Ten members of the Alameda Fire Department spent weeks on the fire lines in both Northern and Southern California. Their colleagues recently welcomed them home.
On Thursday, Nov. 8, two Alameda fire engine companies — Engine 501 and Office of Emergency Services (OES) Engine 296 — responded to the Camp Fire in Butte County as part of Strike Team OES 2870C. The following day, Alameda firefighters headed to Southern California aboard AFD’s Water Tender 2 as part of XAL Task Force 2014 to assist in fighting the Woolsey Fire that burned in both Ventura and Los Angeles counties.
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.
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.
Two teens lose their lives; speeding likely played a role
A motor-vehicle accident on Park Street at Lincoln Avenue has taken the lives two teenagers. A truck with seven people aboard collided with a minivan just after 8 a.m. on Memorial Day. According to witnesses, the truck was speeding southbound on Park Street when it clipped the front of the minivan at Lincoln Avenue. One witness recalled the truck going so fast the it went airborne as it crossed the Park Street Bridge.
Two people suffered injuries when a residential fire engulfed a home on the 1600 block of Lincoln Avenue last Friday, March 31.
Alameda Fire Department (AFD) crews arrived at the scene at 11:32 p.m. They were met with a large blaze and smoke escaping the residence and filling the air. Three occupants: an adult male and female, and a juvenile female, were able to exit the building before fire crews arrived.
The two adults reported minor injuries. They were treated at the scene.