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Ex-State Fire Chief to Probe Alameda Drowning

Alameda hired a retired state fire chief Wednesday to review the Memorial Day tragedy at Crown Beach, when firefighters watched as an apparently suicidal resident drowned himself.

Ruben Grijalva, former state fire marshal and head of the California Department of Forestry and Fire, will look at the city's water rescue policy, draw up a chronology of events that day and issue recommendations.

He will have full access to city documents and be able to interview employees, City Manager John Russo said.

Grijalva's report is due by late September and will be posted on the city's website.

Raymond Zack, 53, drowned May 30 after wading into the bay at Crown Beach. Firefighters said they didn't try to save him because they were not trained in water rescue and because of the possibility that Zack was violent.


Wisconsin City Council Turns Over EMS to Hospital

Vote in Platteville transfers control of EMS to Southwest health Center.

21 People Rescued From Drifting Houseboat in Texas

Austin-Travis County EMS said none of the occupants were injured.

Austin-Travis County EMS Honored with Mission: Lifeline Gold Award

AHA award recognizes successful implementation of quality improvement measures.

Construction Worker injured in fall at Maine Water Treatment Plant

Firefighters had to cut through reinforcing bar to access the patient.

Wisconsin Council Votes on Ambulance Service Change

Vote could move responsibility of EMS delivery to area hospital.

Ohio Law Would Allow EMTs to Treat Injured Animals

Proposed bill would not allow people to call 911 for pets.

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