Big Bear Fire ARV to
Local Knowledge is Vital
Huether and Medeck and Firefighter/EMT Unger.
Photos Courtesy of Big Bear Fire Department:
Big Bear Lake, CA, July
19, 2018____ Forest Road 2-N90,
a rocky and steep 4x4 road to Tip Top Mountain, northeast of Big Bear City,
near Arrastre Creek is known to many locals and off-road enthusiasts. But when
a 9-1-1 call came to Big Bear Fire the night of July 5, 2018, requiring them to
respond to an injury at that location, the immediate question to on-duty
Battalion Chief Ryan Harold was, “Where exactly was the crew to go and how were
they to get there?” Harold had to rely on two things, his staff’s local
knowledge and the Department’s All Response Vehicle (ARV).
Harold called on Firefighter/Paramedic Brittania Huether, a lifetime resident
of Big Bear City, to get herself and the rest of the responding crew safely to
the incident. There was only one vehicle in the Department’s fleet that was up
to the task - the Department’s 2-year’s new ARV.
four crew members Firefighter/Paramedics Brandon Medeck and John Stein, and Firefighter/EMT
Dylan Unger, along with Huether boarded the ARV for a harrowing ride through
the darkness to find the person in need of medical aid.
to Fire Chief Jeff Willis, “Prior to the purchase of the ARV, this type of
response would not have been possible. Even with the ARV, without the local
knowledge demonstrated by the Big Bear Fire crew, the chance of a successful
mission would have been questionable. Local knowledge is vital.” The crew was ultimately
successful in finding the injured party. After providing medical aid the
patient declined transport and the crew guided the injured party’s vehicle to a
road that would take them back safely to Pioneer Town.
Dawn E. Marschinke
to Big Bear Fire Chief Jeff Willis
About Big Bear Fire Department:
Big Bear Fire Authority was formed under a Joint Powers
Agreement in 2012 combining Big Bear Lake Fire Protection District and Big Bear
City Fire Department, now commonly known as Big Bear Fire Department. Since its
inception, Big Bear Fire Department is committed to providing the Big Bear
Valley with professional fire, medical and emergency services “Protecting Lives
and Property,” with timely response to fire and medical emergencies.