The Newman Fire Station responded to 32 calls for service from Aug. 27 to Sept. 4. Included in the calls were 23 Emergency Medical Service calls, one vehicle collision, one working structure fire, one vegetation fire, one trash fire, one hay fire, one public assist, one commercial fire alarm, one potential structure fire, and one hazardous materials incident.
The fire station responded to the intersection of Moorhead Road and Eastern Road shortly before 11 a.m. Aug. 27 after 20 one-gallon jugs of motor oil were found next to the road. A small amount had spilled onto the roadway and dirt on the side of the road. Fire crews used plastic bags to contain the gallon jugs and used absorbent to clean the 5-foot-by-5-foot area affected by the spill. The incident was reported to the County Department of Environmental Resources. The cause of the incident was due to illegal waste disposal. No injuries or damage estimate were reported.
A vehicle rolled over into the center divide at 2:18 p.m. Aug. 28 on Interstate 5 at Shields Road. The Newman Fire station responded and found the vehicle resting on the driver’s side with the keys still in the ignition. The driver had self-extricated with help from corrections officers who were passing by. The occupant was classified as walking wounded and complained of back pain. They were assessed by the EMS supervisor at scene then transported by ground ambulance to an area hospital. The estimated damage was approximately $12,000. The cause of incident is under investigation by California Highway Patrol.
The Newman Fire station was dispatched to Orestimba Road, near the greenhouses at 5:47 p.m. Aug. 28 for a vegetation fire along the Delta Mendota Canal. Upon arrival, fire crews found a vegetation fire burning on private property. Fire crews accessed the property along with mutual aid from Cal Fire and quickly extinguished the fire. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time and was estimated at less than one acre in size. No injuries or damage were reported.
A vegetation fire was reported at 3:50 p.m. Aug. 29 in the area of Crows Landing Road and Dodds Road. The Newman Fire station found a small vegetation fire approximately 30-foot by 10-foot alongside a ditch. Fire crews used a natural barrier of green vegetation and water to extinguish the fire. The cause of the fire is unknown and was reported by a passerby. No injuries or damage to report.
At 1;41 p.m. Sept. 2 the Newman Fire station was dispatched to the 800 block of Tivoli Drive for a potential structure fire. Upon arrival, crews found a single-story residential structure with no smoke or fire visible. Upon further investigation, the fire crews noted the smoke alarms were in good condition and active. Fire crews made access to the attic and used thermal imaging cameras to look for the presence of smoke or fire. Fire crews were unable to located any source. No injuries or damage were reported.
At 7:15 p.m. Sept. 2 the Newman Fire Department was dispatched to Bell Road with a cross of Stuhr Road for a trash fire. Fire crews arrived to find a pile of trash and debris burning on the spillway. Crews were committed to the incident for approximately 30 minutes. The cause of the fire was intentional. The incident was reported to County Department of Environmental Resources. There are no injuries or damage to report.
The Newman Fire Department responded to a mutual aid call at11:16 p.m. Sept. 3 to assist West Stanislaus County Fire with a hay fire. Fire crews arrived to assist with fire attack by providing water and man power.
The Newman Fire station provided mutual aid to the Patterson Fire Department at 2:16 p.m. Sept. 3 on a working structure fire. On arrival fire crews were assigned to provide station coverage during the incident. Fire crews provided coverage for approximately two hours.