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Stay Safe This Fourth Of July Holiday

Chino Valley Fire District

Chino Valley – The Chino Valley Fire District reminds residents that fireworks of any kind are prohibited in the City of Chino Hills and in the unincorporated County areas.  State Fire Marshal approved “Safe and Sane” fireworks can be used in the City of Chino, except in the area south of Pine Avenue and in the area east of Euclid Avenue between Merrill and Kimball avenues.

 

“Safe and Sane” fireworks do not fly or blow up and are registered with the California State Fire Marshal as a “Safe and Sane” firework.  In the City of Chino, these fireworks can only be used or possessed in residential areas from noon on July 1st through midnight July 4th, and not on school grounds, parking lots, commercial areas or parks.

 

The Chino Valley Fire District, Chino Police Department and the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department/Chino Hills Police Department will be enforcing zero tolerance for illegal fireworks.  The penalty for using illegal fireworks is up to a $1,000 fine and up to one year in jail.  Parents/guardians will be held liable for any fire suppression costs, damages or injuries caused by their children’s use of fireworks.

 

The Chino Valley Fire District encourages residents to enjoy the various professional fireworks shows scheduled throughout the county.  Below are some helpful tips for the use of “Safe and Sane” fireworks.

 

  • Always read and follow the directions
  • Have an adult supervise all fireworks activities
  • Buy from a reliable fireworks vendor
  • Ignite fireworks outside and have a water source available
  • Never experiment with fireworks, modify fireworks or try to make fireworks of your own
  • Ignite fireworks one at a time
  • Never reignite malfunctioning fireworks
  • Store unused fireworks in a cool, dry place
  • Never throw fireworks or carry them in your pocket

 

“Please make safety a priority while using fireworks to celebrate the July 4th Holiday” said Fire Chief Tim Shackelford.

 

For additional information regarding fireworks, visit our website at www.chinovalleyfire.org.

 

CVFD Announces Award Recipients

Photo courtesy: Chino Valley Fire District

Photo courtesy: Chino Valley Fire District

By Massiel Ladrón De Guevara

Chino Valley– The Chino Valley Fire District is proud to recognize former San Bernardino County Fourth District Supervisor Gary Ovitt and Carbon Canyon Fire Safe Council founding member Ron Nadeau as the 2015 recipients of the Fred L. Burns Community Service Award. Both award recipients were instrumental in the implementation of programs that reduced the fire risk in the Carbon Canyon area. “These two members of our community are certainly well deserving of the Fred L. Burns Community Service Award,” Board President Brian Johsz said, “Mr. Ovitt and Mr. Nadeau have made a real impact on protecting our community and removing a fire threat to many homes in Carbon Canyon.”

The Fred L. Burns Community Service Award was established to recognize an individual who has made a significant contribution to the Chino Valley Fire District in the area of furthering the District’s Mission Statement and/or who has made a significant contribution to the Chino Valley Community in the area of community service in support of public safety.

Mr. Ovitt served as Fourth District Supervisor from 2004 to 2014. During his tenure as Supervisor, Mr. Ovitt demonstrated a commitment to public safety by supporting several projects related to reducing fire risks in the community. He was a strong supporter of the Carbon Canyon Fire Safe Council, which was founded in 2001 under the guidance of the Fire District to support and implement programs and events related to fire safety within the Carbon Canyon community. Mr. Ovitt was instrumental in securing funds to remove overgrown vegetation that posed a fire danger in Carbon Creek. He also played a vital role in securing a location for a critical fire communications repeater in Carbon Canyon.

Mr. Nadeau has taken a lead with various projects that help protect Carbon Canyon from the devastating effects of fire. He has been instrumental with brush removal programs in the Canyon, wildfire defensible space planning and public outreach events. He also helped lead the arundo donax hazardous vegetation removal project in Canyon Creek that Mr. Ovitt helped fund. The overgrown brush in the creek is what helped fuel the fires that burned through the creek west of the San Bernardino County line during the 2008 Freeway Complex Fire.

Mr. Nadeau and Mr. Ovitt’s partnership with the Fire Safe Council has dramatically reduced the potential for loss of life, property destruction and damage to the environment that is associated with wildfire. The Chino Valley Fire District is proud to honor them for their work in keeping our communities safer from the detrimental effects of wildfires.

CVFD Hires Six Firefighter/Paramedics

Photo Courtesy of CVFD    (L-R):  Nathan Brooks, Conner Buck, Charles Addie, Miguel Lopez, Matt Robertson, Blake Lemke.

Photo Courtesy of CVFD
(L-R): Nathan Brooks, Conner Buck, Charles Addie, Miguel Lopez, Matt Robertson, Blake Lemke.

Courtesy of the Chino Valley Fire District

 

The Chino Valley Fire District welcomed six new firefighter/paramedics to the Fire District family on January 10th. The new hires will fill vacancies left by promotions and retirements.

After completing an intensive four-week academy put on by Fire District personnel, the firefighter/paramedics will be assigned to work at one of the seven fire stations in the District.

“We are excited to bring these new firefighter/paramedics onboard. They underwent an extensive testing process that ensures we are hiring the best firefighter/paramedics for the community” said Fire Chief Tim Shackelford.

The new hires include Charles Addie, Nathan Brooks, Conner Buck, Blake Lemke, Miguel Lopez and Matt Robertson. Firefighter/Paramedics Addie, Brooks and Buck were all former Chino Valley Fire District Fire Explorers.

The Fire Explorer program requires participants to pass an interview, physical agility test, and to complete 20 hours of volunteer work each year at various special functions and community events.

Chino Valley Fire gives toys to Children’s Hospital

Courtesy of the Chino Valley Fire District (L-R) front row: Child, Public Information Officer Massiel De Guevara, Junior Firefighter Vincent, child receiving care at Children’s hospital middle row, Firefighter/Paramedic Shane Stocking, Firefighter Jason Farnsworth, Fire Inspector Alvin Cuna. Far back, Firefighter/Paramedic Tommy Kavanaugh

Courtesy of the Chino Valley Fire District
(L-R) front row: Child, Public Information Officer Massiel De Guevara, Junior Firefighter Vincent, child receiving care at Children’s hospital
middle row, Firefighter/Paramedic Shane Stocking, Firefighter Jason Farnsworth, Fire Inspector Alvin Cuna.
Far back, Firefighter/Paramedic Tommy Kavanaugh

Courtesy of Chino Valley Fire District

Chino – Off duty Firefighters, Fire District staff, and Junior Firefighter, Vincent Dominguez, visited Children’s Hospital Los Angeles on Dec. 22, 2015 to deliver toys to children receiving care.  Jr. Firefighter Vincent is a 7-year-old former patient of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, where he fought and beat cancer.  He received his Chino Valley Fire District uniform and junior firefighter badge on June 20, 2015, while still undergoing treatment.

During a recent toy drive for Chino Valley children where Jr. Firefighter Vincent was volunteering his time, he approached our firefighters with the idea of going to the children’s hospital to deliver toys to children that are currently fighting cancer.  He wanted to visit with hospital staff and to brighten the day of some of his friends that are still in the hospital, as well as any other children that have come in since he was able to leave the hospital.

The Chino Valley Fire Foundation provided $1,300 for foundation members and firefighters to purchase several toys, art supplies, sports equipment, electronic devices and gift cards that were distributed on Dec. 22. Items were delivered to dozens of children that morning.  The smiles on their faces were priceless.

The Chino Valley Fire Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting life, safety, and welfare of the public through educational programs, direct assistance, and financial support of charitable organizations, victims of tragic events, and injured firefighters.

CVFD Offers Thanksgiving Cooking Tips

Courtesy of the Chino Valley Fire District

 

Chino Valley– The Chino Valley Fire District wants to help ensure that your Thanksgiving holiday is a safe and happy one. Below are some safety tips that will help you and your loved ones stay safe during the holiday.

Cooking Safety:

· Begin holiday cooking with a clean stove, oven and food preparation surfaces.

· Keep the kitchen area “off limits” to young children and adults that are not helping with food preparation to avoid accidents or mishaps.

· Have games or other activities for young children outside the kitchen area to keep them entertained.

· Avoid wearing clothing with loose or long fitting sleeves that might ignite if too close to a flame. Also avoid wearing dangling jewelry that might get caught on pot handles.

· Never leave boiling pots unattended. If you must leave the kitchen, turn off all burners or have another adult watch what is being cooked.

· Have a fire extinguisher available no more than 10 feet from the stove or cooking area.

· Remain in the home while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.

· Keep anything that can catch fire—oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains— away from your stovetop.

Deep-Fryer Safety:

· If you are using a deep fryer to cook your turkey, make sure it is set up outdoors in an open area that is away from walls, wooden fences, hanging tree branches and any other structure or item that can catch fire.

· Never use a deep fryer on a wooden deck or inside a garage.

· Never let children or pets near the fryer when it is in use.

· Never leave a deep fryer unattended.

For more information on holiday safety tips, visit our website at www.chinovalleyfire.org.

Summer Barbeques: A Cautionary Tale

Staff Reports

Chino Valley – On Wed., Aug. 5, Chino Valley Fire District firefighters responded to a barbeque fire on the 16000 block of Pipeline Avenue in Chino that resulted in minor injuries. Firefighters kept the fire from spreading to the patio and home by isolating it to the cooking station area. CVFD firefighter/paramedics treated a female patient for minor burn injuries.

Summer is a great time for get-togethers and barbeques, and the best way to ensure that your family and guests have a happy and memorable experience, is to exercise caution when using outdoor grills.

The Chino Valley Fire District offers the following guidelines and tips to help keep you safe.

Before Using Your Propane Grill:

  • Check all fuel connection points to confirm they are tight.
  • Check the fuel source hose for any leaks:
    • Apply a light soap and water solution to the hose using a brush or spray bottle.
    • Turn the fuel source on. If there is a leak, the gas will release bubbles around the hose. If there are no bubbles, your grill is safe to use.
    • If there are bubbles, turn off the tank and check connections, then have your grill serviced by a professional before using it again.
    • If the leak doesn’t stop, call the Fire Department immediately.

When Turning On The Grill:

  • Make sure the lid is open when lighting the grill. This will help prevent a possible gas explosion.

When The Grill Is On:

  • If you smell gas while you are cooking, turn off the gas and burners.
  • If the leak stops immediately, get the grill serviced by a professional before using it again.
  • If the smell continues, move away from the grill and call the Fire Department immediately. Do not move the grill.

For more information on fire and life safety, contact the Chino Valley Fire District at (909) 902-5260, or visit their website at www.chinovalleyfire.org.

If You Can’t Take The Heat…

CVFD offers Tips for the Heat Wave

 

Image Courtesy:  Google

Image Courtesy: Google

Staff Reports

Chino Valley – As the temperatures increase throughout the region – in some places in excess of 105 degrees – the Chino Valley Fire District urges residents to take precautions that will help prevent heat-related illnesses.

Stay Cool and Hydrated:

  • Spend the warmest part of the day in air-conditioned buildings.
  • Limit outdoor activity, especially midday when it is hottest, and avoid direct sunlight.
  • Drink more water than usual. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink water.
  • Drink from two to four cups of water every hour while working.
  • Dress in loose-fitting, lightweight, and light-colored clothes.
  • NEVER leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles – even for a minute!
  • Check on at-risk friends, family and neighbors at least twice a day.

Swimming Pool Safety:

  • Have an adult designated to supervise children whenever they are in or around water.
  • Remove children from water for any distractions such as a phone call or to use the restroom.

Barbeque Safety:

  • Visually inspect propane hoses for cracking, brittleness, holes and leaks. A soap and water solution may be used to test for leaks. Never use a flame to check for leaks.
  • Never use a grill indoors or closer than 10 feet from a building, eaves, branches or other combustibles.
  • Never leave a charcoal or propane grill unattended.

For additional safety tips, please visit the Fire District’s website at www.chinovalleyfire.org.

Chino Valley Scam Alert

Staff Reports

Photo Courtesy:  CVFD This is an official Chino Valley Fire District Uniform

Photo Courtesy: CVFD
This is an official Chino Valley Fire District Uniform

Chino Valley – The Chino Valley Fire District wants to alert business owners of unsolicited companies claiming to be sent to their businesses by the Fire Marshal, Fire District or a Fire Inspector.  These unsolicited companies claim that they are being sent on behalf of the local fire agency to perform an inspection or survey of the business.  The unsolicited companies target fire protection equipment, systems and other areas related to fire safety.

Fire inspections in Chino and Chino Hills are conducted by Fire District personnel.  All Chino Valley Fire District personnel who perform fire and life safety inspections wear an approved uniform. The uniform has a badge clearly displayed above the left front pocket and a Fire District patch on the left upper sleeve of their uniform shirt.  Businesses are encouraged to request a business card from anyone who claims to be at their business to conduct an inspection or to call the Fire District at (909) 902-5260 to verify an inspection by Fire District personnel.

Below are some precautionary measures that businesses can take:

  • Business owners should ask for proof of a proper license before anyone services their fire extinguishers, sprinkler system or alarm system.  Refuse fire protection services if proper identification is not provided. Have fire protection companies leave any parts that have been replaced.
  • Ask for identification of anyone requesting to perform any type of inspection.  CVFD personnel carry a Fire District ID card and business cards.
    • Always obtain an estimate for services or work that needs to be performed.
    • Do not pay upfront for any services rendered and do not pay with cash. Never sign a blank invoice.
  • Fire extinguishers should be inspected and serviced annually by a licensed technician. Be sure to record the date of the previous service, the quantity and size of your extinguishers, and the purchase dates.
  • Record the dates of the fire sprinkler, fire alarm, and special fire protection system installations and services.
  • Be cautious of service companies that show up “UNSOLICITED”.
  • Educate employees on business owner rights and fraudulent practices. Post this information where your employees have access to it (e.g. at the front desk or employee break room).

If you are in doubt or have any questions, contact the Chino Valley Fire District at (909) 902-5260, or visit our website at www.chinovalleyfire.org.

Chino Valley: CVFD Board of Director Election

Staff Reports

Chino Valley – As part of the Nov. 3, 2015 Consolidated General Election, a general district election will be held for the Chino Valley Fire District to fill three seats on the Board of Directors. Each seat is designated for a four-year term, beginning December 2015 through December 2019.

Candidates must legally reside within the District boundaries and must be registered voters at the time nomination forms are issued to qualify as a candidate.

Official filing forms may be obtained from either the Chino Valley Fire District’s Fire Administration, located at 14011 City Center Drive in Chino Hills, or from the San Bernardino County Elections Office of the Registrar of Voters located at 777 E. Rialto Avenue in San Bernardino. All completed forms must be filed no later than 5 p.m. on Aug. 7, 2015, at the Elections Office of the Registrar of Voters.

The Fire District is governed by a five-member Board of Directors that serve four-year staggered terms. Directors are responsible for overseeing the formulation and evaluation of policies.

Board Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month, commencing at 6:00 p.m.

Chino Valley: Stay Safe This Fourth Of July Holiday

Staff Reports

Chino ValleyThe Chino Valley Fire District wants to remind residents that fireworks of any kind are prohibited in the city of Chino Hills, and that only State Fire Marshal approved “Safe and Sane” fireworks can be used in the city of Chino.

“Safe and Sane” fireworks do not fly or blow up and are registered with the California State Fire Marshal as a “Safe and Sane” firework.  In the city of Chino, these fireworks can only be used or possessed in residential areas from noon on July 1 through midnight July 4, and not on school grounds, parking lots, commercial areas or parks.  No fireworks of any kind are permitted in Chino Hills and in the unincorporated County areas.  Also, fireworks are not permitted in the city of Chino in the area south of Pine Avenue and in the area east of Euclid Avenue between Merrill and Kimball avenues.

The Chino Valley Fire District, Chino Police Department and the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department/Chino Hills Police Department will be enforcing zero tolerance for illegal fireworks.  The penalty for using illegal fireworks is up to a $1,000 fine and up to one year in jail.  Parents/guardians will be held liable for any fire suppression costs, damages or injuries caused by their children’s use of fireworks.

The Chino Valley Fire District encourages residents to enjoy the various professional fireworks shows scheduled throughout the county.  Below are some helpful tips for the use of “Safe and Sane” fireworks.

  • Always read and follow the directions
  • Have an adult supervise all fireworks activities
  • Buy from a reliable fireworks vendor
  • Ignite fireworks outside and have a water source available
  • Never experiment with fireworks, modify fireworks or try to make fireworks of your own
  • Ignite fireworks one at a time
  • Never reignite malfunctioning fireworks
  • Store unused fireworks in a cool, dry place
  • Never throw fireworks or carry them in your pocket

For additional information regarding fireworks, visit www.chinovalleyfire.org.

CVFD Seeks Nominations For Prestigious Award

Staff Reports

Chino Valley – The Chino Valley Fire District is seeking nominations for the Fred L. Burns Community Service Award.  Nominations will be accepted until midnight of December 31.  Award recipients will be announced in January 2016.

The Fred L. Burns Award was established to recognize an individual who has made a significant contribution to the Chino Valley Fire District in the area of furthering the District’s Mission Statement and/or who has made a significant contribution to the Chino Valley Community in the area of community service in support of Public Safety.

The Fire District’s Mission is to protect the lives and property of the community from the detrimental effects of fires, medical emergencies and other hazardous conditions.

Nominations can be submitted online at www.chinovalleyfire.org by accessing the Community Relations tab, News Flash section, or by clicking on the Fred L. Burns Award page on the hot links section of the Fire District website’s homepage.

CVFD Places In Paramedic Competition

Photo Courtesy:  CVFD Bronze medalists, Andrew Simpson and Justin Number

Photo Courtesy: CVFD
Bronze medalists, Andrew Simpson and Justin Nuber

By Massiel Ladrón De Guevara           

Chino– Chino Valley Fire District Firefighter/Paramedics, Andrew Simpson and Justin Nuber, earned

Bronze medals during the annual CFED Paramedic Competition, held May 18 through 21.

The annual event brings together EMS professionals from the Inland Empire to test their knowledge and skills under strenuous circumstances.

As part of the competition, Simpson and Nuber treated an actor posing as a snake bite victim with altered levels of consciousness. They also treated an actress posing as a woman delivering a baby with complications. Their skills were judged by peers, medical professionals and educators.

Simpson and Nuber earned first place medals in 2014 during the same competition.

“For our firefighter/paramedics to consistently place in this prestigious competition is a testament to the caliber of service we provide to the Chino Valley on daily basis,” said Fire Chief, Tim Shackelford.

Chino: CVFD Offers Thanksgiving Cooking Tips

The Chino Valley Fire District wants to help ensure that your Thanksgiving holiday is a safe and happy one. Below are some safety tips that will help you and your loved ones stay safe during the holiday.
Cooking Safety:
 Begin holiday cooking with a clean stove, oven and food preparation surfaces.
 Keep the kitchen area “off limits” to young children and adults that are not helping with food preparation to avoid accidents or mishaps.
 Have games or other activities for young children outside the kitchen area to keep them entertained.
 Avoid wearing clothing with loose or long fitting sleeves that might ignite if too close to a flame. Also avoid wearing dangling jewelry that might get caught on pot handles.
 Never leave boiling pots unattended. If you must leave the kitchen, turn off all burners or have another adult watch what is being cooked.
 Have a fire extinguisher available no more than 10 feet from the stove or cooking area.
 Remain in the home while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.
 Keep anything that can catch fire—oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains— away from your stovetop.
Deep-Fryer Safety:
 If you are using a deep fryer to cook your turkey, make sure it is set up outdoors in an open area that is away from walls, wooden fences, hanging tree branches and any other structure or item that can catch fire.
 Never use a deep fryer on a wooden deck or inside a garage.
 Never let children or pets near the fryer when it is in use.
 Never leave a deep fryer unattended.
For more information on holiday safety tips, visit our website at www.chinovalleyfire.org.

Chino Valley Fire District: A District of Distinction

STAFF REPORTS

Chino Valley – The Chino Valley Fire District recently received the biannual District of Distinction accreditation by the Special District Leadership Foundation (SDLF) for the third time, in recognition of their sound fiscal management policies and practices in all District operations.  The Fire District was the very first one of its kind to receive this accreditation in 2008.

To obtain reaccreditation, the Fire District met a list of requirements that included established policies and procedures, continued education and implemented financial and audit standards.  Additional requirements included transparency efforts such as posting scheduled meeting agendas on the Fire District website, as well as current budget and financial audits.  The District’s Board of Directors and executive staff were also required to complete additional training in public governance, ethics, and harassment prevention training.

“We are committed to serving the Chino Valley with integrity and transparency while offering exceptional customer service,” said Fire Chief Tim Shackelford.  “The Board of Directors and Fire District are honored to have received reaccreditation as a District of Distinction and look forward to continuing to protect and serve the Chino Valley in a fiscally responsible manner.”

The SDLF provides an independent audit review of the last three years of a district’s operations to ensure prudent fiscal practices.  The committee members that review the audits are volunteers from the special district community, including district controllers, directors of finance and certified general managers.

The District of Distinction Accreditation is one of the most prestigious local government awards in California, recognizing the District’s commitment to good governance as well as ethical and sound operating practices.

SDLF is an independent, non-profit organization formed to promote good governance and best practices among California’s special districts through certification, accreditation and other recognition programs.

 

 

 

 

Chino Hills: Smoke Alarm Saves Chino Hills Life

STAFF REPORTS

 

Chino Hills – October is Fire Prevention Month, and Cal Fire reminds us that working smoke alarms save lives. That was certainly the case when a fire broke out in a two-story home on the 15000 block of Avenida Del Rio in Chino Hills.

The Chino Valley Fire District reports that they responded to a reported structure fire at approximately 3 p.m. on Tues., Oct. 14, and found smoke emanating from the second story. Firefighters made entry into the house and initiated an aggressive interior attack. The fire was quickly brought under control and contained to the area of origin with minimal fire extension to the attic. Two bedrooms sustained smoke damage.

The cause of the fire appears to be a candle left burning on a cabinet in an upstairs hallway. The owner was home at the time of the fire, and self-evacuated prior to firefighter arrival after being alerted to the fire by a working smoke alarm in the home. This incident might have had a very different outcome if the smoke alarm was not in proper working order.

The Chino Valley Fire District states that this type of fire can be prevented by following these safety rules:

  • Always keep a burning candle within sight
  • Never burn candles on or near anything that can catch fire
  • Always keep burning candles out of the reach of children and pets
  • Never use candles as a source of heat
  • Always use an appropriate candleholder and place it on a stable, heat-resistant surface
  • Always extinguish all candles when leaving the house, room of use, or when going to bed
  • Always ensure that you have smoke alarms correctly installed and that they are in good working order

Remember, having more than one properly placed smoke alarm can significantly increase your chance of surviving a fire. Be sure to test your smoke alarms regularly. For more information on fire safety and smoke alarms, visit www.chinovalleyfire.org.
 

Chino Valley Fire District: A District of Distinction

STAFF REPORTS

Chino Valley – The Chino Valley Fire District recently received the biannual District of Distinction accreditation by the Special District Leadership Foundation (SDLF) for the third time, in recognition of their sound fiscal management policies and practices in all District operations.  The Fire District was the very first one of its kind to receive this accreditation in 2008.

To obtain reaccreditation, the Fire District met a list of requirements that included established policies and procedures, continued education and implemented financial and audit standards.  Additional requirements included transparency efforts such as posting scheduled meeting agendas on the Fire District website, as well as current budget and financial audits.  The District’s Board of Directors and executive staff were also required to complete additional training in public governance, ethics, and harassment prevention training.

“We are committed to serving the Chino Valley with integrity and transparency while offering exceptional customer service,” said Fire Chief Tim Shackelford.  “The Board of Directors and Fire District are honored to have received reaccreditation as a District of Distinction and look forward to continuing to protect and serve the Chino Valley in a fiscally responsible manner.”

The SDLF provides an independent audit review of the last three years of a district’s operations to ensure prudent fiscal practices.  The committee members that review the audits are volunteers from the special district community, including district controllers, directors of finance and certified general managers.

The District of Distinction Accreditation is one of the most prestigious local government awards in California, recognizing the District’s commitment to good governance as well as ethical and sound operating practices.

SDLF is an independent, non-profit organization formed to promote good governance and best practices among California’s special districts through certification, accreditation and other recognition programs.

 

October Is Fire Prevention Month

Staff Reports

 

Chino Valley – The Los Angeles County Fire Department, along with other public safety advocates, will be reminding everyone about fire safety during Fire Prevention Month.  Although the week of October 5 – 11 has been proclaimed, “National Fire Prevention Week for 2014,” the Fire Department and the Board of Supervisors are proclaiming the month of October as “Fire Prevention Month.”

This year’s theme set by the National Fire Protection Association – “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives – Test Yours Every Month!” – emphasizes how important it is to ensure that smoke alarms function properly by checking them once a month.

The Chino Valley Fire District and Chino Valley Fire District Board of Directors invites the public and media to visit Fire Station 61 and Training Center (located at 5092 Schaefer Avenue in Chino) during the annual Fire Prevention Month Open House on Sat., Oct. 11, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Firefighters will conduct various demonstrations throughout the day, including a presentation where firefighters highlight multiple uniforms and protective gear they wear to demonstrate the various capabilities and specialty teams of the Chino Valley Fire District staffs.

There will be static displays of Fire District equipment and units from partner agencies. Children will be able to go through a Junior Firefighter academy and the public can tour Fire Station 61 every 30 minutes throughout the day. Visitors will also be invited to tour the inside of the Training Center to learn about the Emergency Medical Services the Fire District provides on a daily basis to the communities they serve.

Representatives from several organizations and agencies will be hosting information booths for the public. They include agencies, departments and organizations from the cities of Chino and Chino Hills.

There will be free popcorn and snow cones for everyone to enjoy. Participating in the various activities available at the Open House is completely free.

“The Fire District’s Annual Open House is a great way for the community to interact with their Fire District and to learn about proactive steps they can take to keep their families and homes fire-safe,” said Fire Chief, Tim Shackelford.

In addition to honoring Fire Prevention Month, Chino Valley Firefighters will be raising awareness for Breast Cancer through a pink t-shirt fundraiser during the month of October. The shirts are available for men and women, at just $15, with all proceeds going toward Breast Cancer research. Order your shirt at CVPinkshirt2014@gmail.com, or pick one up at the Open House on Oct. 11.

For more information on the annual Open House, follow the Chino Valley Fire District on social media, or visit the website at www.chinovalleyfire.org.

 

Chino/Chino Hills: Don’t be the Victim of False Fire Inspectors

Chino Valley Independent Fire District

City of Chino

 

Chino/Chino Hills – The Chino Valley Fire District and the Chino Police Department are alerting members of the business community about individuals and organizations suggesting they represent the fire department in order to perform expensive fire inspections. Both Departments have received information that several individuals and organizations are claiming “quarterly fire inspections” are necessary for businesses in Chino and Chino Hills, then charging high prices for the inspections. This has been followed by aggressive and professional collection efforts for services allegedly performed.

 

The Chino Valley Fire District conducts fire inspections in all businesses located within the cities of Chino and Chino Hills. All Chino Valley Fire District Inspectors are uniformed personnel and have a badge clearly displayed over the left front pocket of their uniform shirts.

 

Local businesses are encouraged to request a business card from an inspector and call the Fire District at (909) 902-5260 to verify an inspection is being performed by a Chino Valley Fire District inspector. Business owners should ask for proof of a proper license before anyone services their fire extinguishers, sprinkler system or alarm system. Below are some basic guidelines:

 

  • Always ask an inspector to provide the name of the company for which they work, why they are in your business, and have them produce a business card.
  • Have an inspector tell you what they intend to do and what the estimated costs are before any work is done. Do not pay upfront and do not pay with cash, as invoicing records are important for your business and legal avenues.
  • Do not sign any agreements or forms until confirming the inspection is valid.
  • Always read and understand what you are signing.
  • Have the inspector leave any parts that have been replaced. Make sure you have a signed invoice. Know what you are signing with any invoice.

If you are in doubt, contact the Chino Police Department at (909) 628-1234, or the Chino Valley Fire District at (909) 902-5260.

 

 

Chino Hills: Chino Valley Fire Paramedics Smoke Competition

STAFF REPORTS

Chino-valley-paramedics-justin-nuber-andrew-simpson

Paramedics Justin Nuber and Andrew Simpson

Chino Hills – Two Chino Valley Fire District firefighter/paramedics took first place for their superb paramedic skills during the annual California Fire, EMS, and Disaster West Conference and Exposition, presented by the California Fire Chiefs Association, EMS Section, held May 19 through 22.

 

According to a news release from the Chino Valley Fire District, Firefighter/Paramedic, Justin Nuber, and Firefighter/Paramedic, Andrew Simpson, competed against eight different top paramedic teams from across the state of California during the three day event.  Their paramedic skills were evaluated by doctors, nurses and other paramedics as they treated “patients” that sustained varying degrees of injuries inside a hotel lobby after a simulated bombing.

 

“To go into a competition against top paramedic teams from across the state and come out on top is a huge accomplishment.  It is a testament to the caliber of care they and all CVIFD firefighter/paramedics provide on a daily basis to the communities we serve,” said Massiel Ladron De Guevara, Chino Valley Fire District Public Information Officer.

 

Chino Valley is fortunate to have these two dedicated firefighter/paramedics looking after them, as well as the entire force of those in public service.

 

Chino Valley: Fire District Board of Directors Selects Fire Chief

fire-chief-tim-shackelford

New Fire Chief, Tim Shackelford (Chino Valley Fire District)

BY CHINO VALLEY FIRE DISTRICT 

Chino Hills – The Chino Valley Fire District Board of Directors selected Tim Shackelford to lead the Fire District as its Fire Chief, effective immediately. Chief Shackelford has served as interim Fire Chief since January.

The terms of the 4-year employment agreement was unanimously approved by the Board of Directors at its Regular Board Meeting on May 14, 2014.

Chief Shackelford has been with the Fire District for 23 years. He was first hired by the District as a firefighter and was promoted up the ranks to Firefighter/Paramedic, Captain, Battalion Chief and Deputy Chief, before being selected as Fire Chief.

Chief Shackelford has an A.S, Degree in Fire Technology, a B.S. Degree in Fire Science, and a M.S. Degree in Occupational Safety and Health. He is currently enrolled in the Executive Fire Officer Program through the National Fire Academy.

Chief Shackelford is a member of the Rancho Del Chino Rotary and of the Chino Valley Community Church. He resides in the City of Chino Hills with his wife of 21 years, Shannon, and their teenage sons, Riley and Addison.