Ambulance Subscription Program

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Defensible Space

Defensible Space

Meetings & Announcements

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Welcome Message

The Big Bear City aStation 281nd Big Bear Lake Fire Departments are on a track to not only save money, but combine services to the benefit of the citizens in both jurisdictions.  The Big Bear City Community Services District Board of Directors and the City of Big Bear Lake Fire Protection Board are continuing to meet bi-monthly and work together for a full consolidation of fire departments, currently named “Big Bear Fire Department.”  Jeff Willis is Fire Chief for the Big Bear City Fire Department, Big Bear Lake Fire Protection District, and the combining Big Bear Fire Authority.  Chief Willis states that the “main goal is to achieve 100% accurate response.”  This means sending the right resources to the right location.

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CURRENT EVENTS

Curbside Chipping Program Closed from December 1, 2014 - June 1, 2015

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The Curbside Chipping Program has been available to homeowners thanks to grant funds provided through the U.S. Forest Service.  The curbside chipping program was highly successful thanks to the participation of the public.  There have been 11,500 requests for pickup and over 7,000 tons of vegetation removed from properties needing to create Defensible Space.  All the material was diverted from the landfill and put to use as biomass energy plants, as ground cover for landscape, and on slopes along freeways.

Ambulance Subscription Plan

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Even if you have insurance, full ambulance costs are seldom paid.  Some bills are denied entirely.  Private insurance companies often fail to pay certain fees citing "usual and customary limitations," leaving the patient with unpaid bills.  The Ambulance Membership Program accepts the insurance payment as full payment for services rendered.  For those that have no insurance, the membership program provides an 80% discount.  This protection makes sense when you consider the average cost of an ambulance ride is more than $1,500.  Your $65 fee entitles you to emergency, medically necessary, ambulance service as often as needed during the membership year. 

Adopt-A-Hydrant Program

The Big Bear Fire Department is asking the community for a partnership in our Adopt-A-Hydrant program by adopting a fire hydrant close to your home or business and keeping it free of weeds and shrubbery during these summer months, as well as free from snow in the winter.
 
In the event of a fire, it is imperative that the Fire Department gain access to a water supply via a fire hydrant as quickly as possible so that fire can be extinguished and prevent loss of property and/or life. You can help the Big Bear Fire Department in this quest by adopting a hydrant and making sure that it is easily accessible throughout the year.
 
We ask that you check the area around your adopted fire hydrant and clear any brush, weeds, or obstacles. Clear a path approximately three feet around the hydrant as well a clear path from the street or roadway up to the fire hydrant so that the hydrant is visible and accessible. Fire Chief Jeff Willis states, “During the summer months it is important to make sure that there is a three foot path around your adopted hydrant which is free of weeds, shrubbery, flowerbeds, etc.”
 
If you notice that a fire hydrant has been damaged, missing caps, leaking water, or if it is blocked, please notify your local water company or fire station.  All of this will assist fire crews in the unfortunate event of a fire.  
 
Register your adopted hydrant today on our website main page, scroll down and click on the red fire hydrant.  There is a short application to fill out so that we can track your efforts and extend our gratitude.

Ready, Set, GO! Information

ARE YOU PREPARED?  Fire season is upon us and it is dry out there!  Be READY, get SET, and GO!  Click on the PDF file for the Ready, Set, Go Brochure that was published by all of the mountain fire agencies in 2011.  A lot of time and thought was put into this publication designed specifically for mountain residents.  You might notice that a few of the names have changed, but the information within is all still very pertinent and important.  If you still have questions, give us a call at 909/866-7566. 

Sign-Up for Emergency Alerts

Mountain residents and homeowners are encouraged to register their cell phones and Voiceover Internet Protocol (VoIP) phones with San Bernardino County.  
 
The Telephone Emergency Notification System (TENS) uses listed and unlisted numbers in the region's 911 database to alert residents of life-threatening emergencies and San Bernardino County updates this database every six months.  TENS is a proven success, and has placed hundreds of calls during wildfire and flood events since its creation in 2004. However, the 911 data base only includes landline telephones, so other numbers must be registered.  If a resident wishes to receive an emergency alert text message on their cell phone or an emergency call on their VoIP phone, they must register their number in the system.  San Bernardino County has provided a website for residents to sign-up for this feature.  Click here to register now:
 

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