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Clarification of religious services and face-coverings order

The need has arisen for clarification of a Public Health Order and subsequent guidance issued Tuesday regarding religious services and face coverings.

The County acknowledges the manner in which the order and guidance were created and disseminated created unintended consequences and hardships. The County has taken steps to ensure appropriate notice and coordination will occur in the future as we address the complicated and fast-moving crisis faced by our community and the entire world.

“We recognize the need to act quickly to slow the spread of COVID-19 throughout San Bernardino County,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman. “But we also recognize that we must take into consideration the myriad of impacts that can be felt in a large and diverse county, and be willing to provide clarification and make adjustments while keeping our communities safe and healthy.”

The specific references to drive-in religious services so close to major religious observances taking place during the next four days, for which organizations had already conducted considerable planning and incurred expenses, are clarified as follows: Organizations that have planned such services for the coming weekend should proceed with those services if they choose to do so and make every effort to prevent contact between congregants.

Regarding the use of face-coverings while driving, there is no need for drivers traveling alone or with members of their households to wear face coverings unless they must lower their windows to interact with first responders, food service workers, or others who are not members of their households.

Other clarifying guidance will be forthcoming.

On the subject of enforcement, the public is advised that although violation of a health order is a violation of the California Health and Safety Code, the County does not expect law enforcement to broadly impose citations on violators. The expectation is that law enforcement will rely upon community members to use good judgment, common sense, and act in the best interests of their own health and the health of their loved ones and the community at large. The imposition of penalties on members of the public who willfully and grossly disregard public health orders by putting others at risk of exposure to this infectious disease is meant as a tool for law enforcement to use as a deterrent.

San Bernardino County has 547 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and the deaths of 17 county residents have been associated with the disease.

Various appropriate County departments and agencies have been working together since Jan. 25 to protect the community from the COVID-19 pandemic.

For information about the coronavirus crisis, visit the County’s coronavirus website at sbcovid19.com. New information and resources are updated daily. The public can also contact the COVID-19 hotline from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday at (909) 387-3911, or email the County at coronavirus@dph.sbcounty.gov.

Aclaración de servicios religiosos y orden de cobertura de la cara.

Ha surgido la necesidad de aclaración de una Orden de Salud Pública y posterior orientación emitida el martes en relación con los servicios religiosos y cobertura de la cara.

El Condado reconoce la manera en que la orden y la orientación fueron creados y difundidos creando consecuencias y dificultades no deseadas. El Condado ha tomado medidas para asegurar que el aviso y la coordinación apropiada ocurran en el futuro a medida mientras dirigimos la crisis complicada y de rápido movimiento que enfrenta nuestra comunidad y el mundo entero.

“Reconocemos la necesidad de actuar rápidamente para frenar la propagación de COVID-19 en todo el condado de San Bernardino”, dijo el Presidente de la Junta de Supervisores, Curt Hagman. “Pero también reconocemos que debemos tener en cuenta la infinidad de impactos que se pueden sentir en un condado grande y diverso, y estar dispuestos a proporcionar aclaraciones y hacer ajustes mientras mantenemos a nuestras comunidades seguras y saludables”.

Las referencias específicas a los servicios religiosos tan cercanos a las principales celebraciones religiosas que se llevaran a cabo durante los próximos cuatro días, por los cuales las organizaciones ya habían llevado a cabo una planificación considerable y gastos incurridos, se aclaran de la siguiente manera: Las organizaciones que han planificado dichos servicios para el próximo fin de semana deben proceder con esos servicios si así lo deciden y hacer todo lo posible para evitar el contacto entre los congregantes.

Con respeto al uso de coberturas faciales mientras conducen, no hay necesidad de que los conductores que viajen solos o con miembros de sus hogares usen cubiertas faciales a menos que deban bajar las ventanas para interactuar con los socorristas, los trabajadores de servicios de alimentos u otras personas que no son miembros de sus hogares.

Se presentarán otras orientaciones de clarificación.

En cuanto a la aplicación de la ley, se informa al público que aunque la violación de una orden de salud es una violación del Código de Salud y Seguridad de California, el Condado no espera que Agencias de aplicación de la ley impongan ampliamente citas a los infractores. La expectativa es que Agencias de aplicación de la ley confíen en los miembros de la comunidad que utilicen el buen juicio, el sentido común y actúen en el mejor interés de su propia salud y la salud de sus seres queridos y de la comunidad en general. La imposición de sanciones a los miembros del público que descuidan deliberadamente las órdenes de salud pública poniendo a otros en riesgo de exposición a esta enfermedad infecciosa se entiende como una herramienta para que Agencias de aplicación de la ley la utilicen como elemento disuasorio.

El condado de San Bernardino tiene 547 casos confirmados de COVID-19 y la muerte de 17 residentes del condado se ha asociado con la enfermedad.

Varios departamentos y agencias del Condado han estado trabajando juntos desde el 25 de enero para proteger a la comunidad de la pandemia COVID-19.

Para obtener información sobre la crisis del coronavirus, visite el sitio web del coronavirus del Condado en sbcovid19.com. La nueva información y los recursos se actualizan diariamente. El público también puede comunicarse con la línea directa COVID-19 de 9 a.m. a 5 p.m., de lunes a viernes al (909) 387-3911, o enviar un correo electrónico al Condado al coronavirus@dph.sbcounty.gov.

Public participation in Board meetings electronic only due to Covid-19

While the Board of Supervisors continues to hold meetings to conduct essential business during the Covid-19 pandemic, public participation in the meetings will be electronic only in compliance with the governor’s executive order to stay at home.

The changes in public participation will begin at the next Board of Supervisors meeting at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 7, 2020 and will continue until further notice. In addition, the remote site locations at the Jerry Lewis High Desert Government Center in Hesperia and the Bob Burke Joshua Tree Government Center in Joshua Tree will not be open to the public.

The County invites the public to continue to watch Board of Supervisors meetings from home at http://www.sbcounty.gov/Main/Pages/ViewMeetings.aspx.

People who want to comment on specific agenda items, make general comments, or submit testimony for public hearings, and have those comments provided to each board member prior to the meeting, can send their comments and testimony to the Clerk of the Board by email at BoardMeetingComments@cob.sbcounty.gov. Those comments and testimony may also be submitted online, limited to 250 words or less, at http://www.sbcounty.gov/cob/publiccomments/default.aspx prior to 8 a.m. on meeting days.

The public can also submit comments and testimony during meetings through the same email address and website. Comments and testimony submitted after 8 a.m. and during the meeting won’t be provided to each board member but will be read aloud by the Clerk of the Board during the meeting, time permitting.

All comments and testimony submitted before and during the meeting will be included in their entirety in the official record of the meeting.

 

La participación del público en las Junta de Supervisores sólo electronica debido a Covid-19

Mientras que la Junta de Supervisores continúa celebrando reuniones para llevar a cabo negocios esenciales durante la pandemia de Covid-19, la participación del público en las reuniones será electrónica sólo en cumplimiento con la orden ejecutiva del gobernador de permanecer en casa.

Los cambios en la participación pública comenzarán en la próxima reunión de la Junta de Supervisores a las 10 a.m. del martes 7 de abril de 2020 y continuarán hasta nuevo aviso.  Además, las ubicaciones remotas del sitio en el Jerry Lewis High Desert Government Center en Hesperia y el Bob Burke Joshua Tree Government Center en Joshua Tree no estarán abiertas al público.

El Condado invita al público a continuar viendo las reuniones de la Junta de Supervisores desde casa en http://www.sbcounty.gov/Main/Pages/ViewMeetings.aspx.

Las personas que deseen comentar sobre temas específicos del programa, hacer comentarios generales o enviar testimonios para audiencias públicas, y hacer que esos comentarios se proporcionen a cada miembro de la Junta antes de la reunión, pueden enviar sus comentarios y testimonios al Secretario de la Junta por correo electrónico a BoardMeetingComments@cob.sbcounty.gov. Esos comentarios y testimonios también pueden presentarse en línea, limitados a 250 palabras o menos, a http://www.sbcounty.gov/cob/publiccomments/default.aspx antes de las 8 a.m. de los días de la reunión.

El público también puede enviar comentarios y testimonios durante las reuniones a través de la misma dirección de correo electrónico y sitio web. Los comentarios y testimonios presentados después de las 8 a.m. y durante la reunión no serán proporcionados a cada miembro de la Junta, sino que serán leídos en voz alta por el Secretario de la Junta durante la reunión, si hay tiempo permitido.

Todos los comentarios y testimonios presentados antes y durante la reunión se incluirán en su totalidad en el registro oficial de la junta/reunión.

Public Health officer recommends face coverings during essential outings

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 coronavirus@dph.sbcounty.gov.

 

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.

County to hold COVID-19 press conference

Members of the Board of Supervisors, Sheriff John McMahon, County Public Health Director Trudy Raymundo, physicians from Arrowhead Regional Medical Center and other county officials will provide an update on the novel coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis within the county and answer questions from journalists during a press conference Wednesday morning at 10 a.m.

All Southern California news organizations have been invited and it has been timed to enable Los Angeles-based television stations to broadcast it live if they choose to do so. The county will livestream the press conference and archive a complete recording on the CountyDirect Broadcast Network at https://sanbernardino.granicus.com/player/clip/5055?view_id=19. The event will also be livestreamed via Facebook Live.

Attendance at the press conference will be limited to journalists and professional news organizations.

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 coronavirus@dph.sbcounty.gov.

County orders cancellation of large gatherings

Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman has announced that, in an effort to protect the public from any possible spread of the virus that causes COVID-19, the County’s Public Health Officer today has ordered the immediate cancellation or postponement of gatherings of more than 250 people within the county until further notice.

The order applies to, but is not limited to, concerts, conferences, and professional, college, and school sporting events, and is in line with guidance issued today by the California Department of Public Health.

“The County realizes that this order will result in inconveniences to many people and businesses. However, the County’s primary concern is the health and wellbeing of its residents and visitors,” Hagman said.

Smaller gatherings should refer to guidance from the California Department of Public Health, which can be found here.

The County Public Health Officer’s order does not apply to activities such as attendance at regular school classes, work, or essential services.

“Certain activities are essential to the functioning of our state and must continue,” the order states. “Hence, this Order does not apply to essential public transportation, airport travel, or shopping at a store or mall. This Order also does not apply to congregate living situations, including dormitories and homeless encampments.”

Although there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 within the county, numerous cases have been confirmed in neighboring counties. Large gatherings that attract travelers and other people who don’t routinely congregate with each other increase the risk of COVID-19 appearing within San Bernardino County.

As should always be the case, people experiencing symptoms of contagious illness should seek medical guidance, not attend work or school, and avoid contact with other people.

On Tuesday, the County Public Health Officer and the Board of Supervisors declared a local health emergency to help ensure county government and the public are prepared for the possibility that COVID-19 will appear within the county.

Various appropriate County departments and agencies have been working together since Jan. 25 to prepare for the possible arrival of the virus within the county. That is when the County was notified an aircraft carrying U.S. citizens evacuated from the region in China where the virus had originated might be arriving at Ontario International Airport. The flight was eventually diverted to Riverside County. The County Department of Public Health activated its Department Operations Center on Feb. 13.

County Public Health continues to work with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the California Department of Public Health to respond to reports of COVID-19. Although Governor Newsom declared a State of Emergency to help the state prepare for broader spread of COVID-19, the health risk from COVID-19 to the general public in San Bernardino County remains low at this time.

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:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • 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.
  • If someone does become sick with respiratory symptoms like fever and cough, they should stay away from work, school or other people to avoid spreading illness and seek assistance from their healthcare provider if symptoms become severe.
  • 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 more information on COVID-19, please call (800) 722-4794 or visit the County Public Health COVID-19 webpage at http://wp.sbcounty.gov/dph/coronavirus/.  Information is updated as soon as it is made available.

Event organizers seeking guidance from the Public Health Officer specific to their planned events should send their inquiries to coronavirus@dph.sbcounty.gov.

More information is available here in Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin and Tagalog.

County declares local health emergency; Still no cases in the county

The San Bernardino County Public Health Officer and the Board of Supervisors today declared a local health emergency to help ensure county government and the public are prepared for the possibility that COVID-19 will appear within the county.

No local cases have been reported in the county, although cases have been identified in neighboring Riverside, Los Angeles and Orange counties.

“The purpose of this declaration is not to alarm people but to increase the focus on preparedness for both the public and county government departments and agencies,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman. “The health risk to the general public in San Bernardino County remains low at this time.”

Various appropriate county departments and agencies have been working together since Jan. 25 to prepare for the possible arrival of the virus within the county. That is when the county was notified an aircraft carrying U.S. citizens evacuated from the region in China where the virus had originated might be arriving at Ontario International Airport. The flight was eventually diverted to Riverside County. The County Department of Public Health activated its Department Operations Center on March 3.

Among the county departments and agencies meeting regularly to coordinate efforts are Public Health, Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, Office of Emergency Services, County Fire, Sheriff, and the Inland Counties Emergency Medical Agency.

County Public Health continues to work with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the California Department of Public Health to respond to reports of COVID-19. Although Governor Newsom declared a State of Emergency to help the state prepare for broader spread of COVID-19, the health risk from COVID-19 to the general public in San Bernardino County remains low at this time.

  • 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:
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • 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.
  • If someone does become sick with respiratory symptoms like fever and cough, they should stay away from work, school or other people to avoid spreading illness and seek assistance from their healthcare provider if symptoms become severe.
  • 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 more information on COVID-19, please call (800) 722-4794 or visit the County Public Health COVID-19 webpage at http://wp.sbcounty.gov/dph/coronavirus/. Information is updated as soon as it is made available.

Applicants sought for retirement board vacancy

The County invites qualified members of the public to apply to fill a vacant seat on the Board of Retirement.

The Board of Retirement’s primary role is to have the sole and exclusive fiduciary responsibility over the assets of the retirement system and to administer the system in a manner that will assure prompt delivery of benefits and related services to the participants and their beneficiaries. For more information regarding the Board of Retirement, visit https://www.sbcera.org.

Those seeking appointment should possess:

  • At a minimum, a bachelor’s or equivalent degree in economics, business/public administration, finance, accounting or other closely related field. Advanced degrees in these fields or other related fields such as law, or certifications in finance, accounting or other closely related fields shall be desired qualifications;
  • A minimum of two years of recent experience performing budget/financial analysis or managing financial investments in a public agency or private institution. Prior knowledge or experience with fiduciary responsibility is desirable;
  • Advanced communication skills to express ideas with conviction and clarity;
  • Strong analytical skills to understand investment policies and concepts;
  • A strong forward-thinking visionary approach to recognize the value of present-day decisions and their impact on future plan benefits and investments;
  • The ability to clearly articulate SBCERA’s general policies and concepts to various audiences;
  • A demonstrated ability to work well with a board, commission, committee or other deliberative body.

Those interested in being appointed as a Board of Retirement member must submit a resume before 5 p.m. on Feb. 24, 2020 to ExecRecruit@hr.sbcounty.gov or at the following address:

San Bernardino County Human Resources Department

157 West Fifth St., First Floor

San  Bernardino CA 92415-0440

Attn: Silvia Zayas

For more information, see legal notice at http://www.sbcounty.gov/Uploads/CAO/Feature/Content/retirement_board_notice.pdf.

Fire Chief Munsey to attend State of the Union, promote federal support for public safety

San Bernardino County Fire Protection District Chief Dan Munsey will attend the president’s State of the Union address on Tuesday as the guest of San Bernardino County Congressman Pete Aguilar. Chief Munsey said he sees his attendance as an opportunity to build upon the good working relationships the County has with federal agencies and lawmakers.

County Fire Chief Dan Munsey

“I’m honored to have the opportunity to represent our region and San Bernardino County Fire at the president’s State of the Union address,” Chief Munsey said. “Our county depends on the relationship we have with our federal partners to ensure the safety of our residents, and I look forward to the chance to reinforce that relationship.”

“The County is proud and fortunate to have Chief Munsey represent us and the public safety needs of our residents in Washington and at the State of the Union address,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman. “When disaster strikes our county, the men and women of County Fire stand bravely on the front lines. It is appropriate to have their organization stand as a symbol of the value in partnerships with the federal government.”

Dan Munsey was appointed County Fire Chief in November. 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.

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.

 

A Message from Chairman Curt Hagman

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 FacebookTwitter, 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.

Sincerely,
Curt Hagman
Chairman, Board of Supervisors

 

Assistant Fire Chief Dan Munsey appointed new County Fire Chief

Assistant Fire Chief Dan Munsey

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.

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