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, Aug. 10 through Monday, Aug. 16. Days not listed had no reports of significant incidents in this area.
MONDAY, AUG. 16
Battalion Chief Serpa is assigned as a task force leader on the Cronan Fire working in Branch 1, Division H supporting fire line operations.
4:59 a.m. – Modesto Fire Department and Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District responded to a working structure fire on the 3000 block of Atchison Street in Riverbank. Stanislaus Consolidated Engine 26 was initially dispatched to the report of a vehicle fire. They arrived on scene to find multiple vehicles on fire spreading to a nearby structure. The fire was upgraded to a working structure fire bringing additional units; several engines and personnel were on scene. The fire was brought under control after about 40 minutes. Crews were on scene for over two hours putting out hot spots. The Stanislaus County FIU is investigating the cause of the fire.
8:48 a.m. – Modesto Fire Department and Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District responded to a potential structure fire on Santa Ana Avenue. Crews arrived to find a single story residence with smoke coming from the attic vents; the incident was upgraded to a residential structure fire response, bringing additional fire units to the scene. Crews worked in the offensive mode to quickly contain a fire at the rear of the structure in the kitchen area. The house was unoccupied; neighbors reported transients going in and out of the structure over the past few weeks. The Stanislaus FIU was on scene. No injuries reported.
SUNDAY, AUG. 15
10:18 a.m. – Modesto Fire Department and Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District responded to a potential structure fire on the 3000 Block of Riverside Drive in Riverbank. The initial report was of the smell of smoke in the residence. Crews were able to check the attic space with the thermal imaging camera and see elevated temperatures near a ceiling fan. They then used tarps to protect the occupant’s belongings and removed the area around the ceiling fan. Charring on the wood ceiling joist was found directly above the fan. The wood joist was removed and the rest of the attic space was checked for indications of charring.
4:13 p.m. – Modesto Fire Department and Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District responded to a water rescue near Valley Oak Recreation Area on the Stanislaus River. Crews were able to rescue two adults, two juveniles, and two dogs. All of the subjects were wearing life jackets.
SATURDAY, AUG 14
All crews did Saturday station maintenance.
One Battalion Chief is assigned as a task force leader assisting with the wildfires in the northern part of the state.
Several crews conducted training with probationary firefighters in preparation of the upcoming seven-month test.
9 a.m. – Modesto BC-5, E-27, E-28 and E-29 pre-positioned at various staging locations in Oakdale while the Oakdale Rodeo parade took place. Crews moved to be in position to better respond to calls while the parade was taking place.
FRIDAY, AUG. 13
12:59 a.m. – Modesto Fire Department and Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District responded to Albers Road near Patterson Road for an overturned vehicle. Crews arrived on scene to find the occupant out of the vehicle with no complaint of injuries. CHP is investigating.
One Battalion Chief is assigned to the River Complex in Yreka as a task force leader.
Seven-month testing continued for probationary firefighters.
3:34 p.m. – Crews responded to a single vehicle into a power pole at Stearns Road and Twildo Avenue in Oakdale. One patient had minor injuries and was evaluated by crews on scene. CHP was on scene investigating.
THURSDAY, AUG. 12
12:41 a.m. – Modesto Brush 29, Brush 28, Grass 27, Water Tender 27, Battalion 5, Stanislaus Brush 23 and Water Tender 23 responded to assist Cal Fire with a vegetation fire in the 14000 block of Sonora Road. Crews arrived on scene with a two-acre grass fire. The fire was contained with no threat to structures. Crews remained on scene for over four hours assisting Cal Fire with mop up.
Fire Explorer training was conducted at Station 17. The Explorers training on using ground ladders.
10:18 a.m. – Modesto Fire Department and Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District responded to the Stanislaus River for the report of two kayakers in distress. Crews were able to locate the kayakers on the river and move them to shore.
2:20 p.m. – Crews responded to a vegetation fire in the 11000 block of Sierra Road in Oakdale for a small vegetation fire burning along the railroad tracks.
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 11
No log available.
TUESDAY, AUG. 10
A Battalion Chief deployed today to the River Complex Fire as a Task Force Leader.
Day two of filming continued today with various crewmembers. Content will be featured on a first responders program honoring firefighters during the month of September. Modesto Fire was chosen based on call volume and number of fires responded to annually compared to similar fire departments around the country.
12:47 p.m. – Modesto Water Rescue 29, Water Rescue 28, Engine 27, Battalion 5, Oak Valley Ambulance and Stanislaus Sheriff responded to reports of a kayak overturned near Honolulu Bar on the Stanislaus River. Boat 28 located the victim in the tree line. The person was not injured and Boats 28 and 29 were able to secure the kayak and delivered them both safely downstream.