Deputy Chief Paul Ehrman has lived in Southern California almost his entire life and graduated from Esperanza High School in Anaheim in 1987. He attended Rancho Santiago College and Long Beach State University prior to attending the Paramedic Program at Crafton Hills College in 1993.
Chief Ehrman began as a Paramedic Intern in Ontario in 1994 and was hired by the City of Coronado as a Firefighter later that same year. He was subsequently hired back at the Ontario Fire Department in 1996 and has been here ever since. He has worked as a Firefighter/Paramedic, Fire Captain, Deputy Fire Marshal, Battalion Chief and Fire Marshal prior to his current position of Fire Deputy Chief of Operations.
The Ontario Fire Department Bomb Squad responds to all incidents involving explosive materials, incendiary devices, improvised explosive devices, military or commercially manufactured ordinance, accidental explosions, bombings, and related matters.
The Bomb Squad's area of responsibility includes the cities of Ontario, Montclair, Upland, Chino, and Rancho Cucamonga.
The purpose of the Ontario Fire HazMat Team is to protect lives, property and the environment from the dangers and hazards of a chemical spill or a toxic release. Through mitigation and prevention of potentially catastrophic incidents, the Ontario Fire HazMat Team reduces the impact on the public and the environment.
Currently, the Ontario Fire HazMat Team is comprised of 12 members trained to the level of Specialist and five members trained to the level of Technicians. Each member attends monthly training to stay current with industry trends and to stay abreast of the dynamic challenges that these uncertain times present. Through dedication and commitment, the Ontario Fire HazMat Team continues to strive to provide the best service possible to the citizens and visitors of Ontario.
The Ontario Fire and Police Departments were one of the first agencies in the State of California to utilize paramedics in a tactical role; the year was 1985. In response to the needs of the Ontario Police Tactical Team, police and fire personnel were faced with the physical constraints of providing emergency medical care to injured citizens and police officers in a hostile environment.
Paramedics from the Fire Department were commissioned to Reserve Police Officer status and trained to the level of a S.W.A.T. Team Operator. To date, there have been several high-risk incidents where the skills of the S.W.A.T. Paramedic have been placed into action. The S.W.A.T. Team Paramedic is dispatched with the Team on all assignments and participates in all S.W.A.T. training.
The Ontario Fire Department is staffed with firefighters who are aggressively trained and supervised by the Training Division. This ensures that all firefighters are equipped with the skills and knowledge necessary to professionally mitigate emergencies of all types.
- Teach each firefighter to operate at acceptable performance levels for his/her rank and assignment.
- Generate an environment promoting continuous learning within a progressive organization and the willingness of individuals to strive for self-improvement at the individual level.
- Provide professional development for firefighters by establishing the standard and procedures for a given task.
- Ensure that firefighters understand all standards and procedures and give employees who wish to promote the knowledge and understanding of the position to which they aspire.
- Conduct classes, drills and exercises to meet the requirements of mandated and seasonal training
- Expand the professional abilities of firefighters in order to enhance public service levels
- Coordinate all aspects of training in an organized, efficient manner.
- Involve the Chief Officers in the evaluation and delivery of training.
- Review, enhance and develop multimedia training and maintain a resource center.
- Continue in managing, maintaining and improving the Department's training facilities.
- Maintain community goodwill through outreach programs.
- Explore the opportunities of foundation grants to fund existing or new programs.
The Ontario Fire Department Urban Search and Technical Rescue Team was developed in March of 1989, in order to provide specialized rescue techniques beyond the realm of standard Firefighter training. The USAR Team has the training, resources, and capabilities to perform: high angle rescues, low angle rescues, train crash rescues, confined space rescues, and heavy equipment extrication.
All 24 team members and unit R-138 are California O.E.S. (Office of Emergency Services) Type-1 Heavy Certified and can respond anywhere in the state of California upon request.