Alameda Fire Department

Richard Davis and his son, Chris, waited with Richard Bennett outside Alameda Fire Department’s long-shuttered Station No. 5 at Alameda Point last Saturday. Something very special was on the way. 


Some Alameda voters have expressed impatience with how “the city” is handling the alleged misbehavior of Vice-Mayor Malia Vella and City Councilmember Jim Oddie in connection with Keimach’s hiring of Fire Chief Edmond Rodriguez. Vella and Oddie reportedly wanted Keimach to hire former Alameda Fire Department Captain Domenick Weaver instead of Rodriguez. 

Saturday, Nov. 25
Two requests to assist invalids: at 1:49 a.m. on Coral Reef Road; and at 5:27 a.m. on Central Avenue. 
Call dispatched and canceled en route: at 6:46 a.m. at the intersection of 18th Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Way in Oakland. 

Emergency medical responses: 7:16 a.m. Westline Drive; 8:45 a.m. Willow Street; 10:27 a.m. Alameda Avenue; 11:41 a.m. Marti Rae Court; 12:41 p.m. Lincoln Avenue; 3:13 p.m. Mecartney Road; 10:01 p.m. Shore Line Drive. 

At 5:50 a.m., last Monday, the Alameda Fire Department (AFD) responded to the report of a house fire on the 2300 block of Eagle Avenue. When the firefighters arrive, they saw fire coming from the basement and first floor of a single-story home. They learned from bystanders that an elderly man lived at the house and was likely still inside. 


SoCal lawyers hired to investigate city manager’s recent accusations

Alameda city officials have hired a Southern California law firm to conduct an investigation to determine whether members of the City Council wrongly interfered with the Alameda fire chief hiring process.

City Attorney Janet Kern confirmed the hiring of Jenkins & Hogin, LLP to conduct the investigation. The investigation is underway and the firm has no deadline. Once the investigation is finished a report will be presented to the Council.


Alameda firefighters Jeff Weidler and Rich Gianuario learned that Santa Rosa native and school teacher Cassie Marie needed help transporting donated items from the her school in the East Bay to those in need in her home town. The firefighters did not hesitate. They loaded their truck and got the wares into the hands of those who really needed them.  



The Alameda Fire Department responded to two fires last week, the first on Central Avenue, the second on Barbers Point Road. They were able to confine the fires to the buildings where they started. The Oakland Fire Department provided mutual aid, covering Alameda’s fire stations, for both fires.

Long retires after almost 30 years

Alameda Fire Department (AFD) Chief Doug Long retired on Friday, Sept. 22. He began his career with AFD on June 16, 1988. He was promoted to lieutenant in 1997, captain in 1999, division chief in 2011, deputy chief in 2014 and chief in 2015.

Long was born and raised in Alameda. He reinstated the AFD Fire Prevention Bureau earlier this year.


Just after midnight last Sunday, Alameda Fire Department (AFD) responded to an apartment fire on the 2500 block of Central Avenue. Upon arrival at 12:12 a.m., fire and smoke could be seen emanating from a first-story apartment, extending to the unit above. 


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.