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The Newman Fire Department responded to 14 calls for service between Jan. 1 to Jan. 6. The calls included eight for Emergency Medical Services, one fire assist to another agency, one carbon monoxide alarm, one vehicle fire and three motor vehicle collisions.

 At 7:04 a.m. on Jan. 3, the Newman Station was dispatched for a motor vehicle fire on River Road just north of Villa Manucha Road. On arrival, the fire officer found a sedan that was well involved in flames. The occupant was out of the vehicle and had reported the incident. The occupant stated that they were accelerating after coming to a stop at the stop sign then suddenly the check engine light came on and flames were seen from the rear of the vehicle. Fire crews had a difficult time extinguishing the fire due to fuel runoff. A specialized foam was used to assist with extinguishing the fuel fire. No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire was determined to be a mechanical or electrical malfunction. The damage value was estimated at $10,000. California Highway Patrol arrived to investigate the incident.

The Newman Station was dispatched for a motor vehicle collision in the 500 block of Fink Road at 7:46 p.m. Jan. 3. Upon arrival, the fire officer investigated and learned that the individual at the location was involved in a vehicle versus pedestrian collision at another address. The individual was treated for moderate injuries and transport via ground ambulance to the local trauma center. During the investigation, it was reported that another individual was involved in the incident. However, fire crews were unable to locate any additional persons. California Highway Patrol and Stanislaus County Sheriff are continuing the investigation. 

At 5:06 p.m. on Jan. 4, the Newman Station was dispatched for a motor vehicle collision with an overturned vehicle at Merced Street and P Street. On arrival, the fire officer advised the collision was non-injury with one vehicle on its roof blocking the roadway. Fire crews arrived and secured the vehicle and cleared the roadway of debris while assisting with traffic control. Fire and Police awaited the tow truck before clearing the incident. No injuries were reported and the estimated damage loss was $67,000 total. 

The Newman Station was dispatched for a motor vehicle collision during a law enforcement operation on Interstate 5 north of Stuhr Road at 6:57 p.m. on Jan. 6. On arrival, the fire crews found two vehicles and one occupant triaged as walking wounded. The cause of the collision is under investigation by the California Highway Patrol. One occupant was transported by ground ambulance for minor injuries. The estimated total damage was $9,000.


West Side Community Healthcare District currently provides ongoing ambulance services to Merced and Stanislaus counties including areas such as Newman, Gustine, Santa Nella, Stevinson, and rural areas surrounding these communities. The District also has a responsibility to be part of a Mutual Aid agreement that helps ensure emergency services get provided to neighboring communities.

Below is a breakdown of call locations the District responded to between Dec. 26 to Jan. 1:

The District reported 58 total responses and 34 transports. There were seven motor vehicle collisions and 51 medical calls.

Of the calls received:

• Gustine had 20

• Newman had 24

• Santa Nella had three

• Stevenson had three

• Eight were for mutual aid.