Alameda Fire Department

 

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. 

 

A small vegetation fire on the former Belt Line Railroad property brought 15 firefighters to the scene at 9:26 p.m. Monday night. According to Alameda Fire Department Captain Jim Colburn, the fire affected an area of 4-foot-tall grass measuring 60 by 60 to 100 by 100 feet. Firefighters accessed the flames via Atlantic Avenue as shown above. No one was injured and no source was found for the fire. Plans are currently underway to redevelop the long-disused railroad property into the Jean Sweeney Open Space Park. 

 

At 12:13 am, Wednesday, July 20, Alameda Fire (AFD) responded to a report of a fire at Allsafe Self-Storage at 1 Singleton Ave. Firefighters arrived on scene to find heavy smoke and fire coming from inside a single-story row of 32 connected storage units. They pulled several hose lines and attacked the fire and used saws and tools to force entry and ventilate the building. 

 

An early morning fire last Friday displaced a resident and injured an Alameda Fire Department (AFD) firefighter. The first alarm sounded at 12:25 a.m. The size of the fire prompted crewmembers to quickly sound a second alarm, bringing all on-duty firefighters to the two-story home on the 1500 block of Fountain Street. The home’s occupant had been safely evacuated. 

Crewmembers from the Alameda Fire Department (AFD) rescued a distressed kite surfer in the waters off Shore Line Drive last Saturday. A crew in an East Bay Regional Parks District helicopter assisted in the rescue.  

AFD dispatch received a report of the distressed kite surfer at 5:23 pm. When they arrived on scene, AFD firefighters located the surfer about one-half mile from the shore. They deployed Rescue Boat No. 1, and one of the department’s rescue swimmers reached the kite surfer and helped her to shore. There were no injuries in the rescue.

 

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.

 

Recently, the Alameda Fire Department (AFD) has been responding to an increased number of carbon-monoxide (CO) calls. Residents hear their CO alarms beeping and call AFD, which responds “Code 3” with lights and sirens. Firefighters quickly check their homes with monitoring equipment to ensure that CO levels are safe. 

Once AFD is certain there is no imminent danger, firefighters then check the homes’ CO alarms. Sometimes the batteries simply need replacing but — more often than not — the whole unit is in need of replacement.

I work part-time as the Senior Safety Program Coordinator for the Alameda Fire Department (AFD). This program provides free smoke and carbon-monoxide alarms and safety modifications to qualified seniors living in Alameda. In this job I get to drive the streets of Alameda a lot. One of my favorite things about this city is the historic signage.

Alameda Fire Department’s Senior Safety and Accessibility 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. AFD recently expanded the program to include small ramps.

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