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Inland Empire: Hear the Beep Where You Sleep

October is Fire Prevention Awareness Month

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Inland Empire – Riverside County Firefighters want all residents to install and inspect smoke alarms in every room.
“I urge you to have working smoke detectors on all levels of your home, and in all areas where people sleep” Riverside County Fire Department Chief John Hawkins said.
National Fire Prevention Month is a good time to make sure all homes have working smoke alarms, on every level, in every sleeping area, and in the hallways leading to the sleeping areas.
This year’s fire prevention theme is “hear the beep where you sleep, every bedroom needs a working smoke detector.”
“When fire strikes, every second counts,” Hawkins said. “Knowing how to react quickly and correctly can mean the difference between life and death.”
According to the latest National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) research, working smoke alarms cut the chance of dying in a fire in half. Meanwhile, three out of five fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
These alarms should be hard-wired with a battery backup in case of a power outage. In California, new smoke alarms have a 10 year long battery life.
Residents are encouraged to inspect all smoke alarms every month, clean them annually, and replace the entire smoke alarm every 10 years.
Roughly half of all home fire deaths happen between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., when most people are asleep, according to fire officials.
If a smoke alarm sounds, crawl low and go outside to a predetermined meeting place. Fire officials recommend practicing the plan in a fire drill at least twice a year. Families should also have an escape plan with an assigned meeting place outside the home in case of a fire.
This Fire Prevention Month CAL FIRE/Riverside County Fire Department is asking all residents in Riverside County to improve their own safety by having working smoke alarms in every bedroom and on every level of your home.

Riverside County: Cal Fire Riverside Promotes New Division Chief

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New Northwest Division Chief, Silvio Lanzas (Photo Courtesy: rvcfire.org)

Riverside County – On Mon., Dec. 1, 2014, Cal Fire’s Riverside County Fire Chief, John R. Hawkins, proudly announced the promotion of Silvio Lanzas to Division Chief, during their Executive Staff Meeting.Lanzas began his career with Cal Fire (then CDF) as a Fire Explorer in 1992 in the San Bernardino Unit. He then furthered his career in the positions of Firefighter I and Firefighter II serving the communities of Highland, Devore, Chino Hills and Yucaipa.

Between fire seasons, Lanzas worked in Cal Fire Riverside’s Perris Emergency Command Center. He remained in the unit as a Fire Apparatus Engineer assigned to fire stations in Menifee, Sun City, Canyon Lake and Moreno Valley. He also worked two special assignments at the Perris Emergency Command Center.

Lanzas promoted to Fire Captain and held assignments in the San Bernardino, and later Riverside, Units.

In 2009, Lanzas promoted to Battalion Chief where he was assigned to the Moreno Valley Battalion prior to his final assignment as a Battalion Chief overseeing the Perris Emergency Command Center.

Lanzas now oversees the Northwest Division, which includes unincorporated areas of Riverside County, the Cities of Eastvale, Jurupa Valley, Norco and the Rubidoux Community Services District. His additional responsibilities include operational and administrative supervision of the Cal Fire/CDC Norco Conservation Camp. Lanzas holds two Associate’s Degrees and is a California State-Certified Chief Officer.

Lanza is married to wife, Kara, and they have two sons – Isaiah, 16, and Jakob, 4.


EASTVALE: Toddler Falls From Second Story Window


Eastvale- A crew of two fire engines, an ambulance and a helicopter were dispatched to come to the aid of a toddler who fell from a second story window in Eastvale.

The accident happened at a residence located along the 6800 block of River Run Court in Eastvale around 6:00 p.m. on Monday, April 7. According to Riverside County Fire Officials, the toddler was immediately flown to a trauma center for the treatment of moderate to serious injuries.

Details of the incident are not available at this time.