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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Colton Fire honing their skills on high angle rescues. Crews simulated rescuing a patient that fell into a 35’ canal. Crews rappelled down into the canal, treated and raised the patient utilizing their ladder truck as a high angle anchor point. This is a high risk, low frequency simulation. #coltonfire #coltonfd #coltonfirefighters #highanglerescue ... See MoreSee Less

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Strong work crews!

Colton Firefighters are proud to be a part of Western University of Health Sciences “Care 4 a Healthy IE” event.
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Congratulations to Captain David Santos on completion of the Managing Officer Program at the National Fire Academy #coltonfire #coltonfirefighters #firefighters ... See MoreSee Less

Congratulations to Captain David Santos on completion of the Managing Officer Program at the National Fire Academy #coltonfire #coltonfirefighters #firefighters

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Congrats Dave!

Congratulations and welcome to the best fire department there is.

So happy for you! Congratulations ❣️

Congratulations Dave

Way to go David!

Congratulations Sir!

Congrats

Congratulations David

Congratulations!

Great job Dave congratulations

Way to go, Dave!! Congratulations!!

Congratulations!!

Colton has the best Police and Firefighters!!

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Our hearts go out to our colleagues @CHP and our sincere condolences to the family and friends of the officers involved. Hoping for a speedy recovery for those that survived. #coltonfire #coltonfirefighters #coltonfd ... See MoreSee Less

Our hearts go out to our colleagues @CHP and our sincere condolences to the family and friends of the officers involved. Hoping for a speedy recovery for those that survived. #coltonfire #coltonfirefighters #coltonfd

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May God rest their souls

Prayers👮🙏

So sad for everyone involved!! Prayers!!

I am both angered and saddened by the way our Society treats these brave Men and Women... (1) week of not having them perform their invaluable duties and those that condemn them would have to rethink their priorities... God Bless them all ! I will always greet them with a hand shake and let them know just how valuable their work and sacrifices are to me ! 👍🇺🇸🙏✝️

Prayers for the family both blood and blue

Brings back sad memories

🖤💙🖤

🕯️❤️🙏

💕🙏💕

🙏💙🙏

🙏🙏🙏

Gods speed

What happen ? 😢

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2 weeks ago

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2 weeks ago

City of Colton Fire

We have been asked by the City of Colton Public Works to ask the residents of Reche Canyon to please continue to conserve Water.

No outdoor irrigation until tomorrow night in Reche Canyon.
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This is first I’m hearing about this.

What?

2 weeks ago

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We have been asked by the City of Colton Public Works to ask the residents of Reche Canyon to conserve water until further notice. Repairs are in progress for the water pump reservoir in the Reche Canyon area. ... See MoreSee Less

2 weeks ago

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A brief video of a structure fire that Colton Firefighters responded to this morning. Details of the fire are still being investigated. #coltonfire #coltonfirefighters #californiafirefighter #firefighter ... See MoreSee Less

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Thank you Colton Fire, for putting it out so quickly & keeping it from spreading. You are greatly appreciated!🎉❤😍

Philipp Kurth wir sprachen eben noch davon

Bob Mapstead

Sarah Marks this is the house next to you nana and papa house

2 weeks ago

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Great shot @firephotogirl of a structure fire we had recently. #fire #firefighterposts #coltonfire #coltonfiredept #coltonfirefighters #californiafirefighter ... See MoreSee Less

Great shot @firephotogirl of a structure fire we had recently. #fire #firefighterposts #coltonfire #coltonfiredept #coltonfirefighters #californiafirefighter

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GOD BLESS YOU!!!! 🙏😔🙏THANK YOU BRAVE MANS!!!

She’s awesome!

1 month ago

City of Colton Fire

Colton Fire is on scene of a vegetation fire at Valley Blvd. and Hermosa Ave. Valley Blvd. has been reduced to a single lane. Please drive slow through the area while crews are working. The fire has been held to 100’ X 75’.
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Colton Fire is on scene of a vegetation fire at Valley Blvd. and Hermosa Ave.  Valley Blvd. has been reduced to a single lane. Please drive slow through the area while crews are working. The fire has been held to 100’ X 75’. 
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Thanks to our awesome Colton Fire Department.

Just a few weeks ago it was Valkey and Cypress. What’s going on?

That’s behind the Blue Mountain Dairy.

1 month ago

City of Colton Fire

Colton Fire would like to welcome Engineer Will Fleenor to our Department. Will came to us from the US Forest Service and brings several years of experience and knowledge to our organization. We are glad to have him as part of our fire family.
#coltonfire #coltonfd #coltonfirefighters #newhire
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Colton Fire would like to welcome Engineer Will Fleenor to our Department. Will came to us from the US Forest Service and brings several years of experience and knowledge to our organization. We are glad to have him as part of our fire family.
#coltonfire #coltonfd #coltonfirefighters #newhire

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Lucky Colton! Congrats, Wil!

That is so awesome congrats Will

Your coming back to SCAL? Yeah! Congratulations Will

That’s great!

Congratulations

Congrats

Howdy from Comm Center!

I see the engine still gets hot

Thata boy will congrats

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1 month ago

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Colton Fire Department would like to welcome Lisa-Jean Ayala to our fire family. Lisa-Jean is Chief McHargue’s new Executive Assistant and came to us from the City of Loma Linda. Welcome aboard. ... See MoreSee Less

Colton Fire Department would like to welcome Lisa-Jean Ayala to our fire family. Lisa-Jean is Chief McHargue’s new Executive Assistant and came to us from the City of Loma Linda. Welcome aboard.

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Congratulations, Lisa Jean!

Happy retirement Kathy.

Enjoy your time at Colton Fire, Lisa-Jean! You sincerely could not be at a better FD, or with a better crew. Not that I'm prejudiced or anything....lol ;-)

Did Kathy retired

Welcome

Welcome

Welcome

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1 month ago

City of Colton Fire

Backing drills! Engine backing all lead by the firefighters hand signals only. Uniform hand signals and common communication equals exact engine placement every time. #firefighter #californiafirefighter #coltonfire #coltonfiredept #coltonfiredepartment ... See MoreSee Less

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Agreed! and I can see that's working for you. One thing I'd do different... be more animated with your backing signal. (bigger motions) can make or break it in the mirrors with low light conditions.

Damg

1 month ago

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Colton Fire is working a fully involved vehicle fire in the Santa Ana River between LaCadena and Riverside Ave. Fire crews needed to complete a progressive hose lay in order to get water on the fire. #coltonfire #coltonfirefighters #coltonfd #gettinghotoutside ... See MoreSee Less

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thanks, our local heros!

Hope all are safe.

Its not going anywhere, let it burn out.

It is hot out

It’s not even a threat to any veg right in the middle of the sand

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1 month ago

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Shared from San Bernardino County Fire. Our hard work makes a difference.
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Shared from San Bernardino County Fire. Our hard work makes a difference.
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Thanks for your hard work. My house stands another year thanks to your efforts!

Omgosh!!!!!

Que gente tan tonta e irresponsable

1 month ago

City of Colton Fire

Colton Fire is working a vegetation fire at Barton & Hilltop in the city of Colton. The mid-slope fire was held at .71 acres. Mutual Aid was provided by Cal-Fire and San Bernardino County Fire.
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Colton Fire is working a vegetation fire at Barton & Hilltop in the city of Colton. The mid-slope fire was held at .71 acres. Mutual Aid was provided by Cal-Fire and San Bernardino County Fire.
#coltonfire #coltonfd #coltonfirefighters #calfire #bdu #sanbernardinocountyfire #bdc

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for sure, on E. H st yesterday at night it was like 4th of july 🤬😠😠😠😠😡😡😡😡😡

Started by illegal fireworks.

1 month ago

City of Colton Fire

With the recent earthquake activity, we thought we would send out a reminder of what to do during an earthquake.
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With the recent earthquake activity, we thought we would send out a reminder of what to do during an earthquake.
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I love the calm down one! 😂🤣😂🤣

Stephanie Jocelyn

I’m an idiot, I always run outside when the earth starts to shake.

2 months ago

City of Colton Fire

Colton Fire’s ME213 has been dispatched to Ridgecrest after this mornings earthquake. They responded with four other engines from this area along with a strike team leader.
#coltonfire #coltonfd #coltonfirefighters #ridgecrest #earthquake #mutualaid
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Colton Fire’s ME213 has been dispatched to Ridgecrest after this mornings earthquake. They responded with four other engines from this area along with a strike team leader.
#coltonfire #coltonfd #coltonfirefighters #ridgecrest #earthquake #mutualaid

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Safe travels,

Please stay safe, praying for you all.

Be safe everyone. It looks bad there.

💜

Be safe guys

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2 months ago

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6.4 magnitude earthquake in Trona.
#coltonfire #coltonfd #coltonfirefighters #shakerattleandroll
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6.4 magnitude earthquake in Trona. 
#coltonfire #coltonfd #coltonfirefighters #shakerattleandroll

2 months ago

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Wishing everyone a Safe and Happy Independence Day! ... See MoreSee Less

Wishing everyone a Safe and Happy Independence Day!

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Happy 4th. 2 gun shots fired already this morning.It will be nonstop gun fire all night where I am. I just try to take cover all night and stay safe

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