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Feb 282014

Check Out the Template for the CDF Employee History Registry   Here

We have started our Memorial Registry List  See what’s Here  Now.  We are looking for volunteers editor/researchers in each unit to complete the listings and correct information we have.   Many of the Official Records are lacking in their content.

The volunteers need not be here in San Bernardino, just needs to have a computer connected to the Internet, basic  microsoft office document editing skills and some experience with images.    If you are interested send us a note from the Contact Us page.


State Fire Marshal History  Historical Article Posted

 Posted by at 1:41 PM
Feb 212014


The Jefferson Fire Drill

By Gilbert Belcher retired SFR I

Our family moved to Corona, CA during the Christmas Vacation of 1938, so in January of 1939 I started the last half of the sixth grade at the Jefferson Grammar School, on the west side of town. Pupils in the 5th and 6th grades got to ring the “schools” out bell each day. The teachers kept track of whose turn it was. When it was my turn, the teacher called me to the front of the room and told me to go to the office , and ring the bell. At the office I was shown the button, and a big clock, when the big hand reached a certain mark, I was to press the button.
At the time, this was a really big deal in one’s young life. The practice fire alarms were rung fifteen minutes before school was out. The front side of the building was all window. Students were assigned to quickly close the windows, the students stood by their desks. They then filed out like soldiers to the front lawn, the teacher was the last to leave, and had the class roll book with her.

The teacher made sure that both of the room doors were closed. We lined up on the lawn and the teacher called roll to make sure everyone was out of the building. The Fire Department arrived with out the red lights, and siren. They stayed on the fire trucks until the all clear signal was given. All the school adults, and the fire department knew of the fire drill in advance. When it was Jack Murphies’ turn to let the school out, he rang the fire alarm ring. It was not a scheduled alarm, very few windows or doors got closed, and teachers fled without their class roll book. Kids were all over the lawn, some running around the building, looking for smoke. The fire department had the red lights and sirens on which added to the excitement. The first fire truck dropped a man and a bundle of hose off at a hydrant, and a wet hose lay was made to the schools main doors. A ladder was put up to the roof. The firemen made a search of the building, and the all clear signal was rung. Lots of rumors started, and we kids got our first look at pandemonium.

Jack Murphy, a real hero, got to stand in the hall for days.
Gilbert Belcher—6th grader

 Posted by at 4:44 PM
Feb 072014

It is better to wear out than to rust out!

By Glen J. Newman

One day after 40 years on the job, I woke up and was not longer employed!!
A has been, No longer a Boss, No longer a Firefighter but a RETIREE. While I knew this day would come, if I were fortunate enough to live through the years, now what? Issues of life were still there, but I was on the side line being pushed by the circumstances, not steering, not deciding, just living out the remainder of my life. But I wanted and needed more and the wife needed less of me, at times.
What to do, we have traveled in the US and Europe, visited relatives and friends, lived vicariously through the Grandsons on the gridiron and college. But, I wanted more, wanted to contribute, so, being a volunteer at the CDF/CalFire Museum sounded like a natural, I know something about the organization & Jerry Glover (one of my old bosses), while doing a fine job could, and still can, use the help. Jerry suggested I take on a project of researching the Medal of Valor awardees as he had very little information in the files.  Continue reading »

 Posted by at 10:00 PM