Sunday, March 29, 2009

Bonehead News: Fire department unnecessarily involved in raids

Gangsta being booked at Firehouse

Update: Possible correction! -Apparently the headline " Bonehead News" relates to the "News" source and myself for believing the source article not a public safety administrator, read comment below - I have a toothache so I will not research this further - Editor California Fire News.
Following comment received March 30 AM:
You have been poorly informed on this subject, which happens if you rely entirely on the Desert Sun for your news. There is no DHS Fire Chief or Fire Department. DHS contracts with Riverside County for fire services. There is only one fire station in DHS and it was NOT involved in Friday's raids.

Skyborne, a new housing development on the west side of DHS, was required to construct a new building for future fire department expansion. That building has been sitting empty and unused for a year or two. It was THAT building that was used as a command center for the raids.

Operation Falling Sun - In a massive crackdown on gang activity Federal, State and local law enforcement conducted a huge series of raids arresting 120 suspects in a manner of hours in the community of Desert Hot Springs on Friday.

Nearly 700 federal, state and local police officers targeted 450 known and suspected gang members in neighborhoods throughout Desert Hot Springs.

By midday Friday, more than 120 people were arrested.

The cost of Operation Falling Sun was estimated at $2.5 million

But in a Bonehead award winning move Law enforcement felt compelled to involve the Fire Department in the raids by using a fire station as a booking center.

Unnecessary law enforcement assistance such as this is just asking for trouble, from a retaliatory driveby shootings to the simple perception of firefighters being law enforcement the outcome cannot be a positive one.


Police bring suspected gang members into a DHS fire station for processing after rounding them up Friday during a multi-agency raid.

Police bring suspected gang members into a Desert Hot Springs fire station for processing after rounding them up Friday during a multi-agency raid.

Photo credit: Jay Calderon The Desert Sun
Full story at: www.mydesert.com - Link

2 comments:

  1. You have been poorly informed on this subject, which happens if you rely entirely on the Desert Sun for your news. There is no DHS Fire Chief or Fire Department. DHS contracts with Riverside County for fire services. There is only one fire station in DHS and it was NOT involved in Friday's raids.

    Skyborne, a new housing development on the west side of DHS, was required to construct a new building for future fire department expansion. That building has been sitting empty and unused for a year or two. It was THAT building that was used as a command center for the raids.

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  2. Thank-you for the correction!- I will note it above...

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