PUBLIC SAFETY BRIEFS – July 27, 2017

National Night Out Tuesday

National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that will be held Tuesday, Aug. 1. It promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places. National Night Out enhances the relationships between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community.
Furthermore, it provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances. Millions of neighbors take part in National Night Out across thousands of communities from all fifty states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities, and military bases worldwide on the first Tuesday in August (Texas celebrates on the first Tuesday in October).
Neighborhoods host block parties, festivals, parades, cookouts and various other community events with safety demonstrations, seminars, youth events, visits from emergency personnel, exhibits and more.


Hemet Fire Department responds to garage and vehicle fire

Hemet Fire Department responded to a fully involved garage fire in Hemet Monday night just before midnight. The fire occurred on Janeva Court and Mayberry Avenue. There was a garage with up to three vehicles, a trailer, that were fully engulfed in flames. The cause of the fire is currently unknown. The home was only slightly affected.


Electrical malfunction causes false alarm at hospital

Hemet Fire responded to an alarm on the fifth floor of Hemet Valley Medical Center shortly after noon on July 18. Engine 3, Battalion Chief 1, and Fire Chief Scott Brown were first on scene. Engine 3 firemen climbed five flights of stairs with hose packs to the fifth floor only to find the alarm was apparently caused by an electrical malfunction in a fan in one of the rooms.


Thieves caught on camera

A homeowner on Cornell Street near Ramona Bowl reported to police that two people were caught on their security camera Sunday morning. They returned the next day and disconnected one of the cameras on a workshop, got inside and rifled through tools, etc. The homeowner reported the shop was left in a mess and unknown items were taken. The homeowner reported the burglars arrived on foot and that one of them, a woman, appeared to have hair tinted pink.


Hemet Gate Keepers at Sierra Dawn

Hemet GateKeepers are coming to talk to Sierra Dawn Estates (SDE) Wednesday, Aug. 2, at 10 a.m. in the Club House #1.  Founder of Hemet Gate Keepers Pastor Steve Norman will be one of the two guest speakers including Hemet City Councilwoman Karlee Meyer at the Neighborhood Watch meeting. Norman will share his knowledge and concerns as to what we can do to help improve security in SDE. He will share with us what he’s done and what he can do for us as a community. Karlee Meyer will share her expansive knowledge of HOA’s and Neighborhood Watch programs. Hemet Gate Keepers has won the support and approval of Hemet police, Hemet City Council, and the majority of Hemet’s business community.


Hemet Fire Department passes milestones

Hemet Fire Chief Scott Brown reported on a number of milestones in the department’s ongoing efforts to rebuild the department. He reported that the battalion chief (BC) rank has been established (the battalion chief serves in a similar capacity as the police department watch commander). The BC is responsible for providing operational and administrative oversight of an assigned shift (there are A, B and C shifts—often referred to as a platoon). The department recently received a new command vehicle that will serve as a command platform for emergency incidents. The vehicle has the latest communications technology, built-in mobile data terminals, and other tools necessary to manage emergency incidents. “Once again, a big thank you to our community for giving us the tools necessary to improve how we respond and take care of our city in times of need,” said Brown.


Hemet Fire on the front lines in statewide fires

Fire conditions across the state of California are extreme, and Hemet Fire Department’s Brush 1 division has been deployed to the Jennings Fire in San Diego County near Lakeside. Hemet’s participation in the battle-tested statewide fire mutual aid system is critical, according to Chief Scott Brown. Locally, the department remains vigilant, he said, and continues at strength in all stations to cover Hemet’s needs.

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