Needles, CA: Administrative Monthly Report for October 2012 presentation at last Tuesday’s Needles City Council Meeting.
San Bernardino County Fire Department Battalion Chief Mike Snow giving the Administrative Monthly Report for October 2012 during last Tuesday’s Needles City Council Meeting.
In the October 2012 Administrative Monthly Report, San Bernardino County Fire Department responded to a total of 120 requests for assistance. Division wide responses for the South Desert total were 595 incidents.
San Bernardino County Fire Department Battalion Chief Mike Snow talked about Winter Storm Safety and what the public can do to be prepared.
San Bernardino County Fire Department Battalion Chief Mike Snow also responded to a question that came up during Public Appearance regarding Fire Inspections Program.
According to San Bernardino County Fire Department Battalion Chief Mike Snow, the Fire Inspections Program is an annual inspection of the facilities that is suppose to take place each year for the life safety and fire protection ratings of each of the facilities that we either own, occupied, or lease out to our flows out there. The whole purpose of these inspection to make sure our occupies are safe, our customers are safe, and the building is best protected against damages and fires.
San Bernardino County Fire Department Battalion Chief Mike Snow added that the information collected in the Fire Inspections Program will presented in a presentation to the Needles City Council and discuss what are the implications and repercussions for those who are going to be affected in this community, and they will be working with the Needles City Council on addressing those needs and hopefully relieve some of those concerns.
Needles City Council Member Jim Lopez asked about the Big River Fire Station asking if the San Bernardino County Fire Station in Big River, California is fully functional on Paid Call Firefighters.
San Bernardino County Fire Department Battalion Chief Mike Snow responded to Needles City Council Member Jim Lopez question saying, “I wouldn’t say fully functional is the word for it. We do have several individuals in there right now; 4 at least are trained on operational to response and are on the Pay Call schedule. We do have more applications that are being processed. But as far as providing any additional supplemental staffing to that area right now, that is not being done.”
In early July 2012, The San Bernardino County Fire Station 17 in Big River, California lost its full time firefighters and was changed to Paid Call Firefighters.
The San Bernardino County Fire Station 17 serves the California side of the Colorado River and since the change to Paid Call Firefighters, San Bernardino County Fire Station 17 relays solely on part time firefighters.
The change to Paid Call Firefighters occurred due to budgetary concerns in San Bernardino County, California.
Information obtain from the San Bernardino County Fire Department website, The San Bernardino County Fire Department currently employs approximately 415 Paid Call Firefighters (PCF). These personnel staff engine companies in many communities within each of the four field divisions of the department. Paid Call Firefighters respond as needed on a part time basis to all types of emergencies. They are alerted by a text-pager system. Paid Call Firefighters train with their local engine companies in their districts. They also participate in regional training sessions and multi-company drills as arranged by their Battalion Chief.
More information regarding Paid Call Firefighters can be found at the following San Bernardino County Fire Department website:
Information stated in the October 2012 Administrative Monthly Report reads the following:
– Estimated Fire Loss (In Dollars):
Total Loss: $0.00
– Responses Other Than Fires:
Rupture / Explosion: 0
EMS / Rescue: 85
Hazardous Condition: 4
Service Calls: 8
Good Intent Calls: 17
False Call: 0
– Outside of City Limits Response:
** (Single Engine or Patrol Responses) **
Traffic Incidents: 12
Medical Aid: 3
– Alarms – All Types: City of Needles Response Area.
** 2012 Year-to-Date: **
Total Non-Fire Response: 826
Total Fire Responses: 65
Total Alarms: 891
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For more information regarding the Needles City Council Meeting, please contact Dale Jones at the City of Needles City Clerk’s Office at: 1 (760) 326-2113 Ext. 345.