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Fire Calls 9-9-20
Water rescues again were featured during the week, with crews responding a couple of times to the Knights Ferry area to assist boaters in distress and once in the Oakdale area, with missing youths found safely along the Stanislaus. Modesto Fire Department Photo

The following is a listing of some of the local calls for service involving the Modesto Fire Department, which staffs Stations 27 and 28 in Oakdale; and the Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Department, covering the Riverbank area. Calls were logged during the time period of Tuesday, Sept. 1 through Monday, Sept. 7. Days not listed had no reports of significant incidents in this area.



8:43 a.m. – Modesto Fire Department responded with Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District and Ceres Fire Department to a working structure fire in Ceres. The fire was reported on the 3000 block of San Juan and was described as smoke coming from a garage. Crews arrived on scene and found a fire in the garage. The crews were able to quickly extinguish the fire and prevent it from spreading to the residence.

Weekly Apparatus and Equipment checks were completed.

Strike Team XST4200C: Crews completed demobilization and returned to Stanislaus County at 3 p.m.



1:43 p.m. – Modesto Water Rescue 29, Water Rescue 28, Engine 27, Battalion 5, Stanislaus Sheriff, and Oak Valley Ambulance responded to reports of an injured rafter along the Stanislaus River. Park Rangers and a Sheriff’s Deputy had difficulty determining exactly where along the river the reporting party was. Crews were able to locate the group above Horseshoe Rec Area. The patient had inadvertently been struck by an oar and suffered from a laceration to the forehead. Water Rescue 28 bandaged the patient and transported to the day use camp ground where BC5 then transported to Horseshoe Rec parking lot for Oak Valley Ambulance to evaluate. The patient refused transport and was met by family for private transport to the hospital.



4:06 p.m. – Engine 27, WR 28 and BC5 were dispatched to the Stanislaus River below Knights Ferry for two subjects possibly in distress. Crews arrived in the area with the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Helicopter (A101) and began to search for the subjects between Knights Ferry and Lovers Leap. A101 located the subjects above Loves Leap (uninjured) and transported both of them to the Army Corp facility above Knights Ferry. Army Corp personnel assisted with the incident.

8:44 p.m. – Water Rescue 28, Stanislaus WR 26, Engine 27 and BC5 were dispatched to four subjects in distress on the Stanislaus River. Crews arrived in the general area with Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Helicopter (A101) and began to search for the individuals. A101 located the subjects after an extensive search and directed the crews into the 8300 block of Wilderness Oaks Court. Crews made access with the assistance of A101 and removed the individuals from the river without injuries. Stanislaus County Sheriff Deputies assisted crews in the ground search.



1:13 a.m. – Modesto Fire Department, Ceres Fire Department, and Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District were dispatched to the report of a working structure fire on the 2900 block of Bateman Lane. The first crews arrived on scene to find a single story residence with heavy fire showing from the garage. Crews put a large diameter hose line into service and knocked down the main body of fire. As additional crews arrived on scene they checked the interior of the residence for fire extension. None was found. A total of three occupants and a dog were displaced by the fire. There were no injuries. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Stanislaus County Fire Investigation Unit.