Yesterday, July 4th 2020, your Oakland Firefighters responded to hundreds of calls for service and fought dozens of fires in the town.
Above is a video of a large crowd at Lakeshore Ave and Brooklyn Ave delaying 10 Engine’s response to an emergency. Thankfully, the cool headed crew was patient with a crowd that was jumping, dancing and banging on the fire engine and no one was seriously hurt, but our inability to respond to emergencies when we are needed most is distressing.
We recognize the variables of our current reality are broad and complex, but the lack of social distancing amidst a surging pandemic and the amount of illegal fireworks in the middle of wildfire season are extremely concerning. Most of the fires we responded to yesterday were caused by illegal fireworks and in a few weeks some of our exposures to Covid 19 will stem from yesterday’s recklessness.
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That’s crazy to stop an engine on an emergency medical call. What’s Libby have to say. I feel sorry for whoever didn’t get get the emergency care.
My Son works at this station. SAFETY to the crew.
My Husband used to be Engineer out of 10 Engine back in his day before retiring.. great firehouse.. hopefully no one was seriously injured.. stay safe guys...
This is terrible. Thank to all the firefighters who had to deal with that.
So sad. No respect for anyone! Wouldn’t it be ironic if the person they were going to save/rescue/help was a close family member of one the people causing the long delay! Time is brain!
Thank you for continuing to work so hard in spite of parties making your life difficult. How terribly thoughtless of them. I hope you all come out of isolation virus free!
I applaud the crew for their level headed approach. Hopefully nobody was injured due to the delay. Please do NOT hold up the fire department. Their work is essential!
Why is no one arrested in this town over the behavior this weekend? Police and city officials need to make example of a few people and then this sort of behavior wouldn't be so prevalent.
It angers me to watch this! My dad was a firefighter in Union City many years ago. How dare they exhibit such disrespect!! Please be safe OFD! Thank you for your service and patience during these uncertain times!
The speed of a car is determined by the driver. First responders are the passengers.... look at who is in charge and the policies they are implementing - we the people are the victims.
Well i guess when its their turn to have an emergency that requires police, fire or an ambulance maybe the drivers should take their sweet time getting there and see how these people respond to them not showing up.
Thank you to Oakland firefighters and all firefighters who had to respond to idiots setting fires with illegal fireworks. What’s wrong with people ? And blocking your truck and banging on it while you’re trying to help in an emergency is inexcusable and juvenile.
Thank you for all you ALL do. Kudos to this crew for keeping their cool. Truly professional from this standpoint. I am so disappointed that these morons put you in that type of situation. May you continue to watch out for each other and please be safe.
Just ridiculous. My father retired from OFD 20 years ago. I can't imagine how scary this is for you and your families. Stay safe!
WTF People!! Let the responders do their job safely and without delays. What if that was your house on fire or family waiting for emergency responders!
What a shame!!! As you were trying to respond to an emergency. Hopefully no one was injured or major fires where you were intended to be.
Thank you all for your service...especially through this unfortunate time. Please be safe as you try to save lives!
What is wrong with people? What if someone house was burning down?!?!? What if they got stuck and started stealing things from the Fire Engine? Then the police would have had to go down desperse that crowd.
Thought we weren’t supposed to be gathering in groups and were supposed to social distance... guess these folks are exempt....
They should have let that fire truck go so they could help someone life.
Thank you for all that you do for the community. I wish there wasn't so much stupidity and carelessness among some of those "just having fun". We need to care a little more for each other. Be safe OFD and OPD. Be well, be careful, be secure. And thanks for everything!! 💟🚒💙🚔💕
Move out of the way and let them get through! Like really??? They are emergency responders!
Firefighters 1st responders have a hard enough job without these people making it harder shameful
I am sorry you guys have to work in such dismal conditions! Thank you for your service!
Those jerks were on the engine, l would have loved to have knocked their butts off.
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