Yesterday, (October 5, 2015), Alameda Firefighters payed tribute to our brother Louis "Lou" Donati, Jr.
Lou served the citizens of Alameda as a firefighter for 29 years. Prior to working for the Alameda Fire Department, Lou worked as a police officer in Daly City for 10 years. His entire working life was dedicated to serving others.
Lou was the strong, silent type. He didn't say much around the station, but when he spoke, everybody listened. He was a tireless worker, a devoted husband and father, and a man of deep faith.
Over 30 Alameda Firefighters joined in remembering our fallen brother.
Remember Fallen Brothers
Post Contributers: Scott West, Patrick Corder, Alameda Firefighters Facebook
October 1, 2015, is the kick off to Alameda Firefighters wearing pink in support of Cancer Awareness! Firefighters have worn pink for the past few years during the month of October in show of support to raising awareness, and battling cancer!
09-22-15 Update- Firefighters Return Home from Valley Fire
XAL-2004A was released from the Valley Fire yesterday, (09-21-2015). E-501 and crew returned home to Alameda around 8:00pm on 09-21-2015. Alameda Firefighters spent almost 10 days on the frontline of the Valley Fire in Lake County. Welcome home E-501!
E-501 returned to base camp this morning after working another 24 hour shift on the Valley Fire. XAL-2004A has been "mopping up" on the fire. Members will be off the fire line for a 24 hour rest period, and expect to go back on the line tomorrow morning for another 24 hour shift. All members are doing well.
Strike team XAL 2004A will be back on the fire this morning working a 24 hour shift. Alameda Engine 501 will be assigned to Branch 3, Divison "E". The four members will be working in the Hidden Valley area.
XAL-2004A Stages prior to receiving the days assignment.
E-501 gets its morning check prior to going back out the the Valley Fire.
Fire Captain Richard Murray Retires after 28 years of service
Local 689 would like to congratulate Fire Captain Richard Murray on his retirement. Captain Murray retired yesterday (09/18/15) after 28 years of service.
Richard was an active Local 689 member and participant during his career. He served as the Good and Welfare Committee Chairperson and established the Youth Recognition Award, which was endorsed by the California Professional Firefighters Association. He has been instrumental in the continued success of the annual Pancake Breakfast, an important fundraiser for the Burn Foundation and various local charities.
Congratulations on your Retirement Rick!
Pictured above: Left: Fire Chief Doug Long, Center: Retired AO Dennis Brody, Right: Fire Captain Rick Murray
This morning (09/05/15), at 5:55 am, the Alameda Fire Department (AFD) responded to the report of a residential structure fire on the 1000 block of Via Bahia (Bay Farm Island). Upon arrival, fire crews found a fully involved detached garage. All residents were accounted for and safely outside.
Firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the fire, confining it to the garage. There was no damage to the nearby residential unit.
An AFD Fire Investigator is working to determine the cause and origin. The garage sustained severe damage, resulting in a roof and wall collapse. There was moderate damage to an adjoining garage. There were no reports of injuries. A total of 20 firefighters responded.
Alameda Firefighters responded to the report of a commercial structure fire at 1800 Ferry Point. The response consisted of 4 engines, 2 ladder trucks, 2 medical units and a Shift Division Chief. Upon arrival, fire crews found fire on outside wall of structure. After forcible entry into the building, additional fire was coming out of the interior common wall. Fire was contained to this wall from the help of the sprinkler system. Crews extinguished and overhauled wall fire within 30 minutes. Fire damage to building is moderate. There is significant water damage to inside of building due to activation of sprinkler system.
During this period, there were multiple small outside fires within a 4 block radius. All were handled by AFD single engine companies. APD was on scene assisting AFD by patrolling the area. Oakland Fire covered the fire stations for additional 911 calls.
These fires are of suspicious nature and are currently being investigated by Alameda Investigators.