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SB City Firefighters Rescue Man Injured on Hillside

• 63 year old Lake Arrowhead Man Injured while attempting to recover his remote control plane which landed on the hillside.
• The Victim called 911 from his cell phone after being stuck on the south side of Little Mountain some 700 – 800 feet above Blair Park with back spasms and unable to move.
• San Bernardino County Sheriff’s helicopter was called to assist in locating the Victim.
• Fire Department Paramedics, Firefighters and Urban Search and Rescue Team treated the Male Victim while on the hillside.
• The Victim was carried down in a rescue basket by Firefighters on foot and transferred to an awaiting ambulance, where he was taken to the Loma Linda University Medical Center for treatment.

Date: April 20, 2010
Location: Little Mtn. Radio Towers – North of Blair Park San Bernardino
Time of the call: 12:57 HRS
First Unit on the scene: Engine 225
Number of Units: 2 Engines, Ladder Truck, Urban Search & Rescue, Battalion Chief
Number of Firefighters: 16 Firefighters
Injuries: 1 Victim

Press Release SB City: Fire Engineer Rodd Mascis

Smoldering Fire in Commercial Structure Deemed Suspicious

San Bernardino City Fire Department received multiple calls for smoke coming from a single story commercial structure on S. I St. First arriving units encountered moderate smoke coming from the attic vents and roof of the structure which was approx. 6,000 sq. ft. Firefighters noted that the dwelling appeared to be vacant. After forcing entry into the structure, Firefighters encountered heavy smoke charged throughout the building and zero visibility. It took firefighters 7 minutes to control the fire which was confined to an extremely large pile of wiring. SBFD investigators deemed the fire as suspicious and the incident is still under investigation.

Date: April 17, 2010
Location: 200 Block of S. I St.
Time of the call: 09:01 am
First Unit on the scene: Engine-230
Number of Units: 8
Number of Firefighters: 21
Injuries: 0
Fatalities: 0
Property Loss/Damage: $1,000
Contents Loss: $0
Property Saved: $500,000

Press Release: Jason Serrano SB City PIO

SB City Firefighters Retreat From Roof Before Collapse in Early Morning Two Alarm Fire

When the first San Bernardino City Fire Units arrived, they found heavy smoke and flames coming from the first unit of a three-unit single story 1,400 square foot occupied business. Fire quickly spread to two adjacent offices with fire quickly extending through the roof. Firefighters surrounded the building to protect nearby businesses dousing the flames in just over fifty minutes. Fire was contained to the one building. Cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Location: 1406 North Waterman Avenue
Time of initial call: 5:15 a.m.
First unit on scene: 5:23 Fire under control: 6:42
Number of Fire units: 13 Number of Firefighters: 39
Injuries: 0 Fatalities: 0
Number of persons transported to Hospitals: 0
Property Loss/Damage: $250,000 Contents N/A

Press Release by PIO Arvizo, SB City
Photo by: Captain Ben Alexander, SB City

Vacant Home Burns Twice Under Suspicious Conditions in San Bernardino City

blobfetch.aspSan Bernardino City Fire Department responded to a reported fire in the 1300 block of North Mountain View Ave. The first arriving unit reported a working structure fire in a vacant residence. Firefighters employed a defensive strategy and achieved initial knockdown within fifteen minutes. Total control was declared within the hour. The fire was deemed suspicious in nature and is currently under investigation. This is the second structure fire in this residence this year.

Contact: Fire Engineer Ken Yellen, PIO
Contact Number: 909-384-5207
Date: September 23, 2009
Location: 1300 Block of North Mountain View Ave.
Time of the call: 10:31 P.M.
First Unit on the scene: Battalion 605
Number of Units: 9
Number of Firefighters: 26
Injuries: 0
Fatalities: 0
Property Loss/Damage: $ 40,000.00
Contents Loss: 0
Property Saved: $ 150,000.00

Source: sbcityfire.blogspot.com


Announcing the 13th Annual Craig Alder Charity Golf Tournament! Craig Alder, the son of retired LAFD (Los Angeles City) Fire Captain Rich Alder and brother of SBFD (San Bernardino City) Battalion Chief Mike Alder, was an SBFD firefighter whose career was cut short when he suffered serious brain injuries after being struck by a car while crossing the street in his home town of Temecula. Family and friends have put together this annual golf tournament for Craig and his family, wife Buffy and two sons Jake and Wyatt, to help ease the financial burden of living expenses plus his continuing care and rehabilitation. Last year’s tournament was a huge success and we sincerely appreciate the support of the LAFD, SBFD and many other fire departments, friends and families.


This year’s tournament will be held Monday, September 14, 2009 at the Temecula Creek Inn Golf Club in Temecula, Calif. The tournament will be a four person scramble format with a 9:00 AM shotgun start. Men and ladies are welcome and you may enter as a foursome or as individuals. The entry fee is $125.00, which includes golf, cart, banquet lunch and T-shirt.

Hole sponsors and tee sponsors are also needed. Entry blanks will be sent to past participants and you may get further information by downloading a 13th Annual Craig Alder Tournament Flyer or by contacting Mike Alder at (951) 972-7878 or (951) 308-1342

Thank You in advance for your support,

Craig Alder Foundation, Inc
Tax ID # 731713897

Mike Alder

Taking A Look Back At The DEADLY Sunset Hotel Fire

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California Hotel Fire Leaves Four Dead And 18 Injured 29 Dec 2002 SAN BERNARDINO, CA: Four people were killed and 18 others were injured as fire spread through the top floor of a small residential hotel early morning Saturday. Firefighters managed to pull dozens out of the blaze to safety. When firefighters reached the Sunset Hotel just before 01:00PST, several people were hanging from the upper floor windows. Firefighters used ladders to reach more than 30 people, including a 2-month-old infant, but others were trapped inside, and much of the third floor was fully involved in flames.
These were the headlines from one of the deadliest hotel fires in recent years. Five years later, the hotel has undergone a complete transformation, including a name change and the installation of residential sprinklers. However, for members of the San Bernardino City Fire Department who were involved at that fire we will never forget the tragic events that occurred in that building on 12/29/02. Ironically, it did not occur just once, but twice. A little more than a year later another major fire occurred in the building that resulted in a single civilian fatality and extensive damage to the building.
Having been involved in two very significant and deadly hotel fires in a short period is rare. However, from a firefighting standpoint, it can’t be over emphasized the importance of strategic and tactical pre-planning. The entire San Bernardino City Fire Department had a thorough knowledge of the building and a tactical readiness that was without a doubt, a big help with the successful outcome of the second fire.
Taking a look back after five years is very interesting. This was one of those fires that you think about your whole career. What will happen? What will I do if I am in charge of a situation like that? Can I prepare enough for a fire situation like that? What I have learned is that it is not near as important to know the answers to those questions as it is to share the lessons learned with those in the fire service that come behind us.
The San Bernardino City Fire Department is rapidly becoming a very young fire department. we have nearly 1/3 of the fire department that has less than 5 years on the job. The vast majority of those people were not involved with either one of those two tragic hotel fires. It is crucial that we share the lessons learned. What we did right and what we could do better next time, because it is not a matter of if. Rather, it is matter of when.
As I looked back after 5 years and was sharing some of those lessons with our younger people I found a letter that I had written to the entire fire department and specifically, to those that were directly involved with the fire. Below, is the letter that I wrote to the men and women of the San Bernardino City Fire Department:

When I first got into the fire service, I remember being told by a very wise firefighter that there would only be a few fires in my career that I would have the opportunity to display all of the tools that it takes to literally save someone or better yet, save several lives. He said that although those opportunities are very rare it is of the utmost importance to spend your career training as though your very next fire is going to be that one that you will remember for the rest of your life and the one that you don’t want to have any regrets about how yourself, your company or your entire fire department handled that opportunity. On December 29th at 00:55 hrs the SBFD got that opportunity. I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you, to all of the men and women who displayed the utmost in professionalism during the fire fighting operation and more specifically the physical rescues of men, women and children who most certainly were going to die if those necessary tools were not displayed correctly. I have never been more proud to be a member of the San Bernardino City Fire Department, than during that firefighting operation. Without a doubt, I was witness to the most impressive display of rescue and firefighting skills that I have ever seen in my 20 years. Some would say, that is crazy considering that four civilians lost their lives. I would say that those lost lives are extremely unfortunate and even more unfortunate considering how hard and desperate you all tried to keep that from happening. However, anyone who was on that fire also understands that many others are alive today because of individual efforts that went far beyond what most in the fire service have ever had the opportunity to display. Those individual efforts were unbelievable and believe me, I was in probably the best position to see most all of it. Those individual efforts were combined to make the best team effort I have ever seen in my career. Shortly after the fire was extinguished and the chaos started to diminish, I had an opportunity to reflect on some of the things that occurred on the fire ground. I have often wondered how good our fire department really is. We have talent and personality that is immeasurable, but I have always believed that the real test of how good our fire department is on the fire ground, would come when we had the opportunity to handle a situation like the one that we were confronted with at the Sunset Hotel. I have no doubts about that now. Some would say that we were all just doing our job and that is the way it should be. I would say they are right. However, what I saw on that night went far beyond just doing the job. I saw firefighters, engineers and captains who made rescues that go beyond just doing the job. I saw captains that displayed the type of leadership that make those rescues happen in a professional and timely manner. As for me. Well, after preaching the truck company stuff for so many years to so many people who probably thought I was a bit eccentric and maybe a bit overboard on some of the philosophies I can now smile when I think back on the things that I saw and how professionally it was accomplished. Of the 47 “A” shift personnel on duty the day of the Sunset fire, 27 of them were from the “B” and/or “C” shift. We always joke about being three fire departments, but the reality is that looking at the shift diversity of the personnel that were on that fire shows that we are truly becoming one fire department and the efforts of all who were on that fire are truly representative of the entire SBFD. Thank you for your efforts and your professionalism. You should be very proud of yourselves and each other. Keep up the good work and remember, those types of fires and situations don’t come often but in a 25 to 30 year career, especially in this City, they will come. Be Ready!