FIRE & SHERIFF Departments
Photos courtesy of Tod Sudmeir, 564 Fire
At 2:00 P.M. Monday,
July 13th, San
Bernardino County FIRE Department crews were dispatched to a reported vegetation fire in the
area of Waterman Ave and Vanderbilt Way
in San Bernardino.
on-scene within two minutes to find 200’ x 50’ spot in the river bottom. Crews
battled the fire with limited access, heavy fuels and 100+ degree temperatures.
A water dropping San Bernardino County Sheriff Helicopter was
requested to assist with water dropping and reconnaissance. A water dip site
was set up and nearby fire station #231 to minimize turnaround. SBCOFD and SBSO
recently trained on dip site and porta-tank operations. Thanks to SBSO for the
Despite the high
temperature and heavy fuels, the forward rate of spread was stopped at 5 acres.
Fire fighters remained on-scene far into the evening working on mop-up and
Bernardino County FIRE Departments regionalized service model allowed
the City of San Bernardino to have continuous service by moving-up
SBCoFD Engines to vacant stations. This ensures uninterrupted fire, rescue and
EMS service is provided. Once crews achieved knockdown on the fire, the
manpower from the hand crews allowed the incident commanders to release engine
companies to their respective station.
San Bernardino County Fire Department responded with 13 Engines, 2
Water Tenders, 2 Hand Crews, 3 Chief Officers, a Dozer and a Fire Investigator.
San Bernardino County Sheriff assisted with a water dropping
Colton Fire Department & Loma Linda Fire Department assisted
with an Engine.