Alameda Fire Department


At 9:38 a.m., Monday, June 20, Alameda firefighters were called to a fire at a three-story apartment building in the 2200 block of Santa Clara Avenue. 

According to Alameda Fire Department (AFD) Captain Jim Colburn, firefighters contained the fire to a kitchen in one of the apartments. The fire did not spread beyond the kitchen, and no other apartments in the complex were damaged. No one was injured. 

While the cause of the fire remains under investigation, Colburn said that the fire was caused by unattended food cooking on the stove. 



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 stairway 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.


At 12:06 p.m., Tuesday, June 2, a total of 20 Alameda firefighters responded to the report of smoke coming from a building on the 700 block of Lincoln Avenue.  They arrived on scene to find a fire on the second floor of a two-story, four-unit apartment building. 


On Monday, April 11, at 9:49 p.m., 18 firefighters from the Alameda Fire Department (AFD) responded to a house fire on the 400 block of Greenbrier Road. When they arrived on scene crewmembers saw smoke coming from a single-story home. They learned that the occupants had already been evacuated.  

Firefighters entered the home and discovered a back room on fire. Some crewmembers pulled pre-connected hose lines and quickly extinguished the blaze, while others used a power saw and tools on the roof to ventilate the home. 

At a screening of the documentary film Shallow Waters, The Public Death of Raymond Zack, last Sunday, Alamedans struggled with the import of a particularly unfortunate turn of events that resulted in the death of Alameda resident Raymond Zack in 2010. 

Zack succumbed to hypothermia after several hours in the bay waters off Shore Line Drive near Willow Street. First responders, limited by budget and training restrictions, damaged water-rescue equipment and convoluted communications did not act to bring Zack back to shore in time to save him. 

Crews from Alten Construction company are currently at work on the site of the city’s new Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and Fire Station No. 3 near the intersection of Grand Street and Buena Vista Avenue.
According to the Public Works Department, environmental concerns delayed the project by four months, now estimated to be completed by October 2016. The council approved funding for the project in May. 

Sunday, May 3

Emergency medical responses: 12:12 a.m. Park Avenue; 1:39 a.m. Park Street; 4:06 a.m. Willow Street; 8:11 a.m. Webster Street; 12:52 p.m. Westline Drive; 1:45 p.m. Mariner Square Drive; 2:32 p.m. Taylor Avenue; 3:16 p.m. Aughinbaugh Way; 3:44 p.m. Shore Line Drive; 4:46 p.m. Stardust Place; 10:09 p.m. Blanding Avenue; 10:59 p.m. Corpus Christi Road.

Fire response: 7:49 a.m. 200 block of Packet Landing Road, commercial fire alarm. 

Monday, May 4

Monday, April 27

Emergency medical responses: 1:20 a.m. La Cresta; 5:06 a.m. Central Avenue; 8:34 a.m. Rock Isle; 11:58 a.m. College Avenue; 12:40 p.m. Clinton Avenue; 1:38 p.m. Garden Road; 2:15 p.m. Fifth Street; 6:07 p.m. Central; 6:08 p.m. Webster Street; 6:46 p.m. Neptune Gardens Avenue; 6:51 p.m. Mariner Square Drive; 7:16 p.m. Buena Vista Avenue; 7:28 p.m. Eastshore Drive; 9:42 p.m. Broadway.

Monday, Feb. 16

Emergency medical responses: 12:01 a.m. Encinal Avenue; 8:12 a.m. Central Avenue; 8:46 a.m. Santa Clara Avenue; 8:55 a.m. Otis Drive; 10:36 a.m. Harbor Bay Parkway; 11:37 a.m. South Shore Center; 1:17 p.m. Eastshore Drive; 1:48 p.m. Otis; 2:21 p.m. Blanding Avenue; 2:47 p.m. Waterton Street; 4:29 p.m. San Antonio Avenue; 4:59 p.m. Taylor Avenue; 6:49 p.m. Pearl Street; 8:03 p.m. Webster Street; 9:58 p.m. Webster.

At 9:42 a.m. last Sunday Alameda Fire Department (AFD) received the report of a fire at an apartment complex on the 2400 block of Shore Line Drive. Firefighters arrived four minutes later to find a fire burning inside a utility room at the rear of the large, three-story building. The rapid spread of smoke to the second and third floors prompted the call for additional AFD companies; 23 firefighters responded.