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It is with great sadness that the San Bernardino Fire Department announces the passing of Fire Captain Creighton (Creig) Nece. Creig was a 19 year veteran of the fire department and died during the morning hours on 3/2/09 while in the hospital recovering from back injuries sustained in an off-road vehicle accident last week.

Creig leaves behind his wife and two adult children. He was so very well respected within the fire service community, but more importantly he was loved and respected as a great man with tremendous integrity and character by all who knew him

Memorial services for Captain Nece are as follows:

  • A “Viewing Ceremony” will be held at Bobbitt Memorial Chapel on March 9th, 2009 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM. – located at 1299 E. Highland Ave, San Bernardino, CA 92404
  • Memorial Services will be held at “The Packing House” on Tuesday, March 10th, 2009 at 11:00 AM – located at 27165 San Bernardino, Ave Redlands, CA. 92404. Immediately following there will be a procession to Monticeto Memorial Park, located at 24145 Barton Rd. Loma Linda, CA. 92354

Please continue to check back for further updates and you can also find the updated information at www.sbcityfire.blogspot.com

PIO Eric Esquivel, Battalion Chief
San Bernardino Fire Department

Announcing the 13th Annual Craig Alder Charity Golf Tournament

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.

 Craig Alder - 1995

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 contacting Mike Alder at (951) 972-7878 or by clicking on the attached documents below.

Thank You in advance for your support,

Michael Alder

13th Annual CA Golf Cover

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 Mike & Craig Alder 1995


The SBFD “Apparatus Committee” was recently back in Appleton, Wisconsin at the Pierce Factory working with Sales Rep Kevin Newell. Currently, the San Bernardino City Fire Department is in the process of purchasing seven fire engines and two aerial ladder trucks from Pierce Manufacturing, Inc.. The SBFD is purchasing seven PUC’s with the Arrow XT chassis and two tractor drawn aerial ladder trucks, also with the Arrow XT

The SBFD and it’s current fleet, which is almost entirely Pierce is looking to replace seven of the twelve front line engines that were last purchased in 1999. The SBFD is a very busy fire department and four of the seven engines, currently have over a 100,000 miles on them. Battalion Chief Mike Alder and Denis Moon head up the committee, which consists of two Captains (Kevin Bathgate & Dan Harker), two Engineers (Jim Davis & Pat Burton), and one Fire Mechanic (Tony Zamora). Mike and Denis have been involved in the apparatus specification process for the SBFD since 1990 and have learned a lot over the years and have seen quite a few technological changes. The SBFD apparatus committee is really looking forward to taking delivery of the seven engines and two trucks. For the first time, they have been able to build an engine that will have the type of compartmentation that they need for their firefighting and ALS demands as well as a 178″ wheel base that they need for maneuverability”.

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Some of the other issues that they were dealing with had to do with firefighting efficiency and safety. As popular as the SCBA seats are in the fire service they had observed problems with seat belt use while responding to fires. The committee along with the fire department staff felt that it is very difficult to wear the seat belt and the bottle at the same time. They removed the bottles and placed them in a compartment and attempted to give their personnel more leg room and comfort. At the same time it, they will eliminate the problem of the Captain trying to get his/her bottle on quickly and catch up with two other firefighters that are more than ready to get inside the building.

Another big change was the elimination of pre-connected attack lines and replaced with a manifold system that allows for very simple hose deployment and a more systematic and efficient charging of the attack lines. The PUC also has pump and roll capability.

The two tractor drawn aerial ladders have a medium duty 250 lb tip load Pierce aerial ladder and they eliminated the use of a pre-plumbed waterway. The apparatus committee felt that the vast majority of their aerial ladder use was to access the roof of a building for ventilation and the pre-plumbed waterway made it more difficult to quickly ladder buildings, always having to be aware of the pinnable waterway location. In the rare event that the SBFD has to resort to a “Ladder-Pipe” operation, the deployment of the 3″ hose may be a little slower but at that point what is the big hurry?

The SBFD should be taking delivery of four engines and one truck at the end of May and the delivery of the other three engines and the other truck at the end of June. If you have any questions regarding the apparatus specs and the thought process behind the decisions that were made for the development of the PUC and the Tractor Drawn Aerials please feel free to contact Battalion Chief’s Mike Alder or Denis Moon at 909-384-5279 or you can also contact the Pierce Sales Rep Kevin Newell (South Coast Fire Equipment) at 909-673-9900.

San Bernardino Firefighters Battle Motel Blaze

First-Hand Account

Submitted by Ben Alexander

Photo By Ben Alexander

On February 24th units from the San Bernardino City Fire Department responded to a multiple alarm fire located in a downtown motel. Initial arriving units encountered heavy smoke and fire conditions coming from two motel rooms located on the second floor of the 2 story motel. An aggressive interior attack was initiated simultaneously with vertical ventilation.

“We knocked the fire down very quickly and a search of the motel rooms was completed with no one found”. “This was our second working structure fire for the shift… It’s good to be back at station 222!”

San Bernardino City Firefighters Battle 2 Alarm Structure Fire

First-Hand Account 

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When the first SBFD unit arrived they saw heavy smoke and fire coming from the inside and 20 ft flames coming from the 2nd story windows of a vacant 3000 square foot two story home.  Firefighters made entry through the front door and extinguished the fire on the first floor while other crews simultaneously assisted them with extinguishing the 2 floor.  “Conditions were very hot… Continue reading San Bernardino City Firefighters Battle 2 Alarm Structure Fire

SBFD Confined Space Training Drill

First-Hand Account

SBFD Rescue 230 On the evening of February 12th, 15 members from SBFD specializing in Confined Space Ops simulated a ‘kid down in a storm drain’. Normally we run our drills during the day but we chose to do it at night this time to change it up a little. It added a little more work dealing with lighting and also vehicle and spectator traffic was a little higher making it even that much more realistic. We had an 8 foot drop into a small vault which had a horizontal pipe that went about 100 feet to another small vault/storm drain.
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Pilot Makes Emergency Landing – San Bernardino

First-Hand Account

Submited by Engineer Yellen, San Bernardino City FD

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“Today, I was working my first shift back at our Central station with my new crew.  We ran a call for an in-flight emergency with malfunctioning landing gear.  Turns out that this gentleman had thousands of hours of flight time and was Bob Hope’s personal pilot.  I give him kudos for an incredible landing that we got to witness while doing the ARFF stand-by”.

Here is some additional info from the official press release:
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SBFD RIC Training Prop Featured in CSFA Magazine

CSFA Magazine The most recent issue of the California State Firefighters Association magazine featured an article on the RIC training props created by the crew from San Bernardino City fire station 221. Specifically featured was the “firefighter through the roof” prop. This event trains firefighters with different techniques on how to extract a firefighter when partially entrapped by falling through a compromised roof.
Congratulations to Capt. Curt Janeway / Capt. Matt Topoleski and all company members on their recent spotlight.

We all remember this video of a compromised roof: