Posted by Phoenix, a resident of another community, on Feb 7, 2012 at 8:30 pm
Mr Navarro was part of the infamous Oakland fire department leadership that, in 1991, refused to fight the hillside fires. Oakland fire trucks parked in safety and watched homes burn for ten hours - at first, residents drove to their threatened homes to salvage pets and valuables but the FD put a stop to that as well. It was all on TV, three channels, all day Sunday October 20, 1991. In fact it was on national TV.
And thats why fire departments across America have never stopped re-telling September 11, 2001 - the day that dozens of firefighters (and over two thousand office workers, who were told not to use the four stairways so firefighters could use them) died and became heros, erasing the infamy of 1991.
"Very suddenly, the fire flared up in an unburned area on the lower east flank of the burn area. Burning embers had been carried from one of the hot spots into a patch of timber dry brush. At 1058 hours, E19 called for a “full box alarm” to respond to Gwin Tank. Oakland Fire Communications dispatched E24, E28, and BC2 to assist E19. Engine 4, which was assigned to hill patrol, also responded.
One minute later, Engine 19 requested CDF assistance and, at 1102 hours, requested a second alarm and police assistance for traffic and crowd control. The second alarm units were directed to respond to 7140 Marlborough Terrace, at the top of the hill. At 1104 hours, the assistant chief, who could see the smoke from several miles away, called for a third alarm and also directed Oakland Fire Communications to request mutual aid from CDF. He specified to advise CDF that this was “another
Posted by Peter Carpenter, a resident of the Atherton: Lindenwood neighborhood, on Feb 7, 2012 at 9:10 pm Peter Carpenter is a member (registered user) of Almanac Online
"Situation Status at 1130 Hours
Fire: Left flank involving structures on Buckingham and Westmoorland, threatening Marlborough Terrace above. Right flank rapidly approaching homes on Grizzly Peak Terrace, Bay Forest Road, and Tunnel Road. Fire threatening to top hill and spread into Contra Costa County.
Resources: ALL AVAILABLE OAKLAND RESOURCES COMMITTED OR EN ROUTE. CDF units en route. Mutual aid being requested from Contra Costa County and North Zone of Alameda County.
Strategy: Companies on left flank retreating, attempting to evacuate immediately threatened areas. Probably cannot stop fire until resources can be assembled to make a stand ahead of the fire. Companies on right flank trying to assemble adequate resources before the fire reaches structures."