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Today, approximately 25 Oakland Firefighters successfully performed a high risk, low frequency rescue in the 7100 block ...
03/08/2022

Today, approximately 25 Oakland Firefighters successfully performed a high risk, low frequency rescue in the 7100 block of Thorndale Drive.

Just after 8AM, a call came to Fire Dispatch for two persons who had fallen off a roof and down a steep hill approximately 75 feet.

“This was a phenomenal team effort under incredibly challenging circumstances,” said Chief Reginald Freeman. “Due to the ongoing training and excellent technical operation skillset of the personnel who responded, crews were able to quickly make contact with patients and immediately render care before executing the low angle technical response needed to safely bring them back up the hill and onto an ambulance for transport.”

Crews cleared the scene at 1032 AM. Both injured patients were transported to a local hospital. The both experienced moderate injuries, including broken bones, but are now stable.

Congratulations to Matthew Nichelini who joined the department in 1997 and today was promoted to the rank of Assistant C...
03/05/2022

Congratulations to Matthew Nichelini who joined the department in 1997 and today was promoted to the rank of Assistant Chief. Thank you to his friends and family and all the past and present members of #OFD who joined us for the ceremony. Great Day!

Our crew from Engine 10 was honored to participate in Glenview Elementary School’s annual “Reading Day” event today. Thi...
03/02/2022

Our crew from Engine 10 was honored to participate in Glenview Elementary School’s annual “Reading Day” event today. This has been a challenging few years for students, teachers and families. We’re proud to support Oakland school communities any way we can.

Every fire incident along this Wood St. corridor poses a unique challenge. Great work by the responding crews from E3, E...
03/01/2022
Oakland: Massive blaze sparks at homeless encampment underneath I-880

Every fire incident along this Wood St. corridor poses a unique challenge. Great work by the responding crews from E3, E1, T3, E15 E12, E2 and B2 who responded to this incident and kept it from spreading and endangering more lives. https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2022/03/01/oakland-massive-blaze-at-homeless-encampment-underneath-i-880/

A fire broke out at a homeless encampment Tuesday morning underneath Interstate 880, according to the Oakland Fire Department.

The Oakland Fire Department joins in celebrating the 38 year career  of KTVU Fox 2 reporter (and 1991 Oakland firestorm ...
03/01/2022

The Oakland Fire Department joins in celebrating the 38 year career of KTVU Fox 2 reporter (and 1991 Oakland firestorm survivor) Rob Roth who is spending his last day in the TV newsroom today.

We wish him good health in the years ahead and a very happy retirement!

Oakland Fire Administration & Oakland Firefighters Local 55 are working in coordination with our injured members and the...
02/28/2022
Oakland Fire Department truck crashes into building to avoid car

Oakland Fire Administration & Oakland Firefighters Local 55 are working in coordination with our injured members and their families, as well as the crews in the companies to ensure the appropriate care and support — based on their specific and ongoing needs. They all deserve nothing less. https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Oakland-Fire-Department-truck-crashes-into-apt-16951760.php

Three firefighters were injured and transported to a nearby hospital.

Today, we held our staff meeting on the historic USS Potomac that is docked at Jack London Square. Once a month, we choo...
02/25/2022

Today, we held our staff meeting on the historic USS Potomac that is docked at Jack London Square. Once a month, we choose a different location in the city to conduct our weekly staff meeting as not only as a team building exercising but to build effective relationships with our external stakeholders. The USS Potomac (AG-25), formerly USCGC Electra, was Franklin D. Roosevelt's presidential yacht from 1936 until his death in 1945. On August 3, 1941, she played a decoy role while Roosevelt held a secret conference to develop the Atlantic Charter. We are honored to serve and be of service to our great city.

NEVER FORGOTTEN: February 24, 1903 Volunteer Firefighter John J. McCarthy/Engine 1Firefighter McCarthy died from injurie...
02/25/2022

NEVER FORGOTTEN:

February 24, 1903
Volunteer Firefighter John J. McCarthy/Engine 1

Firefighter McCarthy died from injuries he sustained back in August 1902, at a fire that destroyed the First Baptist Church. Firefighter McCarthy was caught under falling wires and trapped in the debris, embers and water. Typhoid fever ensued and he died a short time later. Rest In Peace, John.

We’re thankful for all our #OFD members and the many fire departments and other first responders from around the region ...
02/24/2022

We’re thankful for all our #OFD members and the many fire departments and other first responders from around the region who joined in on the #OnWednesdayWeWearPink effort in solidarity with our injured member who continues to make great progress in her recovery! This album barely scratches the surface of all the amazing pics that were posted and shared today. Go check out the hashtag above on Twitter and Instagram for more amazing and inspired images from today.

***Update on the Status of 3 Firefighters Injured Fighting Two Alarm Fire in West Oakland on Tuesday, February 15*** Oak...
02/16/2022

***Update on the Status of 3 Firefighters Injured Fighting Two Alarm Fire in West Oakland on Tuesday, February 15***

Oakland, CA - The following is an update on the status of three dedicated members of the Oakland Fire Department who were transported to Highland Hospital during the 2 Alarm fire in West Oakland on Tuesday evening, February 15, 2022.

Late Tuesday night, one injured member was released from the hospital after tests and observation. .

A second member was kept at Highland for observation and treatment overnight and was released from the hospital earlier today.

The third member who was transferred to Saint Francis Memorial Hospital in San Francisco last night is still receiving care and is in stable condition at this time. The physicians are hopeful she will recover, however the timeline of her release from the hospital will be determined by the progress shown over the course of the coming days.

“Incidents like these are extremely challenging from a mental, physical and emotional standpoint,” said Fire Chief Reginald Freeman. “Right now, our thoughts are with our member who remains hospitalized, and we are doing everything in our power to ensure that our three injured firefighters, their families, and all our personnel who have been impacted by this event have immediate access to the support and care they need and deserve.”

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

We’re honored to support the Stockton Fire Department family as they honor and celebrate the life of fallen Fire Captain...
02/08/2022

We’re honored to support the Stockton Fire Department family as they honor and celebrate the life of fallen Fire Captain Max Fortuna. May He Rest In Peace.

In recognition of Black History Month:Where did the fire pole come from?Once a common accessory found in nearly every tw...
02/07/2022

In recognition of Black History Month:

Where did the fire pole come from?

Once a common accessory found in nearly every two, and three-story fire station built around the turn of the century, the fire pole has been gradually disappearing from many of America’s fire stations today. Since the late 1960’s to current day, modern fire stations are frequently built with everything on the ground floor, eliminating the need for a fire pole. But to this day, hundreds of existing multistory fire stations still have and use them, mostly in older cities. But where did the fire pole originate?

Until 1878, spiral staircases or sliding chutes were common, but not particularly fast. Fire houses were also equipped with spiral staircases so horses would not try to climb the stairs into the living quarters.

Captain David B. Kenyon of Chicago's all-black Engine Company No. 21 worked in a three-story fire station. The ground floor contained the firefighting equipment, the floor above was for recreation and sleeping, and the top floor was the hayloft to store the winter supply of hay for the fire engines' horses. During transport, the hay was secured to a wagon using a wooden binding pole, which was stored in the hayloft when not in use. Firefighter George Reid slid down the pole to respond to a call for help once, which inspired Kenyon to create a permanent pole.

In 1878, Captain Kenyon convinced his Chief to make the necessary hole in the building and install the pole, after agreeing to pay for any necessary maintenance.

The company crafted a pole out of a Georgia pine beam by shaving and sanding it into a 3-inch diameter pole which they gave several coats of varnish and a coat of paraffin.

Despite being the butt of many jokes, others soon realized Engine Company 21 was usually the first Engine Company to arrive when called, especially at night, and the chief of the department ordered the poles to be installed in all Chicago fire stations.

Oakland Fire Department Black HistoryIn 1919 Oakland began testing African American applicants to serve in segregated un...
02/06/2022

Oakland Fire Department Black History

In 1919 Oakland began testing African American applicants to serve in segregated units. On Jan 1, 1920, three African American men were hired. In 1925 the first all-African American firehouse, 22 Engine, opened at 3230 Magnolia St. Any black man wishing to work for the department had to wait until an opening appeared at station 22, which could take years. Eventually, this firehouse became overcrowded, which resulted in the opening of two additional all black firehouses, Engines 33 and 28, both located in the Oakland hills.

Desegregation did not occur in the Oakland Fire Department until 1955 following Chief Sweeney’s appointment.

📸 from Oakland Black Firefighters Association w/ info from Sarah Wheelock’s “The Desegregation of the Oakland Fire Department,” the University Of California at Berkeley BA History Project.

Recruit Class 2-21 participating in critical ladder & roof operations training.
02/04/2022

Recruit Class 2-21 participating in critical ladder & roof operations training.

We are all family in the fire service….
02/04/2022

We are all family in the fire service….

The Oakland Fire Department proudly recognizes and celebrates Black History Month. Please join us as we recognize those ...
02/03/2022

The Oakland Fire Department proudly recognizes and celebrates Black History Month. Please join us as we recognize those of our proud and esteemed organization that are of African-American heritage that have contributed to our success for the past 100 years. We are grateful for their selfless and exceptional contributions.

Do you sleep with your bedroom door closed??? Actually, that is the best way to survive if you have a fire in your home ...
02/03/2022

Do you sleep with your bedroom door closed???

Actually, that is the best way to survive if you have a fire in your home (outside of your bedroom). It keeps out heat, toxic gases/smoke and fire. The room on the right had the door closed while the door on the left was open.

Friendly reminder from your Oakland Fire Department to, “Close before you doze!”

"We Serve To Save"

NEVER FORGET98 years ago today, Firefighter Elvert Storm assigned to Engine 18, died of injuries he sustained while he w...
02/02/2022

NEVER FORGET

98 years ago today, Firefighter Elvert Storm assigned to Engine 18, died of injuries he sustained while he was responding to a call when the apparatus that he was riding on was struck by a train. We shall never forget his sacrifice. Rest In Peace Elvert.

2020 marked the 100th anniversary of the first African American firefighters employed in #Oakland. Health protocols have...
02/02/2022
OAKLAND FIRE Anniversary Video

2020 marked the 100th anniversary of the first African American firefighters employed in #Oakland. Health protocols have prevented us from hosting the celebration we have in mind but, meanwhile, we're working w/ local filmmaker Zahrah Farmer on a video to tell the story of the many trailblazers that have made OFD so special. #BlackHistoryMonth. Watch the trailer, and please consider donating to this important production: https://vimeo.com/552152982?utm_source=email&utm_medium=vimeo-cliptranscode-201504&utm_campaign=29220

This is "OAKLAND FIRE Anniversary Video" by Zahrah on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.

To all of our family and friends who may celebrate this joyous occasion throughout the world, may the year of Tiger ushe...
01/31/2022

To all of our family and friends who may celebrate this joyous occasion throughout the world, may the year of Tiger usher in health, happiness, hope and better prosperity!

A special thank you to Los Angeles Fire Department Dr. Kwame Cooper, Assisant  Chief (ret.) and Captain Joseph Angiuli f...
01/30/2022

A special thank you to Los Angeles Fire Department Dr. Kwame Cooper, Assisant Chief (ret.) and Captain Joseph Angiuli for spending the past two days with Oakland Fire Department personnel as they delivered Wildland Urban Interface & Highrise Operations Command and Control training. Their program involved classroom instruction as well as Instructor led scenarios. Their expertise and time was greatly appreciated.

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🚨 Selection Day Video! 🚨 Watch as we randomly select this year's Fire Truck Face-Off tournament contestants: https://loom.ly/PKSIY9E The first matches begin March 14th. Be sure to check back in on Facebook for details and invite your friends to vote for your favorite fire apparatus. The fire department with the winning truck will get $1,000 donated to the charity of their choice, bragging rights, and a commemorative emblem. Lathrop Manteca Fire District San Mateo County Firefighters, IAFF L2400 Contra Costa County Fire Protection District Paradise Fire Department El Dorado County Fire Protection District Redding Fire Department Rodeo-Hercules Firefighters City of Santa Rosa Fire Department Oakland Fire Department UC Davis Fire Department Sonoma County Fire District @Monterey-Fire-Department Roseville Fire Department North County Fire Authority Sacramento Fire Department Central Marin Fire Department Sacramento Fire Department Salinas Fire Department Carmel Highlands Fire Protection District/CALFIRE Yreka City Fire Department Susanville Fire Department San José Fire Department City of Santa Rosa Fire Department @EDHFIRE Clovis Fire Department Fremont Fire Department CAL FIRE / Aromas Tri-County Fire Protection District San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District @SantaCruzFire @SacramentoFire @CypressFireProtectionDistrict
🛠️🧯 Oakland just re-opened its permit counters to the public! The city is offering a new streamlined experience as a one-stop center, where initially 3 departments (OakDOT, Oakland Fire Department, and Planning & Building) will offer in-person, appointment-only permitting services in a newly designed space on the second floor of transit-friendly 250 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza. Visit the Oakland Permit Center online to book an appointment or learn more: oaklandca.gov/resources/planning-building-reopening-services-permit-processes. Additional departments and services will be added in the future.
Please. Watch this video. Watch as the driver enters the intersection after the first fire engine passes. The driver of the car, seemingly unaware of a second fire engine, nearly gets hit by a Tractor Drawn Aerial (TDA) fire engine from the Oakland Fire Department in California, as they respond to a reported structure fire. The driver of the TDA had to swerve in order to miss the car. The Northern Wake Fire Department sends its prayers for a quick recovery to our Brothers and Sisters at the Oakland FD. injured as a result of this accident. Make sure you and the young, inexperienced drivers in your home keep their heads on a swivel, and pay attention when emergency vehicles are responding. Please. Always make room, take a moment and keep watching. If one fire engine is responding, lights and sirens, that could mean that another fire engine, ambulance or Law Enforcement might be close behind. #crr #moveoverslowdown #intersections #safety
Jenn, we stand with you on your road to recovery. I hope you are enjoying your first day back home with your family. 💯❤️💪👩‍🚒 Oakland Firefighters Oakland Fire Department Petaluma Firefighters Bay Area Firefighter International Association of Fire Fighters California Professional Firefighters - #onwednesdayswewearpink
Our support goes out to Jenn Mathis and the rest of the Oakland Fire Department Repost: On February 15, 2022 our Oakland Fire family had 3 members hospitalized due to injuries sustained while battling a fire on the 6th floor of a high rise apartment building. One member is still in the hospital and needs our support more than ever. This Wednesday, February 23, 2022 we will be showing solidarity for Jenn Mathis and the rest of #youroaklandfirefighters by wearing pink socks, just like Jenn was the day of the incident. Get well soon Jenn! @jennipurr5 If you choose to participate, post wearing pink socks to social media. Please use the hashtag #onwednesdayswewearpink #firefighter #solidarity #firefighterfamily #firstresponders #firehouse #oaklandfirefighters #oaklandfiredept #oaklandfiredepartment
Last week, a close family friend, Firefighter Jennifer Mathis (Janoski) was injured while working a structure fire in Oakland California. If you don’t know Jenn, she had been a valued part on our #sonomacounty EMS/Fire family for many years, before landing her dream job at Oakland Fire Department. She is stable, but has a long road ahead. She’s currently recovering at the St Francis Burn Unit in San Francisco. To show our support for her strength and determination in recovery, Wednesday will be a day to wear pink socks (as she was wearing the day of the incident). If you choose to participate, post #firstresponders wearing pink socks to social media. Please use the tags #onWednesdayswewearpink @Oaklandfirefighters @Jennipurr5 (on Instagram not FB) Thank you for your support. ❤️👩‍🚒 Oakland Firefighters Local 55 Bay Area Firefighter California Professional Firefighters International Association of Fire Fighters - #firefighter #firefighter #firefighters #firefighterlife #firefighting #firefighterposts #firefighter_brotherhood #firefighterfamily #firstresponders #firehouse #oaklandfirefighters #oaklandfiredept #oaklandfiredepartment
🌬️🔥a wind-driven firestorm (like the 1991 Oakland Firestorm was) could be driven into residential areas of Oakland that may not even consider wildfire a threat. So we encourage all residential Oakland communities to participate TONIGHT at 6:30. REGISTER https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUqc-2vqDovHN1hiBuWo8-xRcCk2LcGp3cs California Fire Safe Council NFPA’s Wildfire and Firewise USA Programs Sheng Thao 陶盛 Oakland Fire Department Oakland Firesafe Council
Our thoughts are with our Oakland Firefighters Local 55 and Oakland Fire Department family.
Multiple rescues were made at a two-alarm high-rise fire that injured five people, including three Oakland Fire Department firefighters. #FireDepartment #Firefighter
The American Red Cross is on scene in Oakland as this 2-alarm fire is being contained. We are assisting residents who have been displaced from their homes; per Oakland Fire Department, 12 units have been impacted. Thank you to the first responders and firefighters that helped residents evacuate safely today!
Mutual aid agencies from out of the area are showing their love and support by providing coverage to help the Stockton Fire Department while they grieve their fallen brother in the fire service. California Professional Firefighters Oakland Fire Department Alameda Fire Department #RIPMaxFortuna
We had a good discussion of options for re-locating and modernizing Fire Station #4 (FS4) in the San Antonio neighborhood. Thanks to Chief Reggie Freeman, Oakland Fire Department and Oakland Firefighters Local 55 for opening up your house to us to share the challenges of the current conditions and your dedication to our community's safety. I look forward to continuing to work with community members and our City Staff to find a suitable home for the new FS4. And, I'll continue working to secure the needed resources with our state and federal reps, Sen. Skinner, Assm. Bonta and Rep. Lee. Thanks to everyone who joined this morning including Friends of San Antonio Park and Assemblymember Mia Bonta's team.