Hello, this is Chief Jamie Williams with the Barstow Fire Protection District. As you may know the community depends on the Barstow Fire Protection District to provide much more than fire suppression services. The Barstow Fire Protection District is an all-risk agency that must ensure for the continued provision of fire, emergency medical, hazardous materials, technical rescue, community preparedness, public education, and fire prevention services to meet the demonstrated needs of the community.
I wanted to take a moment to share with you some information regarding our activities over this past quarter.
BFPD Events April 2017-June 2017
• From March 08 2017 through June 12 2017 the Barstow Fire Protection District responded to 1,665 emergency incidents
• Barstow Firefighters spent 96 hours training on topics including pre-plans, structural firefighting, Officer training and firefighter proficiency.
• Barstow Firefighters have had several significant incidents during this quarter
o 2- Pediatric Full arrest patients
o 10 acre brush fire- Richards Lane
o 20 acre brush fire- Nelson Fire
o Auto vs pedestrian- major injuries Main street/Muriel
o Traffic accident with major injuries- I-15 freeway
o Major Wind Event- Emergency Operations Center activation
• On March 30, 2017, the City of Barstow was hit with a significant wind event causing havoc on our community. Barstow Fire received 32 calls for service 26, which occurred between 1400hrs and 2100hrs. We received Mutual Aide assistance from SB County Fire (ME79,ME4,MT304,B141) Marine Corps Logistics Base (MT402) FT Irwin Fire Department (ME411), Desert Ambulance also assisted with running 3 Medical Aids solo without any Fire unit. Although all incidents are significant, we had some “unique” incidents that did occur. San Bernardino County Fire MT304 responded to two active elevator rescues at the Hampton Inn in Lenwood, we had four structure fire reports in which three were actively burning. One Vacant Structure was a total loss the other two were occupied and sustained significant damage. The fourth Structure response was unfounded.
• The city also experienced multiple calls for power lines down the most significant being in the area of Lillian and E. Virginia Way. We had five high voltage poles snap which caused high voltage lines to fall onto multiple residences on the 900 block of Lillian Dr. This caused a need for rapid evacuations and in some cases, families were sheltered in place. There was one report of a firefighter injury, he was transported to BCH and later released with a minor leg injury. Barstow PD and Barstow Fire activated the EOC at FS361 to handle, prioritize and assign units to all incidents. It was an excellent demonstration of cooperation between all agencies, especially Barstow PD and Fire.
• Barstow Firefighters conducted 4 public education events in the community
• Barstow Firefighters installed 111 home smoke detectors participating in Red Cross Home Safety Campaign
• Barstow Firefighters participated in Relay For Life providing a first aid booth and public relations outreach
• Public Safety Explorer Honor Guard participated in two public events
• Chief Williams Attended 2 High Desert Emergency Managers Program meetings
• All personnel were issued personal set of Ballistic Gear for Active Shooter response
• Fire Captain oral interviews were conducted internally, John Mcnelis was appointed Acting Captain assigned to C shift Station 363
• Fire Engineer oral interviews were conducted internally, William Knight was promoted to Fire Engineer assigned to A shift
• Fire Engineer testing was conducted June 13th and 14th. Three candidates have been invited to oral board interviews.
• One Firefighter/Paramedic and one Fire Engineer have resigned moving on to other southern California area departments.
• We welcome newly hired Firefighter Paramedic Gerald Wymore to the ranks. His start date is June 14 2017.