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Raymond Zack drowned 50 feet offshore at Crown Memorial State Beach in Alameda on May 30, 2011 as firefighters and police watched.

Report Criticizes City Of Alameda In Drowning Death Of Suicidal Man

An independent investigation into the drowning death of a suicidal man while Alameda police officers and firefighters stood by has found that the death was caused by a breakdown in communications and a lack of training.



Crews Battle Grass Fire In Hills Above San Jose

San Jose firefighters are responding to a two-acre grass fire in the foothills above the Santa Teresa Golf Club this morning, fire Capt. Mary Gutierrez said.

CBS San Francisco–07/21/2011

Flames erupt from the Kappa Sigma fraternity house in San Jose (CBS)

Investigators Rule Out Arson In SJSU Frat House Fire

Fire investigators ruled out arson as the cause of a blaze that destroyed a fraternity house near San Jose State University on Tuesday.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–06/22/2011

Flames erupt from the Kappa Sigma fraternity house in San Jose (CBS)

5-Alarm Fire Guts San Jose Fraternity House

A five-alarm fire destroyed a fraternity house near San Jose State University early Tuesday morning, displacing 28 people.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–06/21/2011


Alameda Residents ‘Wade-Out’ In Bay To Protest Suicide Response

A group of Alameda residents remains puzzled as to why the city’s fire department didn’t help Raymond Zack, who drowned in the Bay on Memorial Day.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–06/12/2011

Bay Bridge

CHP, Fire Department Rescue Man Threatening To Jump Off Ledge Of Bay Bridge

A man who had been standing on the ledge of the Bay Bridge for about two hours Saturday afternoon was taken into custody by the California Highway Patrol.

CBS San Francisco–06/11/2011

Belmont - San Carlos Fire Department engine. (CBS)

San Carlos To Vote On Outsourcing Fire Department

The San Carlos City Council is set to decide Monday night how it will provide fire and emergency services to the city once the Belmont-San Carlos Fire Protection District dissolves in October.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–04/25/2011


San Carlos Looks For Cheaper Ways To Fight Fires

Six months after outsourcing its police services to the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Department, the peninsula city of San Carlos has now set its sights on its fire services.


Oakland police cruisers (CBS)

Oakland Officers Again Plagued By Radio Glitch

Problems that have plagued the Oakland Police Department’s radio communications system off and on this year struck again Thursday, preventing officers in the field from talking to one another or dispatchers for about two hours.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–04/07/2011

Kenneth Waldvogel (Santa Clara County Fire Department)

Santa Clara Fire Chief Draws Salary And Pension

The pending departure of Santa Clara County’s fire chief is sparking some controversy, as critics accuse the chief of “double-dipping,” as he goes into retirement.