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Firefighters practice on Marshall Road

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — JULY 31, 2013 —

West Sacramento firefighters will be practicing their fire control techniques over the next couple of hours (early afternoon, July 31) at a Southport structure donated for their use.

The controlled burn will take place at 3450 Marshall Road, near Golden Gate Drive.

According to Division Chief Becky Ramirez, firefighters will focus on “defensive techniques” — attempting to contain the fire in just one portion of the structure, or coming up with a strategy to keep it from spreading to (hypothetical) adjoining structures.

The burn has been scheduled for some time, pending approval of air quality officials who were waiting for suitable conditions.  Neighbors have been notified, Ramirez told the News-Ledger.

The landowners plan to demolish the structure after the burn practice.

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West Sac residence used for regional firefighters’ practice

QUICK SEARCH: A West Sacramento fire crew practices what do do when they arrive on scene and learn a victim is likely trapped in an upper floor of a burning house.    They used the ladder to break in a plywood “window,” then reset the ladder. Firefighters then “went in low, below the smoke,” explained W.S.F.D. Battalion Chief Rebecca Ramirez, and searched the room. In the photo above, you can see a little bit of the “victim” towards the right -- it’s a 175-pound practice dummy. News-Ledger photo

QUICK SEARCH: A West Sacramento fire crew practices what do do when they arrive on scene and learn a victim is likely trapped in an upper floor of a burning house.
They used the ladder to break in a plywood “window,” then reset the ladder. Firefighters then “went in low, below the smoke,” explained W.S.F.D. Battalion Chief Rebecca Ramirez, and searched the room. In the photo above, you can see a little bit of the “victim” towards the right — it’s a 175-pound practice dummy.
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FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JULY 3, 2013 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

Although the fake smoke machine wasn’t on hand Friday morning, the goal was still to make it “as real as possible” for firefighters training at a borrowed multi-residential unit on B Street, said Rebecca Ramirez, a Battalion Chief for the West Sacramento Fire Department.

Retired firefighter and landlord Ric Dorris lent the building out for the session.

Visiting to hone their techniques and “get on the same page” were crews from Davis, UC Davis, Woodland and Yolo’s Yocha Dehe tribe, along with West Sac. They’re often often called upon to back each other up and work together.

“It’s about sharing knowledge and best practices, said Ramirez.

Not too many years ago, fire departments could be dismayed to arrive on scene in a neighboring jurisdiction and find that their hoses weren’t compatible with the locals’.  Or that they had different terminologies. A lot of those troubles have been solved. But not all.

“If someone says, I have a firefighter in trouble who entered the ‘alpha’ side, everybody needs to know what that is,” she explained.

A burning structure gets each side named, and “alpha” is often the front. Progressing around the building are its other walls — “beta,” “charlie” and so on.

At training sessions like this, firefighters also practice specific techniques — “the more ‘tools’ you have in your toolbox, the more likely you can solve a problem,” said Ramirez.

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 FALLEN FIREFIGHTER: West Sacramento Fire Department’s James Staley, acting as instructor (above) , explains how to lift a firefighter who has fallen through the floor into the basement.

  “They get a ‘charged’ hose line in there and push it down through the floor,” explained Rebecca Ramirez, W.S.F.D. Battalion Chief. “They anchor one end. They attache a loop. The firefighter actually gets on it and straddles it, and climbs the end that is anchored.”

  While the firefighter is climbing, his colleagues are lifting the other end of the hose to help.

  You can see that part of the exercise — what’s going on below the hole in the floor — below.

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ABOVE: Some of the firefighters on scene Friday to train at a vacant residential unit on B Street. Battalion Chief Rebecca Ramirez is at far left  (and she receives  a promotion to Division Chief this week). News-Ledger photo.

ABOVE: Some of the firefighters on scene Friday to train at a vacant residential unit on B Street. Battalion Chief Rebecca Ramirez is at far left (and she receives a promotion to Division Chief this week). News-Ledger photo.

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Firefighters put out trailer fire, take part in simulated West Sacramento flood

This trailer being used as a residence on Walnut Street was described as a 'total loss' after a May 5 fire. (courtesy of the West Sacramento Fire Department.)

This trailer being used as a residence on Walnut Street was described as a ‘total loss’ after a May 5 fire. (courtesy of the West Sacramento Fire Department.)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 15, 2013 —

West Sacramento’s firefighters responded to a burning travel trailer (above) on May 5. The trailer at 744 Walnut Street was being used as a residence.

They controlled the fire in about 10 minutes, but the trailer and its contents were determined to be “a total loss,” reports the department.

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In other action, the fire department joined the city department of public works, city hall personnel, the Yolo County Emergency Services director, state Department of Water Resources and other personnel from April 22-25 for “Operation Noah’s Ark.”

The operation used computers and field exercises to simulate the crisis of a “slow-rise” flood in West Sacramento produced by “the convergence of storm runoff, controlled dam releases, high tidal influence and sloughage of the levee at the Bryte Bend.”

Participants practiced their resource deployment and public information strategies.

 

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Basketball: cops versus firefighters

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 8, 2013 —

West Sacramento firefighters will take on the city’s police department in a charity basketball game on Saturday, May 11. The game starts at 6 p.m. at River City High School. Tickets ($3/adults, $2/children) are sold at the door. Proceeds benefit the high school’s athletic programs.

The school is located at 2801 Jefferson Blvd. in Southport.

 

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Car accident, Southport restaurant fire

Two people went to the hospital after a three-car accident on a West Sacramento freeway

Two people went to the hospital after a three-car accident on a West Sacramento freeway

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 1, 2013 —

  West Sacramento firefighters (above) joined the CHP and ambulance units on Saturday morning, April 20, after a three-car accident on I-80.  One driver had to be extricated, and a total of two people went to local hospitals.

In other city fire department news, crews responded to a structure fire on the night of April 22 at Hawaiian BBQ in the Southport Town Center Plaza.

  “Upon arrival, light smoke and flames were seen through the front doors,” reported the WSFD. “The cause of the fire was (that) an employee left the deep fryer on and covered the opening with a piece of cardboard.” Damage was estimated at $7,500.

Courtesy of the West Sac. Fire Dept.

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Car goes into river, rescuers respond

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — APRIL 10, 2013 —

Fresh on the heels of an accident in which a West Sacramento woman drove her car into the river and drowned while phoning for help on March 13, dispatchers on the 911 system handled a more recent report of a car going into the Sacramento River.

The latest call came in at about 9:50 p.m. on March 30, from near South River Road and Burrows Road in southern West Sacramento.

“The witnesses stated they saw a four-door sedan floating down river with its headlights on,” reported the West Sacramento Fire Department. They also reported seeing what looked like the lit-up screen of a cell phone inside the car.

[adrotate group=”7″]   That led to the strong suspicion that someone was still inside.

Firefighters responded in vehicles and a rescue boat searched for the vehicle, helped by the CHP, sheriff’s department and DART (Drowning and Accident Rescue Team) divers.  After an hour without finding the car, and then switched from “rescue” to “recovery” mode.

At about 2:30 a.m., hindered by strong currents and bad weather, the search was called off.

The car was later found and pulled from the river, empty. It turned out the car had been reported stolen.

 

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West Sac CERT volunteers honored

 ABOVE: ‘Bronze’ emergency response volunteers Carol Davis, Buzz Jones, Joel Miller, Vyckie Lee, Alton Stewart, Sendy Cay and T.S. Elliott (Mike Tagupa is not pictured).


ABOVE: ‘Bronze’ emergency response volunteers Carol Davis, Buzz Jones, Joel Miller, Vyckie Lee, Alton Stewart, Sendy Cay and T.S. Elliott (Mike Tagupa is not pictured).

RIGHT : ‘Gold’ volunteer Randy Frank (at right) has donated more than 500 hours of his time to the Community Emergency Response Team in West Sacramento. Here, he’s congratulated by Battalion Chief Rebecca Ramirez as Fire Chief  Al Terrell looks on.  (Photos and information courtesy of West Sacramento Fire Department

RIGHT : ‘Gold’ volunteer Randy Frank (at right) has donated more than 500 hours of his time to the Community Emergency Response Team in West Sacramento. Here, he’s congratulated by Battalion Chief Rebecca Ramirez as Fire Chief Al Terrell looks on.
(Photos and information courtesy of West Sacramento Fire Department

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — APRIL 3, 2013 —

As part of the annual awards ceremony for the West Sacramento police and fire departments this month, the WSFD honored a group of citizen volunteers who have trained as ‘CERTs.’

These “Community Emergency Response Team” volunteers are trained to help their families and community in the event of a community, and to support police and fire services.

[adrotate group=”7″] Eight of West Sacramento’s CERTs were recognized at the ceremony for achieving “bronze” status — donating at least 100 hours of community service.

Another, Randy Frank,earned a “gold” award for exceeding 500 volunteer hours.

[adrotate group=”9″]   The fire department’s CERT program is about to begin another round of recruitment and training. See the back page of this week’s News-Ledger for information.

 

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