ECS Members Honored by Office of Emergency Services

San Bernardino County Office of Emergency Services held their second annual Volunteer Appreciation Night on April 23rd, and two ECS members received special recognition for their contributions to the program.

Rick Danzey got the Emergency Communications Service Outstanding Volunteer Award. Rick has served ECS as the North Desert Captain for the past 2 years advocating disaster preparedness and supporting events including the March for Babies Walk including planning and organizing volunteers to provide communications for the event.

Rick started the Spring Valley Lake Amateur radio club recruiting members to help support disaster communications in the community. Some of those volunteers have also joined ECS.

Rick also leads the ECS HAM Radio training program providing instruction to many county employees and others with a near perfect record of 100% passing the licensing exam after attending the two day course. His training even included a trip to Hawaii to train a faith based group supporting ministries in the South Pacific.

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Marlene Kiemel is the recipient of the Eagle Award for this year. Each year the Office of Emergency Services will recognize outstanding leadership and service by awarding the Eagle Award. This award recognizes an individual or individuals for going above and beyond. The Office of Emergency Services would like to present the recipient of this year’s Eagle Award for exceptional service to Marlene Kiemel member of Mountain CERT, ECS, Disaster Corps and Lead OES First Aid/CPR Instructor.

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Congratulations to Rick and Marlene!

BDCECS Responds to Lake Fire

San Bernardino County ECS deployed in support of the Lake Fire last week. The mission was to provide communications support for the Red Cross evacuee shelter located at Copper Mine College. Thirty-three members responded to work the incident, logging over six hundred man hours.

Communications vehicle 502 parked outside the Red Cross shelter at Copper Mountain College.
Communications vehicle 502 parked outside the Red Cross shelter at Copper Mountain College.

Thank you very much to all of our members who took time out of their busy lives to help their fellow citizens of San Bernardino County.