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Fire Calls 9-16-20
dog rescue
Fire crews responded with multiple agencies to a public assistance call for a dog trapped in an irrigation pipe in the 11000 block of Pioneer Avenue in Valley Home and conducted and extensive operation to rescue the animal and reunite it with its owners. Modesto Fire Department Photo

The following is a listing of some of the local calls for service involving the Modesto Fire Department, which staffs Stations 27 and 28 in Oakdale; and the Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Department, covering the Riverbank area.

Calls were logged during the time period of Tuesday, Sept. 8 through Monday, Sept. 14. Days not listed had no reports of significant incidents in this area.




8:15 p.m. – Modesto Engines 27, 28, Battalion 5, and Stanislaus Quint 22 responded to a potential structure fire on Stearns Road in Oakdale; neighbors reported smoke and flames seen near the residence, but were unsure what was on fire. Crews arrived to find a well involved UTV, no structures were threatened. Engine 28 was able to quickly contain the fire.



No time listed – Strike Team XST4201C: Crews were headed back out to Division Z at the Creek Fire for continued mop up, hose lays, structure defense, holding team, firing ops and chasing spot fires.



7:46 p.m. – A public assist call for a dog trapped in an irrigation pipe was sent to Battalion 5 by SR911. Engine 30 was dispatched to assess the situation in the 11000 block of Pioneer in Valley Home. Engine 30 arrived on scene and met with the dog’s owner. Multiple family members and friends were already in an irrigation vault attempting to coax the dog out. The pipe was 8 feet underground at the vault and the dog was estimated to be 50 feet into the pipe from the vault. The owner advised that the dog is old, hard of hearing, and was last seen two hours prior walking along the ditch bank. OID was in the area tending to a route and stopped to assist. Battalion 5 arrived on scene and initiated a Technical Rescue response for a confined space entry. The response included Modesto Truck 1, Truck 5, Squad 11, Stanislaus Battalion 2, Oak Valley Ambulance, CHP and Stanislaus County Animal Control. Crews had to remove a gate valve and chip out a coupler for access to the pipe. With the gate valve in place the opening was less than 15 inches. The diameter of the pipe was 18” and now allowed a rescuer access. Two firefighters were outfitted with a supplied air mask, a tag line and communication line and one was able to crawl inside the pipe approximately 50 feet and make contact with the dog. The rescuer was able to place a quick sling on the dog and the second rescuer in the vault then pulled on a tag line to extract the rescuer and dog from the pipe. The dog was reunited with her family, tired and scared but appeared to be uninjured.



No time listed – Modesto Fire Department members took time to honor those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001 in a small ceremony at Fire Station 1.

No time listed – Engine 30, Engine 28, Engine 27, Stanislaus Engine 26, Stanislaus Quint 22, BC5 and BC2 conducted a post-incident critique of the Valley Home structure fire.



No time listed – Battalion Chief Rice and BC Hunter assigned as the strike team leader and trainee for XST4201C on the Creek Fire completed a 24-hour assignment. Fire Captain Stasiowski is also assigned to the Creek Fire as a Field Observer. The fire is burning in Fresno and Madera counties.



5:58 p.m. – Engine 28 and Battalion 5 responded to the report of a shooting victim in the 13000 block of Orange Blossom Road. On scene the crews found a male patient with a gunshot wound to the leg. The patient had critical injuries and was transported by ambulance to a local trauma center; E-28 firefighter rode in to assist. Stanislaus County Sheriff’s department was on scene investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident.