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.


Just after midnight last Sunday, Alameda Fire Department (AFD) responded to an apartment fire on the 2500 block of Central Avenue. Upon arrival at 12:12 a.m., fire and smoke could be seen emanating from a first-story apartment, extending to the unit above. 

Saturday, July 29

Three false alarms, maliciously set: at 6 a.m. and 7:01 a.m. on the 1100 block of Harbor Bay Parkway; and at 3:59 p.m. on the 1200 block of Harbor Bay.  
Call dispatched and canceled en route: at 6:18 p.m. on the 1800 block of Clement Avenue. 

Outdoor rubbish fire: at 7:23 p.m. on the 1800 block of Poggi Street. 

Service call, unspecified: at 7:26 p.m. on Wellfleet Bay. 

Nothing found at dispatch address: at 11:35 p.m. on the 900 block of Park Street. 


The Alameda Fire Department’s (AFD) Home Safety Program provides much-needed services to low-to-moderate income residents older than 62 and to the disabled of any age. The program provides and installs the newly required 10-year-maintenance-free smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

The program can also provide and install grab bars, handrails and raised toilets. Safety items including nightlights, flashlights and grab sticks are also available. Alameda residents may call Maria Young at 337-2133 to qualify for the program.


According to officials with the Alameda Fire Department, Alameda’s new Fire Station No. 3 is staffed and has been in operation since the department moved in on June 14. A grand opening celebration is currently in the works. The adjoining Emergency Operations Center interior remains under construction.


16 rowers get stuck on estuary shore

A Coast Guard rescue swimmer teamed up with a crew from an Alameda Fire Department (AFD) rescue boat to assist 16 Dragon Boat rowers to safety last Saturday. The rowers’ vessel took on water and ran aground some 50 yards north of Coast Guard Island. 

Around 11:30 a.m., AFD crewmembers notified the Coast Guard that they noticed the Dragon Boat aground off the north side of Coast Guard Island. AFD informed the Coast Guard that the water was too shallow for its rescue boat to approach the grounded boat. 


At 6:19 p.m. on Friday, June 3, the Alameda Fire Department responded to an apartment fire on the 500 block of Pacific Avenue.  

When crews arrived, they found smoke coming from a second-story apartment.  Firefighters forced entry and pulled pre-connected hose lines into the apartment. 

They quickly extinguished the fire, confining it to one unit. Fire damage was limited to the kitchen and living room. However, heat and smoke significantly damaged the rest of the apartment. There were no injuries.  A total of 18 firefighters responded. 


Sunday, April 23
Fire responses: Request to assist invalid: at 8:23 a.m. on Shepardson Lane. 
Special outdoor fire: at 4:19 p.m. on Killarney Place. 
Request for assistance from non-governmental agency: at 5:01 p.m. on 1200 block of Sherman Street. 
Call dispatched and canceled en route: at 7:18 p.m. at the intersection of Shore Line Drive and Westline Drive. 


Monday, April 17
Three false alarms, unintentionally set: at 9:28 a.m. on the 500 block of Buena Vista Avenue; at 9:40 a.m. on the 900 block of Shorepoint Court; and at 11:41 p.m. on the 2800 block of Harbor Bay Parkway.
Two false alarms, unspecified, at commercial properties: at 9:44 a.m. on the 2200 block of Orion Street; and at 10:55 p.m. on the 1500 block of Ferry Point.
Call dispatched and canceled en route: at 11:16 a.m. on the 2400 block of Monarch Street.