Alameda Fire Department

Alameda Fire Department The Alameda Fire Department provides fire, rescue and EMS service for the City of Alameda. The Alameda Fire Department is comprised of dedicated professionals assigned to five divisions structured to meet the needs of the community and the Department.

The Administrative, Operations, Emergency Medical Services, Training and Prevention divisions are prepared to ensure day-to-day readiness in all areas of responsibility. The Fire Chief provides leadership and support for the effective, efficient delivery of these services.

Operating as usual

12/16/2021

The Alameda C.A.R.E. Team goes “In-Service” Today.

Thank you to @nbcbayarea for covering this story.
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The City of Alameda is pleased to announce that it is launching a different way of responding to calls for service involving individuals experiencing a mental health crisis. Starting today, December 16, the Alameda CARE Team (Community Assessment Response & Engagement), led by your Alameda Fire Department (AFD), will provide a 24/7 alternative response to nonviolent, noncriminal individuals facing a mental health crisis.

If you are experiencing an emergency, always call 911.

If you are in crisis or see someone who may be in crisis, call 911 or call 510-337-8340 and ask for the CARE Team to respond.

When the CARE Team is dispatched, first responders will arrive in a low-profile program-branded vehicle outfitted for this work. The CARE Team will triage and assess clients in order to assist them with navigating the best path forward in obtaining needed services.

(**Although named the same, the Alameda Fire Department cannot speak on behalf of the City of Antioch’s program.**)

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12/10/2021

A recent traffic accident causes a unique stabilization situation.

Cress from Fire Station 1 were able to stabilize a vehicle that ended up resting on a US Postal service truck.

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Annual Hose Testing has begun! @alamedafirefighters689 spent the morning service testing our fire hose. This test occurs...
12/08/2021

Annual Hose Testing has begun!

@alamedafirefighters689 spent the morning service testing our fire hose. This test occurs every year to all fire hose to ensure it is ready to be deployed when needed.

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This is what it looks like having two brothers protect the same city! Meet the Martin brothers…. After a recent call for...
11/23/2021

This is what it looks like having two brothers protect the same city!

Meet the Martin brothers…. After a recent call for service, they had to opportunity to capture the moment.

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This is what it looks like having two brothers protect the same city!

Meet the Martin brothers…. After a recent call for service, they had to opportunity to capture the moment.

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A message sent today-“As the son of an Army veteran who graduated West Point and served in the Korean War, I have the ut...
11/11/2021

A message sent today-

“As the son of an Army veteran who graduated West Point and served in the Korean War, I have the utmost respect for all who have ensured our safety, freedom, and democracy. Your commitment to your country is truly appreciated by your fellow AFD family members and your fellow Americans.

AFD veterans, THANK YOU for serving. Your sacrifice is very much appreciated. If you are not a veteran, please take a moment today to thank a veteran in your life.”

Duty-Honor-Country

Nick Luby
Chief of Department
City of Alameda

Photos in order:

Firefighter Nathan Beck
United States Air Force

Firefighter Cody Boudwin
United States Marine Corps

Firefighter Sean Burger
United States Marine Corps

Firefighter Gustavo Lopez
United States Navy

Academy Recruit Cole McGowan
United States Marine Corps

Academy Recruit Brandt Kail
United States Army

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Daylight Saving Time ends on Sunday, November 7. Checking smoke alarms (and carbon monoxide detectors) when changing you...
11/05/2021

Daylight Saving Time ends on Sunday, November 7. Checking smoke alarms (and carbon monoxide detectors) when changing your clocks can save lives and property.

Here are a few tips to remember:

•Install smoke alarms inside each bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement.

•On levels without bedrooms, install alarms in the living room (or den or family room) or near the stairway to the upper level, or in both locations.

•Smoke alarms installed in the basement should be installed on the ceiling at the bottom of the stairs leading to the next level.
Smoke alarms should be installed at least 10 feet (3 meters) from a cooking appliance to minimize false alarms when cooking.

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Daylight Saving Time ends on Sunday, November 7. Checking smoke alarms (and carbon monoxide detectors) when changing your clocks can save lives and property.

Here are a few tips to remember:

•Install smoke alarms inside each bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement.

•On levels without bedrooms, install alarms in the living room (or den or family room) or near the stairway to the upper level, or in both locations.

•Smoke alarms installed in the basement should be installed on the ceiling at the bottom of the stairs leading to the next level.
Smoke alarms should be installed at least 10 feet (3 meters) from a cooking appliance to minimize false alarms when cooking.

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10/28/2021

Thank you to all our First Responders!

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B-shift Truck 1 had an assist to the United States Coast Guard, Station Alameda during their shift. The @uscg called nee...
10/23/2021

B-shift Truck 1 had an assist to the United States Coast Guard, Station Alameda during their shift. The @uscg called needing help with a flag that became entangled due to the recent weather.

The next day, Truck 1 found a building with difficult ladder access, but also used an adjacent parking lot to make the roof!

Please stop and say hi to our crews if you see them out training. These opportunities to train provide excellent opportunities for crews to be prepared when time matters.

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10/22/2021

The 5 o’clock hour came with multiple calls for service today. A power outage in the #westend resulted in calls from elevator rescues, to building fire alarms.

During this time, crews also responded to a Residential Fire that was reported in the 1600 Block of Central Ave.

Due to multiple calls for service, the @oaklandfireca department responded with mutual aid to assist at the fire. No injuries were reported at the scene.

Thank you to @oaklandfirefighters for your assistance this evening .

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During a recent annual Fire Safety Inspection, crews identified a building where laddering the dwelling might be an issu...
10/21/2021

During a recent annual Fire Safety Inspection, crews identified a building where laddering the dwelling might be an issue from the front.

Crews were able to identify a spot using an adjacent parking lot to make ladder/roof access.

These kinds of pre-plans help train and identify members of “outside the box” opportunities in order to achieve the mission.

Fire Safety Inspections are completed on R-2 Multi-Family dwellings, and provide great opportunities for our crews to learn building layout prior to an emergency.

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Please join us in welcoming Fire Chief Nick Luby and family to Alameda! Chief Luby comes to the Alameda Fire Department ...
10/18/2021

Please join us in welcoming Fire Chief Nick Luby and family to Alameda!

Chief Luby comes to the Alameda Fire Department with 23 years of fire service experience, most recently as the Deputy Chief of Operations with the Oakland Fire Department, where he served for 21 years.

These photos are from his swearing-in ceremony on Thursday, October 14, and today is his first day -- welcome Chief!

#ALA_C1_In_Service!

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Just before 4:00am, the @alamedacityfire Department responded to a one alarm fire in a two-story attached condominium, i...
09/28/2021

Just before 4:00am, the @alamedacityfire Department responded to a one alarm fire in a two-story attached condominium, in the 1000 block of Verdemar Drive, on Bay Farm Island.

The fire was located and contained to the first floor, with smoke damage throughout the entire residence.

No community members or @alamedafirefighters689 were injured during the incident, and the American Red Cross responded to assist the occupants.

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Just before 4:00am, the @alamedacityfire Department responded to a one alarm fire in a two-story attached condominium, in the 1000 block of Verdemar Drive, on Bay Farm Island.

The fire was located and contained to the first floor, with smoke damage throughout the entire residence.

No community members or @alamedafirefighters689 were injured during the incident, and the American Red Cross responded to assist the occupants.

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Today City Manager Eric Levitt announced the selection of Nicholas “Nick” Luby as the City of Alameda’s next Fire Chief,...
09/15/2021

Today City Manager Eric Levitt announced the selection of Nicholas “Nick” Luby as the City of Alameda’s next Fire Chief, effective October 18. Chief Luby will come to Alameda with 23 years of fire service experience, most recently as the Deputy Chief of Operations with the Oakland Fire Department, where he has served for 21 years.

“I’m excited that incoming Chief Luby will be joining the City of Alameda as our Fire Chief. He has extensive experience in fire service and is a trusted leader. I believe he’ll bring strong leadership skills to the Alameda Fire Department,” stated City Manager Eric Levitt.

Chief Luby has served as an Emergency Medical Technician, Paramedic, trained boat operator, and Swiftwater Rescue Technician. He was an active participant in the City of Oakland’s Reimagining Public Safety Task Force, is the former President of the Alameda County Fire Chiefs Association – Operations Section, and has served as the Northern California Representative for CalChiefs’ Operations Section.

“I am very excited to join the Alameda team and utilize my 23 years of experience to support and advance the Alameda Fire Department and the greater Alameda community,” said Chief Luby. “As Fire Chief, I’ll work to ensure that we are unwavering in our responsibility to professionally serve our community 24/7/365.”

As we welcome incoming Fire Chief Nick Luby to Alameda, we want to thank Interim Fire Chief Rick Zombeck, who has served in this position since the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020. Chief Zombeck’s emergency management experience was critical to the City’s ability to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. We wish Chief Zombeck all the best in his well-deserved retirement.

Today City Manager Eric Levitt announced the selection of Nicholas “Nick” Luby as the City of Alameda’s next Fire Chief, effective October 18. Chief Luby will come to Alameda with 23 years of fire service experience, most recently as the Deputy Chief of Operations with the Oakland Fire Department, where he has served for 21 years.

“I’m excited that incoming Chief Luby will be joining the City of Alameda as our Fire Chief. He has extensive experience in fire service and is a trusted leader. I believe he’ll bring strong leadership skills to the Alameda Fire Department,” stated City Manager Eric Levitt.

Chief Luby has served as an Emergency Medical Technician, Paramedic, trained boat operator, and Swiftwater Rescue Technician. He was an active participant in the City of Oakland’s Reimagining Public Safety Task Force, is the former President of the Alameda County Fire Chiefs Association – Operations Section, and has served as the Northern California Representative for CalChiefs’ Operations Section.

“I am very excited to join the Alameda team and utilize my 23 years of experience to support and advance the Alameda Fire Department and the greater Alameda community,” said Chief Luby. “As Fire Chief, I’ll work to ensure that we are unwavering in our responsibility to professionally serve our community 24/7/365.”

As we welcome incoming Fire Chief Nick Luby to Alameda, we want to thank Interim Fire Chief Rick Zombeck, who has served in this position since the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020. Chief Zombeck’s emergency management experience was critical to the City’s ability to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. We wish Chief Zombeck all the best in his well-deserved retirement.

09/11/2021

Saluting our flag while we remember those lost.

#20years_not_forgotten

On this day 20 years ago246 people were in preparation for their morning flights. 2,606 people were in preparation for w...
09/11/2021

On this day 20 years ago

246 people were in preparation for their morning flights.

2,606 people were in preparation for work.

343 firefighters were at or on there way to a firehouse

60 police officers were in preparation for morning patrol.

8 paramedics were preparing for the morning shift.

NEVER FORGET...ALWAYS REMEMBER

On this day 20 years ago

246 people were in preparation for their morning flights.

2,606 people were in preparation for work.

343 firefighters were at or on there way to a firehouse

60 police officers were in preparation for morning patrol.

8 paramedics were preparing for the morning shift.

NEVER FORGET...ALWAYS REMEMBER

On this day 20 years ago246 people were in preparation for their morning flights. 2,606 people were in preparation for w...
09/11/2021

On this day 20 years ago

246 people were in preparation for their morning flights.

2,606 people were in preparation for work.

343 firefighters were at or on there way to a firehouse

60 police officers were in preparation for morning patrol.

8 paramedics were preparing for the morning shift.

NEVER FORGET...ALWAYS REMEMBER

On this day 20 years ago

246 people were in preparation for their morning flights.

2,606 people were in preparation for work.

343 firefighters were at or on there way to a firehouse

60 police officers were in preparation for morning patrol.

8 paramedics were preparing for the morning shift.

NEVER FORGET...ALWAYS REMEMBER

@cal_oes Engine 409 is back on the Island, and available.53 days, 2 states, 4 counties, & 12 different members later, En...
09/06/2021

@cal_oes Engine 409 is back on the Island, and available.

53 days, 2 states, 4 counties, & 12 different members later, Engine 409 returned to Alameda yesterday, 09/05/2021.

In addition to our Wildland Deployment, 1 member was sent with @oaklandusar4 as part of a @fema deployment to Hurricane Ida. 46 members of the Task Force were sent to Louisiana to assist with search and rescue, one of those being an Alameda Firefighter.

The Alameda Fire Department is proud to send Mutual Aid to those in need, knowing there will come a day, we might need it!

All members are doing well, and are ready for the next call.

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#OES_2800A with @cal_oes Engine 409 remains committed to the #Monument_Fire located on the Shasta_Trinity National Forre...
08/19/2021

#OES_2800A with @cal_oes Engine 409 remains committed to the #Monument_Fire located on the Shasta_Trinity National Forrest.

Alameda crew members are coming off the line today for a rest period.

To date, the Monument Fire has burned 128,613 acres, and is only 10% contained.

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***Crew Swap***Yesterday, four Alameda Firefighters returned home, and four new members staffed @cal_oes Engine 409. Ple...
08/12/2021

***Crew Swap***

Yesterday, four Alameda Firefighters returned home, and four new members staffed @cal_oes Engine 409.

Please welcome home those in the first picture, and a safe trip for the members in the second photo.

Engine 409 is still assigned to the #monument_fire located in the Shasta Trinity National Forrest.

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@alamedafirefighters689 remain committed to out of city mutual aid. @cal_oes Engine 409 is currently assigned to the #mo...
08/10/2021

@alamedafirefighters689 remain committed to out of city mutual aid. @cal_oes Engine 409 is currently assigned to the #monument_fire located on the Shasta-Trinity National Forrest. The fire has burned over 50,000 acres, and at last report, was 3% contained.

Tomorrow, Alameda Fire crews will swap after being gone for 14 days. In total, Engine 409 has been gone nearly a month assisting with California Wildfires.

All crew members are doing well, and all stations remain open, and fully staffed.

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1300 Park St
Alameda, CA
94501

General information

The fire station deployment and firefighter (FF) staffing is as follows: Station 1: Engine, Ladder Truck, Ambulance and the Duty Chief (9 FF on duty) Station 2: Engine, Ladder Truck, Ambulance (8 FF on duty) Station 3: Engine (3 FF on duty) Station 4: Engine, Ambulance (5 FF on duty) The department also cross-staffs two "Zodiac" water rescue boats (Stations 1 and 2), a Fire Boat and a Rescue vehicle (Station 4).

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(510) 337-2100

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We are so excited about this partnership between the City of Alameda, the Alameda Fire Department and Alameda Family Services. Thank you so much Assemblymember Mia Bonta for coming and supporting us in our celebration of community partnerships last month at Trabocco. 1/7 Celebration of Community Partnerships #alamedafamilyservices
For our Alameda community: Happy Friday everyone! Sharing this valuable community information on behalf of Alameda Fire Department. If you or anyone you know needs assistance for the holidays please share or click the application link below. Welcome to the 2021 Alameda Firefighters’ Toy Program! Health and safety protocols necessitated by COVID 19 make it impossible for toys to be collected and distributed. This year gift cards will be safely distributed to eligible low-income Alameda residents. Families who participate in the following programs are eligible and encouraged to complete the online application (below). These programs and services include Alameda Food Bank, Alameda Head Start, Woodstock Child Development Center, residents of Alameda Point Collaborative, and residents of Alameda Housing Authority Properties. Applications will be taken until December 10 or until 1500eligible children are registered. Click the link below for the application. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2021AlamedaToysENGLISH Bienvenido al Programa de juguetes para bomberos de Alameda 2021! Los protocolos de salud y seguridad requeridos por COVID 19 hacen que sea imposible recolectar y distribuir juguetes. Este año, las tarjetas de regalo se distribuirán de manera segura a los residentes de Alameda que califiquen. Se anima a las familias que participan en los siguientes programas a completar la solicitud en línea. Estos programas y servicios incluyen Alameda Food Bank, Alameda Head Start, Woodstock Child Development Center y residentes de Alameda Point Collaborative y Alameda Housing Authority. Las solicitudes se tomarán hasta el 10 de diciembre o hasta que se registren 1500 niños elegibles. Haga clic en el enlace de abajo para la aplicación https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2021AlamedaToysSPANISH 欢迎来到2021年阿拉米达市消防队员玩具计划!. 在疫情期間,公共健康安全的需求,今年我們不能収集兒童玩具禮品並送到家中。但我們仍為低收的阿拉米達市的居民兒童分發禮物咭。請在網上填申請表格。這計劃由阿拉米達市消防員与以下服務機構合作:Alameda Food Bank, Alameda Head Start, Woodstock Child Development Center, residents of Alameda Point Collaborative, and residents of Alameda Housing Authority Properties. 截止日期: 十二月十日, 或至有1500 付合資格兒童登記。单击下面的链接以获得应用程序 https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2021AlamedaToysCHINESE
Team Kelly Lux will match donations to the Alameda Firefighters Toy Drive: The Alameda firefighters will be personally presenting $35 Target gift cards to underserved children this year in lieu of toys. Your donations of $35 gift cards to Target or cash or checks in any amount can be dropped off at our office and will be matched up to $2,000. The deadline is December 17. Checks should be made payable to Alameda Firefighter Toy Program or AFTP. Our office is located at 2221 Harbor Bay Parkway, Bay Farm Island. Thank you for helping to make it a magical holiday for kids. Alameda Fire Department
More than 1.5 million people have been trained to save lives with STOP THE BLEED. AC EMS and local trauma centers offer classes. Learn more: http://ow.ly/wM0Y50GHIVe @AlCoEMS @FalckAlCo Fremont Fire Department Alameda Fire Department https://youtu.be/iqn5D-cIJ7k
The Alameda Fire Department Safety Program is a free program providing much needed services to low-to-moderate income residents over the age of 62 and persons with disabilities of any age. The Program installs 10-year non-tamperable smoke and carbon monoxide detectors as well as ADA grab bars and interior handrails. Free nightlights, flashlights and grab sticks are offered as well. Thank you for all that you do and we are so proud that you are part of our #CDSCommunity! If your organization uses our services and you want your organization to be highlighted, tag us City Data Services, use our #CDSCommunity tag, or email us! - #CityDataServices #GrantandLoanManagement, #CDBG, #HOME, #EconomicDevelopment, #SmartCities, #SmartCounties #PublicServicesManagement, #AffordableHousingManagement, #RemoteGrantManagement, #NonProfitGrants, #NonProfitLoanManagement, #HUDreporting, #IDISReporting, #LoanManagement,#ApplicationManagement, #RemoteReporting #Reports, #Applications, #HousingMonitoring, #Compliance, #PortfolioManagement,#DataManagement, #CDBGManagementSoftware, #DataManagementSoftware
Just because you work for the fire department doesn't mean you get to ride my a** from Webster to grand I was going the speed limit, 25 mph. You were in the work truck and could probably read my t-shirt you were so close.
A note from Katherine Schwartz, Executive Director of Alameda Family Services: On September 21, 2021 Alameda City Council took a historic step forward on the City of Alameda's path towards finding a compassionate alternative to policing for Alamedans experiencing a mental health crisis. By unanimously approving Alameda Family Services' proposal for crisis mental health services that would partner with the Alameda Fire Department for a 24/7 response to nonviolent and noncriminal emergency calls, the city cemented their commitment to wellbeing and right action. Alameda Family Services is honored and humbled to receive this grant and will act with integrity and dedication in its ongoing efforts to support the community of Alameda. I want to personally thank everyone who came out to support Alameda Family Services both via written correspondence and zoom participation. It was the community support that convinced the council. We could not have done it without you! Thank you.
Re-sharing form Alameda County Public Health Department: As neighboring communities are experiencing fires, please monitor the air quality and protect your health. For health and air quality information, please visit: http://ow.ly/G0kF50FMbDl County of Alameda, CA - Government Alameda Fire Department Alameda County Offices Public Health Department
***CASE UPDATE: Arrest Made in Connection to a Series of Late-Night Arsons** Over the last several months, Alameda Police detectives have been investigating a series of arsons between April 19 and April 20, 2021. These fires included several outdoor fires, a vehicle, and a building located at Little John Park. After dedicated police work, detectives took an adult male into custody yesterday in connection to the six arsons. We would like to take a moment to thank the Alameda Fire Department for their swift actions taken that evening to ensure surrounding homes and vehicles were not damaged. We'd also like to thank all of the community members who provided tips early into our investigation that assisted in providing critical information that led to yesterday’s arrest. No additional suspects are being sought in connection to these incidents, and the case has been sent to the District Attorney’s Office.
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Alameda Fire Department Home Safety assists eligible seniors and persons with disabilities in making modifications to their residence to ensure a home has fire safety alarms, and helping the individual attain greater mobility and remain safely in their home. The program focuses on their most immediate needs as they relate to improving safety and accessibility. Some modifications include installation of smoke detectors, bathroom grab-bars, wheelchair ramps, and hearing assistance devices. Thank you for all that you do, and we are so proud that you are part of our #CDSCommunity ! If your organization uses our services and you want your organization to be highlighted, tag us City Data Services, use our #CDSCommunity tag, or email us! - #CityDataServices #GrantandLoanManagement, #CDBG, #HOME, #EconomicDevelopment, #SmartCities, #SmartCounties #PublicServicesManagement, #AffordableHousingManagement, #RemoteGrantManagement, #NonProfitGrants, #NonProfitLoanManagement, #HUDreporting, #IDISReporting, #LoanManagement,#ApplicationManagement, #RemoteReporting #Reports, #Applications, #HousingMonitoring, #Compliance, #PortfolioManagement,#DataManagement, #CDBGManagementSoftware, #DataManagementSoftware
Hi! I first want to apologize if I'm wrong about this and want to say that I have always had trust in Alameda Fire Department for the last 23 years of living in Alameda. Always. This letter hopes that they and the city will take a long hard look at a small dirt path that I believe has to be a fire lane on Shorepoint Ct on the right side of the 950 building. I have always assumed that it is a fire lane. It is the width of a truck and is the only access to the back of the buildings. All those buildings. All those apartments from the corner of Shoreline Drive along Westline and around the corner all the way to 950 Shorepoint Ct. Hundreds of people live there. Hundreds. This lane is the only way besides going through the front or on the roof to reach those buildings. Let's concentrate on 950 Shorepoint Ct. There is a narrow, short parking lot in the front that is access to six apartments and the roof to get to the building. To get to the front apartments, you have to go over the security gate. To get to all the back apartments, you use that dirt path. Let's say a big fire starts, and the fire department needs to get in there. A vehicle is blocking the path. Maybe it takes 5 minutes to move it. It doesn't seem like a lot of time, but what can fire do in 5 minutes? How long does it take for someone to die of smoke inhalation? It sounds dramatic because it is. How long did it take for that fire on Westline Drive to go from a small fire in a heater to three alarms and 60 firefighters? What was the cost? What if it happened in the middle of the night? https://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2011/12/17/no-injuries-in-fast-moving-alameda-3-alarm-fire/ https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2011/12/22/fire-causes-1-5-million-in-damage-at-alameda-apartment-complex/ Also, lots of people are under the impression that when the fire alarm goes off, it signals the fire department. It does not. How many people know that it doesn't but think someone else will call or are afraid of calling 911 (believe it or not, some people do)? How many minutes are lost there? What happens if the best way to reach those apartments is blocked? Over the years, there has been a chain that is supposed to go across the lane. Sometimes it's there. Sometimes it isn't. There is no severe signage informing people not to park there. A white abatement truck is blocking the lane as I type this. The company that owns all the dark grey apartments in that area is doing remodeling, and every time I look out my window for the past two weeks, a truck is parked there. I called the property manager's office (corner of Shorepoint & Westline) and explained how important it was not to block it. She said she understood, and nothing happened. I told the abatement company yesterday morning, and they said okay, and this morning went back to parking there. They have video cameras if they deny this. Take a look. This isn't the first time the path is blocked unless you do something permanent; it won't be the last. If I'm right about the seriousness of this, there should be permanent signage about what this lane is and the ramifications of blocking it. Maybe, the chain should go back up, and maybe when the fire and police departments go down there, they will look to check and see if it's being obeyed. The fire department was here yesterday, but they were busy doing their job. I hoped that they would see that the truck was blocking the lane, but I don't think it's on anyone's radar. Again, if I'm wrong, I'm sorry to bother you, and I still have confidence in the fire department. I'm not going to worry anyone about this anymore. I have to let it go because it is driving me crazy. Hope you all have a good one, Heather Mahan 960 Shorepoint Ct. Alameda, Ca. ps. your email doesn't work. I don't know if this goes public, but I just wanted you and the city to see it.