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‘Santa Run’: soon on a street near you

Santa atop a red "sleigh" in West Sacramento last year (News-Ledger photo by Eric Harding, www.ebharding.com)


The West Sacramento Fire Department and West Sacramento Firefighter’s Association are preparing for the annual “Santa Run” through West Sacramento.

With the help of many off-duty firefighter “elves,” Santa will be riding through various neighborhoods on an elaborately decorated fire truck “sleigh” and handing out candy canes purchased and donated by the West Sacramento Firefighter’s Association.  Additionally, Santa will have a pickup truck following his “sleigh” with helpers collecting any canned food donations for the needy.

The West Sacramento Firefighter’s Association would like to extend its thanks and appreciation to all those who come out to make canned food donations, as well as to Fire Chief Al Terrell and City Manager Martin Tuttle, for permitting the usage and decoration of the ladder truck for this annual tradition.

This year the Santa Run is scheduled for six nights beginning at 6:00 p.m. each night.  Santa will be in the following areas on these dates:

Monday, December 3rd: Broderick and Bryte area on some of the  following streets: Fremont, Douglas, Andrew, Sixth, Cummins, Anna, Kegle, Carrie, Lisbon,North Hobson, and Fourness.

  Tuesday, December 4th: North Business 80 on some of the  following streets: Pine, Palomar, Marigold, Doran, Garnet, Green meadow, Evergreen, Sycamore, Buckeye, Poplar, Proctor, Willow, Rockrose, Chaparral, Lilac, Manzanita, Washington, Oxford, Michigan, Maple, Walnut, Holly, Pecan.

Wednesday, December 5th: Old West Sacramento  following streets: Deerwood, Lakewood, Fernwood, Sonora, Haverhill, Meadow, Webster, Virginia, Alabama, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland.

Thursday, December 6th: Southport North East  following streets: Kinsington Aster, Manchester, Gateway, Sausalito, Sansome, Hearst, Randolf, Mojave, Merced, Rubicon, Ironwood, Spruce, Redwood, Alder, Lime wood, Almond, Peppertree, Peachtree.

Friday, December 7th: Southport South West Following streets:  Independence, Lagoon, Meadowlark, Starling, Sandpiper, Pheasant Hollow, Duet, Constitution, Summerfield, Jacquelyn, Janet, Betty, Shirley, Leslie, Diane, Brenda, Kathy, Nancy, Violet, Mareca, Teal, Canvasback, Pitzer, Allen.

Monday, December 10th: Southport West  (Bridgeway Island) including: Cayman, St. John, Martinique, St.croix, Haiti, Swan, Suisun, Ryer, Catalina, Santa Cruz, Half Moon Bay, Cooper, Fiji, Bowen, Solomon Stuart,Graham, San Salvador, Abaco, Bridgeway Lakes,  Henshaw,  Eagle,  Lewiston,  Tahoe,  Coyote.

  Please understand that Santa cannot get to every street.  Santa’s route will not include trailer parks, courts or dead-end streets.  For further information call (916) 617- 4721.

Please do not call 9-1-1; they have no information about this event.

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Vehicle in repair shop starts fire


West Sacramento’s fire department reports that firefighters were able to contain a fire in a Houston Street auto repair shop last Wednesday.

They responded to the shop at 620 Houston Street at about 9:25 a.m., finding “smoke coming out of one of the roll-up doors at the business.”

  Crews forced entry and used a hose to extinguish the fire. Flames never spread to adjoining businesses.

Firefighters believe the fire was accidental, and started in a vehicle inside the shop somehow.

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West Sac emergency volunteers respond to simulated earthquake disaster

CERT members celebrate their training mission (courtesy of WSFD)


West Sacramento’s CERTs (Certified Emergency Response Technicians) joined other teams in the region to participate in a disaster-response exercise on Oct. 13. The 500 volunteers practiced responding to a simulated earthquake emergency at a shopping mall. CERT members are trained by the local fire department in skills such as first aid and light search and rescue. They are meant to augment firefighters and other first-responders in the event of a disaster or crisis.

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Firefighters get some tear gas

NEWS-LEDGER — OCT 24, 2012 —

The West Sacramento Fire Department reports an unusual incident Oct. 11 during a brush fire near County Road 126 and Old River Road just north of city limits.

West Sacramento and Elkhorn fire crews responded to a one-acre brush fire at about 3:43 p.m. The fire grew, and more firefighters were called to help.

“Midway through the extinguishment,” reports a WSFD spokesperson, “a smoke cloud originating from the CHP Academy drifted over the scene. It appeared that the CHP Academy was performing an exercise near the high-speed track and expelled some type of tear gas.”

“The smoke cloud quickly passed and all personnel recovered from the event.”

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