ABC newscaster Michael Finney, a former Alameda resident, is the Grand Marshall at this year’s Alameda Mayor’s Fourth of July Parade. He is well known in the Bay Area for his 7 On Your Side reports on ABC7 News and his Consumer Talk radio show on radio KGO.
The city of Alameda has adopted the Nixle 360 messaging service as its new communication service to send emergency alerts to Alameda residents.
The Nixle service will allow Alameda police and fire departments to send voice messages to a resident or business’ landline phone and text and voice messages to a resident’s mobile device. The city has been using Nixle to send community announcement alerts for some time, but now the service will handle Alameda’s emergency alert messages.
After three years at Alameda’s helm City Manager John Russo said that things are going well. When he arrived here the city was still reeling from the May 30, 2011, Raymond Zack drowning. The fire department’s failure to rescue Zack polarized the community.
At its June 17 meeting, the City Council gave a unanimous thumbs up to extending Alameda Fire Department’s (AFD) Basic Life Support program. The service involves transporting patients by ambulance on non-emergency calls like doctors’ and dialysis appointments. Under the program AFD personnel also transport patients between facilities and stand by at events.
AFD offers these services for a fee using two of its ambulances staffed by its emergency medical technicians.