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Action Alameda News Acquires Recordings of Radio Dispatch for Second Raymond Zack Ambulance

Action Alameda News has acquired radio transmission recordings from the Alameda County Regional Emergency Communications Center (ACRECC) that document the request from the Alameda Fire Department for a second medic van to be dispatched to try to revive Raymond Zack on Memorial Day to provide a second AutoPulse automatic CPR device. One week after the recordings were released to Action Alameda News, they are still not available on the City of Alameda “Crown Beach Incident” website page.

In June, Action Alameda News was the first to report that Alameda firefighters requested the dispatch of a second ambulance unit to respond to the apparent failure of a piece of lifesaving equipment – an AutoPulse cardiac support pump – at the scene of their response to the ultimately successful Raymond Zack suicide attempt at Crown Beach.

As reported by Action Alameda News previously, an Alameda Fire Department medic, explaining to ACRECC dispatch why they had requested a second medic van, explained, “…we had run through all our batteries on the autopulse….Yea, he’s done. Yea, so we called in to see if we could get the autopulse up and working…He uh, had the ability to make a bad decision and did.”

The Alameda County Fire Department, through the Alameda County Regional Emergency Communications Center (ACRECC) located at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory site in Livermore, California, handles the dispatch of firefighting apparatus in its region, including the City of Alameda.

In late June, Action Alameda News had requested recordings of the original request for the second ambulance from both ACRECC and the City of Alameda. Initially, the Alameda County Fire Department responded that it had no records responsive to our request, but subsequently, provided copies of the radio transmissions reproduced below.

Alameda County Fire Department Deputy Chief David Lord explained that the delay in producing the recordings was due to the fact that the Alameda Fire Department had requested the dispatch of the second ambulance not to the Crown Beach shoreline, where the incident was first reported, but to Alameda Hospital, where the first medic van was taking the victim, Raymond Zack.

The second dispatch was not associated with the first incident record, Deputy Chief Lord explained, because it wasn’t clear that the second dispatch was related to the Zack incident. “I don’t know if you’re familiar with dispatch centers,” explained Deputy Chief Lord, “but we handle thousands of calls per day, for multiple agencies. Our dispatch operators did what they are supposed to do when handling this incident.”

Deputy Chief Lord denied that the initial response indicating that no records pertaining to the second dispatch were available was due to any attempt on behalf of the Alameda County Fire Department trying to cover up for lifesaving equipment failures within the Alameda Fire Department.

The recording of the radio transmissions to the second dispatch are available here.

6 comments to Action Alameda News Acquires Recordings of Radio Dispatch for Second Raymond Zack Ambulance

  • Barb

    The dispatch of the second ambulance was pointless and only to double the bill for Zack’s family. Why didn’t they just call a five alarm response and have all the firefighters gather around and talk about their next political campaigns?

  • 94502

    Keep your shovel handy, Action Alameda. There is more dirt to shovel away to get to the truth.

  • Marie

    Thank you once again, Action Alameda. To my knowledge there have been no consequences for anyone.

    I just can’t wait for Grijalva’s report. How many months does he get to explain it all to us?

  • Michael

    I wonder how many deaths have occurred due to the firefighters failing to properly maintain life support equipment.

  • Liz Williams

    I wonder how many deaths have occurred due to delayed responses because one firefighter wanted to teach another “a lesson” or snipped wires to the alarm system in their dorm or destroyed other firefighter’s turn-outs, or refused mandatory training because they weren’t being paid overtime.

    Too bad they don’t put details like these in their incident reports.

    Michael, you mean in addition to Raymond Zack’s death, right?

  • Marie

    There were plenty of details in the lawsuit that former AFD firefighter fella won.
    To say they behave unprofessionally is an understatement.