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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Great recognition of the Anterior STEMI by MT211 crew. Keep up the good work on quick assessments and rapid transport to a STEMI center.

Prehospital contact to reperfusion 66 minutes (GOAL=90 min.) #coltonfd #coltonfire #coltonfirefighters #STEMI #Amr #savinglifes
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Great recognition of the Anterior STEMI by MT211 crew. Keep up the good work on quick assessments and rapid transport to a STEMI center.
 
Prehospital contact to reperfusion 66 minutes (GOAL=90 min.) #coltonfd #coltonfire #coltonfirefighters #stemi #amr #savinglifes

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Great job! 66 minutes is amazing!

Thank you San Manuel Fire @sanmanuelband for the Fire Control 3 training. The guys had a great time learning from you and enjoyed the opportunity to work together. #coltonfire #coltonfirefighters #coltonfd #firecontrol3 #sanmanuelband #workingtogether ... See MoreSee Less

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Way to go! Learn a lot about fire chemistry.

Our condolences to the family, friends and Porterville Fire Department. The bravery of these two firefighters will not be forgotten. ... See MoreSee Less

Our condolences to the family, friends and Porterville Fire Department. The bravery of these two firefighters will not be forgotten.

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May they RIP

Dave Lodarski was there to greet them!

Jane, I’m sure he was!

2 weeks ago

City of Colton Fire

A few of the new guys learning the ropes on the drill ground. #coltonfire #coltonfd #coltonfirefighters #probielife ... See MoreSee Less

2 weeks ago

City of Colton Fire

Have you ever heard of a Hospital Emegency Response Team (HERT)? This is a specialized team of a trauma surgeon, physician and nurse who will respond out into the field if need be. They work under the philosophy of “Life over Limb”. Colton Fire has used this team on numerous occasions and we have learned together how beneficial this team can be even when a limb doesn’t need to be taken to save a life.
Last week, Colton Fire hosted some training for Arrowhead Regional Medical Center’s HERT team. Some topics included: How they could be utilized during extrications and building collapses, PPE’s, Safety Zones and a brief introduction into the ICS system.
More joint training will be coming to ensure we are working as cohesively as possible. #coltonfire #coltonfd #coltonfirefighters #armc #hert
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Have you ever heard of a Hospital Emegency Response Team (HERT)? This is a specialized team of a trauma surgeon, physician and nurse who will respond out into the field if need be. They work under the philosophy of “Life over Limb”. Colton Fire has used this team on numerous occasions and we have learned together how beneficial this team can be even when a limb doesn’t need to be taken to save a life. 
Last week, Colton Fire hosted some training for Arrowhead Regional Medical Center’s HERT team. Some topics included: How they could be utilized during extrications and building collapses, PPE’s, Safety Zones and a brief introduction into the ICS system.
More joint training will be coming to ensure we are working as cohesively as possible. #coltonfire #coltonfd #coltonfirefighters #armc #hertImage attachmentImage attachment

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we also have that here in upstate NY good to have on big emergencies

Dang!! That’s what I call being progressive!

3 weeks ago

City of Colton Fire

We had a great turnout at Fire Station 214 this morning for the inaugural wash and engine push in of our new fire engine. Many off duty personnel and their families attended along with Mayor Navarro, Dr. “G”, our brothers and sisters in blue, Colton Fire Explorer’s and many citizens of Colton. Afterwards, everyone enjoyed bbq’d hot dogs, chips and soft drinks thanks to Colton Firefighters Local 935. #coltonfire #coltonfd #coltonfirefighters ... See MoreSee Less

3 weeks ago

City of Colton Fire

Colton will have a wind event over the next 24 hours. Please make sure your Super Bowl awnings are secured, bbq coals are fully extinguished and no open pit fires. #coltonfire #coltonfd #coltonfirefighters #WindEvent ... See MoreSee Less

Colton will have a wind event over the next 24 hours. Please make sure your Super Bowl awnings are secured, bbq coals are fully extinguished and no open pit fires. #coltonfire #coltonfd #coltonfirefighters  #windevent

4 weeks ago

City of Colton Fire

Please come out and join us in putting a new fire engine into service! #coltonfire #coltonfd #coltonfirefighters #newengine #KME ... See MoreSee Less

Please come out and join us in putting a new fire engine into service! #coltonfire #coltonfd #coltonfirefighters #newengine #kme

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Congratulations 🎉🎉🎉

Rex Arnold - maybe we should take the girls to this!

1 month 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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Thank you City of Colton Fire for all you do!

Congrats everyone! Job well done! 🎉

Colton has awesome firefighters! 👨‍🚒🚒🔥

Congratulations and thank you for all you do!

Awesome job! Congratulations 👍👨‍🚒🏅

Congrats and thank you for all your service ♡♡

Great job gentlemen!

Well deserved!

Proud Jr. Mom moment!!! ❤️

I’m proud of them all!

Outstanding group of folks right there!

I was there....congrats all!

Great job!

Strong Work!

Well done! Thank you!

Good job guys 👍

Congratulations cuz

Well done !

AWESOME WORK

Congratulations nephew.

Great job to all!

Strong work Brothers!

Great job!!

Good job guys

Congratulations, well deserved!

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1 month 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.

1 month 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!!!

2 months 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

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

Congratulations 🎉🎉🎉👏👏 Beautiful

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

Beautiful rig. 👌🏽

That’s awesome!

Cool looking car.

Nice

Its time for a new Truck 211

What rig is chief Perez driving

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2 months 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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2 months 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

2 months 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 !!

Amen to that!

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year

2 months 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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2 months 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 ♡ Huge thanks for all you do

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

Merry Christmas and many thanks!

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

Merry Christmas and thank you for serving us 🤗

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

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2 months 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

2 months 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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2 months 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?

2 months 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 👍

3 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!

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

Thank you

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

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!

Santa ten kids are waiting for you in COOLEY

Can’t wait for Friday.

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3 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!

Congratulations to all

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3 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

3 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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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

Good luck and have a great time

Awesomeness ❣️

Jennifer Araiza 😊😊

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3 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 😔

3 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!!! 🎉🎉🎉👏❣️

Jim is the best! Welcome to the other side.

Congratulations

Congratulations

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

Congrats Jim.

Wow! Congratulations!

Congrats!

You made it Jim

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3 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.

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

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

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!!! 😯😯😯😮😮😮😲😲

Sierra Scothorn

Eric Kleinberg

Damn hopefully everyone’s ok

Denise Delgado

Deserie Martinez

Gil Crispin

Renee Polli

Judy Moritas Mayra Gianella Garcia

Erica Rachel

Miguel Delgado how close is this to the lot

Looks like Ecology, is everyone ok?

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