Alameda Fire Wire
The local Alameda paper, Alameda Sun, carries a column about how many fires that the fire department were called out on, and the Medical calls.
The medical emergencies out -numbered the fire call outs.
The police blotter listed all arrests and reports of theft.
One unique feature that I had never heard of was the “ Persons taken in for Psychiatric Evaluation.
I called the police department and asked about how it was determined if a person was picked up for this evaluation, and was told that usually the family members would request that the police come and take them in.
For the Week of Monday January 12-
Emergency medical response= 17
Fire responses= 4
Tuesday Jan 13
Wed Jan 14
Fire=5 and one water line break.
Thurs Jan 15
Fri Jan 16
Fire = 1-parked car smoking from hidden source.
Sat Jan 17
Sun Jan 18
Mon Jan 19
Fire=5. One was sparks from wall outlet, one odor of gas, one burned food on stove resulting in smoke.
Tues Jan 20
Fire= 3 all commercial alarms
Wed. Jan 21
Fire =3 One small brush fire on Fifth Street block; suspicious cause.
Thurs. Jan 22
Fire=1, smoke inside home, could not find source.
Friday Jan 23
Sat. Jan 24
Sun Jan 25
Skipping down to February
Tues Feb 3
Wed Feb 4
Fire=6 One smell of gas
Thurs Feb 5
Fire=1 One gas smell report, none found. One microwave malfunction
Fri Feb 6
Fire=5 One water line to bathtub broke and flooded
Sat Feb 7
Fire=1 Burned food.
Monday week of January 12 2015
Monday two persons taken in for evaluation, Tuesday, 2 persons, Wed, 0, Thursday0, Friday,0,Sat 0
Week of January 19. Monday, 2, Tues, 3, Wed 0,Thurs 1,Fri,0, Sat,0 Sun,2.
Week of Feb 2, 2015
Monday Feb 2, 5 persons taken in for Psych Eval.
Tues, 1, Wed , 6, Thurs, 4, Fri,3.
Sat & Sun no figures available.
Every time that there is a medical callout, the big fire trucks roll, and the ambulances come along too.
For such a meager need for “fire protection” as seen in the small amount of actual fire callouts, it seems we need a smaller unit to respond to things like burnt food, water main breaks, and microwave malfunctions.
The only trivial causes that are omitted are cats up a tree. I guess our cats are well regulated here in Alameda.
In contrast to the under- utilization of our fire personnel and equipment, the State of California will be calling for extra fire fighters to combat the coming forest fires due to the drought conditions.
I walk all over this town, and have seen only one commercial building damaged by fire in the last two years, which is only now being rebuilt. The other fire was in a small house in the back, and did not result in much more damage than from the water.
When a commercial fire is reported it usually is in San Francisco or San Jose, and we all watch it on the news.
Here in Alameda, there are hardly any manufacturing commercial buildings, and the houses and apartments all have smoke alarms and owners with cell phones.
Unlikde in the bad old days, the fire service operates automatically, and no one askes for proof of the landlord having fire insurance before they knock down the flames.
Perhaps there should be a new examination of needs of the city, and a reallocation of resources
For the coming fire season in the countyside.