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Oakdale-Riverbank Fire Calls 11-8-23
Oak Riv Fire Calls

The following is a listing of some of the local calls for service involving the Modesto Fire Department, which staffs Stations 27, 28, 29 and 30 in Oakdale, Knights Ferry and Valley Home as part of Battalion 5; and the Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Department, covering the Riverbank area, as part of Battalion 2.

Calls were logged during the time period of Tuesday, Oct. 31 through Monday, Nov. 6. Days not listed had no reports of significant incidents in this area.



Battalion 2: SCFPD’s ladders including Aerial, were tested at Fire Station 23.

E26 visited children from a homeschool, provided a tour of the fire engine as well as passed out some left-over Halloween candy.

E26 was requested by an elderly resident in the 6800 block of Eleanor to change the batteries in her smoke detectors. E26 swapped out batteries in two detectors.

Battalion 5: Crews completed weekly apparatus maintenance.

Engine 28 completed TDA training with Truck 5.



Battalion 2: 3:23 a.m. – Engine 26 was dispatched to a vehicle vs residence in the 3700 block of Patterson Road. One vehicle was found to have hit a structure, several subjects fled the scene.

Engine and station maintenance was performed by all companies.

Battalion 5: Crews completed daily apparatus and equipment checks, along with station maintenance.

Crews trained on RAM evolutions, FDC connections, hydrant maintenance and advanced airway interventions.

10:20 a.m. – Engine 6, Engine 12, Truck 1, and Battalion 5 to Lady Dawn Court in Riverbank for a potential structure fire, smell of smoke in the residence. Upon arrival, crews found a large, two-story single family residence with a smell of smoke inside. After investigating, firefighters found a faulty HVAC unit. They secured the power to the unit and ventilated the structure.



Squad 11 and Engine 27 hosted an auto extrication training for the Modesto Fire Explorers at Ceres Pro Tow.

Battalion 2: E26 and BC2 toured two vacant properties at the end of Burneyville Road.

Battalion 5: Crews completed daily apparatus and equipment checks, along with station maintenance.

Crews trained on EMS skills and ground schools.

Engine 27 assisted Squad 11 with training our fire explorers on vehicle extrication.

2:53 p.m. – Grass/Water Tender 27 and Battalion 5 assisted Escalon Fire with a vegetation and trash fire in the 28000 Block of Lone Tree Road.

10:51 p.m. – Engine 7, Engine 26, Truck 5 and Battalion 5 to Rose Brook Court for a potential structure fire, natural gas leak inside. Engine 26 arrived on scene and found a natural gas leak from the line connected to the stove. They secured the gas valve and ventilated the structure. The balance of the assignment was cancelled.

11:07 p.m. – Engine 28 and Battalion 5 to Yosemite and East E Street for a vehicle accident. Engine 28 arrived on scene with OPD and Oak Valley Medics to find two vehicles involved and the roadway partially blocked. Three patients were treated and transported to local hospitals for minor injuries.



Battalion 2: Training was conducted at the company level.

E24 worked on air bag procedures.

9:43 p.m. – A full structure response was sent to 719 Hazeldean for a structure fire. E24 reported active fire from the second story window. E24 was able to knock down the bulk of the attic fire from the outside while the rest of the units arrived. E23 was given 2 out, WT23 supplied E24, Q22 assisted E24. E28 worked on salvage, the rest of the responding units were returned.

Battalion 5: Crews completed daily apparatus and equipment checks, along with station maintenance.

Engine 27 and 28 trained on rope rescue systems and victim packaging.

9:34 a.m. – Engine 27 and Battalion 5 to Cabernet for a public assist. Station 27 received a phone call from a homeowner stating that they found a large military shell in their garage. Upon arrival, firefighters found a large military howitzer shell in the garage of the home. Firefighters and OPD officers evacuated the home, sheltered the surrounding homes in place and blocked the roadways. A unified command post was established. Crews also called for the Stanislaus Sherrif’s EOD team. Upon their arrival, they notified us that because it was a military shell, they called for the Travis Air Force Base EOD Team to respond. Once they arrived, they were able to x-ray the device and determine that it was unarmed. They removed the device for disposal.



Battalion 2: Firefighter Etcheverry successfully passed his seven-month probationary test.

Battalion 5: 6:34 p.m. – Modesto Engine 27, Engine 28, Stanislaus Quint 22, and BC5 were dispatched to a potential structure fire in the 400 block of South Fifth Avenue in the City of Oakdale for the smell of something burning inside the building. Engine 28 located and isolated the source that was a malfunctioning fire alarm panel.



Battalion 5: Station Maintenance was performed at Station 30.

9:31 p.m. – Engine 27, Engine 28, Engine 29, Engine 26, Engine 23, Quint 22, Engine 23/Water Tender 23, BC5, BC2 and Cal Fire responded for the report of a roof on fire in Eugene. On scene crews found a house that had a chimney fire that caught the wood shake roof on fire. The fire was knocked down and then crews checked for extension. Crews took the time to salvage the inside of the building before pulling ceiling. After all belongings were covered, crews made access to the attic and confirmed the fire was out.



Congratulations to Chief Tim Tietjen for 20 years of service to the Modesto Fire Department.

Battalion 2: Engine 26 participated in a Tot Time Trick or Treat with the City of Riverbank.

Battalion 5: Crews participated in Halloween parades in Valley Home and Oakdale.

Members from Modesto Fire attended a basic firing class at Turlock Lake. MST provided a dozer and engine to assist.