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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 snow during the winter and free of weeds and shrubbery in the summer.

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.

Register your adopted hydrant today »



9-1-1 Emergency Texting Now Available in San Bernardino County

BIG BEAR, CA/– Hearing and speech-impaired members of the community, or those in a situation where it is too dangerous to dial 9-1-1, now have another option to call for help in an emergency, Text-to-9-1-1. “Call if you can – text if you can’t” is the slogan developed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) as the new technology makes its debut in parts of California.

San Bernardino County Fire and Sheriff’s Departments, California Highway Patrol (CHP) and State Emergency Communications 9-1-1 officials announced that local San Bernardino County law enforcement agencies and fire agencies Public Safety 9-1-1 Centers (dispatch) will be equipped to receive and respond to mobile phone Text-to-9-1-1 messages. This service is available for use by the deaf, hard-of-hearing, speech impaired, and in situations where it is too dangerous to make a voice call to 9-1-1. All phones or devices must include a text or data plan to send a Text-to-9-1-1.

Public safety agencies have known for some time that this technology was coming. It is great to now see it come to fruition, giving the public another option to call for help when they need. San Bernardino County Dispatch Centers are trained and ready to assist callers who, for whatever reason, are unable to call 9-1-1. While the technology is still evolving, it another tool to help those who are often the most vulnerable in our communities if they cannot call 9-1-1.

Big Bear Fire Department Tops the Charts Four Years Straight

Annual Fitness Testing Ranks Local Firefighters at the Top

BIG BEAR, CA/– Big Bear Fire Department continues its reign as the Most Fit Fire Department for four years running. Once a year, firefighters are put through an intensive physical fitness screening process. Bob Antonacci an Exercise Physiologist fromFitness Appraisal, Inc. (FAI), tests firefighters with an array of physical fitness testing equipment and blood tests. Big Bear Fire Department has surpassed the ideal standard of 1500, once again topping the rankings in 2015, achieving an average performance score of 1630.6.

Each year Antonacci determines the Most Fit Fire Department among its clients based on the average Physical Performance Score among all firefighters in each department. The ideal standard is 1500. Big Bear Fire Department’s Chief Willis stated, “It is my goal to have 100% of all the firefighters in the department meet the ideal standard. This year they are coming closer to obtaining that goal with only 7 firefighters, or 21%, falling below the ideal standard compared to other fire departments at an average of 37% below ideal standard.”

Safe Winter Heating - Hot Tips for Cold Weather

BIG BEAR LAKE, CALIF/November 2, 2015 – Big Bear Fire Department has some “Hot Tips for Cold Weather” to ensure safe winter heating. With the change in seasons in Big Bear Valley comes the need to warm our homes and businesses. Stay warm and safe during the winter months by following some simple tips.

Conventional Heating: Have a professional check and service your heating system each year.  This not only helps to prevent hazardous situations from occurring, but also maintains the efficiency of your heater. Always keep combustibles away from heat sources. Check the manufacturer’s specifications for clearance distances.

Portable Heaters:  Purchase only those heaters bearing the seal of Underwriters Laboratory (UL), Factory Mutual (FM) or another nationally recognized testing laboratory. Always use heating appliances according to manufacturer’s specifications. Make sure electric cords are in good condition. Adult supervision should always be maintained while space heaters are in use.  Never leave a portable heater on when unattended and never use an oven to heat your home; it can deplete the oxygen level.

Fire Restrictions Increase on San Bernardino National Forest

San Bernardino, Calif., June 24, 2015 – As fire season begins the San Bernardino National Forest will implement seasonal fire restrictions effective, Monday, June 29, 2015.

“As California goes into our fourth year of drought, the forest has felt the effects with lower than normal winter snow and rainfall making the forest more susceptible to fire,” said Forest Supervisor Jody Noiron. “Our number one priority on the forest is the safety of our visitors making the fire restrictions in place necessary,” said Fire Management Officer Jaime Gamboa. “The community and all forest users can help in the prevention of fires by being vigilant in reporting illegal and inappropriate behavior within our community throughout the year.”

Lake Fire Forest Closure Order

Incident: Lake Fire Wildfire
Released: 1:09 hrs. ago


Forest Order No. 05-12-51-15-03

Lake Fire Closure

Pursuant to 16 USC 551 and 36 CFR 261.50(a) and (b), to provide for public safety and protect natural resources, the following acts are prohibited within the Mountaintop Ranger District of the San Bernardino National Forest. This Order is effective from June 24, 2015 through October 1, 2015.

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: