Alameda Fire Department

Photo by James Astwood.

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Broad Brush, your weekly, two-sentence local news review. Here are your Alameda headlines for the week.

Firefighters quickly extinguished a vegetation fire that occurred on the 2100 block of Shore Line Drive on Saturday evening, Alameda Fire Capt. Jim Colburn said this weekend. A reader sent us these pictures.

Paramedics with the Alameda Fire Department will soon be able to do more than ferry patients to the hospital and provide care on the trip there: They’ll also provide assistance to chronically ill patients after their hospital stay is over to make sure they are getting the care they need to avoid a return trip.

Photos courtesy of James Astwood.

Firefighters quickly extinguished this vegetation fire that occurred on the 2100 block of Shore Line Drive on Saturday evening, Alameda Fire Capt. Jim Colburn said this weekend. The Alameda Fire Department sent an engine and a truck to put out the fire, which was burning next to a bench adjacent to the beach. As of Sunday afternoon, the cause of the fire was undetermined. James Astwood took these photos of the fire, which he said spread quickly because of the wind, and submitted them to The Alamedan.

Alamedans who live near Rittler Field and others who happened to be passing by Thursday evening may have done a double take in order to process a surprising sight: a helicopter parked in a corner of the field, accompanied by a lineup of fire trucks and police cars.

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Alameda Fire Chief Mike D’Orazi is retiring, again.

D’Orazi is leaving the Alameda Fire Department on December 27 after serving as its chief for the past three and a half years. City Manager John Russo is appointing Deputy Chief Doug Long as his interim replacement.

“Chief D’Orazi has been a visionary leader in the fire department,” Russo was quoted as saying in a press release issued Monday. “We will miss his experience, wisdom, and future oriented perspective.”

Long joined the Alameda Fire Department as a firefighter, in 1988.

Alameda police have arrested two men in connection with a string of apparent arson fires that took place within a seven-block radius on and around Park Street Sunday morning.

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Broad Brush, your weekly, two-sentence news review. Here are your headlines for the week.

A pair of Alameda firefighter/paramedics will soon be doing more than just responding to medical emergencies: They will be checking up on the city’s infirm residents after they leave the hospital.

The City Council on Tuesday night signed off on the city’s participation in the Alameda County Community Paramedicine Pilot Project, a county-funded, two-year pilot project to help divert patients from expensive hospital emergency room visits by helping them access community resources and making certain they are practicing good self-care.

ABC7's Michael Finney is grand marshal for the 2014 Alameda Mayor's Fourth of July Parade. Photo from the parade website.