Celebrate First Responder Day in September!

Celebrating First Responders throughout California!



In 2017, State Senator Mike Morrell (R-Rancho Cucamonga) authored a Resolution to honor active First Responders throughout the state.

Last year, the Mountain Rim Fire Safe Council (San Bernardino Mountains) co-hosted the Inaugural First Responder event in Running Springs, CA.

Hundreds of local residents attended to meet and thank the emergency response personnel present at Snow Valley Mountain Resort  on September 23, 2017.

Activities included opportunities for kids to explore fire trucks, ambulances, police vehicles and helicopters. In addition to  meeting  first responders directly, visitors enjoyed a variety of  demonstrations, safety information and  special visits  and photos with Smokey Bear. Food vendors were also available.

Senator Mike Morrell spoke to the crowd and personally thanked individual emergency response personnel on hand.

“California is prone to earthquakes, wildfires,  flooding, and other disasters that all require active preparation and  response efforts,” said Senator Morrell. “At the heart of our state’s  emergency action capability are its first responders. No greater courage  is demonstrated than that of the dedicated heroes who run into harm’s  way rather than away from it. This day is one of gratitude and  appreciation. I am honored to take part in recognizing these men and  women.”

Plan on attending an event this year!  Or plan a special event or activity in your community to thank your local First Responders!

While the official day of recognition is September 23rd, the celebration may be held on the Saturday nearest the 23rd, or a day close to the 23rd that works for your area.

Come to the First Regional Celebration of First Responder Day at the Rancho Cucamonga Epicenter!

WHERE: 8408 Rochester Avenue, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730

WHEN: 10am to 2pm, Saturday, September 22, 2018

What is A First Responder?



Merriam-Webster:  Definition of first responder: a person (as a police officer, firefighter or an EMT) who is among those responsible for going immediately to the scene of an accident or emergency to provide assistance.

Wikipedia: A first responder is an employee of an emergency service who is likely to be among the first people to arrive at and assist at the scene of an emergency such as an accident, natural disaster, or terrorist attack. First responders typically include police officers, deputy sheriffs, firefighters, paramedics, and rescuers.

Some will tell you, “first responders are the people you see running in when everyone else is running out”.

First Responders

Law Enforcement



Today, in the United States, more than 900,000 law enforcement officers put their lives on the line for the safety and protection of others. They serve with valor and distinction – and with great success. Federal statistics show that violent and property crime rates in the United States are at historic lows, thanks in large measure to the dedicated service of the men and women of law enforcement.

That protection comes at a price, however. Each year, there are approximately 60,000 assaults on law enforcement officers, resulting in nearly 16,000 injuries. On average, one law enforcement officer is killed in the line of duty somewhere in the United States every 61 hours.  Since the first known line-of-duty death in 1791, more than 20,000 U.S. law enforcement officers have made the ultimate sacrifice.

Sadly, over the last decade, an average of 146 officers a year have been killed in the line of duty. California is second only to Texas in the number of Law enforcement officers which have died in the line of duty (1571). 

2016 National law enforcement fatalities increased nationwide 22% over 2015 [National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, Preliminary 2016 Law Enforcement Officer Fatalities].  In 2016, there were ten (10) line of duty law enforcement deaths in California, according to preliminary data compiled by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF).



A fire department responds to a fire every 24 seconds [Hylton J.G. Haynes, “Fire Loss in the United States During 2014,” National Fire Protection Association, September 2015]

 In 2016, there were 1,342,000 fires reported in the United States.  These fires caused 3,390 civilian deaths, 14,650 civilian injuries, and  $10.6 billion in property damage.

  • 475,500 were structure fires, causing 2,950 civilian deaths, 12,775 civilian injuries, and $7.9 billion in property damage.
  • 173,000 were vehicle fires, causing 280 civilian fire deaths, 1,075 civilian fire injuries, and $933 million in property damage.
  • 662,500 were outside and other fires, causing 85 civilian fire  deaths, 650 civilian fire injuries, and $1.4 billion in property damage.

Emergency Medical Services

 Emergency Medical Services, more commonly known as EMS, is a system that  provides emergency medical care. It is activated by a call for help,  after an incident of serious illness or injury. The focus of EMS is  emergency medical care of the patient(s). EMS is most easily recognized  when emergency vehicles or helicopters are seen responding to emergency  incidents. But EMS is much more than a ride to the hospital. It is a  system of coordinated response and emergency medical care, involving  multiple people and agencies. A comprehensive EMS system is ready every  day for every kind of emergency.   

Emergency Medical Services personnel treat 22 million patients a year [ Maguire BJ, Smith S, “Injuries and fatalities among emergency medical technicians and paramedics in the United States.” Prehospital and Disaster Medicine, August 28, 2013]