Meet New Fire Chief, Station this Saturday

Eric J. Kos    Alameda’s state-of-the-art Emergency Operations Center at 1809 Grand St. and Fire Station No. 3 (background) will be formally dedicated with a ribbon cutting ceremony and public tour this Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m.

Alameda Fire Department to host open house, ceremony

The Alameda Fire Department and the city’s Public Works Department are hosting an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Fire Station No. 3 and the adjoining Emergency Operations Center at 1625 Buena Vista Ave. and 1809 Grand St. this Saturday, Dec. 2. The festivities begin at 1 p.m.   

The public is invited to join Alameda’s new fire chief, Edmond Rodriguez, on a walk through the facilities. Light refreshments will be served.

Rodriguez comes to Alameda with 29 years of experience in the fire service after working as fire chief for the city of Salinas since 2012. In Salinas, he supervised a staff of 101 sworn and civilian personnel, administered a budget of $21 million and oversaw a complete rebuild of that organization. He also served twice as president of the Monterey County Fire Chief’s Association. 

Prior to working for Salinas, Rodriguez served the city of Stockton for more than 24 years, most recently as the deputy fire chief of operations. He has also served as a flight nurse and paramedic for Medi-Flight of Modesto and California Shock Trauma Rescue (Calstar).

The new Fire Station No. 3 is a 9,000-square-foot facility that houses one engine company and includes living quarters, two apparatus bays, a conference room and a public lobby. This fire station has replaced the existing rented building that previously served as Fire Station No. 3 at the corner of Grand Street and Pacific Avenue. 

The Emergency Operations Center is a two-story, 3,400-square-foot facility that provides a central command and communications facility for the city’s emergency operations team to help the community in the event of a disaster. It includes offices, breakout rooms, rest rooms, showers and informational screens to provide timely information to emergency responders. It has an open, flexible floor plan with room for 50 individuals staffed from all city departments during a major emergency event.