The Newman Fire Department responded to 20 calls for service between Aug. 20 to Aug. 26. Included in the calls were 12 for Emergency Medical Services, three motor vehicle collisions, one vegetation fire, two calls to assist other fire agencies and two commercial alarms.
Just after 8 p.m. on Aug. 25, the Newman Fire station was dispatched to Interstate 5 and Pete Miller Road for a vegetation fire. Upon arrival, fire crews located a small roadside grass and debris fire in an open field, along the Delta Mendota Canal on the west bank with a cross of Pete Miller Road. Crews were assisted by mutual aid from Merced County Fire and California Highway Patrol. The fire was quickly extinguished and crews were committed to mop up for approximately 30 minutes. The fire burned approximately 2,500 square feet. The cause of the fire was undetermined due to a lack of witnesses or evidence. No injuries or damage were reported.
The Newman Fire station was dispatched at 3:33 p.m. Aug. 25 to Highway 33 at JT Crow Road for a motor vehicle collision involving two vehicles. Upon arrival, the fire officer found two vehicles had collided leaving one vehicle off of the roadway and the other blocking the northbound lane of Highway 33. All occupants were self-extricated prior to fire crew’s arrival. Fire crews established control of the scene and performed rapid triage to two walking wounded, both of whom refused emergency medical care per medics at scene. Fire crews provided traffic control, debris clean-up and secured both vehicles. Injuries were classified as minor. The damage estimate combined was approximately $24,000. The incident is under investigation by California Highway Patrol.
At 7:02 p.m. Aug. 24, the Newman Fire station was dispatched to the 14000 block of Crows Landing Road for a motor vehicle collision involving multiple vehicles. The fire officer arrived to find three vehicles in the west bound lane of Crows Landing Road. Occupants appeared to be self-extricated with no smoke or fire present. Fire crews took control of the scene and investigated to find four walking wounded. All occupants at scene refused transport by medics at scene. Fire crews provided traffic control, secured the vehicles and debris clean up. Mutual aid was provided by Mountain-View Fire Protection District. Crews were committed to the scene for approximately one hour. California Highway Patrol arrived and the authority of the scene was transferred to that agency. The cause of the incident is under investigation by California Highway Patrol. The estimated damage combined for the incident is approximately $21,000.