Havasu Lake, CA: San Bernardino County Fire Department’s Station 18 is now fully operational and manned with full-time staffing.
According to the San Bernardino County Fire Department, Station 18 in Havasu Lake, California is now staffed 24 hours with a Captain and a Firefighter/Paramedic, effective Sunday, August 5th, 2019.
Fire Station 18, located at 148808 Havasu Lake Road, provide fire, rescue and EMS services to the community of Havasu Lake and surrounding highways, including Hwy 95, and may be called to assist in Needles, California, averaging 500 calls annually.
Fire Station 18 also provide service to over 28,000 acres of tribal land and respond to boat incidents and medical needs at Havasu Landing, California.
In addition to having a fire engine, water tender and firefighting boat at the ready, a medic brush patrol is being relocated to Havasu Lake, California; reducing response times and providing advance life-support services.
Funding has been set aside to purchase a new firefighting boat in 2020.
“This operational change is crucial due to the remoteness of the area and the unsustainable Paid-Call Firefighter program. The need for full-time staffing and adding paramedics in this region is long overdue,” stated San Bernardino County Fire Department Assistant Chief Tom Marshall.
For numerous years, Station 18 has been manned with paid-call firefighters (P.C.F.).
When a call for service comes in, if a PCF is available, they would respond to the call.
If none available, the next closest unit would respond, usually from Needles, California.
Due to the limited interest and availability of PCFs in outlying communities, encompassed with the amount of required training to maintain firefighter and EMT status, the P.C.F. program has declined county-wide.
Staffing and operating costs for this station is about $1.1 million and is coming directly from the department’s regional budget.
A new fire station and additional staffing are in the planning stage.
Due to limitations of the fire station, firefighters will be at the station from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. PT daily.
After which, they will respond directly from their resident post.
Through a partnership with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, living quarters was procured for on-duty firefighters in a nearby manufactured home.
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