Forest Falls, San Bernardino County Fire Department, Station 99 (formerly Station 128), proudly protects 1250 people living in an area of 26 square miles. We operate out of 1 station that protects a primarily rural area. Our department is a public department whose members are on a paid on call status.
Surrounded by the San Bernardino National Forest, the Forest Falls Station provides an all risk service to the communities of Forest Falls and Mountain Home Village plus approx. 350,000 visitors a year. Only 1.5 hours east of Los Angeles at 6000'of elevation, and nicknamed by some "Little Yosemite", Forest Falls, aka Valley of the Falls,has several waterfalls, including Southern Californias tallest year 'round waterfall, snowy winters, cool summers and hiking/horseback access into the San Gorgonio Wilderness from 2 trailheads within the community.
With only one road in-out of the canyon, mutual aid being 15-20 minutes out and a propensity for earthquake activity, technical rescues, flash floods and severe winter storms, the fire station maintains a large personnel roster and fleet of apparatus. The station has a fire association, sponsers a Fire-Rescue Explorer Post and coordinates the community disaster response program which includes CPR and CERT classes that integrates our residents into the firehouse and community disaster needs.
The district has 20 personnel; 1 admin. capt. with local responsibility, 1 line captain, 1 captain/safety officer, 8 driver/operators and 9 firefighters. Typical training/certifications include; EMT-1, State Cert.Volunteer or FF1, Rescue Systems 1 (heavy rescue), HAZMAT Operations, Wildland FF II (Red Card) and Urban/Wildland Interface. We provide the EMT-1D program, offering life saving defibrilation to victims of sudden cardiac arrest and operate a Rescue Ambulance for emergency medical transportation.