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Fires, Accidents, Rescues Keep Local Crews Busy
Fire crews assisted with a search for kayakers in trouble, reported along the Stanislaus River near North Oak in Oakdale on Tuesday afternoon, April 28. The juveniles were assisted out of the river by local teens and then all were checked out by emergency services personnel. Modesto Fire Department Photo

It was a busy week for firefighters in the local area, as evidenced by a number of significant calls. The information is provided by the Modesto Fire Department Battalion Chiefs, these calls highlighting the crews working out of Station 28 in Oakdale.



4:43 p.m.: Engine 28, Stanislaus Engine 24, BC 5 and BC 2 responded to a reported motorcycle accident in the 14000 block of Claribel Road. Engine 28 arrived to find two patients and began to assist ambulance with initial patient care. One patient was transported via helicopter and the other patient was transported via ground ambulance to local emergency rooms. The CHP is investigating.



2:28 p.m.: Engine 9 was dispatched to a reported vegetation fire near Claus and Merle Avenue. Engine 9 arrived to find approximately one acre of grass on fire threatening several structures. Additional resources were requested to the scene (Grass 3, Brush 1, Stanislaus Grass 26, Stanislaus Brush 22, Engine 7, Chief 2 and BC 5). Suppression efforts were hampered by limited access and dry/windy conditions. The fire was contained at four acres with no damage to nearby structures.

3:41 p.m.: Engine 28 responded to a reported sprinkler activation in the 500 block of Wild Stallion Drive in the City of Oakdale. Engine 28 arrived to find a sprinkler activation in the residence due to fumigation. Engine 28 secured the sprinkler system and utilities to the residence. The sprinkler activation caused water major damage to the entire 1st floor of the residence.

9:24 p.m.: Engine 28 and BC 5 responded to assist the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department near the covered bridge in Knights Ferry. Engine 28 assisted with placing an intoxicated subject in a stokes basket and transporting the subject up a steep embankment.



10:06 p.m.: Modesto Engine 27, Rescue 28, Engine 29, Battalion 5, PHI Med 41 air ambulance, Oak Valley Ambulance, and CHP responded to a solo vehicle rollover on Highway 108 near Lover’s Leap. Crews arrived to find a sedan on its roof with one occupant trapped in the vehicle. Crews extricated the occupant then prepared for transport via air ambulance to an area hospital. CHP remained on scene to conduct an investigation.



1:57 p.m.: Modesto and Stanislaus crews were dispatched per Oakdale PD request for a water rescue on the Stanislaus River with reports of a juvenile with a kayak in trouble along the water near the 500 block of North Oak. It was unknown how many potential victims were in the water. Oakdale PD and Stanislaus Sheriff assisted along the shore searching as Modesto Fire and Stanislaus Fire launched boats. Oakdale PD and Modesto Fire also launched drones to search. The boat crews conducting the search made contact with persons along the shoreline. It was learned that two juvenile kayakers were rescued by residents shortly after the initial 911 call for help. Boat crews directed Oakdale PD and Oak Valley Ambulance to their location. The kayakers and rescuers were checked and found to be uninjured.