2003 Fireworks show in Corona

CORONA, CALIFORNIA  —  July 5, 2003


The gates are secure, the debris is being picked up, the tear-down crew is removing the ignition set-up in what was one of the the best fireworks shows so far at the Corona High School.


The show was a success although a smaller crowd in attendance due to limited parking this year caused by school construction. All gates were manned, the head event coordinator was shadowed, the parking lot was patrolled, the ignition area was safe, and the school was in good hands. The 16 participants this year did an excellent job and my hat’s off to all who helped. Each and every one of you did your part to make it happen. Some were exposed to some “head’s up” periods and I give you my personal thank you for performing in a professional manner and resulting in Crest again being highly respected for what we do.


The coordinator (Elaine) was very nervous and apprehensive this year. Our regular coordinator (Rick) was off and this was the first time for Elaine. She was advised by Rick to let Crest handle things. When Rick did that in past years, the event went well and we performed as expected. This year was no different. Elaine eventually became more confident by the casual demeanor of Clint and Karen as we assured her the stations were posted and things were under control. Nice job you two.


We had some newcomers to the event this year and they did very well in their posts. Thank you “newbie’s”. My special thanks to San Gabriel 55 who just joined their team and this was his first event and to Crest 87 who recently joined the team and this was his first fireworks show participation. These two were even put in a situation at their gates whereby two children were lost and the police department put out an order “secure the gates nobody gets out”. SG 55 and Crest 87 were at two of the primary gates to be secured. The gates were secured and the children were soon located. Great work!


Crest 86 was also new to the event this year. He and Crest 44 manned the “back gate” which leads to the ignition area. They volunteered for this position which traditionally has been for the “newbie’s” to the event. Next year they will be eligible to work closer in and perhaps get a different view from what they had. Their position is among one of the most important to keep out those who are not directly involved with the fireworks company. They did just that and did a good job.


This year the school classroom and recreation areas were easily brought to a secure situation by Crest 95 on bicycle patrol which made him very quick to get to a situation quickly. He also was very helpful in passing out cold drinks during the event to our volunteers. Good job, Mark. Likewise, our parking lot was patrolled by Crest 107 in a mobile unit and no reports were received this year of any vandalism to vehicles. It was also patrolled by two mounted police officers as back-up for David.


Our main gate and gate leading to the ignition area lower field were critical areas for crowd control. Both Tom and SG 10 kept things peaceful and under control.


A typical area of concern is the area surrounding the gym, the basketball courts, the pool area, and the baseball fields. Those areas were guarded and patrolled very well by Crest57, Crest 6 and SG 9. These are tough positions to fill as people attempt to get closer and closer to the ignition area and are kept back for their safety and per Fire Department requirements.


All would not be possible without our “Ignition Control”. Dean (Crest 59) was welcomed with open arms by the fireworks professional personnel and as usual, Dean was an excellent asset to us. His eagle eye and consciousness always toward safety allowed the performance to go without a hitch. Even the semi-cooperative off-duty custodian and his 15 visitors could not outwit the rath of Crest teamwork although they tried.


A final tribute to the help given us by my brother Tom again this year. This is his fourth or fifth time assisting me at this event and is always a welcome asset. He drives all the way from San Diego each year to give Crest a hand and make sure we are comfortable with sufficient personnel. Thank you Tom. You were a balance all by yourself to 5 no-shows this year. I appreciate your unselfish dedication to CREST Communications even though you don’t even own a radio or have an interest in 2-way.


I sincerely hope I have not neglected anyone who helped out. It was truly a team effort and we appreciate the three San Gabriel team members who came out to play with us. As you know, this is the second annual event that Crest does to directly assist the City of Corona in exchange for no-cost meeting place every month. This partnership has been a successful one for many years and in addition to keeping our communications skills up and ready for a real emergency, IT’S JUST PLAIN FUN!





E. “Ed” J. Greany,President 
CREST Communications  Unit 25






It’s already past 2 PM and I’m going to Lake Ellsinore some 95 miles away. Radio was quiet for the first hour. I called for Traffic Watch since I’m not familiar with the area and needed some help. As always, I got a prompt response and the helpful voice of Mel (Crest 41) came on the speaker. He checked my route and provided me with a shortcut from the 210 fwy to the 91 (last time, I got a bit lost and did it the long way around).


During the next hour and a half other Communications units where checking in on their way to the game. There was some concern that the game could be cancelled due to weather conditions. Weather was overcast in the San Fernando Valley when I left but as I approached Corona, the sky began to gradually clear. From my advanced position I complemented the weather and traffic information that Mel (and David, Crest 107) were providing the rest of units on their way to the game.


Soon after I got to The Storm Professional Baseball Team Stadium, the chatter of units checking in increased. Crest 51 was the first one to arrive there then 28, 41, 107, 44, 68, 85, 95… all of them with a big smile on their faces and ready to have a good time. 


This event was offered to CREST as a way to earn income for our treasury. The local high school students are hired part-time by the stadium to act a concession servers and attendants but since the park sells beer and they are underage, there is a need for beer servers. The baseball team decided to offer it to non-profit organizations and give the organization a donation. CREST took the challenge. This is our second year and we will be doing it again towards the end of the season.


Once we all were there (a total of 9 units) we were briefed on what our duties where to be for the day: serve beer, pizza, hot dogs, coffee and other beverages, and prepare nachos. No radios would be needed. This is very different to what our usual assignments usually are but hey, it looked like a lot of fun! We formed teams of three and each one headed towards their respective stand. We had just a few minutes to practice before the people began to come.


For the next three hours we rushed up and down the stands preparing, grabbing, and pouring whatever the stand attendants needed. 


Just before 9 p.m. the stand closed and it was time to rest, chat with the standattendants, and have some pizza.  Then we just sat outside to enjoy the end of the game. This was actually my first baseball game. Baseball is not popular in Spain where I hail from but at the end, I could see just the last 5 minutes of it. Radios began to work again as we checked on the other Communicationsers and we all left the stadium with a big smile and the satisfaction of having done a great job. 


At the end of the day we all where exhausted, but had a great time and willing to do it again at another occasion.

It was now time for the long drive home and the anticipation for next team event.


Juan S. Fernandez


Run for the Crown 2003

CORONA, CALIFORNIA  —  May 10, 2003


The  “2003 Run for the Crown 5k 10K” was held on Saturday May 10, 2003 at Corona High School and Communications was there to help.  This race winds through the city streets of Corona with the start and finish at the High School. Two different circuits, one 5K the other 10K were run.


Crest Communications, together with members of Saddleback and San Gabriel Valley Communications Teams, manned point intersections assisting runners with direction, water and first aid if needed. We also kept Organization and Emergency services updated on the run development as runners went past our control points.


Runners of all ages and conditions enjoyed this event, and there where even moms pushing their strollers that made the 10k! Our applause to all participants and the organization for an event well done.


Rob Clark / Crest 89


2003 Riverside’s Rod Show and Go



The Rod Run  ” Show and Go”  was held on Saturday May 03, 2003 on Market St in Downtown Riverside. Classics cars, parts and exhibits lined the city streets.The Classic cars cruised Market St up and down showing their stuff, and were judged for their appearances. Trophies were awarded at the end of the day.  There was even a “Header Contest”. Despite the rain over 600 Classic Cars participated in this event.


Crest Communications, assisted by San Gabriel Valley Communications members, performed pedestrian control and coordination tasks,  so the Classic Cars could cruise safely.


By Rob Clark – Crest 89