Valley Division Overview
Square Acerage: 374,400
ECS Division Chief: Jeff Richardson (909) 648-5261
Division Meetings: First Monday of month, 1830 @ CBARC Facility –Patton State Hospital
Along with County Fire, ECS Valley Division proudly serves the Cities & Communities of:
Bloomington, Devore, Fontana, Grand Terrace, Lytle Creek, Mentone, Mt. Baldy, Muscoy, San Antonio Heights
The ECS Valley Division encompasses the western half of the San Bernardino Valley. The division has contiguous boundaries with the communities of San Bernardino, Colton, Rialto, Rancho Cucamonga and Ontario and shares its southern boundary with Riverside County. This extensive jurisdictional mix requires numerous mutual aid agreements between County Fire and local cities to ensure the best possible service to the public.
The communities served comprise a variety of urban settings ranging from densely populated, multiple family complexes to pre-planned neighborhoods with single-family homes. In addition, the area contains a substantial business development of both light and heavy industry including massive warehousing and shipping companies. This combination of residential/commercial/industrial uses presents a diverse environment where complex emergency responses are commonplace.
The outlaying areas of the division present a constant wildland–urban interface fire problem with rural clusters of homes nestled in canyons and along the slopes of the mountains.
The Valley Division is home to two of the County’s largest recreational venues, the California Speedway and the Hyundai Pavilion. In addition, the communities of Devore, Lytle Creek, San Antonio Heights and Mt. Baldy are within or adjacent to the San Bernardino National Forest and offer major outdoor recreational activities both winter and summer.
Four major highways; Interstate 10, Interstate 15, Interstate 215 and Interstate 210 bisect the Division. The mouth of Cajon Pass is the collection point for three major rail lines, power supply lines and pipelines, all of which traverse through the Valley Division on their way to serve Los Angeles and points south.
All of these factors combine to make a very challenging environment for our ECS personnel to work within. The demands on our communication skills will increase as the population grows and prospers. The volume of business, complexity of communication needs is escalating annually. Our biggest challenge is to continue to provide premiere service to the citizens by ensuring that County Fire’s ECS program growth keeps pace with the communities it serves.
ECS Valley Division also has several “Affiliated Cities” that work with the ECS communication plan as a partner in participation of various drills, exercises and community events. ECS personnel are highly trained in communication functions for multi-use events and provides communications and safety personnel to several key charity events such as walk-a-thons, relay runs, public safety and NASCAR events just to name a few. Continual training is at the forefront of the ECS program and is vital to insuring that the Valley ECS personnel is ready for any type of disaster.