Six of the eight Alameda firefighters that were under a quarantine mandate by Alameda County Public Health Department officials have been cleared to return to duty today, Wednesday, March 18. City officials believe the remaining two firefighters will be cleared to return to duty within one week.
The decision to quarantine, test and clear the eight firefighters were done by county health officials, not Alameda city officials.
A driver plowed into a home on the 2100 block of Lincoln Avenue after an accident on the morning of Oct. 16.
The blue Hyundai penetrated the front window of the home leaving a gaping hole near the front door. A mom and her twins were in bed when the collision occurred. They had to be extricated from the property by Alameda Fire Department (AFD) officials.
The Alameda Fire Deparment received some help from the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Elvis Presley, last Friday, during the annual Halloween Pumpkin Patch hosted by the department. Kids of all ages get to take a home a free pumpkin each year at the event which took place for the 19th year. The man behind the patch (and behind Presley’s sunglasses) is Alameda firefighter, Adam Sizemore, who has organized the event at Franklin Park for many years.
Two Alameda Fire Department (AFD) firefighters remain at the Ferguson Fire with Water Tender Two (WT-2). They are assisting in fighting the blaze burning in Mariposa County in the Merced River Canyon near Yosemite National Park. AFD Capt. Jim Colburn said that WT-2 is assisting in supplying water to many of the engines —203 at the latest count — currently fighting the blaze. “Engines typically hold between 300 and 500 gallons of water,” Colburn said. AT-2 holds 3,000 gallons. Firefighters are working 24 hours on duty and 24 hours off.
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.
Paul Douglas Scherer of Alameda died Sunday when the minivan he was driving plunged into the Oakland Estuary. Witnesses called 911 about 8:30 a.m. to report that they saw a white minivan go into the estuary off Derby Avenue in Oakland, across from the Bridgeside Shopping Center.
“It’s a dead-end street that stops at the estuary,” Oakland Fire Department (OFD) Battalion Chief Nick Luby said. “The vehicle drove down the street and ended up in the estuary.”
Fire, Police departments provide ongoing mutual aid
Support for fellow Bay Area residents who lost loved ones and property in what is being called the worst firestorm in California history began pouring out of Alameda last week. The social media group Alameda Peeps filled a rented truck with donations for fire victims last Friday.
A pilot landed his American Champion Scout single-engine aircraft on Runway 13-31 of the long-closed Alameda Naval Air Station on Tuesday morning. The plane was in the business of hauling a banner like the ones typically seen at sporting events.
The pilot noticed the plane was experiencing mechanical problems and chose the abandoned runway at the old Naval Air Station as the safest place to land. The Alameda Fire Department (AFD) responded.
No injuries and no damage to the plane occurred, according to AFD Captain James Colburn.
On Friday, Aug. 25, Gov. Jerry Brown ordered search-and-rescue task forces across the state to aid the national response to Hurricane Harvey. Alameda County Task Force 4 was among the task forces that Brown ordered to Texas. Alameda Fire Department is a member of Task Force 4.
“We deployed Saturday night around 10 p.m., and drove straight through to San Antonio, Tex., arriving around 6 p.m. Monday night,” Oakland Fire Department Battalion Chief Robert Lipp, a member of the task force, wrote in a Facebook post.