hoist the victim into the helicopter where he was transported to Loma Linda University Medical.

    Tuesday, November 18, 2014

    Woman Rescued From Burning Home

    San Bernardino City Fire Department Press Release  #27767

    Contact: Battalion Chief Grant Hubbell 909-384-5401

    Date: November 18, 2014

    Location: 976 West 6th Street

    Time of the call: 10:04 a m. First Unit on the scene: 10:12 a m.

    Fire contained: 10:22 a m. Number of Units: 10 (7 engines, 2 trucks, 1 BC)

    Number of Firefighters: 28 Injuries: 1 (31 year old female) Fatalities: 0

    Property Loss/Damage $ 160,000 Contents Loss: $ 0

    Property Saved $400,000 (2 adjacent homes).

    Additional information: Firefighters arrived to find downed power lines, thick black smoke and thirty-foot high flames to the front of a single-story two thousand square foot home. Fire was an immediate threat toward two neighboring homes. Fire quickly spread throughout the attic, causing a large section of the roof to collapse. This forced firefighters into defensive operations and necessitated the control of the fire from the outside. Firefighters were unable to make an immediate entry for a search inside. Fire was contained in ten minutes, removing the threat from the fire extending to the two adjacent occupied homes.
    After assessing the homes stability and making sure the downed electrical lines were de-energized, Firefighters made entry into the interior of the structure to finish extinguishing the fire and to conduct a thorough search inside the home. After entering the extensively damaged home, Firefighters found and rescued a thirty-one year old woman inside. Victim was quickly rescued from the house, and treated by numerous Firefighters and Paramedics. Victim was transported by ambulance to a local hospital. Upon arrival at the hospital, Paramedics stated that the woman was interacting with them and answering their questions.
    San Bernardino Arson Investigators have deemed the fire “Suspicious” and the fire is currently under investigation.


    Friday, October 31, 2014

    Structure Fire Contained to Garage

    Structure Fire Ward 7 Councilman James L Mulvihill

    The following information has been updated on the city’s twitter feed @SBCityFire.

    San Bernardino City Fire Department
    Press Release
    Structure Fire Contained to Garage 

    PIO Assigned: Fire Engineer Marco Tello (909)384-5405                                                                                

    Date: 10/30/14                                                                 

    Location: 395 E Sonora                                                  

    Time of the call: 2214 hours                        

    First Unit on the scene: Medic Engine 227           

    Number of Units: 4 Paramedic Engines, 1 Squad, 1 Truck, and 2 Chief Officers                   

    Number of Firefighters: 17          

    Injuries: None Reported                                             

    Fatalities: None                                              

    Property Loss/Damage: $45,000                                               

    Property Saved: $300,000                             

    Additional information:    
    • Upon arrival first in firefighters were met by a fully involved garage fire that had begun to burn a vehicle in the drive way and threatened the rest of the home.
    • Firefighters began a coordinated attack to ensure the fire was contained to the garage while truck crews ventilated the structure.
    • The resident managed to exit the home unharmed.
    • Edison was called to secure a live power line that had fallen, landing in the homes pool, posing an extreme life safety hazard on the fire ground.
    • The cause of the fire is unknown at this time and is under investigation.
    • A gift card was presented to the family on behalf of the fire department to assist the family recover from this tragedy.

    The SBFD would like to remind all residents to evacuate to a safe location in the event of a fire in their home and call 9-1-1.

    Friday, October 24, 2014

    Window Washer Electrocuted

  • Contact: Battalion Chief Nathan Cooke 909-260-1257
  • Incident Commander: Battalion Chief Nathan Cooke
  • Incident Date: 10/24/2014
  • Location: 1365 S Waterman Ave.
  • Time of call: 11:40am
  • Number of Units: 2- Medic Engines, 1- Battalion Chief
  • Injuries: 1
  • The San Bernardino City Fire Department responded to a report of an explosion at 1365 N. Waterman. Fire Department units arrived and found a middle aged male victim suffering from severe burns to his body.
  • Firefighter/ Paramedics initiated advanced life support measures to the victim and transported him to the local Burn Center. The victim is in critical condition.
  • A preliminary investigation has determined that the victim was washing windows with a telescoping pole. The pole came into contact with a power line that was directly above the victim and subsequently electrocuted him.
  • Southern California Edison stated the power line had 115,000 volts of electricity running through it at the time of the incident.
  • ****Safety Message****
  • Stay away from downed power lines and call 911 immediately.