Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Suspicious Fire Damages Home




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

Incident Date: 03/31/15

 Location: 1714 N. Pershing Ave (view map)
Time of the call: 0339hrs

Number of Units: 2 Engines, 1 Ladder Truck, 1 Battalion Chief
Number of Firefighters: 9 Firefighters and 1 Chief Officer

Fatalities/Injuries: None
Property Damage: $20,000 structural
Property Saved: $50,000

Additional Information:
  • Fire Crews dispatched to a report of smoke and fire coming from a residential structure.
  • Arriving Firefighters discovered a detached garage behind a single-family home fully-involved with fire and spreading to surrounding debris and vegetation.
  • Firefighters protected an adjacent occupied structure threatened by radiant heat and flames.
  • Fire Crews quickly extinguished the contents and collapsed roof structure of the garage.
  • The fire was brought under control within 10 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.
  • Arson Investigators questioned 3 individuals that were detained by SBPD for questioning. The individuals were seen leaving the property shortly after the fire was reported. No arrests have been made.
  • This was the third suspicious fire at this particular address in the last 6 months.

**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.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Commercial Structure Fire Destroys Building Contents

Contact: Captain Kenny Yellen, PIO Assigned Incident Commander: Battalion Chief Dan Harker- 909-384-5279 Incident Date: 03/29/15 Location: 575 E Hospitality Lane Time of the call: 6:19 PM Number of Units: 6 Engines, 2 Ladder Trucks, 2 Battalion Chiefs Number of Firefighters: 24 Firefighters and 2 Chief Officers Fatalities/Injuries: None Property Damage: 50,000.00 Property Saved: 2,500,000.00 Additional Information: • Fire Crews were dispatched to a commercial structure fire at Banner Mattress. • Arriving Firefighters discovered the entire building charged with heavy smoke. • Firefighters determined that an exterior fire extended into the attic area. • Due to heavy smoke conditions, all inventory was severely damaged or destroyed. • Firefighters were able to control the fire within twenty minutes of arrival on scene. • Arson investigators have not determined a cause of the fire although arson is not suspected at this time. **SAFETY MESSAGE** San Bernardino City Firefighters urge all citizens to check batteries in smoke detectors and replace units every 10 years. Smoke Detectors Save Lives!

Friday, March 6, 2015

$200,000 Worth of Rescue Equipment Stolen From Closed Fire Station



Contact: Engineer Michael Arvizo, PIO Assigned - Contact 909-289-6679
Incident Commander: Battalion Chief Alan Duggan- 909-384-5402
Incident Date: Unknown
Location:  Closed Fire Station 10 at Mill and Arrowhead
Time of the call: Unknown
Number of Units: N/A
Number of Firefighters:   N/A
Fatalities/Injuries:  N/A
Property Lost: $200,000.00
Property Saved: N/A

Additional Information:
• Rescue equipment was being stored in a conex box behind the closed fire station.
• Station 10 has been closed since October due to budget reductions.
• Another fire station crew went to the station to pick up some equipment for upcoming training.
• The crew noticed someone had tampered with the locked conex and notified the police.
• Frontline technical rescue and trench shoring equipment worth about $200,000 was stolen.


It is not know when the equipment was stolen since the station is no longer in use.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Elderly Female and Her Pets Displaced After Structure Fire




Contact: Engineer Mike Arvizo, PIO Assigned - Contact # 909-289-6679
Incident Commander: Battalion Chief Dan Harker # 909-384-5401
Incident Date: 03/04/15
Location:  1139 W. Mill Street
Time of the call: 11:32 AM
Number of Units: 5 Engines, 1 Ladder Truck, 2 Battalion Chiefs
Number of Firefighters:  18 Firefighters, 2 Chief Officers
Fatalities/Injuries: None
Property Damage: Unknown loss
Personal Items: Unknown loss
Property Saved: Multiple homes surrounding the structure

Additional Information:
 •        Arriving Firefighters found one room fully involved.
•         Firefighters verified the elderly female was evacuated with her two dogs while they initiated an aggressive interior attack.
•         Firefighters faced hoarder type conditions while attacking and mopping up the fire.
•         The fire was brought under control within 15 minutes. Mop up continued for another hour.
•         The cause of the fire may have been attributed to a faulty wash machine.

                                                                 
**SAFETY MESSAGE**

Please keep appliances cleaned and properly maintained

Helicopter Pilot Injured During Hard Landing


Contact: Engineer Michael Arvizo, PIO Assigned - Contact # 909-289-6679
Incident Commander: Battalion Chief Michael Bilheimer- 909-384-5401
Incident Date: 03/03/15
Location:  San Bernardino International Airport
Time of the call: 12:03
Number of Units: 4 Engines, 1 Ladder Truck, 1 Hazmat, 1 Crash Rescue, 2 Battalion Chiefs
Number of Firefighters:   15 Firefighters and 2 Chief Officers
Fatalities/Injuries:  Minor Injuries to pilot
Property Damage: $200,000.00 + (helicopter)
Property Saved: N/A

Additional Information:
• Fire Crews were initially dispatched to a helicopter crash at San Bernardino International Airport
• The pilot was able to walk nearly one mile to Luxivair FBO (formerly Millionaire) to report the crash.  The pilot was transported to a local area hospital.
• Crews responded to the pilots location as well as the helicopter itself.
• The pilot was doing routine flight activity on and near the airport when he experienced a ‘hard landing’
• A small amount of fuel was leaking and the helicopter was heavily damaged from the landing but the scene was deemed safe by SBFD Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting Crews and the SBFD Hazmat Team.
  • The FAA is currently completing an investigation of the incident.