More firefighters are approved for communities at risk
The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors last week unanimously approved supplemental funds in the amount of $500,000 for the County Fire Department to provide additional firefighter staffing during the six-month fire season.
Mountain and foothill communities served by the County Fire Department will soon see more firefighters in their communities thanks to today’s action. The communities include Angelus Oaks, Grand Terrace, Fawnskin, Forest Falls, Joshua Tree, Lytle Creek, Lucerne Valley, Phelan, San Antonio Heights, and Wrightwood.
Steep terrain and dense vegetation in mountain and foothill communities accelerate the spread of fires and place the communities at higher risk during fire season, making the need for a rapid and well-prepared firefighting response especially important. In addition to these conditions, the ongoing bark beetle tree mortality emergency in the local mountains continues to pose a significant threat. These factors draw attention to the need to ensure the county’s fire stations are adequately staffed for initial callouts of reported fires.
“This capability will help ensure that fires can be effectively addressed by responding fire crews before fires get out of hand,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Bill Postmus. “Recent fires throughout our county demonstrate how vital these extra firefighters are.”