Alameda firefighters have told us that the City’s brownout schedule will change starting April 1, at 8:00am.
Starting next Wednesday morning, the Fire Department will discontinue the practice of “browning out” the Bay Farm Island Ambulance when daily firefighting staffing is 26 or 25 firefighters. They will also discontinue the practice of browning out the Fire Truck at Station 2 (Webster and Pacific) when staffing is at 24 firefighters. Instead, when daily staffing falls below 27 (26, 25,24) they will brownout the Advanced Life Support (ALS) Fire Engine at Station 5 (Alameda Point). They will continue to hire overtime to staff to a minimum daily level of 24 firefighters.
Alameda Firefighters Association President Domenick Weaver said: “This decision has shifted the risk primarily to the citizens and visitors on and near Alameda Point as well as to the members of the Coast Guard who live in the old off-base housing area. The risk to firefighters remains the same with the decreased staffing levels, and all the citizens of Alameda are subject to the overall decrease in emergency response capabilities that they are already paying for.”
The announcement comes on the heels of a presentation earlier this week by Fire Chief David Kapler to an audience of Bay Farm Island homeowners at their community association meeting center. Alameda firefighters were neither invited nor permitted to speak at the event.