Alameda Fire Deploys Engines to SoCal Blazes

Alameda Fire Department    Members of the Alameda Fire Department assist with structure protection and search for casualties from the Creek Fire, after their deployment on Dec. 5. They were later deployed to help fight the Thomas Fire. Crewmembers from two Alameda fire engines are fighting this large wildfire in Southern California.

Alameda firefighters were dispatched to assist in fighting two Southern California blazes, one near Ventura, the other in the hills northeast of Los Angeles. 

At the recent open house at Fire Station 3, Alameda Fire Department (AFD) Chief Edmond Rodriguez said that the City of Alameda recently received Engine 296, a California Office of Emergency Services Type I Fire Engine. He said that Engine 296 is equipped to provide critical fire and emergency medical service response to the community. 

On Dec. 5, AFD deployed Engine 296 to the Creek Fire in Southern California to assist with structure protection and search for casualties in destroyed neighborhoods. The Creek Fire is burning in the foothills above Sylmar, 25 miles north of Los Angeles. 

AFD is part of a team of more than 1,600 firefighters at this blaze. Engine 296 has since been dispatched to help fight the Thomas Fire. 

AFD had already deployed Engine 502 to the Thomas Fire. Named for Thomas Aquinas College near Santa Paula, where the fire started, the blaze is burning in the hills northeast of Ventura. The Alameda firefighters joined more than 2,500 personnel battling this fire.  

AFD has also been busy locally. At 8:52 p.m. last Friday, 25 firefighters responded to the report of a structure fire on Garden Road on Bay Farm Island. When they arrived crewmembers found fire smoke coming from the one-story home. Firefighters searched for occupants, but discovered that the home was unoccupied. Other crewmembers worked to control the fire. They extinguished the blaze in about 25 minutes.

Fire damage was limited to the kitchen, attic and crawl space, with smoke damage throughout the home. An AFD Fire investigator determined that the fire originated in a kitchen outlet. They are working to determine the cause. 

The Alameda Building Department, Alameda Municipal Power, officers from the Alameda Police Department and a crew from Pacific Gas & Electric Co. also responded to the fire. Members of the Oakland Fire Department provided mutual aid, covering Alameda’s fire stations.