Firefighters Deliver Infant in Transit

Fire department helps mom give birth in ambulance

About 8 a.m., last Friday, Alameda Fire Department (AFD) firefighters (left to right) Rich Gianuario, Jeff Weidler, Dave Port and Rickey Staley answered a call aboard Medic 1, one of AFD’s three ambulances. A conventional enough call, they thought: transport a woman in labor from her home in Alameda to the hospital. Everyone agreed it would go normally. The baby had different ideas. The newborn decided not to wait, and, as Medic 1 traveled down Interstate 880, the firefighters delivered a healthy baby girl. Mom and daughter — whose names AFD did not disclose — are doing well, the fire department later stated on Facebook.