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.
At 11:29 am, Saturday, March 18, Alameda Fire Department (AFD) received multiple reports of a boat on fire at the Grand Marina in the Oakland Estuary at the northern foot of Grand Street. Twenty-two firefighters responded with apparatus that included a fireboat. When they arrived they saw heavy fire coming from a docked boat. The fire had spread to two neighboring vessels. They employed multiple hose lines to quickly extinguish the fire.
Restaurant owner, 92, says this will only make her stronger
Faith Akiko Yamato will celebrate her 93rd birthday in March. Instead of looking forward to the occasion, though, she will be spending her time helping rebuild Kamakura restaurant that she’s owned since 1981.