The deadline for donating toys to the 2016 Alameda Firefighters Toy Program has been extended to noon on Monday, Dec. 19. The program will ensure that all low-income Alameda families who sign up at the Alameda Food Bank receive age-appropriate holiday toys for their children aged 0 to 12 and gift cards for their youth aged 13 to 16.

This year, the program is especially in need of crafts, sports balls and other items for older children. 


The city of Alameda and the Alameda Fire Department (AFD)recently sent an alert to local businesses and residents about a potential fire inspection scam that has been reported. 

According to AFD Chief Doug Long, inspectors dressed in uniform have entered Alameda businesses, representing themselves as fire inspectors. 

They ask for a signature authorizing them to perform a visual inspection of fire equipment, such as fire alarms and smoke detectors. A few weeks later an invoice is sent to the business for several hundred dollars.


A Tuesday morning fire at a long-shuttered bar on Park Street sparked an Alameda Fire Department (AFD) investigation. The fire broke out at John Patrick’s, an old dive bar at 1813 Park St. 

The fire was reported at 7:59 a.m. AFD spokesperson Capt. Jim Colburn said that firefighters made short work of the blaze, which originated in a debris pile outside the building. The fire spread to three cars parked next to the building. They extinguished it in about 10 minutes. 


Residents of the homes along Jackson Park gathered Tuesday evening, Aug. 5, to celebrate National Night Out. Neighbors have been gathering for this event for 32 years. The concept was established in 1984, when an estimated 2.5 million people gathered in 400 communities. National Night Out is a crime prevention program that emphasizes building partnerships between the police and fire departments and the community. People gather the first Tuesday in August for block parties, cookouts, parades, contests, youth activities and seminars.


Members of the Alameda Fire Department (AFD) won a gold medal for softball at the California Firefighters Olympics (CFO) last Thursday, July 21.

They went a perfect 7-0 in three days of competition on the way to their gold medal. AFD took down firefighters from the Southern Marin Fire Department 19-15 in the gold-medal game at the Twin Creek Sports Complex in Sunnyvale.


Saturday, July 9
Fire responses: 6:37 a.m. 1400 block of San Antonio Avenue, false alarm; 5:20 p.m. 700 block of Atlantic Avenue, no incident found at dispatch address; 5:43 p.m. Central Avenue, request to assist invalid. 


At 9:38 a.m., Monday, June 20, Alameda firefighters were called to a fire at a three-story apartment building in the 2200 block of Santa Clara Avenue. 

According to Alameda Fire Department (AFD) Captain Jim Colburn, firefighters contained the fire to a kitchen in one of the apartments. The fire did not spread beyond the kitchen, and no other apartments in the complex were damaged. No one was injured. 

While the cause of the fire remains under investigation, Colburn said that the fire was caused by unattended food cooking on the stove. 



The Alameda Fire Department’s (AFD) Home Safety Program provides services to low-to-moderate income residents over 62 years old and to the disabled of any age. The program provides and installs 10-year maintenance-free’ smoke detectors as well as carbon monoxide detectors, ADA grab bars, handrails in hallways and on interior stairway and raised toilets.

AFD also provides nightlights, flashlights and grab sticks. If you are an Alameda resident call Ruth Ann Crawford at 337-2133 to see if you or your loved one qualifies.


At 12:06 p.m., Tuesday, June 2, a total of 20 Alameda firefighters responded to the report of smoke coming from a building on the 700 block of Lincoln Avenue.  They arrived on scene to find a fire on the second floor of a two-story, four-unit apartment building. 


On Monday, April 11, at 9:49 p.m., 18 firefighters from the Alameda Fire Department (AFD) responded to a house fire on the 400 block of Greenbrier Road. When they arrived on scene crewmembers saw smoke coming from a single-story home. They learned that the occupants had already been evacuated.  

Firefighters entered the home and discovered a back room on fire. Some crewmembers pulled pre-connected hose lines and quickly extinguished the blaze, while others used a power saw and tools on the roof to ventilate the home.