Yucaipa’s Fire Chief provides positive annual report

Yucaipa Fire Department is on another training excursion, above the hills in Yucaipa.

Yucaipa Fire Chief Ron Janssen provided city council with a detailed annual report for 2017, at the April 23 council meeting. The city of Yucaipa Fire Department and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL Fire) provides fire protection service for Yucaipa, including the unincorporated county area of Oak Glen.

During the PowerPoint presentation, Janssen showed there were 7,691 responses throughout the city in 2017. Yucaipa has three stations; Station 1 is located at Bryant Street, Station 2 is at Yucaipa Boulevard, near Yucaipa High School and the newest, Station 3, is at Wildwood Canyon Road at Fifth Street. Station 3 is the most active with 3,553 responses. Station 2 is at 1,850. Station 1 is right in the middle with 2,288 responses.

The report indicated there were several fires throughout the city of Yucaipa last year. Regarding the statewide fire status, Janssen also commented.

“California’s 2017 fire season proved to be another active one,” said Janssen. “Statewide, California saw a substantial number of fires. Resource commitments saw unprecedented numbers. Yucaipa Fire Department sent fire engines to Northern and Southern California. I am committed to providing the highest level of service and care to the citizens of Yucaipa and to our community.”

Emergency calls and response times

There was an average of 21 Yucaipa Fire responses per day, from Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2017. The average response/ travel time was 5.16 minutes, to all the corners of the city, which is well within industry standards. Last year the response time was just below that, at 5.08 minutes.

Community outreach

Yucaipa Fire Department is constantly visible in the community, with a friendly demeanor. They partner with Yucaipa Calimesa Joint Unified School District, Crafton Hills College, Yucaipa Police Department and the city of Yucaipa at various events throughout the community.

New this year, Yucaipa Fire worked directly with Yucaipa High School’s Law and Public Safety Academy and offered first hand fire training to students.

Yucaipa Fire Department also works tirelessly for the “Toys for Yucaipa” toy drive in December and the annual 5K run, “No-one Left Behind.”

Councilmembers praised Janssen for a complete report and another great year of ser- vice to the citizens of Yucaipa.

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