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.


A University of California San Francisco’s (UCSF) Healthforce Center report gave a complimentary evaluation of California’s Community Paramedicine Pilot Project. The two-year project enlisted 13 local and county Emergency Medical Service (EMS) agencies to “allocate personnel to provide safe, effective and cost-efficient services outside of their traditional role where access to care may be limited,” according to the project’s press release. 

The project chose a county and the county chose the agency. Alameda County chose the Alameda Fire Department (AFD). 


The Alameda City Council voted to adopt a resolution and a recommendation that would revitalize the Alameda Fire Department’s (AFD) Fire Prevention Bureau at its April 18 meeting. 

The resolution will add three new positions to the bureau. The recommendation will authorize the purchase of three new Ford Police Interceptor utility vehicles and miscellaneous equipment such as office chairs, desks, computers, cell phones and more.


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 stairways 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.


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.