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Unit Mission

The mission of the Redlands Fire Department Investigation Unit is to determine the origin and cause of all fires and provide the appropriate documentation. To identify and apprehend those persons responsible for the commission of arson and crimes related to arson.  The Investigation Unit provides continuous education and public awareness to both internal and external customers of the City of Redlands.

The Shift Investigation Unit is a multi-functional team assembled to determine the origin and cause of fires and document various scenes including hazardous materials incidents and spilled loads when needed. The Team is designed to provide scene investigation/documentation and conduct follow-up investigations and interviews when necessary. The Shift Investigation Unit also is charged with reducing the arson incident rate within the City of Redlands. The Unit is proactive in identifying possible arson trends. The Unit interacts with various agencies to assure the primary goal is achieved. The Shift Investigation Unit also compiles cost recovery information and assists Fire Prevention with specialized inspections.

 

Organizations

The Investigation Unit is comprised of the Chief Investigator and four Shift Investigators. The responsibilities of the Chief Investigator include planning and directing the activities of the Shift Investigation Unit and keeping Fire Administration updated of the team status. The Chief Investigator will oversee the operations of the team and assure the Fire Department needs are being met through planning, goal setting, implementation, and evaluation. The Shift Investigators have completed the requirements for State Fire Marshal Level One or Two Fire Investigator certification. The Shift Investigator can take a lead role in scene investigations without supervision as well as the follow up of said case. The Shift Investigator is expected to attend training sessions, meetings and provide training for on-duty fire personnel.

Operations

Investigators are assigned to cases as needed and provide appropriate documentation. The Shift Investigation unit may also be called upon to provide additional services to the department when needed. This may include certificate of occupancy inspections, background investigations, and crime scene investigations of illegal dumping of hazardous materials. The Shift Investigation Unit specializes in "documentation" and can be utilized anytime documentation is needed.

 

Mutual Aid and Arson Task Force Response

The Redlands Fire Department participates in the San Bernardino County Fire-Arson Investigators Association established by the CONFIRE Chiefs, as well as the East Valley Investigation Network. These organizations were established to improve the communication between the local fire agencies, law enforcement agencies, and insurance providers. The Redlands Fire Department Shift Investigation Unit can provide investigation services to neighboring communities when requested. The Redlands Fire Department can request the assistance of neighboring communities when additional investigators are needed or the Redlands Team is committed.

 

Training

The Shift Investigation Unit will provide training to fire department personnel in such areas as origin and cause determination, scene preservation, fire scene investigation, vehicle fires and report writing. The training needs of the department will be periodically evaluated and training will be provided as needed. The Shift Investigation Unit takes part in constant training to stay up to date with current investigative techniques. Redlands has also played host to many multi-agency training classes attended by private, insurance, and Fire Department Investigators from all over the state.

 

Public Awareness Training

The Shift Investigation Unit provides public awareness training regarding arson problems, illegal fireworks, and Juvenile Fire Setters Program. Local media avenues such as newspapers, local access channel and informational flyers are used to educate and inform the public. The Investigation Unit interacts with the homeowner and insurance companies to provide information when appropriate.

 

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2014 City Hall Calendar

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Events Calendar

 

Upcoming

Yesterday

  1. Chinese Story Time
    • Start time: 05:45pm
    • End date: Tuesday, September 30th
    • End time: 06:15pm
    • Join us in the Story corner of the Young Readers' Room for Chinese/Mandarin songs and stories.

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Today

  1. Preschool Story Time
    • Start time: 10:15am
    • End date: Wednesday, October 1st
    • End time: 10:45am
    • Come join in the fun of stories and songs and meet new friends! Join us in the Assembly Room each Wednesday morning at 10:15 a.m.

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  2. Post 261 Explorer Meeting
    • Start time: 06:30pm
    • End date: Wednesday, October 1st
    • End time: 08:30pm
    • Open Enrollment to join the Redlands Explorer Program is in January of every year, but you can pick-up and drop-off applications through-out the entire year at the Fire Administration office. Ages to join are between 15 years To 21 years old.

      Fire Administrative Office
      35 Cajon Street #12
      Redlands, CA 92373

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Tomorrow

  1. Tiny Tot Story Time
    • Start time: 10:40am
    • End date: Thursday, October 2nd
    • End time: 10:55am
    • Join us in the Assembly Room each Thursday morning for great songs, and stories!

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  2. Historic and Scenic Preservation Commission
  3. Market Night
    • Start time: 06:00pm
    • End date: Thursday, October 2nd
    • End time: 09:00pm
    • Established in 1988, Redlands Market Night has established itself as one of the most successful certified farmers markets in Southern California! Vendors vie to participate in the event that has attracted thousands of weekly visitors since its inception. Visitors are welcomed into an inviting atmosphere complete with lighted trees, brick sidewalks, historic buildings, and great musical entertainment. Crowds are pleasantly surrounded by over 150 food and merchandise booths, not to mention the downtown shopkeepers, every Thursday night.

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Saturday, October 4th

  1. Saturday Morning Certified Farmers Market
    • Start time: 08:00am
    • End date: Saturday, October 4th
    • End time: 11:00am
    • The City’s successful Saturday Morning Certified Farmers Market brings fresh local produce to historic downtown Redlands every Saturday.

      The Saturday Morning Certified Farmers’ Market began June 6, 2009, bringing local growers to the City parking lot south of Redlands Boulevard between Fifth and Sixth streets near Ed Hales Park. The market operates from 8 to 11 a.m. every Saturday, excluding holiday weekends.

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  2. Household Hazardous Waste Collection site
    • Start time: 09:30am
    • End date: Saturday, October 4th
    • End time: 12:30pm
    • During operating hours, residents can dispose of household materials including, outdated prescription medication (with the exception of controlled substances), outdated pet prescription medication, paint products, chemical cleaners, pesticides, fertilizers, hobby/pool supplies, automotive oil, filters, brake fluid, transmission fluid, anti-freeze, gasoline, and propane tanks.

      The site does not accept business waste, radioactive wastes, medical waste, explosives, reactives, or asbestos.

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  3. 11th Annual Family Day
    • Start time: 10:00am
    • End date: Saturday, October 4th
    • End time: 01:30pm
    • Join us for our 11th Annual Family Day celebration! Mike Graf will be our guest author. The theme this year is Outdoor Adventures with Mike Graf. Available for students in Kindergarten through 5th grade & their families.

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Tuesday, October 7th

  1. City Council Closed Session Meeting
    • Start time: 05:00pm
    • End date: Tuesday, October 7th
    • End time: 06:00pm
    • Agenda available to view at http://cityofredlands.org/councilvideo

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  2. Chinese Story Time
    • Start time: 05:45pm
    • End date: Tuesday, October 7th
    • End time: 06:15pm
    • Join us in the Story corner of the Young Readers' Room for Chinese/Mandarin songs and stories.

    • View this event in Google Calendar
  3. City Council Meeting
    • Start time: 06:00pm
    • End date: Tuesday, October 7th
    • End time: 08:00pm
    • Agenda available to view at http://cityofredlands.org/councilvideo

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Wednesday, October 8th

  1. Preschool Story Time
    • Start time: 10:15am
    • End date: Wednesday, October 8th
    • End time: 10:45am
    • Come join in the fun of stories and songs and meet new friends! Join us in the Assembly Room each Wednesday morning at 10:15 a.m.

    • View this event in Google Calendar
  2. Post 261 Explorer Meeting
    • Start time: 06:30pm
    • End date: Wednesday, October 8th
    • End time: 08:30pm
    • Open Enrollment to join the Redlands Explorer Program is in January of every year, but you can pick-up and drop-off applications through-out the entire year at the Fire Administration office. Ages to join are between 15 years To 21 years old.

      Fire Administrative Office
      35 Cajon Street #12
      Redlands, CA 92373

    • View this event in Google Calendar

Thursday, October 9th

  1. Tiny Tot Story Time
    • Start time: 10:40am
    • End date: Thursday, October 9th
    • End time: 10:55am
    • Join us in the Assembly Room each Thursday morning for great songs, and stories!

    • View this event in Google Calendar
  2. Market Night
    • Start time: 06:00pm
    • End date: Thursday, October 9th
    • End time: 09:00pm
    • Established in 1988, Redlands Market Night has established itself as one of the most successful certified farmers markets in Southern California! Vendors vie to participate in the event that has attracted thousands of weekly visitors since its inception. Visitors are welcomed into an inviting atmosphere complete with lighted trees, brick sidewalks, historic buildings, and great musical entertainment. Crowds are pleasantly surrounded by over 150 food and merchandise booths, not to mention the downtown shopkeepers, every Thursday night.

    • View this event in Google Calendar

Friday, October 10th

  1. City Hall Closed
    • Extended service hours are offered in order for the public to conduct City business before and after traditional business hours. City staff is available 9 hours a day to serve you. City Hall offices are closed every other Friday.

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