Smoke alarms save lives but so do neighbors who call the fire department when they hear a smoke alarm or smell smoke. This was the case back in August when a San Ramon woman’s life was saved when her neighbor called 9-1-1 to report hearing a smoke alarm in the distance.
Ms. Tammy Marquez contacted San Ramon Valley Fire Dispatch early one morning to report a smoke alarm going off somewhere near her. Crews from Station 30 responded to the call and found light smoke coming from a nearby apartment. The Firefighters were able to make access into the unit through the back door. Once inside Firefighters found the resident of the home unconscious on the living room floor.
The Firefighters/Paramedics worked quickly to extinguish the small kitchen fire and rescue the resident. The resident was taken to San Ramon Regional Medical Center; treated and later released.
“This was a call that could have had far different results and could have possibly been fatal to the patient”, said Fire Captain David Shorum. “Ms. Marquez made a huge difference in the outcome of this incident.”
San Ramon Valley Firefighters would like to thank Ms. Marquez for helping to save a life. Her call to the Fire District not only allowed crews to rescue her neighbor but also stopped the fire from spreading to the rest of the building.
“If you think you should call, you should call”, said Denise Pangelinan, Communication’s Manager for San Ramon Valley Fire. “This is a perfect example of how a 911 call saved a life.”
San Ramon Valley Fire would like to remind residents to ensure their smoke alarms are working by testing them monthly and changing their batteries twice a year. Check to make sure you have smoke alarms on each level of your home, outside all sleeping areas and in each bedroom. Also, never be afraid to call your emergency service a provider, San Ramon Valley Fire is here to protect and serve the residents of the valley for all fire and medical emergencies.
The San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District is an internationally-accredited special district that provides all-risk fire, rescue and emergency medical services to the communities of Alamo, Blackhawk, the Town of Danville, Diablo, the City of San Ramon, the southern area of Morgan Territory and the Tassajara Valley, in Northern California (Contra Costa County). The District’s service area encompasses approximately 155 square miles and serves a population of 170,000.