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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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6 hours ago
City of Colton Fire

Fifteen years ago today, an arsonist deliberately set the Esperanza Fire which took the life of five US Forest Service members. The crew members of E57 will never be forgotten.#coltonfire #coltonfd #coltomfirefighters #E57 #neverforget ... See MoreSee Less

Fifteen years ago today, an arsonist deliberately set the Esperanza Fire which took the life of five US Forest Service members. The crew members of E57 will never be forgotten.#coltonfire #coltonfd #coltomfirefighters #E57 #neverforget

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So sad. Captain Lodarski, myself engineer and paramedic Miller covered the area 3 houses down from the incident! Never forgotten!

Actually 15 years . Remember like it was yesterday 😢

Please welcome your three newest Firefighter Paramedics. Michael Beamer, Thomas Dalton and Jonathan Hernandez all started their two week Mini Academy last Monday. You should see them on the streets in a few weeks. Best of luck during your probation fellas. #coltonfd #coltonfire #coltonfirefighters #probielife #newhires ... See MoreSee Less

Please welcome your three newest Firefighter Paramedics. Michael Beamer, Thomas Dalton and Jonathan Hernandez all started their two week Mini Academy last Monday. You should see them on the streets in a few weeks. Best of luck during your probation fellas. #coltonfd #coltonfire #coltonfirefighters #probielife #newhiresImage attachmentImage attachment

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Congratulations and welcome to Team Colton! Best of luck in your training and may you have happy and healthy careers here in our community!

WOW! SO KOOL AND YOUNG KIDS👍

Congratulations! #BestCareerEver

Congratulations 🎊🚒

Congratulations 👏

Congratulations!

Welcome...and thanks!

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Colton Fire would like to thank San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Fire Department for their assistance during a possible hazardous waste materials incident. Their quick response, ability to identify the product and professionalism is greatly appreciated. We are pleased to say, the product in question was not hazardous.
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Colton Fire would like to thank Restaurant Depot Manager Tomas Reyes for donating 100% of the food for our recent pancake breakfast. Without the communities help, this would not have been a success.
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Colton Fire would like to thank  Restaurant Depot Manager Tomas Reyes for donating 100% of the food for our recent pancake breakfast.  Without the communities help, this would not have been a success. 
 #coltonfire #coltonfd #coltonfirefighters #restaurantdepot #thankyouforthedonation

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That’s awesome…very nice of them!

Much appreciated Mr Reyes. That kind gesture has benefited our Colton Fire Department in so many ways. May the dear Lord continue to bless you and yours!

Love this 💜👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏😊

Impressive!

A beautiful morning in Colton to detail your rig.
#coltonfd #coltonfire #coltonfirefighters #keepthatriglookingnew
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A beautiful morning in Colton to detail your rig. 
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Colton Fire is very pleased with the turnout of our open house / pancake breakfast this morning. We had a large turnout from our community members and City & State Delegates. Proceeds will help fund the department’s Honor Guard & Explorer programs. Thanks to Battalion Chief Weems and all department personnel that assisted on-duty and off-duty. Thank you Local 935 for the use of the griddle.
#coltonfire #coltonfd #coltonfirefighters #openhouse #pancakebreakfast.
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2 weeks ago
City of Colton Fire

Colton Fire members are currently assigned to the Alisal Fire in Santa Barbara as part of a Type 6 Strike Team. Units from Colton, Rialto, Loma Linda, Idyllwild and Big Bear make up ST6829F. Additional members have been called in to ensure all four of our stations are covered to serve our community. #coltonfire #coltonfd #coltonfirefighter #caloes ... See MoreSee Less

Colton Fire members are currently assigned to the Alisal Fire in Santa Barbara as part of a Type 6 Strike Team. Units from Colton, Rialto, Loma Linda, Idyllwild and Big Bear make up ST6829F. Additional members have been called in to ensure all four of our stations are covered to serve our community. #coltonfire #coltonfd #coltonfirefighter #caloes

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Stay safe brothers

Thank You for your service it’s truly appreciated and stay safe everyone

2 weeks ago
City of Colton Fire

We are expecting additional wind events with the strongest hitting us on Friday. Please stay safe and report any smoke sightings as soon as possible.
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We are expecting additional wind events with the strongest hitting us on Friday. Please stay safe and report any smoke sightings as soon as possible.
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2 weeks ago
City of Colton Fire

If you are interested in an exciting career as a Colton Firefighter and would like to become part of our family, continue to monitor our social media pages. Applications will start being accepted very soon.
#coltonfire #coltonfd #coltonfirefighters #bepartofourfamily
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2 weeks ago
City of Colton Fire

Six years ago today, we lost Captain David Lodarski. It was a sad day, but your memory is strong. Rest In Peace Brother! ... See MoreSee Less

Six years ago today, we lost Captain David Lodarski. It was a sad day, but your memory is strong. Rest In Peace Brother!

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It was a sad day! Enjoy the afterlife. RIP

I so remember, RIP David. Hugs for the Family 🙏💙🙏

May you rest in peace and perpetual light shine upon you 🙏. You are missed. Love, to the Lodarski family.

Rest in Paradise and thank you so much for all your hard work and sacrifice 💙

Wow….six years. Hard to believe. Continue to Rest In Peace hero and neighbor.

Miss you Dave!

🙏🙏🙏🙏❤️

👍🏻🇺🇸🙏🏻✝️

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can we buy tickets ahead of time?

3 weeks ago
City of Colton Fire

Colton Fires MT211 and ME214 assisted San Bernardino County Fire this evening on this 3 Alarm commercial structure Fire. #coltonfire #coltonfd #coltonfirefighters ... See MoreSee Less

Colton Fires  MT211 and ME214 assisted San Bernardino County Fire this evening on this 3 Alarm commercial structure Fire.  #coltonfire #coltonfd #coltonfirefightersImage attachmentImage attachment
3 weeks ago
City of Colton Fire

Battalion 403 is working out at the KNP Complex in the Sequoia National Forest. Today we conducted a firing operation, putting about a mile of fire on the ground. We safely tied the fires edge to a dozer line.
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1 month ago
City of Colton Fire

Today was the badge pinning ceremony for new recruits, Aaron Cornejo and Nicholas Roberts. This signifies the completion of their mini academy and that they are ready to move on towards completion of their 12 month probation. We wish them the best of luck as the bar has been set very high.
#coltonfire #coltonfd #coltonfirefighters #trainyourprobie
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Thank you you guys are the best

Good job fellas…glad to have you on board.

Congratulations!!

Congratulations! #BestCareerEver

Congratulation Gentlemen!

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1 month ago
City of Colton Fire

Congratulations Steven Vallez on your promotion to Fire Engineer. Keep up the hard work.
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Congratulations Steven Vallez on your promotion to Fire Engineer. Keep up the hard work.
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Congratulations Steve, the best job in the Fire Dept.

Congratulations! Must be a great feeling to know he was one of your up & coming explorers!! 🙂🙂

Congrats!!

Congratulations

Congratulations Steve!!!

Congratulations

Congratulations! #BestCareerEver

Glad to see a former fire explorer make it up the ranks! Keep it up!

Congratulations 🎉

Congratulations 🎈🎊🎉

Congratulations Steve!

Congratulations

Congratulations

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Shared from Colton Firefighters Local 935

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God Bless each and everyone of you and keep you safe. 🥰

1 month ago
City of Colton Fire

We will never forget the 343 that gave all!
#coltonfire #coltonfd #coltonfirefighters #neverforget #911
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We will never forget the 343 that gave all!
#coltonfire #coltonfd #coltonfirefighters #neverforget #911
2 months ago
City of Colton Fire

Members of Task Force 6211 dropping widow maker trees and extinguishing hot spots. We also helped our four legged friends by feeding them our apples from our lunches. The deer are looking mighty thin with nothing to eat.
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Them trees bigger then found in Colton!😅

guys how can i bring you food and waters

2 months ago
City of Colton Fire

Please welcome our two newest Firefighter Paramedics.
Aaron Cornejo has over 10 years of EMT/Paramedic experience
with AMR and Pacific Ambulance. He completed his Associate’s Degree in Fire Technology at Crafton Hills College.

Nicholas Roberts has close to 10 years of experience as a Firefighter and Paramedic with various agencies, including San Bernardino County and Auto Club Speedway. He also completed his Associate’s Degree in Fire Technology at Crafton Hills College.

Best of luck to you gentlemen.
#coltonfire #coltonfd #coltonfirefighters #probies
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Please welcome our two newest Firefighter Paramedics.
Aaron Cornejo has over 10 years of EMT/Paramedic experience
with AMR and Pacific Ambulance. He completed his Associate’s Degree in Fire Technology at Crafton Hills College.
 
Nicholas Roberts has close to 10 years of experience as a Firefighter and Paramedic with various agencies, including San Bernardino County and Auto Club Speedway. He also completed his Associate’s Degree in Fire Technology at Crafton Hills College.

Best of luck to you gentlemen.
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Awe congratulations guys! So good to see y’all outta the HD!

Welcome to Colton!

Good luck, gentlemen! Trust me... you've landed a spot with THE best of the best <3

Congratulations

Welcome!

Congratulations Nick !!!!!!

Congratulations

Congratulations! #BestCareerEver

Welcome to Colton ❤️ congratulations

Congratulations to both of you!!!! 👨‍🚒🚒❤

Congratulations to both. 💖🚒

Congratulations!

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2 months ago
City of Colton Fire

It has been two years since Chief White has passed. Miss this guy terribly. The fire station just isn’t the same. Continue to Rest In Peace brother. ... See MoreSee Less

It has been two years since Chief White has passed. Miss this guy terribly. The fire station just isn’t the same. Continue to Rest In Peace brother.

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Nice photo of a really fine person rest in peace Craig we miss you. 🙏🏻

One of the best men I ever had the honor to know!! Glad to see his memory being kept alive !!

Thank you for sharing ❤️ it’s nice to know he was remembered so well.

Good Engineer, good Captain and good Battalion Chief!

And people he work with were great too i

A very good firefighter and friend

Nice photo I remember that one.

Yepper yepper

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2 months ago
City of Colton Fire

The Colton Fire Department lost a friend and colleague today. Our emergency services coordinator past away early this morning after a battle with Covid 19. We had the honor of standing by as his body was being transported this evening. ... See MoreSee Less

The Colton Fire Department lost a friend and colleague today. Our emergency services coordinator past away early this morning after a battle with Covid 19. We had the honor of standing by as his body was being transported this evening.

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So sorry for this loss. I appreciate all that the department does for the Colton Community. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and colleagues.

Incredible and unfair loss. I had the honor of serving with him on the American Red Cross Board for a while now. He was a dedicated community servant and an absolute gentleman.

I worked with him when he was at Saint Joseph’s. Still can’t believe this.

Prayers to his family!! I serve with him on the Red Cross wonderful man it’s a great loss for everyone!!

So very sorry for the Loss of your fellow Colton Firefighter colleague...May God wrap his loving arms around all his colleague's, family and friends with his Comfort, Love and Strength during this time of sorrow...Rest In Peace 🌹🕊🙏✝️

He will be greatly missed. He was a wonderful person. Prayers to his family.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and the agencies who worked along side him.

So very sorry for the loss. Thoughts and prayers to the immediate and fire family

So very sorry. My condolences and prayers go out to you all and his family.

Rip pal. See you on the other side

Shannon was a legend. Genuine great person and very hard worker! My condolences to his agency and family. Rest In Peace

Prayers for his family and friends

Prayers for his family! 🙏🏼 he was a very nice respectful person and a joy to work with.

We will miss Shannon, his willingness to help, and his heart of service. Rest in peace brother 😔 Thoughts and prayers to the immediate and fire family

So sad. Rest In Peace Sir. Thank you for your service. Job well done.

Very sad. Prayers for the family.🙏🙏🙏🙏

Very sad. My prayers are for his family and friends to find comfort at this very difficult time. May hie RIP.🙏🙏

What a loss for this world. He was a great person and I enjoyed working with him. Shannon! Very sad!!

Rest In Peace. 🙏🏻

🙏🙏

RIP Shannon.. 😔 Prayers to your family.. 🙏

RIP

So sorry for your loss. Heartbreaking

🙏🙏🙏

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2 months ago
City of Colton Fire

It is with a heavy heart to announce that early this morning, we lost a valued member of our department, a friend, a father and a husband. Emergency Service Coordinator Shannon Kendall passed due to COVID complications. Shannon was instrumental in obtaining grants, working with CERT and within our community. In honor of Shannon, all of the units in my Task Force added a mourning band to their department apparatus. Rest In Peace. ... See MoreSee Less

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This is just heartbreaking. My condolences to his family, coworkers, and friends. I had the pleasure of working with him on several grants. He was such a great guy. He loved his family and community. Rest in Peace Brother.

It was a privilege and pleasure to work alongside Shannon during CERT joint-trainings. May he rest peacefully.

I am sadden to hear of Shannon’s passing. Shannon was extremely helpful and a pleasure to work with all these years. The SoCalGas family sends our condolences and prayers to his family and friends. 🙏🏼

I'm so sad to hear this. Shannon was always very kind and friendly. My Heart goes out to his family. Rest in Peace.

My deepest condolences to his family, friends, and esteemed colleagues during this unimaginable time of grief. There are no words to ease the pain from the loss of one who worked hard every day to make the World a better place. Mr. Shannon Kendall, - May he Rest in Eternal Peace.

Shannon was a great man and expert in his field. It was a pleasure to work alongside Shannon during CERT trainings. May he rest peacefully. God Bless!

So sad to hear this. Worked with Shannon in CERT and he used to visit our campus for fire presentations. He was a nice guy. He will be missed.

Shannon was an amazing giver. It was an honor to serve with him on the American Red Cross Board. His dedication to serving those faced with a catastrophe was commendable. His absence from our lives is unimaginable. Sending all my strength to his wife and children… I’ll miss you Shannon.

My sympathies to the City of Colton and to Shannon’s family. I had the privilege of working with Shannon to secure FEMA grants. Although I never had the opportunity to speak in person we did speak numerous times over the phone. He was very kind and courteous. I’m sure all will miss him.

What a great loss. Shannon taught the CERT program that I was fortunate to be in for the Loma Linda/Colton

So sorry to hear, i was fortunate to have worked in the CERT program in thd past with him in redland. RIP my friend

He was instrumental within our community

This is a sad terrible loss to our Colton family we will forever 😢 miss you.

What a loss, condolences and Prayers to his family and the CFD.

I remember him from CERT training. Very nice person. May he RIP. My condolences to his family and friends.

My condolences to his family and his fire family!

Such a great loss...it was a blessing to work with Shannon Kendall @ City of Colton. Please accept my condolences...Liza

How sad! My condolences and prayers going out to his family and the fire department family. 😥🙏💔

He was such a wonderful person to be around. He will be greatly missed. Prayers to his family

So very sorry. May Shannon ‘s family feel the strength, love, and support of all of the fire family. ❤️

So sorry for your loss. Praying for his family and all of you

Hugs to my fire family and friends, so sorry for the loss of your amazing brother. 😔❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

Our condolences to your team, a huge loss.

so sorry to hear this. prayers to all family 🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏 RIP Sir . ❤️❤️

So sorry for this loss🙏🏻

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2 months ago
City of Colton Fire

Battalion 403 is currently working with Task Force 6211 on the Caldor Fire. We were assigned to patrol duty and mop up operations in Division A/D. Can’t believe the devastation. Our hearts go out to those that lost everything. #coltonfire #coltonfd #coltonfirefighters #caldor ... See MoreSee Less

2 months ago
City of Colton Fire

Probationary Firefighter Paramedic Claire Kelly working our new Amkus Ion Tools to extricate a patient from last nights traffic accident while Probationary Firefighter Paramedic Nolan Reidel provides patient care. A complete “B”post blow out was completed and the patient was extricated in 11 minutes.
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Probationary Firefighter Paramedic Claire Kelly working our new Amkus Ion Tools to extricate a patient from last nights traffic accident while Probationary Firefighter Paramedic Nolan Reidel provides patient care.  A complete “B”post blow out was completed and the patient was extricated in 11 minutes. 
#coltonfire #coltonfd #coltonfirefighters #amkus

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So proud of you Claire! Excellent work!

You go Claire!!!

Kick some ass Claire!

So grateful there are still good ppl in this world…

2 months ago
City of Colton Fire

After being home from the Dixie Fire for two days, OES WT61 was redeployed to the French Fire in Kern County. The unit is staffed with a Captain and an Engineer. They are currently providing structure defense.
#coltonfire #coltonfd. #coltonfirefighters #frenchfire #caloes #watertenderlife
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After being home from the Dixie Fire for two days, OES WT61 was redeployed to the French Fire in Kern County.  The unit is staffed with a Captain and an Engineer.  They are currently providing structure defense.
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🙏🙏🙏

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Where is this at ?

I pray for their safety.

Be safe.

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2 months ago
City of Colton Fire

Congratulations to Probationary Firefighter Claire Kelly on passing her three month manipulative exam. Well done Claire.
#coltonfire #coltonfd #coltonfirefighters #probie #trainyourprobie
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Congratulations, the old fire ground,, seems like yesterday. Lots of memories there and you are making new ones.

Great Job and we appreciate your commitment to keeping our Colton community safe!

Way to go, Claire!

Excellent!

Congratulations, but you are still a Rookie.

Great going

Way to go.

Nice, Claire! 👍🏻

Congrats! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

Congrats, Claire 🔥 ☺️

Claire rocks! 💚

Congrats!!!!!!!

Congratulations

Congratulations!

So proud of you Claire!!

Congratulations!🎉🎉🎉👍

Great job Claire! 🔥 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

Awesome Claire!

Congratulations!

Make Rialto proud!!! Good job.

Congratulations

Good job, Claire!

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2 months ago
City of Colton Fire

We would like to thank @firehousesubs for their generosity in donating multiple cases of water to the Colton Fire Department. This is greatly appreciated, and will be very useful during this hot summer #firehousesubs #firefighter #californiafirefighter ... See MoreSee Less

We would like to thank @firehousesubs for their generosity in donating multiple cases of water to the Colton Fire Department. This is greatly appreciated, and will be very useful during this hot summer #firehousesubs #firefighter #californiafirefighterImage attachment

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Good job. Thanks!

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