Oakland Fire Department

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Hope for the best, Train for the worst. High Angle Rescue Training exercises at the Port of Oakland ensure that OFD is a...
11/21/2023

Hope for the best, Train for the worst. High Angle Rescue Training exercises at the Port of Oakland ensure that OFD is always ready to respond safely and effectively if someone is trapped or injured in an elevated structure and needs to be rescued.

“It is with heavy hearts and a sense of remembrance that we take a moment today to commemorate the third anniversary of ...
11/16/2023

“It is with heavy hearts and a sense of remembrance that we take a moment today to commemorate the third anniversary of the passing of our colleague and friend, Sean Laffan.

"Assistant Chief Laffan left an indelible mark on the Oakland Fire Department during his 20 year career, embodying the values of compassion and commitment throughout his dedicated service.”

-- Oakland Fire Chief Damon Covington

The stressful conditions fire and emergency medical services (EMS) responders endure are getting more attention as alarm...
11/16/2023

The stressful conditions fire and emergency medical services (EMS) responders endure are getting more attention as alarming statistics on responder behavioral health are revealed.

Great to see that Chief Covington is making this a a top priority.

“Oakland really raised me, helped me cut my teeth, realize what it means to give back to my city,” the new fire chief said Monday at his swearing-in ceremony.

The Oakland Fire Department is the recipient of a $100,000  grant to purchase new extrication equipment. Known as the “j...
11/14/2023

The Oakland Fire Department is the recipient of a $100,000 grant to purchase new extrication equipment. Known as the “jaws of life,” first responders use these specialized tools to safely rescue crash victims trapped inside a vehicle.

“This grant will have a significant impact on our ability to protect and serve our community, allowing us to respond even more effectively in times of crisis,” said Oakland Fire Chief Damon Covington. “The funding will pay for modern rescue tools and provide training to first responders that is critical for the care of those injured in crashes.”

Delays in providing care to crash victims impact the “golden hour” of survival, a core principle in the emergency medical services industry. Reducing the time it takes to get to the patient, treat what can be treated, and transport the patient to the hospital helps increase the chance for recovery.

(KRON) – The Oakland Fire Department is the recipient of a $100,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to purchase n…

It was a beautiful day for Damon Covington’s swearing-in as the new Fire Chief for the City of Oakland. Thank you to his...
11/14/2023

It was a beautiful day for Damon Covington’s swearing-in as the new Fire Chief for the City of Oakland.

Thank you to his family for all the love and support you have shown him to get him to this point. The Oakland Fire Department was honored to host an amazing event filled with current and retired members of OFD along with a host of past and present fire and emergency service members from across the region.

Thank you to Mayor Thao, City Administrator Jestin Johnson, leadership from Firefighters Local 55 and our dedicated affinity groups, city council members, and the long list of City of Oakland staff who joined in the celebration today. Your expertise and ongoing support makes a big difference.

Fire safety, emergency preparedness and community resilience isn’t possible without all the community members who work with us to keep neighborhoods, school, and businesses aware and informed. Several of those community advocates were represented today.

Prior to this appointment, Chief Covington served in an array of capacities over his 24 distinguished years with OFD, including, Firefighter-Paramedic, Fire Engineer, Lieutenant of Fire, Captain of Fire, Captain of Training, Battalion Chief, Special Operations Chief, Deputy Fire Chief, and most recently Interim Fire Chief.

Let’s get to work!

11/13/2023

Update —
The incident along HYWY 13 is UNDER CONTROL as of 430PM. Approx 50 prevented the fire from impacting homes and neighborhoods, and No injuries were reported. Cause is under investigation. Thanks to Hand Crews which are providing mutual aid to clear vegetation.

Oakland Fire crews are fighting 4 (four) vegetation fires along HYwY 13 between Redwood Rd and Joaquin Miller Rd. At this time, no homes or structures are threatened.

We are all learners, doers and teachers. Last weekend, several of our own OFD members participated in the 2023 Women & F...
11/02/2023

We are all learners, doers and teachers.

Last weekend, several of our own OFD members participated in the 2023 Women & Fire event hosted by Alameda County Fire Department. The weekend training and mentoring event provided approximately 80 firefighters and volunteers from different 30 jurisdictions and experience levels a chance meet and learn from one another so that they can effectively train others and develop the next generation of firefighters behind them. Thanks to the Town Firefighters organization leaders which continue to spearhead efforts to increase access, opportunity and professional development for women and non-binary firefighters!

Each Year, the Dia de Los Mu***os alter designed and created by the Oakland Latino Firefighters Association gets better ...
10/30/2023

Each Year, the Dia de Los Mu***os alter designed and created by the Oakland Latino Firefighters Association gets better and better; and this 2023 version was no exception. Credit to our dedicated personnel who volunteer year after year to support this beautiful family-friendly event in Fruitvale, and create an alter that reflects the department, community, the culture and tradition.

10/28/2023

Video of Conditions upon arrival (~ 720AM) at the 3 Alarm incident in the 1100 block of 92nd Ave in East Oakland.

Great work by the responding crews. The fast response & aggressive fire attack by the first and second alarm alarm companies prevented the fire from spreading to several additional nearby properties and ensured no residents or neighbors were injured.

Ultimately two properties were impacted, with a third threatened but did not suffer major damage. There were 5 residents from two properties displaced and referred to our partners at the American Red Cross for support.

Congratulations, Chief!
10/28/2023

Congratulations, Chief!

The Oakland Fire Department announced Damon Covington for the permanent position of Fire Chief, after months of serving as the interim chief. Chief Covington was officially sworn in on Thursday.

“I  firmly believe that community engagement and proactive fire prevention efforts are integral in reducing fire inciden...
10/27/2023

“I firmly believe that community engagement and proactive fire prevention efforts are integral in reducing fire incidents and ensuring the well-being of all Oakland residents, businesses, and visitors,” Chief Covington said upon receiving news of the appointment. “As Fire Chief, I will work tirelessly to protect and enhance the health and safety of our dedicated members, ensure we always have the tools and resources needed to fulfill the mission and develop data-driven solutions to address the specific safety needs within Oakland’s diverse neighborhoods.”

The Oakland Fire Department has a new chief, Damon Covington, a 24-year department veteran.

It’s hot and getting hotter. Please take appropriate precautions to prevent heat related injuries and illness.
10/19/2023

It’s hot and getting hotter. Please take appropriate precautions to prevent heat related injuries and illness.

This weekend Bay Area Firefighters including our own OFD Lieutenant Yera-Páez & FF Gustavo González, traveled to NYC to ...
10/15/2023

This weekend Bay Area Firefighters including our own OFD Lieutenant Yera-Páez & FF Gustavo González, traveled to NYC to attend the annual FDNY Hispanic Society Gala.

Firefighter González is President of and VP of the National Assoc of Hispanic Firefighters.

10/12/2023

Conditions upon Arrival at Wednesday morning’s fire on 29th Ave at East 12th St.

Strong work by our crews (about 40 firefighters in total) to contain it to the structure of origin w/ limited impact to the surrounding community and transportation agencies. Thanks to the Oakland Police Dept for its work to provide traffic control along that busy corridor.

Fire Prevention Day at Franklin Elementary School! The crew from Engine 4 and Fire Prevention Bureau personnel from visi...
10/11/2023

Fire Prevention Day at Franklin Elementary School! The crew from Engine 4 and Fire Prevention Bureau personnel from visited with bright young students to talk about fire safety, safe evacuation tips, and when to call 9-1-1. Always a pleasure having kids touch the fire engines and equipment, and explore their interest in the fire service.

Thank you to all of Oakland’s amazing and dedicated teachers and school site staff! It’s an honor to serve you.

FEMA is testing a nationwide alert system on phones, TVs, and radios at 11:20 a.m on Wednesday, October 4.
10/04/2023

FEMA is testing a nationwide alert system on phones, TVs, and radios at 11:20 a.m on Wednesday, October 4.

FEMA is testing its alert system on cellphones, TVs, and radios on Wednesday. Here's what you should know.

The Application period to participate in the Blaze Fire Camp for Young Women Will Close at Midnight on Tuesday, 10/3/23!
10/03/2023

The Application period to participate in the Blaze Fire Camp for Young Women Will Close at Midnight on Tuesday, 10/3/23!

This hands-on training/mentoring event is conducted BY women firefighters, FOR women firefighters.

ADVISORY: FEMA and FCC Plan Nationwide Emergency Alert Test for Wednesday, 4 Oct 2023 at 11:20 AM, sending Messages to a...
10/02/2023

ADVISORY: FEMA and FCC Plan Nationwide Emergency Alert Test for Wednesday, 4 Oct 2023 at 11:20 AM, sending Messages to all TVs, Radios and Cell Phones!

THIS IS ONLY A TEST.

FEMA, in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), will conduct a national test of the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) on Oct. 4, 2023.

Fire Chief Damon Covington is pleased to announce the promotion of Captain Porya Jeddi to the position of Battalion Chie...
09/29/2023

Fire Chief Damon Covington is pleased to announce the promotion of Captain Porya Jeddi to the position of Battalion Chief Limited Duration Appointment (LDA), effective October 14, 2023. Congratulations!

09/27/2023

Starting at 725pm last night, 20 Oakland firefighters responded to a fire at the Rotary Nature Center on Bellevue Ave off Lake Merritt. Crews successfully contained the fire to approx 10-15% of the rear exterior wall and roof area, preventing any major damage to the inside of the city-owned building.

The was placed Fire under control at 745pm and the cause is under investigation.

https://www.ktvu.com/news/lake-merritt-rotary-nature-center-damaged-in-fire

We are proud to team up with Kidde Fire Safety and The Home Depot for Operation Save-A-Life, a campaign designed to incr...
09/25/2023

We are proud to team up with Kidde Fire Safety and The Home Depot for Operation Save-A-Life, a campaign designed to increase public awareness of fire safety, carbon monoxide awareness, and reduce devastating losses that can occur as a result of fires and CO poisoning.

The annual event took place at Fire Station 4 in San Francisco. OFD and Fire departments from across the Bay Area were there to increase public awareness of fire and carbon monoxide safety.

ABC7 is proud to team up with Kidde and The Home Depot for Operation Save-A-Life in support of fire safety.

The Air District is issuing an air quality advisory for wildfire smoke through Wednesday, September 20. Smoke from fires...
09/19/2023

The Air District is issuing an air quality advisory for wildfire smoke through Wednesday, September 20. Smoke from fires in Northern California and Oregon is expected to impact air quality throughout the Bay Area area, causing air quality to reach high-moderate on the U.S. EPA’s Air Quality Index. Smoky, hazy skies may be visible and the smell of smoke is possible

Smoke from wildfires in Northern California is expected to impact air quality throughout the Bay Area Tuesday and Wednesday. Pollution levels are not expected to exceed federal health standards and no Spare the Air Alert is in effect. 

On Monday at 8:46 AM Fire Chief Damon Covington gathered our dedicated OFD family & Oakland city leadership for a moment...
09/13/2023

On Monday at 8:46 AM Fire Chief Damon Covington gathered our dedicated OFD family & Oakland city leadership for a moment of silence to honor the innocent lives lost and the unforgettable sacrifices made by firefighters and first responders on September 11, 2001.

09/13/2023
The Oakland Fire Department is seeking interested community members to participate in our Oral Board Interviews for the ...
09/08/2023

The Oakland Fire Department is seeking interested community members to participate in our Oral Board Interviews for the next class of Entry Level Firefighters.

We are looking for a diverse mix people to volunteer to join OFD personnel and city staff for this critical phase of the selection process. Interviews with recruits are being scheduled for the week of September 18.

If you are interested, please contact [email protected] with you name and phone number and you will be contacted by a Human Resources staff person.

08/28/2023

Update on our firefighters who’ve been on a multi week and multi-agency CAL OES strike team deployment battling wildfires in Oregon and Northern CA:

The crews spent all night on Saturday supporting efforts to keep the Happy Camp Complex Elliott fire and Swillup fire in check and holding the fire along the Klamath river near Hwy 96.

Our members on OKL2302 have now been on this strike team deployment for 14 days.

On Friday, we welcomed home K-9 Specialist Julie Padelford & detection dog Rampage — they were on Maui since August 12 a...
08/28/2023

On Friday, we welcomed home K-9 Specialist Julie Padelford & detection dog Rampage — they were on Maui since August 12 as part of FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency Urban Search & Rescue CA Task Force 4.

A K-9 specialist and her human remains detection dog return home to the Bay Area after a two-week deployment to Maui to help with wildfire aftermath. Rampage, the K-9, can find remains that humans alone cannot, his human partner said.

Great tips from our friends at the East Bay Regional Park District.
08/28/2023

Great tips from our friends at the East Bay Regional Park District.

The peak of 🔥🔥🔥 wildfire season – September & October – is fast approaching. Park District fighters and park rangers are on the lookout to prevent potential fires, and park visitors can help too, both by practicing basic fire safety and reporting any dangerous activity.

Here are some important park fire safety tips:
🚭 Do not smoke in the regional parks, including va**ng.
🚩 Be aware of Red Flag Warnings and fire danger levels.
• Follow all fire safety rules.
• Do not drive or park on dry grass. Hot exhaust manifolds can start a fire.
• Be alert for any potential fire hazards and report them. If you see a fire, call 911 immediately.

08/18/2023
The multi-agency strike team (OES 2870C) which OFD members are a part of has arrived in Springfield, Oregon and is ready...
08/16/2023

The multi-agency strike team (OES 2870C) which OFD members are a part of has arrived in Springfield, Oregon and is ready to work. We are proud to be participating in the CAL OES Mutual Aid System that responds to major fires and other disasters.

08/11/2023

Nearly 24 hours after the fire incident began at Schnitzer Steel / Radius Recycling, Incident Command has concluded the incident and all OFD resources have now left the facility on Oakland’s waterfront.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. Thank you to the many Oakland firefighters who were on scene to support the effort to extinguish this stubborn fire overnight and earlier today. And thank you to our partners at Alameda Fire and San Francisco Fire for their prompt response when we made the request for fire boat support on the estuary. Thankfully there were no injuries and the air quality seems to have largely returned to normal.

Update on the Fire Incident at Schnitzer Steel / Radius Recycling:
08/10/2023

Update on the Fire Incident at Schnitzer Steel / Radius Recycling:

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08/10/2023

Smoke and Air Quality Advisory:

A fire was reported at Schnitzer Steel at the Port of Oakland just after 5:30pm. Within 15 minutes, the Oakland Fire Department had contained the fire to a single large pile of debris.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time, and no injuries have been reported.

Fire crews anticipate being on scene for several more hours and working with heavy equipment operators to pick apart the pile with the aim of extinguishing any underlying hotspots.

Residents in the area should take basic precautionary health measures such as avoiding the immediate area at Jack London Square and keeping windows closed to due to diminished air quality over the next few hours.

A hazardous materials team from OFD is expected on site shortly and will conduct ongoing air quality testing while smoke continues to come from the location. OFD will work with Alameda County health officials to provide air quality updates and guidance as needed while the incident is ongoing.

We are Recruiting! The deadline to Apply for the these two phenomenal opportunities is AUG  9, 2023. WATCH: https://yout...
08/07/2023

We are Recruiting!

The deadline to Apply for the these two phenomenal opportunities is AUG 9, 2023. WATCH: https://youtu.be/sxvtIT125g4

Firefighter Trainee: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/oaklandca/jobs/4092136/fire-fighter-trainee?keywords=fire&pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs

Firefighter Paramedic:
https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/oaklandca/jobs/4092202/fire-fighter-paramedic-trainee?keywords=fire&pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs

Oakland Fire Department is hiring new firefighter recruits, both EMT and Paramedic. The OFD is looking for dedicated, professional, and passionate prospectiv...

Oakland firefighters have a chance to be challenged in every imaginable way a firefighter could be, said Chief Damon Cov...
08/03/2023

Oakland firefighters have a chance to be challenged in every imaginable way a firefighter could be, said Chief Damon Covington, adding that the Oakland Fire Department is an extremely desirable place to work for 30 years.

Oakland residents and others have the opportunity for the first time in five years starting Thursday to apply for entry-level firefighter roles with the city, interim Fire Chief Damon Covington said Wednesday.

This is an opportunity of a lifetime. We will be accepting applications from Aug 3-Aug 9. Watch this recent conversation...
07/21/2023

This is an opportunity of a lifetime. We will be accepting applications from Aug 3-Aug 9. Watch this recent conversation between Fire Chief Damon Covington & Gasia Mikaelian KTVU to learn more!

Oakland Fire Interim Chief Damon Covington stopped by to talk about OFD recruiting efforts.

We are hosting a series of OPEN HOUSE informational events for interested applicants. Get the information you need to ma...
07/18/2023

We are hosting a series of OPEN HOUSE informational events for interested applicants. Get the information you need to make the right decision. Apply and Join Us for our Fall 2023 Academy!

Does your family have an emergency supply kit? Here's a guide for packing your kit so you're ready for a wildfire or nat...
07/14/2023

Does your family have an emergency supply kit? Here's a guide for packing your kit so you're ready for a wildfire or natural disaster.

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