Tag Archives: Oakland Fire Department

On November 19, urban search and rescue teams combed through the ashes of neighborhoods searching for any trace of human remains, such as bone fragments.

Paradise, Calif., is in ruins after deadliest, most destructive fire in state history razes most homes

First responders are combing through the desolate scene, where ashes now take the place of where entire neighborhoods once stood. The vast majority of homes were destroyed by the Camp Fire, and not much remains...
Assistant Fire Marshal Enrique Orduña watches and holds the nylon tubes as children crawl through after performing the stop, drop, and roll technique.

Fire departments educate youth during high risk month for California wildfires

Last year, the state of California experienced its most destructive and deadliest wildfire season on record. October is one of the highest-risk months of the year for wildfires in the state. Currently, fire departments and...

Oakland rescue crews join hurricane recovery efforts in Texas and Florida

Oakland’s Urban Search and Rescue team hadn't deployed in nine years. But three weeks ago, when Oakland Fire Battalion Chief Robert Lipp answered the call to respond to Hurricane Harvey, they mobilized a team in...
Oakland MayoOakland Mayor Libby Schaaf (at podium), Oakland Police Department spokesperson Officer Johnna Watson (right) and other law enforcement officials spoke at a press conference late Sunday afternoon. Photo by Margaret Katcher.r Libby Schaaf (at podium), Oakland Police Department spokesperson Officer Johnna Watson (right( and other law enforcement officials spoke at a press conference late Sunday afternoon. Photo by Margaret Katcher.

Oakland Ghost Ship fire death toll rises to 33; city prepares to release names

Speaking at a late afternoon press conference near the site of Friday’s Oakland Ghost Ship fire, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf announced that the death toll has officially reached 33, and that city officials have positively identified...

Oakland Ghost Ship fire claims at least 9 lives, with more feared missing

A fire that broke out during an electronic music party at an artists’ warehouse space in the Fruitvale late Friday night has claimed at least 9 lives, and an estimated 25 more people are feared...
Current situation of the street where 16 people lost their lives in the 1991 Oakland firestorm because a broken car blocked the route.

Oakland’s plan to prevent wildfires in Oakland Hills faces challenges

City of Oakland plans to reduce plants that can fuel fire and create a more accessible pathway for emergency vehicles, but there's opposition.
A fire station in Temescal

During peak fire season, Oakland fire stations still having rotating closures

Fire stations throughout Oakland are shutting down for days at a time in response to a cost saving measure that came out of City Hall last year.

McClouds, Pulaskis and brush hooks? Oakland’s firefighters explain how to tackle wildland fires

Twenty years ago, when Oakland Fire Department Captain Ian McWhorter was out on the burning hills, joining hundreds of other firefighters battling a blaze that took 25 lives and destroyed over 3,500 homes, he was...
20 years after the Oakland Hills Fire, city officials and residents reflect on what has changed and what still needs to be done. Photo courtesy of Oakland Fire Department.

Twenty years after the Oakland hills fire, what has changed?

On October 19, 1991, the tiny flame that would become the Oakland hills fire was ignited. The ensuring wildfire, which lasted for several days, took 25 lives, consumed over a thousand acres land, and destroyed...
A fire engine at the Oakland Hills fire station, which opened its doors to reporters for a reenactment of the 1991 fire.

Local firefighters reenact the Hills Fire response

The firefighters put on their headphones, fastened their seatbelts, turned on their lights and sirens, and peeled out of the garage towards the narrow, steep road. With notepads and video cameras in tow, reporters were...