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Fire Chief Scott Brown 2016 Man of the Year
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The City of Hemet’s very own, Hemet Fire Chief  Scott Brown was selected by the Hemet San Jacinto Valley Chamber of Commerce as the 2016 Man of The Year. The recognition, was awarded to Chief Brown at the 15th Annual Awards Gala held at the 4 Seasons Lodge on June 24, 2016 and is in recognition of Chief Brown’s Community involvement and his continued dedication to the Hemet San Jacinto Valley.

Chief Brown stated “I am deeply honored to serve the men and women of the Hemet Fire Department and most proud to serve our Community”.


San Jacinto Fault: Earthquake is a wake-up call for region:

Shaking on the active San Jacinto Fault triggers fears of potential future damage along the section that runs through Inland Southern California. 

On Friday, June 10, 2016,   we had an early morning wake-up call courtesy of a moderate earthquake in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park was triggered by a hitch on a feisty fault that slices through populated areas of Inland Southern California.

And the question some are asking in the wake of the 5.2 magnitude shaker centered 15 miles southeast of Anza: Could it unleash a far more damaging quake under Hemet or Moreno Valley or San Bernardino?

You can probably guess the answer. Scientists don’t know.

“We can’t say anything based on this morning’s event, beyond the fact that we are going to have aftershocks,” Jennifer Andrews, a seismologist at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, said in a phone interview Friday. Andrews said there is a 5 percent to 10 percent chance that any one earthquake will turn out to be a precursor to a larger temblor.

Still, the quake felt in a wide area from Palm Springs to Los Angeles to San Diego raises concerns, said Tom Rockwell, an earthquake geologist at San Diego State University. “The interesting thing about this earthquake is it occurred on the south-central part of the San Jacinto fault, which last sustained a large earthquake – a 7.3 – on Nov. 22, 1800, very early in the historical record,” Rockwell said.

Quakes of magnitude 7 or greater with the potential to cause significant damage tend to strike this section of the fault, essentially the part in San Diego County, every 200 to 250 years, he said. “We are coming into the window when a larger earthquake is possible,” he said. “And, for that reason, whenever we see a moderate quake on the fault, we worry that it might be a foreshock.” That next big quake could be confined to that section – or radiate up into Riverside and San Bernardino counties, he said.

The San Jacinto fault isn’t as dangerous as the infamous and widely feared San Andreas fault, which intersects the San Jacinto in Lytle Creek Canyon. But Rockwell said the San Jacinto fault can generate devastating quakes of up to magnitude 7.5.

“It’s still a significant seismic hazard,” said Frank Vernon, a research seismologist at UC San Diego.
While what happens next isn’t known, what is known is the section responsible for Friday’s shaker has a reputation for being irritable.

“It’s a particularly complicated and active area of the San Jacinto fault,” Andrews said.
Vernon said there have been no fewer than five quakes of about magnitude 5 or greater there since the turn of the century. The others were in 2001, 2005, 2010 and 2013.
By DAVID DOWNEY / STAFF WRITER , Published: June 10, 2016 Updated: June 11, 2016 6:18 a.m.

Hemet Fire/EMS 

"Vital Statistics"

 First the obvious – San Jacinto only has 1 station, we have 5; our population is double.  Cost per capita is only one of several benchmarks we look at to develop effective public policy relative to service levels; please note the categories with benchmarks below;

-          Hemet Fire Department cost per capita for providing Fire Services to the Community is ($129.86) as compared to National Average of ($136.60) and the California Average of ($193.18) for communities of similar size.

The City of Hemet is paying 1/3 less than Cities of similar size in California and just under 5 percent less than national counterparts  

-          Hemet Fire Department responds to (180.2) incidents per 1,000 population which is substantially higher than the regional median (83.4 incidents per 1,000 population)

-          Hemet Fire Department responds to slightly more than (3.3) fires per 1,000 population than the average of the regional median (2.4)

 -          Hemet Fire Department has substantially lower Fire loss ($19 per capita) as compared to the with regional median ($34 per capita) and lower than the national median ($29 per capita)

 -          Hemet Fire Department has lower staffing levels (.55 firefighters per 1,000 population served) than either the national median (1.3 firefighters per 1,000 population) or the regional median (.92 firefighters per 1,000 population served)    

2016 Response Statistics: 

-          16,841 total responses

 -        14,084 EMS – all EMS related, traffic accidents, rescues and medical 

-          322 Fires (all types)    

-          105 hazardous conditions

-          840 service calls

-         1,132 good intent

-         358 other call types (specialty, rescue other)

  2017 – Numbers at a glance - through April 30, 2017

-     5,634 total calls for service (all call types) that’s one call every 30.67 minutes

 We are trending to break 17,000 calls for 2017  

Fire Season Is Here!

The wildland and dry-vegetation/weed fire season never went away this winter. The vegetation is extremely dry and the California drought continues to intensify the 2018 fire season expectations.

* Be careful with fire, open flames and spark-producing equipment.

* Be aware and suspicious! Report suspicious and/or fire setting activity to 911.

* Follow READY, SET, GO Safety Planning ahead of disasters and instructions during disasters.
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