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Two alarm fire on Citrus St

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER -- Firefighters found “heavy fire coming from the entire first floor, including the garage,” of this Citrus Street home when they responded on May 25. They requested a second alarm. Firefighters had to help rescue people trapped in a next-door unit, but most of the damage was confined to the original home. One resident received treatment for a minor burn, and the local chapter of the Red Cross helped make housing arrangements for the family displaced from this house, reports the West Sacramento Fire Department. The cause and origin of the fire are under investigation. (Photo courtesy of W.S.F.D.)"

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Arrest for lighting cat on fire

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — MAY 30, 2012

The West Sacramento Police Department has just announced that it has arrested a 17-year old local boy for “felony cruelty to animals,” after a cat was set on fire on May 2.

The police did not identify the juvenile.

[adrotate group=”10″]   Witness saw a “ball of fire” moving near Circle Park in West Sacramento the night of May 2 — and it turned out that someone had used an accelerant to set a friendly local stray cat on fire. The cat was taken to UC Davis Medical Center for treatment, but was euthanized.

“A detective from the West Sacramento police was assigned the case and was able to establish leads which led to the arrest this morning,” said Lt. Tod Sockman of the West Sacramento Police Department in a press release today.

The News-Ledger’s original report, with a photo of the cat, is here.

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Two trucks burn up

Aftermath of what appears to be an accidental fire in an industrial part of West Sacramento (courtesy of W.S. Fire Dept.)

[adrotate group=”7″] FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 23, 2012 —

On May 16, West Sacramento firefighters responded to the vicinity of Galveston and Canal streets after two big-rigs caught fire. The fire appeared to be accidental but of undetermined causes, reports W.S.F.D.

Damage was estimated at about $200,000.

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$5,000 reward in cat-burning case

This stray cat was euthanized after UC Davis vets first tried to save it. Someone doused it with an accelerant and set it on fire near Circle Park in central West Sacramento (photo courtesy of Yolo Animal Services)

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — MAY 8, 2012 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

What looked like a “ball of fire” moving through Circle Park late Wednesday night turned out to be somebody’s idea of a very cruel prank. A cat had been lit ablaze and turned loose.

Witnesses walking near Circle Street and Alabama Street at about 11:15 p.m. reported seeing the flaming cat. They investigated and found it badly burned, but alive, reported Vicky Fletcher of the county sheriff’s department animal services division.

The citizens stayed with the cat until an animal services officer arrived.

“The cat, a stray with no owner, described as a domestic short hair brown tabby female, was transported by Animal Services to the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine Teaching Hospital for emergency care,” added Fletcher in a press release. “Veterinary staff first hoped this very friendly cat would survived this horrible act of animal cruelty, but sadly, the cat had to be euthanized (May 3) as the pain became unmanageable and there were clinical signs the animal would lose its limbs due to the extent of the burns.”

“It was determined the cat was burned by being doused with accelerant and then intentionally lit on fire,” she added.

[adrotate group=”9″]   As of yesterday, there was $5,000 in reward money waiting for anyone with information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible. The money comes from RedRover, a national animal-protection organization based in Sacramento, and from the Yolo County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Anyone with information is asked to call Yolo’s Animal Services section at (530) 668-5287, or West Sacramento police at (916) 617-4900.

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Stranded boater rescued

Fire boat gives a tow to a boater who had been without food and water for several days (courtesy of W.S.F.D.)

NEWS-LEDGER — APRIL 25, 2012 —

West Sacramento’s Fire Boat 41 gave a tow to a boater in need on the evening of April 17. The sailboat owner said he did not have any water to drink and hadn’t eaten in three days, reports the city fire department. He told local media all his belongings were on board the 20-foot boat, and he had been afraid to go ashore and leave it. Firefighters attended to him and towed his boat upstream to be secured.

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Firefighter response times slow down

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — APRIL 11, 2012 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

Firefighter response times got slower in 2011 – apparently a product of fire department budget cuts.

AL TERRELL, West Sacramento Fire Chief (courtesy of W.S.F.D.)

The West Sacramento Fire Department reports its average response time for emergencies went from four minutes and 20 seconds in 2009 to four minutes and 13 seconds in 2010, followed by a 30-second increase in 2011 to four minutes, 43 seconds.

Local firefighters were not busier with emergencies in 2011 – they had fewer calls for fires, emergency medical services and other emergencies in 2011 than in 2010.

The department was, however, smaller in 2011.

“It boils down to what is an acceptable risk for the community,” Fire Chief Al Terrell told the News-Ledger. “Basically, due to the state of the economy, we’ve had to deploy a flexible employment staffing model. When we don’t have everyone at work, we’ve had to take an engine out of service. We’ve always had five engines and a truck in service, and now (some of the time) we have four engines and a truck.”

[adrotate group=”10″]   Terrell said that this happens when enough personnel aren’t available – due to vacations, extended training, or other reasons. Normally, Fire Station 45 on Lake Washington Boulevard in Southport has two fire companies. But when that’s not possible, it drops to one company – and the department finds itself spread thinner.

“About 80 percent of the time or more, we’re fully staffed,” said Terrell.

How dangerous is it to have response times slow to four minutes, 43 seconds?

“At this stage, I’m not really concerned – when it gets into the five-minute range, I’d be more concerned,” said Terrell. He explained a bit about why that is, and how a city decides to deploy fire stations:

“Medically speaking, if the brain goes without oxygen for six minutes, your brain is dead, even if your body is still alive,” said Terrell. “So in the fire industry, fire stations are strategically located to be able to arrive anywhere in their district in six minutes or under. We’ve strategically located our fire stations so we should arrive anywhere in our area within six minutes. Getting there in less than five minutes is doing really well.”

West Sacramento now has five stations, including the Lake Washington Boulevard station that usually holds two companies.

Has anyone died or been seriously injured because of the slower response time average?

“To my knowledge, that hasn’t happened,” said the chief. “If I had my way, I’d prefer to always have five engines and a truck – 30 seconds can make a difference.”

Terrell said that when he arrived to take over the department about four years ago, it had 71 personnel. Now, it has 66, a decrease that includes four uniformed firefighters.

“There are less people to fill in the gaps, so we have to flexibly staff,” said Terrell.

The cuts to the fire department are part of city-wide budget cuts approved by the city council in response to the recession and city budget troubles.  Police and fire services were among the last departments to feel the weight of the city’s cuts.

[adrotate group=”7″]   The West Sacramento Fire Department reports it responded to 253 fires in 2011, down from 281 in 2009. It also responded to 4,905 emergency medical calls and 128 hazardous materials calls in 2011, in addition to 367 false alarms. In general, the department responded to more emergencies in 2010 than in either 2009 or 2011.

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Missing man found on riverbank

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — APRIL 11, 2012 —

A missing Elk Grove man was found on West Sacramento’s riverfront March 26, and carried up the riverbank to get medical help. The unidentified man was about 75 years old and had been missing for two days. Further details about the man were unavailable.
The man was found on a levee near South River Road, and a unit from the Elk Grove police also responded. West Sacramento firefighters performed a “low angle rescue,” carrying the man up the riverbank using a rope system and a litter.

“He had an altered level of consciousness and possible hypothermia,” Fire Department Division Chief Jon Heilman told the News-Ledger.

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