MESSAGE FROM THE FIRE CHIEF

Welcome to the Colton Fire Department’s (CFD) website.

The CFD vision statement is:

The Fire Department will provide comprehensive emergency services to our citizens, visitors, and employees. We will cultivate leaders at all levels of the Department through education, training, and high ethical standards. We will treat all others as we would want to be treated.”

Our first core value is:

“Putting the Community First; it is the spirit that guides all actions of the Fire Department “

It is my honor to serve the citizens of Colton as their Fire Chief. Our vision and core values reflect on what we want to be and what we value.  Each of our firefighters and staff strive to serve our community to the best of our abilities.  We realize that every shift we interact with our residents and visitors in some of their greatest times of need; this is a humbling honor we do not take for granted.

The Colton Fire Department (CFD) was formed on November 21, 1889 and currently serves a population of 54,828 people in the 16-square mile city out of four strategically located fire stations. There are currently 41 full-time firefighters, one Executive Assistant, two volunteers, and one contract Physician Medical Director who staff the department.  In 2018 the department responded to over 7,200 calls for service dispatched through the Confire Joint Powers Agency Dispatch.  CFD deploys three Type-I engines and a Truck that each are staffed by one Captain, one Engineer, and one Firefighter Paramedic; one Battalion Chief is on-duty per day and one Fire Marshal.  Colton has provided Paramedic Advanced Life Support to its citizens as one of the first paramedic providers in San Bernardino County since July 1975.

Colton Fire is a thriving Department with a rich culture that goes back more than 125 years. We are active partners with surrounding communities and respond as part of a robust mutual aid system.  Over the past few years we have seen many retirements and have recruited new Firefighters, promoted new Engineers and Captains, and are currently preparing to promote a new Battalion Chief.  These new recruits and promotions represent an exciting time for CFD as we introduce new faces and innovations to our Department.  Our Fire Marshal has been busy over the last year assuring that inspections, plan checks, and other prevention activities are completed in a time of increased growth and construction in Colton.  Disaster Preparedness, grants, and Community Emergency Response Teams are an on-going focus.  The Fire Explorer Program is a priority for us and we to try to hire from those ranks.  We continue to work jointly with the Loma Linda Fire Department, sharing Command Staff resources.

The Fire Department is in process of implementing industry best practices for cancer prevention of our firefighters.   This includes particulate resistant flash hoods, second sets of turnouts, extractor washing machines, and other engineering practices.  We have a new grant funded fire engine ready to be delivered.  Staff will be writing a new Strategic Plan this year, and we look forward to planning our path forward over the next five years.

Colton Fire Department will continue to function as a partner with our community and we look forward to maintaining exceptional service to our residents, visitors, and neighbors.

Please feel free to call with any questions or concerns at 909-370-5100.

Sincerely,

Tim McHargue, Fire Chief

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5 days ago

City of Colton Fire

Several members of our department were recognized by Chief McHargue and Battalion Chief Valentin last night at Colton’s City Council meeting. The Life Saving recipients were recognized for rescuing a quadriplegic patient from a working residential fire. Pictured from left to right: Fire Chief Tim McHargue, Captain Jeff Miller, Captain John Vail, Engineer Chris DeAnda, Firefighter Caleb Guinn, Firefighter Brian Kalousek and Battalion Chief Kevin Valentin. Not available to attend, but part of the rescue operation was Engineer Ron Helms. Mayor Frank Navarro along with City Council Members are in the background. #coltonfire #coltonfd #coltonfirefighters ... See MoreSee Less

Several members of our department were recognized by Chief McHargue and Battalion Chief Valentin last night at Colton’s City Council meeting. The Life Saving recipients were recognized for rescuing a quadriplegic patient from a working residential fire. Pictured from left to right: Fire Chief Tim McHargue, Captain Jeff Miller, Captain John Vail, Engineer Chris DeAnda, Firefighter Caleb Guinn, Firefighter Brian Kalousek and Battalion Chief Kevin Valentin. Not available to attend, but part of the rescue operation was Engineer Ron Helms. Mayor Frank Navarro along with City Council Members are in the background. #coltonfire #coltonfd #coltonfirefighters

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Congrats everyone! Job well done! 🎉

Congrats and thank you for all your service ♡♡

Great job gentlemen!

Thank you City of Colton Fire for all you do!

Awesome job! Congratulations 👍👨‍🚒🏅

I was there....congrats all!

Outstanding group of folks right there!

Congratulations and thank you for all you do!

Great job!

Good job guys 👍

Great job to all!

Colton has awesome firefighters! 👨‍🚒🚒🔥

Proud Jr. Mom moment!!! ❤️

Well deserved!

Congratulations cuz

Congratulations nephew.

Well done! Thank you!

AWESOME WORK

I’m proud of them all!

Well done !

Strong work Brothers!

Strong Work!

Good job guys

Congratulations, well deserved!

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1 week ago

City of Colton Fire

Glad to hear all members of the Glendale Fire Department were rescued in a timely fashion and are doing fine. This is the exact reason why we put a Rapid Intervention Crew (RIC) in place. #coltonfire #coltonfd #coltonfirefighters #glendalefire #RIC #rapidinterventioncrew ... See MoreSee Less

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Thank you for all you do! Last night we saw some of Colton Firemen leave their meals behind at the restaurant when duty called. They had just started to eat and within a couple of minutes they had to leave. Just know that everyone there took notice of the sacrifice you all make to keep the city safe. Thank you once again. May the Lord keep you safe and protected.

2 weeks ago

City of Colton Fire

Your Colton Fire Department had a busy year. Call volume rose by 510 runs. We continue to work hard to keep you safe! #coltonfire #coltonfd #coltonfirefighters #stayingbusy ... See MoreSee Less

Your Colton Fire Department had a busy year. Call volume rose by 510 runs. We continue to work hard to keep you safe! #coltonfire #coltonfd #coltonfirefighters #stayingbusy

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What was going on in 2017? Huge swing from 2016 to 2017

Thank you for your service!

Thank you for all you do!!!

3 weeks ago

City of Colton Fire

Colton Fire recently put into service a new command vehicle. The 2019, 2500 4 X 4 Dodge Ram is equipped with a Whelen lighting package, multiple radio heads in the cab and rear of vehicle, command box by Innovative Emergency Equipment and graphics by Innovative Graphic and Design. #coltonfire #coltonfd #coltonfirefighters #innovativeemergencyequipment #innovativegraphicanddesign ... See MoreSee Less

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Looks nice should of had it a long time ago

Nice. Maybe a Class "A" foam water can ?

Cool looking car.

if you can it smell it is yes to no drugs in high school!!!

Beautiful rig. 👌🏽

That’s awesome!

Congratulations 🎉🎉🎉👏👏 Beautiful

Its time for a new Truck 211

What rig is chief Perez driving

Nice

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3 weeks ago

City of Colton Fire

KME is kicking off the New Year with our rig. We will provide more details and additional pictures once all of the equipment is mounted and the unit is ready to go into service.
#coltonfire #coltonfirefighters #coltonfd #KME
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3 weeks ago

City of Colton Fire

Colton Fire units worked a large multi family commercial structure fire today on the 1400 block of N. Rialto. The fire was held to the unit of origin and within the attic space. One person was treated on scene with smoke inhalation and was released. Mutual Aid was provided by Loma Linda Fire and San Bernardino County Fire. #coltonfire #coltonfirefighters #coltonfd ... See MoreSee Less

Colton Fire units worked a large multi family commercial structure fire today on the 1400 block of N. Rialto. The fire was held to the unit of origin and within the attic space. One person was treated on scene with smoke inhalation and was released. Mutual Aid was provided by Loma Linda Fire and San Bernardino County Fire. #coltonfire #coltonfirefighters #coltonfd

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Great job Colton Fire

4 weeks ago

City of Colton Fire

If you plan on ringing in the New Year tonight, please do so safely. Don’t drink and drive. Use Lyft, Uber or have a responsible DD. #coltonfire #coltonfirefighters #coltonfd #dontdrinkanddrive #wecare ... See MoreSee Less

If you plan on ringing in the New Year tonight, please do so safely. Don’t drink and drive. Use Lyft, Uber or have a responsible DD. #coltonfire #coltonfirefighters #coltonfd #dontdrinkanddrive #wecare

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and WATCH THE ROAD.. not your DEVICE- keep all our first responders SAFE !!

Happy New Year!

Amen to that!

Happy New Year

4 weeks ago

City of Colton Fire

Another great year in the books. Here are some images of our 24 year long standing Christmas tradition. Make a child smile event. ... See MoreSee Less

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It's always a pleasure working with our fire fighters. You have brought smiles to over 1200 students these past 24 years. Great job Steve Sands and I look forward to next year.

It's an Honor to be able to due this every year. I was Lucky to have a very sweet Girl. She even wanted to buy me a present!

An amazing thing you guys do every years bravo...

Yay ♥️♥️ such a neat time with such awesome FIREFIGHTERS, ❤️ENGINEERS ♥️AND PARAMEDICS♥️

Love the slide show!

My favorite day of the year 🎄

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1 month ago

City of Colton Fire

The Colton Fire Department wishes you all a very Merry Christmas and a Safe and Happy New Year! ... See MoreSee Less

The Colton Fire Department wishes you all a very Merry Christmas and a Safe and Happy New Year!

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MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL OF OUR LIFESAVERS at COLTON 🔥 FIRE thank you !!!

Merry Christmas ♡ Huge thanks for all you do

Merry Christmas and many thanks!

Merry Christmas and thank you for serving us 🤗

Merry Christmas to all you and to your families too ..be safe out there may the lord keep you safe

Thank you for hard work and being there when we need ❤️ you Bless all the crew🙋

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1 month ago

City of Colton Fire

Colton Fire helped spread some Christmas cheer at the 4th Annual Community in Unity Christmas Giveaway! #coltonfire #coltonfd #coltonfirefighters #loveourcommunity ... See MoreSee Less

Colton Fire helped spread some Christmas cheer at the 4th Annual Community in Unity Christmas Giveaway! #coltonfire #coltonfd #coltonfirefighters #loveourcommunityImage attachment

1 month ago

City of Colton Fire

Last Thursday, Colton Fire had the privilege of taking 50 kids from the CJUSD on a $100 shopping spree at Walmart. Our annual Make A Child Smile program has been going on for over 20 years now and wouldn’t be possible without the generous donations we receive. We would also like to thank all of the retired firefighters, off duty members, Colton Police, CJUSD and Walmart for helping in making this possible. #coltonfire #coltonfd #coltonfirefighters #CJUSD #makeachildsmile ... See MoreSee Less

Last Thursday, Colton Fire had the privilege of taking 50 kids from the CJUSD on a $100 shopping spree at Walmart. Our annual Make A Child Smile program has been going on for over 20 years now and wouldn’t be possible without the generous donations we receive. We would also like to thank all of the retired firefighters, off duty members, Colton Police, CJUSD and Walmart for helping in making this possible. #coltonfire #coltonfd #coltonfirefighters #CJUSD #makeachildsmile

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Thank You for the invite Colton Fire, I had an awesome kid. And visiting with my OLD Colton Fire buddies was also pretty cool!

Great Job Colton FD! Amazing for the kids!

Wow! That's amazing💕

WOW!

🤙

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1 month ago

City of Colton Fire

Santa is coming! Here are the streets we will coming by tonight! See you soon! We will begin at approximately 5:30pm ... See MoreSee Less

Santa is coming! Here are the streets we will coming by tonight! See you soon! We will begin at approximately 5:30pmImage attachment

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Are you going to be come out to South Colton e.g. La Loma Hills and Cadena Creek area?

1 month ago

City of Colton Fire

Colton Fire crews are working on firefighter rescue this morning. This is a high risk, low frequency event so we must continue to train in a controlled environment. #coltonfire #coltonfd #coltonfirefighters #rescuetraining #savingourown ... See MoreSee Less

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You guys are the best 👍

2 months ago

City of Colton Fire

Colton Fires Parade of Lights ... See MoreSee Less

Colton Fires Parade of Lights

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Thank you !! I can’t believe my 29 yr old self was so excited ! more excited than my 6 yr old 😁

Thank You, it was by far the best and I’ve lived in Colton 57 years. I really don’t remember when Santa started going down the streets, but it was great.

Saw Santa last night in the South side! Very nice set-up! I appreciate your hard work, Colton Fire! Thank you!

Can't EVEN tell you how fast we ran out of the house when we heard the siren and remembered!!!🥰 Pajamas, barefeet and all lol. Thank you for the candy canes!

Yay! We caught it on the corner of our street just in time💕💕💕🎄🎅💝

So sad 😞 Santa didnt come to our neighborhood and my girls are heartbroken

Santa ten kids are waiting for you in COOLEY

My 7 year old daughter was soooooo excited to see Santa come down our street. Thank you for doing this, it's such a treat!

Thank you

Can’t wait for Friday.

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2 months ago

City of Colton Fire

Yesterday, December 8th, seven of our Fire Explorers graduated from the 28th Annual IEFEA Fire Academy held at Ft. Irwin’s Army National Training Center. There, they spent five days learning skills used in the fire service, team work, integrity and trust. These young men and women are the future of the fire service and we couldn’t be prouder of them all. #coltonfd #coltonfire #coltonfirefighters #iefea #explorereacademy #futurefirefighters ... See MoreSee Less

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Congratulations to all and hopefully you learned a lot and had fun!

Yay. Congratulations everyone!

Best experience of my life. Well done!!

Congratulations!!

Congratulations

Congratulations!

Congratulations to all

Congratulations!

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2 months ago

City of Colton Fire

78 years ago today, 2,403 Americans lost their life at Pearl Harbor. Please keep these individuals and their families in your thoughts and prayers. Thank you to all veterans that serve or have served. #coltonfire #coltonfd #coltonfirefighters #thankavet #pearlharbor ... See MoreSee Less

78 years ago today, 2,403 Americans lost their life at Pearl Harbor. Please keep these individuals and their families in your thoughts and prayers. Thank you to all veterans that serve or have served. #coltonfire #coltonfd #coltonfirefighters #thankavet #pearlharbor

2 months ago

City of Colton Fire

Colton Fire Explorers from POST 211 along with Colton Fire Advisors are getting ready to head up to the IEFEA Explorer Fire Academy in Ft. Irwin this morning. There, they will learn the skills needed to be a firefighter and build long last relationships. #coltonfire #coltonfd #coltonfirefighters #IEFEA ... See MoreSee Less

Colton Fire Explorers from POST 211 along with Colton Fire Advisors are getting ready to head up to the IEFEA Explorer Fire Academy in Ft. Irwin this morning. There, they will learn the skills needed to be a firefighter and build long last relationships. #coltonfire #coltonfd #coltonfirefighters #IEFEA

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Good luck and have a great time

Have a great time, learn lots and be safe!

Thank you guys may the Lord Jesus Protect you all the time and yours Family Merry Christmas

Awesomeness ❣️

Jennifer Araiza 😊😊

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2 months ago

City of Colton Fire

2019 Colton Fire Departments Parade of Lights schedule. ... See MoreSee Less

2019 Colton Fire Departments Parade of Lights schedule.

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I'm new to living in Colton - Does this parade pass by Olive and/or Rancho? I can't tell from these descriptions lol Thank you - I'm thinking Tuesday, it would go down Rancho? I live on Olive, right by Rancho.

I can't read it, the print is too small

Are you coming down Cypress Ave ???? Kids been waiting 2 days now.

Can't read 😔

2 months ago

City of Colton Fire

Congratulations Lieutenant James Jolliff on your upcoming retirement after serving the city of Colton for 31 years. #coltonfire #coltonfd #coltonfirefighthers #coltonpd #enjoylife ... See MoreSee Less

Congratulations Lieutenant James Jolliff on your upcoming retirement after serving the city of Colton for 31 years. #coltonfire #coltonfd #coltonfirefighthers #coltonpd #enjoylife

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Thank You for your 31 Years of Service Lt. Joliff! Congratulations!!! 🎉🎉🎉👏❣️

Wow 31 years! Thank you Lt. Joliff for your service. Congratulations 🎉🎉

Congratulations

Congrats Jim.

Congratulations

Jim is the best! Welcome to the other side.

Wow! Congratulations!

Congrats!

You made it Jim

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2 months ago

City of Colton Fire

Colton Fire units are clearing the scene of a large explosion on the 700 block of E. “M” St. Two people were transported to local hospitals with minor injuries. #coltonfire #coltonfd #coltonfirefighters ... See MoreSee Less

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Amazed that a unit still alarmed this before any 911’s were received.

Thank you for the update. Wondered why the whole house shook!

There are a couple of recycling yards over there and I think that is about it.

I was decorating my yard when I heard two bangs and then saw the smoke clouds. Then I heard sirens. Nothing on the news that I could find.

The fire dept was there at the scrap yard around 9:45 then left. Then we heard a loud boom. Went by and there were a few fire trucks again.

OMG!!! that's why it shooked my house 2 times!!! 😯😯😯😮😮😮😲😲

Damn hopefully everyone’s ok

Miguel Delgado how close is this to the lot

Sierra Scothorn

Eric Kleinberg

Gil Crispin

Denise Delgado

Deserie Martinez

Judy Moritas Mayra Gianella Garcia

Erica Rachel

Renee Polli

Looks like Ecology, is everyone ok?

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2 months ago

City of Colton Fire

Please take a moment today to honor the victims of the December 2, 2015 Inland Regional Center mass shooting. 14 people were killed and 22 were injuried during this tragic incident. @inlandregionalcenter #coltonfire #coltonfd #coltonfirefighters ... See MoreSee Less

Please take a moment today to honor the victims of the December 2, 2015 Inland Regional Center mass shooting. 14 people were killed and 22 were injuried during this tragic incident. @inlandregionalcenter #coltonfire #coltonfd #coltonfirefighters

2 months ago

City of Colton Fire

We would like to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving, especially those that will be serving in some capacity. Stay safe! ... See MoreSee Less

We would like to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving, especially those that will be serving in some capacity. Stay safe!

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Also to our local Arrowhead hospital employees 🤗

Thank you for your service

That’s really nice.

Thank You

Thank you!

Dios los bendiga y gracias por estar siempre para nosotros 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼♥️

So Cal Gas

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2 months ago

City of Colton Fire

Parade of Lights is coming to Colton starting Monday, December 09, 2019. Santa will do his best to get to every street he can, but remember, he cannot go down cul-de-sacs or one way streets. When you hear the sirens, come outside to see Santa.
#coltonfire #coltonfd #coltonfirefighters #paradeoflights #coltonpride #santaiscomong
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Parade of Lights is coming to Colton starting Monday, December 09, 2019. Santa will do his best to get to every street he can, but remember, he cannot go down cul-de-sacs or one way streets. When you hear the sirens, come outside to see Santa.
#coltonfire #coltonfd #coltonfirefighters #paradeoflights #coltonpride #santaiscomong

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Oh, Thank you City of Colton we just moved a couple of months ago to Colton and my kids just Saw Santa and they all got happy and excited Thank you very Nice ( Long Beach and Latham st ) 👌🏽💜

What part of the City does Bordwell by Lincoln fall under?

What about Mt. Vernon/Washington/Santo Antonio?

Is Cahuilla and Mohave part of the Reche Canyon or Cooley Ranch group?

Thank you city of Colton I’m going to have all my kids outside❤️

Does anyone know if they’ll come on Olive towards Arrowhead?

Skipped grand last year... please hit us this year

Danielle Infante come on down on the 11.

I LOVE Santa!!!

Santa coming to Colton

Emily Philippsen

Fred Diaz Daysi Diaz Santa is coming to town!!

What about Walters st?

David Orozco

Rocio Chio Castellon

Yvette Alexis Ochoa

Lory Sanchez

Debbie Kairis-Wright.

Desirae Gomez 🤗

Our children when they were small every time Santa Clause was coming down the street they would line up on the corner just to wave, my children were so humble that would make our evening. Merry Christmas

I live on olive & 7th... does anyone know what day that would be for us?

Does anyone know if they’ll head down Olive towards the Hospital?

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2 months ago

City of Colton Fire

Colton Fire units on scene of our second residential structure fire in the last 10 hours. This abandoned house on the 800 block of W. Agua Mansa had a well established fire in the rear living quarters. An aggressive attack prevented the fire from spreading. Mutual aid on this fire was provided by San Bernardino County and Rialto Fire Dept. Loma Linda fire assisted with station coverage. #coltonfire #coltonfd #coltonfirefighters ... See MoreSee Less

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Good job guys

2 months ago

City of Colton Fire

Colton Fire is working a small vegetation fire on the EB10 freeway at the Rancho Ave. off ramp. #coltonfd #coltonfire #coltonfirefighters ... See MoreSee Less

Colton Fire is working a small vegetation fire on the EB10 freeway at the Rancho Ave. off ramp. #coltonfd #coltonfire #coltonfirefighters

2 months ago

City of Colton Fire

Colton Fire units responded to a residential structure fire on the 1000 block of W. Olive St. Crew members rescued a single occupant from within the burning structure and AMR transported the patient to a local hospital. San Bernardino County Fire assisted units on scene, while Loma Linda and Rialto Fire provided city coverage.
#coltonfire #coltonfd #coltonfirefighters
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Colton Fire units responded to a residential structure fire on the 1000 block of W. Olive St.  Crew members rescued a single occupant from within the burning structure and AMR transported the patient to a local hospital. San Bernardino County Fire assisted units on scene, while Loma Linda and Rialto Fire provided city coverage.
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2 months ago

City of Colton Fire

If you will be traveling over the Thanksgiving week, please give yourself plenty of time. The roads will be wet and slippery so please leave early and slow down. Make sure your wipers are in good condition and don't cross running streams of water. #coltonfire #coltonfd #coltonfirefighters #stormsabrewing #TurnAroundDontDrown #slowyourroll ... See MoreSee Less

If you will be traveling over the Thanksgiving week, please give yourself plenty of time. The roads will be wet and slippery so please leave early and slow down. Make sure your wipers are in good condition and dont cross running streams of water. #coltonfire #coltonfd #coltonfirefighters #stormsabrewing #turnarounddontdrown #slowyourroll

2 months ago

City of Colton Fire

On November 19th, Servando Hernandez completed his one year probation. We are pleased to say that Servando did an excellent job in all areas throughout his probationary period. Today we presented him with his Firefighter Shield and Association decals signifying he met our rigorous standards and he is now officially a member of our fire family. As a token of his appreciation for all the assistance he received to be successful, dinner was on him. Thanks Serv and congratulations! #coltonfire #coltonfd #coltonfirefighters #offprobation #permanentfirefighterparamedic ... See MoreSee Less

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...better not have overcooked that lobster! 😉 Congrats!

Much deserved. You’re a great asset to the team! Keep up the good work.

Awwww yay Serv!!!! That’s our guy!

Neat Congratulations .My husband was a Firefighter.LOL

Good job Serv! Congratulations and heres to doing what you've always wanted to do

Congratulations I’m working to get there 💪🏽

Congratulations keep up the good work we need y’all to keep us safe

Congratulations and welcome!

Welcome to Colton and thank you for your service!

Congratulations son! Well deserved! 🙌🏼

That's my baby brother! 🙌💪 Congratulations!

Proud of you big guy

Congratulations

Congratulations

Proud of you Servy!! 👊🏼

Congratulations 👏🙂

Congratulations!!

Good job Servando...welcome.

Congratulations fireman

Congrats buddy you deserve it!!

Congratulations 🎉🎈🎈

Congratulations

Congratulations!

Congrats serv !!!

Congratulations!

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2 months ago

City of Colton Fire

If you are planning on frying your turkey this year, please be careful. Accidents like this happen all the time. We hope you have a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving. #coltonfire #coltonfd #coltonfirefighters #fryingthatturkey ... See MoreSee Less

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Well yea when you put that much oil in the pot!

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