San Marcos Fire Department Achieves Class 1 Public Protection Classification Rating

The distinction places SMFD among the top fire departments in the nation.

The City of San Marcos Fire Department (SMFD) has achieved a Class 1 Public Protection Classification rating, the highest level of recognition available from the Insurance Service Organization (ISO). The top rating places SMFD among the ranks of only 37 fire departments in California and 348 nationwide that have earned the distinction.

The ISO ratings are designed to evaluate a fire department’s ability to protect local communities. Cities use the data to help measure the effectiveness of their fire-protection services, and insurance companies use it when establishing premiums for fire insurance. A Class 1 rating generally represents superior property fire protection and can lower the price of insurance within a community.

The Class 1 ranking reflects the City’s commitment to public safety, along with the shared effort and responsibility among the fire department, local leaders, business owners and residents.

“This achievement represents years of ingrained systems and processes, along with the accountability of programs and personnel,” said San Marcos Fire Chief Daniel Barron. “It also reflects SMFD’s steadfast adherence to the City’s core values and our commitment to protecting life and property and serving the community.”

How Fire Departments Are Evaluated

A Fire Department’s capabilities are evaluated using nationally accepted standards developed by organizations including as the National Fire Protection Association, the American Water Works Association and the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials International.

Four key areas of a community’s fire suppression capabilities are evaluated, including:

  • The fire department
  • Emergency communications (911 call center)
  • Water supply
  • Community risk reduction, including community efforts to reduce losses through fire

    prevention, public fire safety education and fire investigation Additional evaluation elements include:

  • Response capabilities (deployment analysis), which includes adequate staffing of fire service personnel on engine crews and ladder companies
  • Fire station distribution (location and coverage)
  • Appropriate apparatus and equipment
  • Training of all personnel
  • Water supply throughout the city
  • Organizational structure
  • Communications and call procedures
  • Building/Fire Prevention Codes and their enforcement

    About the San Marcos Fire Department

    The mission of the San Marcos Fire Department is to provide the highest level of customer service by protecting life, property and the environment, through the delivery of innovative, fiscally responsible and ethical emergency services in our community. For more information, visit www.san-marcos.net/smfd.

What to do when a snake bites you on a trail?


It’s snake season in San Elijo Hills -Here is some good advice for snake bites 

• No first aid is much better than performing bad first aid. Don’t cut at or around the site of the bite, don’t compress the bitten limb with a cord or tight bandage, don’t attempting to extract or neutralize venom using electricity, fire, permanganate, salt, black stones, mouths, mud, leaves, etc.

• All Snake Bite Kits are dangerous and should not be used. This was also confirmed by the Snake Bite Poison Line.

• A lot of snake bite patients injure themselves by panicking directly after a snake bite, by tripping over a rock or tree trunk, or by falling off the side of the trail. Staying calm is important! After a snake bite, walk about 20-30 feet away from the snake.

• Find a safe place to sit down asap. The venom can rapidly diffuse into your system, this can drop your blood pressure too low to pump all the way to your head while standing. Sitting down reduces your chance of fainting within the first few minutes. If you faint, it shouldn’t be more than a few minutes.

• Remove any rings, watches, tight clothing and anything else from the bitten limb, because the swelling will make it a lot bigger soon.

• Take 5 minutes to calm down and plan your evacuation. The only effective treatment for a snake envenomation is the right anti-venom to neutralize it.

• Do not wait for symptoms to appear if bitten. It’s important to get in touch with emergency personnel as soon as possible to get you to a hospital. If you have a cell phone and service, great, call 911 or the Park Ranger. If there is no service, think about the last time you had phone service.

• A sharpie can be a great help for emergency personnel to assess the severity of your snakebite. Circle the location of your snake bite and write down the time next to it. Draw a circle around the border of the swelling and write down the time. Write down all the things you’re experiencing that are not normal, with the time next to it. Examples are: metallic taste in your mouth, changes to sense of smell, sudden loss of vision, double vision, visual disturbances, ringing in the ears, headache, nausea and vomiting, bleeding from anywhere, dizziness, shortness of breath, etc. The most common signs and symptoms are pain and swelling.

• Update this info every 15 or 30 minutes as the swelling moves up the limb and your symptoms develop.

• Make contact via cell phone. If this is not possible, walk slowly to get help. Drink some water and take some calories if you have any. Some snake bite victims walk several miles after serious snake bites to their legs. They make it out fine because they made it out to medical care. This is much better than waiting for help if you can’t reach anyone. Don’t let the fear of “raising your heart rate and increasing the speed of venom circulation” prevent you from moving to get to care. Be very cautious about driving yourself to a hospital, since some bites have serious side effects that could suddenly limit your ability to drive.

Preventing a snake bite is obviously better than dealing with a snake bite. Here are a few ways to reduce the risks of snake bites while trail running:

• Be aware that there could be snakes where you’re running.

• Watch where you’re placing your feet, be extra aware on rocky, sunny areas, pockets of leaves and logs across the trail. If you’re off trail, the odds go up because there are more rocks and cracks and less people to scare the snakes away. Watch out when running through tall grass and weeds.

• Step on a rock or log, not over it. This way you can spot a snake that may be sheltering under it and take action quickly.

• Watch out when sitting down on a rock or tree stump, you might be sitting on a snake.

• Don’t try to chase the snake off the trail, this is why most people get bit by snakes.

• Don’t run with headphones on trails, or have at least 1 earbud out.

• Snakes tend to be near water, especially if it’s in a dry environment. If you’re near a spring or river, keep an extra eye out.

• Since snakes are cold-blooded, they’d like to come out when it’s warm and sun themselves on rocky areas or trails. They like to be on the edge of a sunny patch. If you come across a sunny patch, your encounter chances increase.

• Most venomous snakes in the US rest during the day. The chances of running into one are higher in the mornings and early evenings, when their activity might be a bit higher.

• In the spring, after snakes have hibernated together, the frequency of sightings goes up. In the fall, when they retreat to a hiding place to spend the cold winter months, they are on the go, so higher chances to encounter a snake. Most snake bites occur between April and October.

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Rouleur Brewing Company Neighborhood Pop Up Sale in San Elijo Hills 

Who: Craft Beer Lovers in San Elijo HillsWhat: Rouleur Brewing Company is offering Crowlers and Cans (4 Packs) of Fresh Beer for sale during it’s Neighborhood Pop-Up Sale 

Where: San Elijo Hills Town Square

When: Friday, April 24th, 2020 Time: 5-6 pm 

Why: You’re practicing social distancing but need great beer! You’re also helping support a great LOCAL craft brewery. How: Choose your beer styles and place orders online at https://rouleurbrewing.com/to-go-beer/Make sure to choose “Neighborhood Pop-Up” as your shipping method during Checkout. Orders must be placed by 2 pm on Friday 4-24-20.Bring your smile and Photo ID to the Rouleur Van between 5-6 pm to pick up your order (Must Match)

Other Notes: Please no gathering at the van. Please create a line from the van with at least 6 feet between you and others. Sorry, but no orders can be placed at the Van during the event. Orders for this “Neighborhood Pop Up” must be placed by 2 pm on Friday, April 24th, 2020. Stay safe and thank you!

https://rouleurbrewing.com/to-go-beer/

The Escondido Creek Conservancy Fire Prevention Project Awarded Funding

Fire Prevention Project Awarded Funding

The Escondido Creek Conservancy (Conservancy) has won a grant for $552,097 to reduce weeds and prevent fires in the heart of the Escondido Creek watershed. The funding was awarded by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Proposition 1 Watershed Restoration Grant Program and was the only implementation grant funded south of Ventura County. The work is set to begin this fall along Escondido Creek between Harmony Grove and Olivenhain.

“Dry, invasive weeds create a tinderbox throughout our open spaces and surrounding communities. We are grateful for The Escondido Creek Conservancy’s support in helping reduce the threat of fire,” said Fred Cox, Fire Chief for the Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District

One of the greatest threats to California’s unique native landscapes is infestation from non-native invasive plants, often referred to as weeds. These weeds, such as highly flammable non-native grasses, put our neighborhoods and wild areas at risk of devastation due to catastrophic wildfires. The funding from this grant will support fire prevention as part of a watershed-wide invasive plant management strategy. The Conservancy will hire arborists and restoration contractors, including youth from the San Diego Urban Corps, putting people to work in these difficult economic times.

“We love helping our wildlife in the Escondido Creek watershed, but it’s wonderful to be part of a project that also protects people—in this case it’s from the risk of wildfire,” added Hannah Walchak, Conservation Land Manager for the Conservancy.

In addition to reducing risk of wildfire, we’re also restoring San Diego County’s renowned biodiversity. The combination of great biodiversity with a large and growing human population results in San Diego County having among the largest numbers of rare and endangered species (San Diego County Mammal Atlas, 2017). With more than 95% of our region’s riparian habitat lost, it is critical to celebrate functioning patches of precious oak riparian woodlands, reduce wildfire risk, and provide safe access for residents to enjoy these special places that were once common (Southern California Wetlands Recovery Project, 2001).

Vicki Lake, Program Manager, CDFW Watershed Restoration Grant Programs, stated, “Controlling invasive plants and reducing fuel loads in riparian areas is critical to making our watersheds more resilient. The investments we make today in the work being done by our grantees like The Escondido Creek Conservancy will ensure that habitat for native plants, fish and wildlife continue to be a part of California’s future,”

The project area spans an approximately 8-mile stretch of the Escondido Creek, from Harmony Grove to Olivenhain. The project aims to treat at least 70 acres of public and private lands along Escondido Creek, including three Conservancy-owned Preserves and about 3,000 linear feet of creek frontage on at least four private neighboring sites that border and intercede conserved lands.

San Marcos named 25th safest city in California The City earns a spot on 2020 Safest Cities report

The City earns a spot on 2020 Safest Cities report.

The City of San Marcos was ranked #25 in SafeWise’s sixth annual Safest Cities in California report.

The comprehensive safety report was created using FBI crime
statistics and U.S. Census population data to rank the safest
cities in each state and across the country. According to
SafeWise, the rankings are based on violent and property crime
numbers, including the number of reported violent crimes
(aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery) in each city and
the number of reported property crimes (burglary, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft).

“The City of San Marcos has committed to investing in the necessary resources to keep our community safe, and this report reflects that commitment,” said City Manager Jack Griffin. “Keeping San Marcos safe takes hard work from everyone in our community. We especially appreciate the dedication of the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department San Marcos station.”

In addition, the latest data from the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) released in November revealed that San Marcos has some of the lowest crime rates among the 18 incorporated cities in San Diego County.

When compared to the county’s incorporated cities, San Marcos had the lowest overall property crime rate, which includes non-violent crimes such as burglaries, auto thefts and vandalism. San Marcos also had the second lowest overall crime rate, which includes all violent and nonviolent crimes. To learn more, visit www.san-marcos.net/Home/Components/News/News/5019/.

You can read the full SafeWise report at www.safewise.com/blog/safest-cities-california.

Stay Active with Virtual Recreation from The City of San Marcos

At the City of San Marcos, we appreciate everything our residents are doing to combat the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). We also understand that staying indoors can be tough, especially with beautiful spring sunshine peeking through the clouds.

The health and safety of our community is our top priority, and it is more important than ever for us to stay engaged, active and connected.

That’s why we created a virtual recreation page and virtual recreation video series to bring some fun into your home and help kids and adults beat boredom and stay physically and mentally healthy.

Head over to www.san-marcos.net/virtualrec and connect with us on the City’s Parks and Recreation Facebook group, along with our Twitter and Instagram channels, to join in the fun. You can find the entire Virtual Recreation Playlist on our YouTube channel.

We designed these resources to provide information and support to help our residents achieve their health, wellness, and educational goals through this unprecedented time. We are all in this together. Stay healthy and strong, San Marcos!

For more information about the City’s response to COVID-19, visit. www.san-marcos.net/covid19.

Into the blue pool and spa servicing San Elijo Hills

Into the blue pool and spa services specializes in weekly service for your pool and spa, extensive repairs and equipment upgrades. We take pride in providing our customers with the utmost quality and professional service to ensure your pool is pristine and enjoyable to you and your family year-round. If you are in pursuit of a new company, are looking for a second opinion or interested in learning more about our services, give us a call for a free consultation and we would be happy to assist you in any way we can.

Contact info: 

Owners number: 760-421-8439

Email: intothebluepoolandspaservices@outlook.com

Three ways to support local businesses today

The coronavirus pandemic is impacting everyone in the San Marcos community, including our local business owners and employees. The City of San Marcos launched a $3 million short-term business loan program to support our local businesses, and we’ve heard from residents who want to know how they can best support San Marcos businesses, too.

Here are three simple ways that you can directly support local businesses while following all current public health orders.

1. Order take-out or delivery

Visit the City’s website for a list of San Marcos restaurants, breweries, wineries and grocery stores that are open. You can also find information about special market hours for senior citizens. See the list here.

2. Grab a gift card

Consider purchasing a gift card at your favorite restaurant, store or hotel to send to a friend or treat yourself at a later date. Many businesses are selling gift cards on their websites, so you can purchase one from the comfort of home.

3. Shop online

Although their physical storefronts may be closed, many businesses are open for online orders. Check the website or social media channels of your favorite business for details.

Learn more

 

SEH Gives-The San Elijo Hills Community Association is donating meals

SEH Gives

The San Elijo Hills Community Association is donating meals to Palomar Hospital, Kaiser, and Scripps starting today and into next week! We are donating over 1,500 meals on behalf of the residents in San Elijo Hills. All meals are being purchased from our Local Town Square Restaurants to help them “Keep Their Lights On”. The Association is donating those meals to our folks on the Front Line (in the hospitals) “Shine a Light on our Health Care Workers”. The Association feels it will help both community restaurants and lift the spirits of our first responders who are putting their health at risk to keep us safe!

April 2020 San Elijo Hills Community Association Updates

Community Tile Project! San Elijo Stands Together!

San Elijo Hills is known for many things, but one thing is for sure…our community spirit! We are truly missing our community events and seeing our neighbors and friends to enjoy some fun in the Hills. While we cannot bring everyone together for some fun…we will bring the fun to you! It’s the perfect opportunity to occupy your free time, come together as a family, all while becoming a part of San Elijo Hills history!

The Community Association will be partnering up with A Colorful Universe to create a special place in the community to display tiles made by all of our residents. A small tile, along with a few paint supplies, will be provided to every household. Simply paint your tile, and drop off in designated bins in front of A Colorful Universe or the San Elijo Hills On-Site office at 1277 San Elijo Road South. We will be working continuously on the distribution and collection. Stay tuned for delivery in your neighborhood. Let’s all stand together and join forces to create something beautiful. Please contact Liz McCardle at 760-798-9015 or sehdirector@waltersmanagement.com.

Architectural Review

While we all stay home spending time with the family, those improvements you have been thinking about may now become a reality. The HOA still continues to accept and review applications for all exterior improvements. We understand the challenges to complete this process due to social distancing and will do our best to help email plans to your neighbors if possible. Thank you to our Architectural Committee for volunteering through this challenging time!

Support Your Local Businesses!

Don’t forget to order from the town square businesses! Their success is integral to the value of the community, and we need everyone to keep ordering out and helping in any way you can. Especially from Sundays to Thursdays.

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