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Fire & Ice Cream vaccine event set for Saturday in San Bernardino

Free ice cream, churros, and other treats and giveaways await those who participate in the county’s first official Fire and Ice Cream COVID-19 vaccination event Saturday at Nunez Park in San Bernardino.

The county, in partnership with the San Bernardino County Fire Protection District, will lead a parade of fire trucks, other emergency vehicles, the county’s Our Shot for Hope mobile vaccination van, am ice cream truck and a churro van through the streets of the neighborhoods surrounding the park at 12:30 p.m. From 2 to 6 p.m. in Nunez Park, the county will provide the free treats and free “one-and-done” Johnson & Johnson vaccinations. No appointment is necessary.

The vaccinations are for any one age 18 and over. The treats are for everyone. 

“Fire and Ice Cream is an example of how committed we are to making vaccines available across the county, especially in vulnerable or hard-to-reach neighborhoods,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman. “We’re very happy to be doing this in conjunction with our county fire department. Firefighters are trusted heroes in our communities, and nothing draws attention like fire trucks and ice cream trucks!”

Why take the shot for hope? The COVID-19 vaccination will help protect individuals by creating an antibody (immune system) response without having to experience sickness. After you are fully vaccinated for COVID-19, you may be able to start doing some things that you stopped doing because of the pandemic.

Nunez Park is located at 1717 West 5th Street in San Bernardino.

Future Fire and Ice Cream events in other locations throughout the county will be announced soon.

San Bernardino County Fire to Issue Contact-Free Citations for Illegal Fireworks

This year San Bernardino County Fire Prevention Officers will try a new tool to combat illegal fireworks in the communities they serve—contact-free citations.

Rather than chasing down everyone using illegal pyrotechnics, patrolling fire investigators will use geographic information systems (GIS) data to pinpoint the exact location of the violation.

Fire investigators will take photographs and collect other evidence before remotely issuing the property owner an administrative citation that carries a fine of up to $1,250.

Fire officials use a similar GIS system to issue fire hazard abatement notices when property owners neglect to remove weeds, brush, and other fire hazards as required by County ordinance.

A third-party vendor processes the citations and sends them via certified mail. The citations usually arrive about a week to two weeks after being issued.

Landlords may want to remind their tenants not to use illegal fireworks since the citation will be issued to the owner of record, not the tenant.

“Property owners are responsible for what occurs on their property,” Deputy Fire Marshal Adam Panos said.

Property owners will also be given the opportunity to appeal citations.

Fire Marshal Mike Horton said County Fire will utilize contact-free citations in all of the communities it serves. In addition to all unincorporated areas, County Fire serves the cities of Fontana, Grand Terrace, Upland, San Bernardino, Adelanto, Yucca Valley, Twentynine Palms, and Needles.

In addition to issuing contact-free citations, fire investigators will also directly issue $1,250 administrative citations to those caught using illegal fireworks at parks, in the street, or in other public places.

Click here for more information about County Fire’s fireworks enforcement efforts.


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