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San Bernardino County health officials are recommending people use face coverings when leaving home to conduct essential business such as grocery shopping, going to a medical appointment or visiting a pharmacy to help flatten the curve of Covid-19.
The County made the recommendation after reviewing guidance released on April 1 from the state Department of Public Health.
Face coverings may include coverings that secure to the ears or back of the head and encompass the mouth and nose. Homemade cloth ear loop covers, bandannas and handkerchiefs, and neck gaiters may be used to reduce the spread of Covid-19 particularly among asymptomatic people.
Staying home, practicing social distancing and frequent handwashing are far more effective ways to combat the spread of Covid-19, and face coverings are not a substitute for continuing those practices, said Acting County Public Health Officer Dr. Erin Gustafson.
“Surgical masks and N95 masks should not be used because they must be preserved for healthcare workers and emergency responders,” Gustafson said. “If you do use a face covering, make sure to practice frequent hand washing before and after touching and adjusting the covering.”
Wash cloth face coverings frequently after each use — at least daily. Place face coverings in a bag until washing them in detergent with hot water and dried on a hot cycle. Discard cloth face coverings that no longer cover the nose and mouth; have stretched out or damaged ties and straps; cannot stay on the face; and have holes or tears in the fabric.
“Covering your face may help reduce the chance that asymptomatic people spread COVID-19. This is not as effective as staying home and practicing social distancing,” said Curt Hagman, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors. “We all need to do our part to flatten the curve and residents should use this as one more tool to stop the spread of this disease.””
For more information about Covid-19 in San Bernardino County, please visit sbcovid19.com. The public can also contact the coronavirus public information line from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday at (909) 387-3911, or email the County at email@example.com.
El funcionario de salud pública recomienda cubrirse la cara durante las salidas esenciales
Los Funcionarios de salud del Condado de San Bernardino están recomendando a las personas que usen coberturas faciales al salir de casa para llevar a cabo negocios esenciales como ir a una cita médica o visitar una farmacia para ayudar a aplanar la curva de Covid-19.
El Condado hizo la recomendación después de revisar las directrices publicadas el 1 de abril del Departamento de Salud Pública del estado.
Las cubiertas para la cara pueden incluir cubiertas que se fijan a las orejas o a la parte posterior de la cabeza y que abarcan la boca y la nariz. Se pueden utilizar fundas caseras de tela, pañuelos y pañuelos de cuello para reducir la propagación de Covid-19, especialmente entre personas asintomáticas.
Permanecer en casa, practicar el distanciamiento social y el lavado frecuente de manos son formas mucho más efectivas de combatir la propagación de Covid-19, y las cubiertas para la cara no son un sustituto para continuar esas prácticas, dijo la Dra. Erin Gustafson, Oficial interina de Salud Pública del Condado.
“Las máscaras quirúrgicas y las máscaras N95 no deben utilizarse porque deben conservarse para los trabajadores sanitarios y los socorristas”, dijo Gustafson. “Si usas una cubierta facial, asegúrate de practicar el lavado frecuente de manos antes y después de tocar y ajustar la cubierta.”
Lave las cubiertas de la cara de la tela con frecuencia después de cada uso — por lo menos diariamente. Coloque las cubiertas de cara en una bolsa hasta que las lave en detergente con agua caliente y se seque en un ciclo caliente. Deseche las cubiertas de la cara de tela que ya no cubren la nariz y la boca; que se hayan estirado o dañado las bridas y correas; que no puedan permanecer en la cara; y que tengan orificios o rasgaduras en la tela.
“Cubrirse la cara puede ayudar a reducir la posibilidad de que las personas asintomáticas se propaguen COVID-19. Esto no es tan efectivo como quedarse en casa y practicar el distanciamiento social”, dijo Curt Hagman, Presidente de la Junta de Supervisores. “Todos tenemos que hacer nuestra parte para aplanar la curva y los residentes deben usar esto como una herramienta más para detener la propagación de esta enfermedad”.
Para obtener más información sobre Covid-19 en el condado de San Bernardino, visite sbcovid19.com. El público también puede comunicarse con la línea de información pública del coronavirus de 9 a.m. a 5 p.m., de lunes a viernes al (909) 387-3911, o enviar un correo electrónico al Condado en coronavirus-dph.sbcounty.gov.
The county has received numerous complaints that vacation rentals are continuing to operate within the county, particularly in the Joshua Tree area, in clear violation of state and county public health orders that clearly prohibit their operation, and despite the Federal closure of Joshua Tree National Park.
The orders are clear in that lodging facilities may not operate except under very narrow exceptions that are unlikely to apply to vacation rentals in the county. Those exceptions are limited to the housing of critical infrastructure workers for purposes of performing such work, and designation by the state or county to house confirmed COVID-19 patients.
Violation of state and county health orders are crimes punishable by fines, imprisonment, or both.
The county is providing the following information to short-term vacation rentals that are continuing to operate:
-Vacation rentals currently operating within the county are required to cease operations immediately.
-Bookings for the foreseeable future should be immediately canceled.
-No new arrivals should be processed.
-No new reservations should be accepted until the State and County orders have been rescinded.
-Any current guests in a vacation rental should be immediately directed to return directly home to “shelter in place” or should remain sheltered in place within their vacation rental until further notice.
The county regards compliance with the state and county orders as a high priority and vital to the health and well-being of the people of San Bernardino County.
For information about the coronavirus crisis, visit the County’s coronavirus website at wp.sbcounty.gov/dph/coronavirus. New information and resources have been added and the site is being updated daily. The public can also contact the coronavirus public information line from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday at (909) 387-3911, or email the County at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“We have a responsibility to do everything we can to limit the spread of the virus while still providing access to the County services people need,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman.
Services for the following County departments and offices will be available only by phone and online. Offices will be closed to the public:
- Agriculture/Weights & Measures
- Assessor- Recorder-Clerk
- Auditor-Controller/Treasurer/Tax Collector
- Child Support Services
- Children’s Network
- Clerk of the Board of Supervisors
- Community Development and Housing Agency
- County Fire and Fire Marshal
- District Attorney
- Economic Development
- Human Resources
- Inland Counties Emergency Medical Agency (ICEMA)
- Land Use Services, which includes Planning, Building and Safety, and Code Enforcement
- Public Works, with the exception of lobby computer access to surveyor records
- Registrar of Voters, with the exception of election observers by appointment only
- Risk Management
- Special Districts Water and Sanitation
- Transitional Assistance
- Veterans Affairs
- Workforce Development, however, in-person appointments will be conducted only when necessary
The following County attractions and services are closed to the public until at least April 3:
- Big Bear Alpine Zoo at Moonridge
- County branch libraries
- County museums and historical sites
- County Regional Parks, including Calico Ghost Town
- Park and recreation district preschool in Joshua Tree
- The following senior and community centers (centers that conduct meal programs will make meals available via drive-thru)
- Big Bear Senior Center
- Bloomington Ayala Senior Center
- Joshua Tree Community Center
- Lucerne Valley Community Center
- Wonder Valley Community Center
For information about the coronavirus crisis, visit the County’s coronavirus website at http://wp.sbcounty.gov/dph/coronavirus/, email the County at email@example.com, or contact the coronavirus public information line from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday at 909-387-3911.
Condado cierra oficinas adicionales al tráfico público
En un esfuerzo por frenar la propagación del coronavirus, casi todos los departamentos del condado ofrecen servicios sólo en línea y por teléfono, cerrando sus oficinas públicas al menos hasta al menos el 3 de Abril.
“Tenemos la responsabilidad de hacer todo lo posible para limitar la propagación del virus mientras seguimos proporcionando acceso a los servicios del Condado que la gente necesita”, dijo el Presidente de la Junta de Supervisores, Curt Hagman.
Los servicios para los siguientes departamentos y oficinas del Condado estarán disponibles solo por teléfono y en línea. Las oficinas permanecerán cerradas al público:
• Agricultura/Pesos & Medidas
• Evaluador- Registrador-Clerk
• Auditor-Controlador/Tesorero/Recaudador de Impuestos
• Servicios de Manutención de Niños
• Secretario de la Junta de Supervisores
• Agencia de Desarrollo Comunitario y Vivienda
• Mariscal de Incendios y Bomberos del Condado
• Fiscal de Distrito
• Desarrollo Económico
• Recursos Humanos
• Agencia Médica de Emergencia de los Condados Interiores (ICEMA)
• Servicios de uso del suelo, que incluyen planificación, construcción y seguridad, y aplicación de código
• Obras Públicas, con la excepción del acceso de la computadora de vestíbulo a los registros de topógrafos
• Registro Electoral, con la excepción de los observadores electorales con nombramiento solamente
• Gestión de riesgos
• Distritos Especiales de Agua y Saneamiento
• Asistencia de Transición
• Asuntos de Veteranos
• El desarrollo de la fuerza de trabajo, sin embargo, los nombramientos en persona se llevarán a cabo sólo cuando sea necesario
Las siguientes atracciones y servicios del Condado permanecerán cerrados al público al menos hasta el 3 de Abril:
• Zoológico Alpino de Big Bear en Moonridge
• Bibliotecas de sucursales del condado
• Museos del condado y sitios históricos
• Parques Regionales del Condado, incluyendo Calico Ghost Town
• Parque y preescolar del distrito de recreación en Joshua Tree
• Los siguientes centros para personas mayores y comunitarias (centros que llevan a cabo programas de comidas harán que las comidas estén disponibles a través de Auto-servicio.
o Centro Big Bear de La Tercera Edad
o Centro Bloomington Ayala de La Tercera Edad
o Centro Comunitario de Joshua Tree
o Centro Comunitario de Lucerne Valley
o Centro Comunitario de Wonder Valley
Para obtener información sobre la crisis del coronavirus, visite el sitio web del coronavirus del Condado en http://wp.sbcounty.gov/dph/coronavirus/, envíe un correo electrónico al Condado en firstname.lastname@example.org, o comuníquese con la línea de información pública del coronavirus de 9 a.m. a 5 p.m., de lunes a viernes al 909-387-3911.
- 在Moonridge的Big Bear Alpine动物园
- 县级地区公园，包括Calico Ghost Town
- Joshua Tree公园和休闲区幼儿园
- Big Bear老年人中心
- Bloomington Ayala老年人中心
- Joshua Tree社区中心
- Lucerne Valley社区中心
- Wonder Valley社区中心
The county reported its first case on Sunday. Additional cases have been expected to emerge as private lab testing begins ramping up.
In an effort to protect the public from further spread of the virus that causes COVID-19, the County’s Acting Health Officer on Tuesday ordered the cancellation of gatherings of any number of people within the county starting tomorrow through at least April 6, with key exceptions for work, public transportation, airport travel, grocery stores, charitable food distribution, certified farmers’ markets, and shopping at stores or malls.
The order also requires, starting today, the closing of all movie theatres, gyms, health clubs, bars, adult entertainment establishments, and other businesses that serve alcohol but do not serve food. Food and beverage establishments must follow guidance issued by the California Department of Public Health on Monday (www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/OPA/Pages/NR20-024.aspx).
The order does not apply to congregate living situations, including dormitories and homeless encampments. All San Bernardino County public schools have voluntarily closed as part of the effort to stop the spread of the virus, according to the County Superintendent of Schools.
The order also strongly cautions that persons aged 65 years and older and person of any age with certain underlying health conditions are at increased risk should they contract COVID-19, and encourages them to self-quarantine.
“Residents of San Bernardino County are encouraged to stay home as much as possible while only participating in essential activities, such as critical work functions and shopping for necessities,” said Acting County Health Officer Dr. Erin Gustafson. “We know these measures are challenging, but social distancing will help to protect all of our communities. We encourage older adults and those with chronic medical conditions to take additional precautions to avoid getting sick.”
The county reported its first case of novel coronavirus on March 15.
On March 10, the County Public Health Officer and the Board of Supervisors declared a local health emergency to help ensure county government and the public would be prepared for the possibility that coronavirus would appear within the county and allow flexibility in response.
Various county departments and agencies have been working together since Jan. 25 to prepare for the possible arrival of the virus within the county. The County Department of Public Health activated its Department Operations Center on Feb. 13.
As with any virus, especially during the cold and flu season, there are a number of steps you can take to protect your health and those around you:
–People experiencing symptoms of contagious illness should seek medical guidance, not attend work or school, and avoid unnecessary contact with other people.
–Wash hands with soap and warm water for 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
–Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth, especially with unwashed hands.
–Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using regular household cleaning spray or wipes.
–N95 masks are not recommended outside a healthcare setting. Surgical masks can be worn by sick individuals to reduce the likelihood of spreading germs to others.
For information about the coronavirus crisis, visit the County’s coronavirus website at http://wp.sbcounty.gov/dph/coronavirus/, email the County at email@example.com, or contact the coronavirus public information line from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday at 909-387-3911.
Dos nuevos casos de Enfermedad por Coronavirus (COVID-19) registrados dentro del condado
El Condado de San Bernardino reporto hoy el cuarto y quinto caso de coronavirus (COVID-19).
El condado reportó su primer caso el Domingo. Se esperan casos adicionales ya que laboratorios privados comienzan a aumentar pruebas.
En un esfuerzo por proteger al público de una mayor propagación del virus que causa COVID-19, el Oficial de Salud Interino del Condado ordenó hoy la cancelación de las reuniones de cualquier número de personas dentro del condado a partir de mañana hasta por lo menos el 6 de Abril.
La orden también requiere, a partir de mañana, el cierre de todos los cines, gimnasios, clubes de salud, bares, establecimientos de entretenimiento para adultos y otros negocios que sirven alcohol pero no sirven comida. Los establecimientos de alimentos y bebidas deben seguir las pautas emitidas por el Departamento de Salud Pública de California el lunes (www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/OPA/Pages/NR20-024.aspx).
La orden no se aplica a las actividades “esenciales para el funcionamiento de nuestro estado” incluyendo el trabajo, el transporte público, los viajes al aeropuerto, las tiendas de comestibles, la distribución de alimentos de caridad, los mercados de agricultores certificados y las compras en tiendas o centros comerciales. El pedido tampoco se aplica a las situaciones de vida congregadas, incluidos los dormitorios y los campamentos para personas sin hogar. Todas las escuelas públicas del Condado de San Bernardino han cerrado voluntariamente como parte del esfuerzo para detener la propagación del virus, según el Condado.
“Entiendo que esto crea dificultades para muchas familias y empresas. Pero al final del día creo que todos entendemos que estamos juntos en esto, y que juntos, lo superaremos”, dijo el Presidente de la Junta de Supervisores, Curt Hagman, quien anunció la orden hoy en un video, que se puede ver Aquí. “El condado está dando todas las medidas que podemos para mantenernos frente a esta amenaza”.
“El riesgo para la salud de COVID-19 para el público en general en el condado de San Bernardino sigue siendo bajo en este momento, pero se urge firmemente a todos a participar en prácticas que reduzcan el riesgo de propagación”, dijo la Dra. Erin Gustafson, Oficial de Salud del Condado Interino.
La orden también advierte totalmente la precaución que las personas mayores de 65 años y las personas de cualquier edad con ciertas condiciones de salud subyacentes corren un mayor riesgo en caso de contraer COVID-19, y las alienta a la autocuarentena. La orden llegó hoy en medio de la confirmación del tercer caso reportado de una nueva infección por coronavirus en el condado de San Bernardino, una mujer de unos 50 años. El condado no tiene muertes atribuibles a nuevos coronavirus.
El 10 de Marzo, el Oficial de Salud Pública del Condado y la Junta de Supervisores declararon una emergencia de salud local para ayudar a asegurar que el gobierno del condado y el público estén preparados para la posibilidad de que COVID-19 aparezca dentro del condado.
Varios departamentos y agencias apropiadas del Condado han estado trabajando juntos desde el 25 de Enero para prepararse para la posible llegada del virus al condado. El Departamento de Salud Pública del Condado activó su Centro de Operaciones del Departamento el 13 de Febrero.
La Salud Pública del Condado continúa trabajando con los Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades (CDC) y el Departamento de Salud Pública de California para responder a los informes de COVID-19.
Al igual que con cualquier virus, especialmente durante la temporada de frío y gripe, hay una serie de pasos que puede tomar para proteger su salud y a los que le rodean:
• Evite el contacto cercano con personas enfermas.
• Lávese las manos con jabón y agua tibia durante 20 segundos, especialmente después de ir al baño; antes de comer; y después de soplarse la nariz, toser o estornudar. Si el agua y el jabón no están disponibles fácilmente, use un desinfectante de manos a base de alcohol con al menos 60% de alcohol.
• Evite tocar los ojos, la nariz o la boca, especialmente con las manos sin lavar.
• Limpie y desinfecte los objetos y superficies tocados con frecuencia con aerosoles o toallitas de limpieza doméstica regulares.
• Si alguien se enferma con síntomas respiratorios como fiebre y tos, debe mantenerse alejado del trabajo, la escuela u otras personas para evitar la propagación de enfermedades y buscar ayuda de su proveedor de atención médica si los síntomas se vuelven graves.
• Las máscaras N95 no se recomiendan fuera de un entorno sanitario. Las máscaras quirúrgicas pueden ser usadas por individuos enfermos para reducir la probabilidad de diseminar gérmenes a otras personas.
Para obtener información sobre la crisis del coronavirus, visite el sitio web del coronavirus del Condado en wp.sbcounty.gov/dph/coronavirus, comuníquese con la línea de información pública del coronavirus de 9 a.m. a 5 p.m., de lunes a viernes al 909-387-3911, o envíe un correo electrónico a coronavirus-dph.sbcounty.gov. La línea de información pública no está equipada para manejar preguntas médicas o solicitudes de atención médica. Las preguntas médicas o solicitudes de atención médica deben hacerse solo a los proveedores de atención médica.
Residents of San Bernardino County who have questions about the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) may call (909) 387-3911 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday for general information and resources about the virus.
The hotline is not for medical calls just for information. If you are feeling sick, please contact your health care provider or 9-1-1. If you have questions about social services, please call 2-1-1.
Please watch this message from Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman.
For more information, people may also visit the following websites:
San Bernardino County Department of Public Health wp.sbcounty.gov/dph/coronavirus
California Department of Public Health www.cdph.gov
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention www.cdc.gov
World Health Organization www.who.int
SBA offers disaster assistance to San Bernardino County small businesses impacted by severe storms and flooding
The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses economically impacted by the severe storms and flooding in San Bernardino County that occurred Nov. 27 – Dec. 1, 2019, SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza announced Wednesday. SBA acted under its own authority to declare a disaster following a request received from Gov. Gavin Newsom’s designated representative, Mark S. Ghilarducci, director of the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services on Feb. 12, 2020.
“SBA is strongly committed to providing the most effective and customer-focused response possible to assist California small businesses with federal disaster loans. We will be swift in our efforts to help these small businesses recover from the financial impacts of this disaster,” said Administrator Carranza.
“Small nonfarm businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations of any size may qualify for Economic Injury Disaster Loans of up to $2 million to help meet financial obligations and operating expenses which could have been met had the disaster not occurred,” said Director Tanya N. Garfield of SBA’s Disaster Field Operations Center-West.
“These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact. Disaster loans can provide vital economic assistance to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing,” Garfield added.
Eligibility is based on the financial impact of the disaster only and not on any actual property damage. These loans have an interest rate of 3.875 percent for small businesses and 2.75 percent for private nonprofit organizations with terms up to 30 years and are restricted to small businesses without the financial ability to offset the adverse impact without hardship.
The Inland Empire Small Business Development Center is offering free, personalized counseling to help affected businesses in their recovery. Businesses may contact Vincent McCoy by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, calling (951) 781-2345 (office) or (951) 757-7086 (cell), or by visiting the Small Business Development Center at 603 N. Euclid Avenue, Ontario, CA, 91762, Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to call first for an appointment.
Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email email@example.com for more information on SBA disaster assistance. Individuals who are deaf or hard‑of‑hearing may call (800) 877-8339. Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.
The deadline to apply for economic injury is Nov. 13, 2020.
NEWS UPDATE – San Bernardino County along with the City of Ontario, Ontario International Airport, state and federal partners stood ready to provide a safe and welcoming landing for American diplomats and U.S. citizens returning from China. Late Tuesday evening, the Centers for Disease Control announced the flight scheduled to land at Ontario International Airport would be diverted to March Air Reserve Base in Riverside County.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, the passengers were screened before they took off; monitored during the duration of the flight by medical personnel on board; screened again on landing to refuel in Anchorage, Alaska; monitored on the last leg of the flight by medical personnel on board; evaluated upon arrival at March Air Reserve Base; and then they will be monitored for symptoms post-arrival. For more information, please visit the Centers for Disease Control website linked here.
Tuesday, January 28, 2020
The County has been notified by the State Office of Emergency Services that Ontario International Airport may serve as the repatriation point for up to 240 U.S. citizens, including nine children, arriving from the Wuhan region of China in a U.S. State Department-chartered aircraft.
County departments and personnel are working closely with our state, city, and ONT partners to prepare for this possible repatriation, focusing on ensuring the arriving citizens are free of any illness before clearing them to proceed to their respective U.S. destinations, and protecting the San Bernardino County community from the possibility of exposure to any contagions.
ONT was designated by the federal government as the official repatriation center for California about a decade ago, and various County departments have participated in numerous comprehensive repatriation exercises with state and federal agencies during the past several years to ensure the County and all other agencies are prepared for this type of event.
The occupants of the aircraft will consist entirely of U.S. State Department employees, U.S. contractors who have been working in China, and other U.S. citizens. The aircraft will first arrive in Alaska, where occupants will be examined by personnel from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. No occupants who present symptoms of illness will be allowed to proceed into the continental United States. Upon arrival in the continental U.S., possibly ONT, aircraft occupants will again be screened by CDC personnel and monitored for up to two weeks.
Highly trained professionals from the County Department of Public Health, County Office of Emergency Services, and other County departments are establishing a reception area and temporary living quarters in a space at ONT far removed from the passenger terminals and other public areas. Ontario police and other public safety personnel are prepared to ensure no unauthorized persons enter or exit the area.
ONT will proceed under normal operations during this period.
The safety and security of the people of San Bernardino County and all of Southern California is the utmost priority for the County and its partners. All necessary steps will be taken to minimize any risk to our communities.
More information can be found at www.flyontario.com.
Monday marks the fourth anniversary of the December 2, 2015 terrorist attack in San Bernardino. On that day, 14 people, including 13 members of our County family, were taken from us. Many more were wounded, physically and emotionally.
We will always remember these 14 souls, and we will continue to support those who are still healing.
The County Government Family invites you to join us wherever you may be in observing a moment of remembrance at 10:55 a.m. on Monday, December 2.
At that time, the County will pay tribute on our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram platforms. I have directed flags at all County facilities to be flown at half-mast on Monday. If you fly an American flag at home or at your place of work, we ask that you lower your flags to half-staff on Monday in honor of those who were taken from us on that tragic day four years ago.
If you are experiencing trauma stemming from the events of December 2, 2015, resources are available to help you. Please click here for more information.
Please continue to support those who are still hurting and healing and continue to care for each other.
Chairman, Board of Supervisors
Assistant County Fire Chief Dan Munsey will serve as the new Fire Chief for the San Bernardino County Fire Protection District effective immediately following his appointment by County Chief Executive Officer Gary McBride, with concurrence from the Board of Supervisors.
Munsey, who has served with County Fire since 1995, succeeds Mark Hartwig, who left the department in February to accept a job as fire chief for Santa Barbara County. Deputy Fire Chief Don Trapp has served as interim chief since Hartwig’s departure.
Munsey’s appointment concluded a nationwide recruiting effort that began shortly after Hartwig’s departure and yielded a broad field of applicants.
“There were several outstanding candidates,” McBride said. “But the Board and I concluded that Assistant Chief Munsey offered the best combination of the traits we were seeking: the leadership skills and commitment to operate County Fire effectively and professionally, and the ability and desire to work productively with public safety agencies throughout the county.”
“Being chosen to serve as fire chief for this organization is a tremendous honor,” Munsey said. “This is a team of highly skilled, dedicated professionals who serve a great community. I am excited about this opportunity to lead them and provide them with the tools and the environment they need to help County Fire fully achieve its great potential.”
In his most recent assignment as Assistant Chief, Division 11, Munsey was responsible for rescue operations, fire, and emergency medical response in the High Desert region, which is the largest of the five regions served by San Bernardino County Fire.
Munsey began his career in the fire service in 1995 as a paid-call firefighter. He became a full-time firefighter in 1998, where he was assigned to Lake Arrowhead. He has worked in every division of County Fire, promoting to captain in 2004, battalion chief in 2008, and assistant chief in March 2014.
Munsey holds a master’s degree in public administration with an emphasis on business and government and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Grand Canyon University. Munsey is the current president of the Operations Section of the California Fire Chiefs Association and president of the Hi-Desert Water District Board of Directors. He has been active for a decade in the Rotary Club of San Bernardino, Victorville, and Yucca Valley.
In 2013, Munsey graduated from the San Bernardino County Management & Leadership Academy, a program that provides comprehensive management and leadership training to county employees. Participants gain theoretical and practical knowledge of public service management and leadership practices, with specific emphasis on understanding their application within San Bernardino County government.
The San Bernardino County Fire Protection District has about 1,000 employees, covers approximately 19,000 of the county’s 20,105 square miles, and serves more than 60 incorporated municipalities and unincorporated communities within four Regional Service Zones – Mountain, North Desert, South Desert and Valley – including the City of Grand Terrace, City of Hesperia, City of Needles, City of San Bernardino, City of Twentynine Palms, City of Upland, Town of Yucca Valley, and unincorporated areas. Additionally, County Fire provides contractual fire protection services to two cities: Adelanto and Fontana, via its independent fire protection district.
County Fire is a community-based, all-hazard emergency services organization providing emergency mitigation and management for fire suppression, emergency medical services, ambulance services, hazardous materials response, arson investigation, hazard and terrorism/weapons of mass destruction abatement, and technical rescue, including water-borne, flooding and mudslide, and winter rescue operations.
San Bernardino County’s Terrorist Attack Legacy Report & Organizational Review created following the December 2, 2015 tragedy won a prestigious California Counties Innovation Award on Monday from the California State Association of Counties (CSAC) and was considered one of the top two projects in the state by CSAC’s judges out of 284 entries.
One report is an organizational review documenting County government’s response to and recovery from the attack. The other is a first-of-its-kind legacy report designed as a resource for other agencies coping with or preparing for a similar incident.
“Our County suffered a terrible tragedy when our employees were attacked on December 2, 2015. There was no guidebook for us to follow to help us deal with an endless array of unprecedented immediate and long-term challenges,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman. “We hope that something like this never happens again, but we knew that we had a duty to commission these reports to help other public agencies navigate the circumstances no one ever hopes to face. We are deeply honored by this recognition.”
The legacy document can be viewed here and the organizational review is available here. Both reports can be found at sbcounty.gov in the “Where to Find” section under “December 2 Legacy Report and Organizational Review.” The County also provided the reports to leaders at CSAC, the National Association of Counties, the League of California Cities, the National League of Cities, and the International City/County Management Association as a resource to them and their members.
The reports were created by CPARS Consulting which assembled a team of experts in emergency management and response, communications and public information, and human resources and employee services to interview hundreds of County employees and review documents.
CSAC also recognized the San Bernardino County Department of Aging and Adult Services with two awards – a Challenge Award for their Mobile Health Outreach – Anatomical Models program which helps educate older and disabled adults on self-examinations and identifying potentially life-threatening health issues; and a Merit Award for their Coordinated Care Collaborative program, which ensures low-income seniors and persons with disabilities, who qualify for both Medicare and Medi-Cal, receive optimal case management services.
The San Bernardino County Department of Child Support Services also received a CSAC Merit Award for their Service of Process program, which expedites service of summons and complaints for child support and reduces costs by utilizing certified mail for child support customers residing outside of California.
Each year, CSAC honors best practices in county governments in California. This year, CSAC received 284 entries from counties throughout California. The County of San Bernardino won five CSAC Awards in 2018, four in 2017, four in 2016, three in 2015 and 2014, five in 2013, three in 2012, two in 2011 and one in 2010.
The County has won more than 300 state and national awards for innovative and cost-saving programs since 2010, including 52 awards from the National Association of Counties in May.
“Our County is proud CSAC and other organizations consistently recognize the commitment to public service and work ethic our employees exhibit on a daily basis – whether it be another community impacted by violence, or seniors and children who need and deserve services in our county,” Hagman said.
CSAC will present the awards to the County at an upcoming San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors meeting.