Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Downed Hang Glider Rescued From Foothills

Contact: Captain Jason Serrano, PIO Assigned - Contact # 760-912-3494
Incident Commander: Battalion Chief Cooke 909-384-5279

Incident Date: 7/30/14

Location: 6191 Badger Canyon Rd (see map)
Time of the call: 17:18

Number of Units: 1 Engine, 2 Battalion Chiefs, 1 Rescue Helicopter
Number of Firefighters: 6 Firefighters and 2 Chief Officers

Fatalities/Injuries: 1 Injury (adult male approx. 50 y/o)

Additional Information:

  • Fire Rescue crews dispatched to a report of a hang glider that crashed into the mountain side just above CSUSB
  • 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.
  • First arriving Fire Rescue unit on scene determined that quick access and rapid patient extraction on foot would not be feasible.
  • SBFD requested the assistance of the San Bernardino County Sheriff Air Rescue helicopter to assist with victim location and extraction.
  • Sheriff Air Rescue 6 lowered their SB County Fire Flight Medic down to the patient and hoisted the male victim to safety.
  • Patient was brought to the landing zone located at the Andy Jackson Air Park where he was assessed further by SBFD paramedics and transported via ambulance to a local trauma center.
  • The cause of the accident is unknown at this time and the patient sustained moderate injuries.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Firefighters Respond to Little Mountain Fire

Contact: Captain Kenny Yellen, PIO Assigned - Contact # 760-617-6317

Incident Commander: Battalion Chief Nathan Cooke- 909-384-5279

Incident Date: 07/29/14

Location: North side of Little Mountain in San Bernardino (See Map)

Time of the call: 8:16 PM

Number of Units: Ten SB City Fire units

Injuries: None

Property Damage: None 

Additional Information:

• Fire Crews were dispatched to brush fire on the north side of Little Mountain.

• Arriving Firefighters quickly deployed hose lines to gain control and limit fire spread.

• Firefighters stopped forward progress of fire before homes were threatened .

• Additional fire units worked quickly to set up control lines to contain the perimeter of the fire.

• Fire grew to roughly 2 acres with full containment achieved in approximately 2 hours,

• Arson investigators have labeled this fire suspicious in nature.

                                                                           **SAFETY MESSAGE** 

Due to increased ambient temperatures and dry vegetation throughout the City, San Bernardino City Firefighters urge all citizens to be vigilant and immediately report fires via the 911 system.


Monday, July 28, 2014

SBFDFirefighters Battle 2 Alarm Commercial Structure Fire

San Bernardino City Fire Department
Press Release

Contact: Engineer Mike Arvizo, PIO Assigned - Contact  - 909-289-6679
Incident Commander: Battalion Chief Dan Harker - 909-384-5279
Incident Date: 07/28/14
Location:  1425 N. E Street
Time of the call: 10:19AM
Number of Units: 9 Engines, 2 Ladder Trucks, 2 Battalion Chiefs
Number of Firefighters:   33 Firefighters and 2 Chief Officers
Fatalities/Injuries: None
Property Damage: $300,000 structural
Personal Items: Vacant
Property Saved: $800,000

Additional Information:
•         Fire Crews were dispatched to multiple reports of a commercial structure fire.
•         Arriving Firefighters discovered a vacant commercial building with heavy fire coming from the front of the structure
•         Firefighters made an aggressive interior attack until an air-conditioning unit fell through the roof endangering the firefighters below.
•         Firefighters were able to successfully protect 2 adjacent structures from the severe radiant heat and also kept the fire confined to the structure of origin. 
•         The fire was brought under control within 30 minutes. Mop up continued for another 1 hour.
•         The cause of the fire suspicious and is being investigated by arson investigators.

Please report any suspicious activity in and around vacant boarded-up structures to local law enforcement.


Friday, July 18, 2014

Firefighter Diligence Saves Residence From Total Destruction

San Bernardino City Fire Department
Press Release

Contact: Engineer Mike Arvizo, PIO Assigned - Contact # 909-289-6679
Incident Commander: Battalion Chief Alan Duggan - 909-384-5279
Incident Date: 07/17/14
Location:  3271 N. Wall
Time of the call: 10.08 PM
Number of Units: 5 Engines, 1 Ladder Truck, 1 Battalion Chief
Number of Firefighters:  18 Firefighters and 1 Chief Officer
Fatalities/Injuries: None
Property Damage: $75,000 structural and finishing
Personal Items: Unknown loss
Property Saved: $250,000

Additional Information:
•         Fire Crews were dispatched to a report of ‘the smell of smoke’ in the area of 3271 Leroy.  
•         Arriving Firefighters diligently scoured the neighborhood until light smoke was seen coming from attic ‘whirlybirds’ at 3271 N. Wall
•         Firefighters forced entry into the structure and found the kitchen area fully involved in fire.
•         The residence was currently being vacated and cleaned out by family members of the homeowner who was recently placed in a retirement living facility.
•         The fire was brought under control within 15 minutes. Mop up continued for another hour.
•         The cause of the fire was attributed to an unattended oven cleaning procedure.


Please do not leave ovens unattended while in operation

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Structure Fire Nearly Traps Occupant

San Bernardino City Fire Department
Press Release

PIO Assigned: Fire Engineer Marco Tello (909)384-5402                                                                              

Date: 07/9/14                                                                   

Location: 1644 West 23rd            

Time of the call: 1652 hours                       

First Unit on the scene: Medic Engine 223          

Number of Units: 6 Paramedic Engines, 1 Truck Company, and 2 Chief Officers                 

Number of Firefighters: 21         

Injuries: 1 occupant                                       

Fatalities: None                                              

Property Loss/Damage: $200,000             

Contents Loss: $50,000                 

Property/Contents Saved: $20,000                     

Additional information:   
·         San Bernardino City Firefighters responded to reports of a structure fire in an occupied dwelling. Upon arrival firefighters found heavy smoke and fire with residents outside.
·         First on scene firefighters began a defensive attack while waiting for additional responding units.
·         Upon arrival of the next engine and truck company a coordinated offensive attack was employed with vertical ventilation to quickly extinguish the fire.
·         One occupant was treated for minor burns and smoke inhalation after escaping from the burning home.
·         San Bernardino firefighters remained on scene assisting residents to recover documents and valuables. The red cross was called to assist the family with temporary housing.
·         The San Bernardino Arson Unit is conducting an investigation. The cause of the fire is yet to be determined.
The SBFD would like to remind all local residents to check the batteries in your smoke detectors twice annually. In the event of a fire call 9-1-1.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Early Morning Fire Displaces Four San Bernardino Families

Contact: Battalion Chief Nathan Cooke 909-260-1257

 Incident Date: 07/08/14
Location: 700 Block of West 9th Street (view map)

Time of the call: 5:33 AM

 Number of Units: 8 Engines, 2 Ladder Trucks, 2 Battalion Chiefs

Number of Firefighters: 30 Firefighters and 2 Chief Officers

 Fatalities/Injuries: None

Property Damage: $50,000 structural and finishing

Property Saved: $225,000

 Additional Information:

  • Fire Crews dispatched to reports of a residential structure fire.
  • Arriving Firefighters discovered a two-story converted multi-family home with fire on the 1st floor, spreading rapidly to the 2nd floor.
  • Frantic residents rushed arriving firefighters claiming a family member was unaccounted for and thought to trapped in the structure.
  • Firefighters rushed into the burning building and commenced an aggressive interior search for fire victims.
  • Firefighters determined all occupants had safely evacuated the structure.
  • This home had been previously converted into a multi-unit dwelling now housing four different families.
  • Red Cross was summoned to assist with ten adults and ten children that were displaced by the fire.
  • No working smoke detectors were found in the building.
  • SBFD Arson investigators remain on scene investigating and interviewing potential witnesses.


 San Bernardino City Firefighters strong urge all citizens to install functioning smoke detectors and replace these units every 10 years.