The Alameda Fire Department (AFD) sent a water tender to Mariposa County Monday, July 16 to fight the Ferguson Fire that has already engulfed more than 12,000 acres. 

Alameda Water Tender 2 left Alameda to assist with the fire in Mariposa County near Yosemite National Park. It is not known how many AFD personnel traveled to combat the blaze. This is Water Tender 2’s first-ever, out-of-county trip, according to the AFD Facebook page. 


The Alameda County Coroner’s Bureau identified a man who drowned in the waters off Crown Beach on Friday, June 1, as 73-year-old Dr. Andres Caicedo. The victim, a surgeon from Walnut Creek, died while kite-surfing. Firefighters were called to Crown Memorial State Beach at 4:26 p.m. 

The Alameda Fire Department (AFD) received a report that a kite-surfer had brought a second, unresponsive kite-surfer ashore. AFD transported Caicedo to Alameda Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. 


The report by Michael Jenkins released earlier this month detailed the timeline of the city’s fire chief appointment process. 

The ordeal began in March 2017 when former Alameda Fire Department (AFD) Fire Chief Doug Long informed City Manager Jill Keimach he would be retiring. Long publically announced his retirement in April 2017, but his official retirement date would come on Sept. 22, 2017. 

Richard Davis and his son, Chris, waited with Richard Bennett outside Alameda Fire Department’s long-shuttered Station No. 5 at Alameda Point last Saturday. Something very special was on the way. 


Some Alameda voters have expressed impatience with how “the city” is handling the alleged misbehavior of Vice-Mayor Malia Vella and City Councilmember Jim Oddie in connection with Keimach’s hiring of Fire Chief Edmond Rodriguez. Vella and Oddie reportedly wanted Keimach to hire former Alameda Fire Department Captain Domenick Weaver instead of Rodriguez. 

At 12:37 p.m. on Christmas Eve, 18 Alameda firefighters responded to a report of a fire at a home on the 1400 block of Fifth Street. When crewmembers arrived, they found a two-story home on fire. Some crewmembers searched for the building’s occupants, while others went to work extinguishing the blaze.

Firefighters learned that the occupant was able to get out of the house before they arrived. Crewmembers had the fire out in 30 minutes. 

The Alameda police and fire departments teamed up last Thursday to rescue a combative women from the waters of San Francisco Bay. Rescue swimmers from both departments pulled the woman from the water near Park Street and Shore Line Drive.  

They took her to a waiting ambulance. Paramedics transported her to the hospital. 

At 5:50 a.m., last Monday, the Alameda Fire Department (AFD) responded to the report of a house fire on the 2300 block of Eagle Avenue. When the firefighters arrive, they saw fire coming from the basement and first floor of a single-story home. They learned from bystanders that an elderly man lived at the house and was likely still inside. 


The Alameda Fire Department responded to two fires last week, the first on Central Avenue, the second on Barbers Point Road. They were able to confine the fires to the buildings where they started. The Oakland Fire Department provided mutual aid, covering Alameda’s fire stations, for both fires.

Long retires after almost 30 years

Alameda Fire Department (AFD) Chief Doug Long retired on Friday, Sept. 22. He began his career with AFD on June 16, 1988. He was promoted to lieutenant in 1997, captain in 1999, division chief in 2011, deputy chief in 2014 and chief in 2015.

Long was born and raised in Alameda. He reinstated the AFD Fire Prevention Bureau earlier this year.