Smokey Bear and Model T Requests

Smokey Bear and a Forest Service employee wave from a black 1924 Model T fire vehicle.

The San Bernardino National Forest fire prevention program is available to participate in local events looking to help spread wildfire awareness and education. The program has the ability to provide Smokey Bear along with fire patrol personnel within and adjacent to the forest and can also set up a staffed fire information booth. 

We also have a fully operational 1924 Model T Fire Patrol vehicle that can be set up as a static display or take part in parades.

If you’re looking for our participation in a local event where wildfire prevention and education messaging would be beneficial, please provide the following to the below contacts based on the location of your event:

  1. Brief description of your organization
  2. Location, time needed, and event duration
  3. Brief description of your planned event
  4. Special considerations- parade route, booth space, early/late set up needs

Please give us a two-week notice prior to your scheduled event so we can determine personnel availability. We will respond to your request within seven days of receiving. Fire Prevention personnel are typically available from 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. every day, but availability may be limited to due local, regional or national fire activity. 


  • Lake Arrowhead, Big Bear and all Mountaintop Ranger District communities: Brian Grant, Battalion Chief 12:
  • San Bernardino, Highland, Mentone, Yucaipa, Banning, Rancho Cucamonga: Jim Snow, Battalion Chief 32:
  • Idyllwild, Garner Valley, Hemet and San Jacinto mountain communities: Matt Ahearn, Battalion Chief 52: