Monday, December 8, 2003 10:00 pm
Thanksgiving Day was a time to be thankful. And my thanks went
out to the Lodi Fire Department and its paramedics.
In 1925, the Lodi Fire Department proudly displayed its modern equipment outside the city’s fire station on Main Street. The city’s ladder truck is on the left, and the fire engine that pumped water is on the right. The brick building housed Lodi’s city government, including the fire department, police department and all city offices from 1912 to 1928. The building originally cost $3,998. When the police and city offices moved into the new City Hall on Pine Street in 1928, the building became the fire department’s main station until the department moved to its new main station on Elm Street in 1967. The Main Street building has been unoccupied since, and still stands today as a historic reminder of the city’s beginnings.
This 1926 photograph shows members of the Lodi Fire Department
taking a short break during a drill. The pump truck, the pride and
joy of the department, can be seen behind the men. George Polenske
is on the far left. The next four men are unidentified. It is
believed that the next four men are Frank Buehl, Robert Channell,
Wayne Wilson and Art Blewett at the far right.
Charlie Anderson holds the halter on Dolly, the city’s fire horse, inside the City Livery Stable in 1911. Whenever there was a fire emergency, Dolly was hitched up to the hose wagon kept at the stable. The city’s volunteer firemen then drove Dolly to the scene of the fire. Two years later, in late 1913, the City of Lodi purchased its first motorized fire truck, and Dolly’s services were no longer needed for fire emergencies.
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Memorial for Lodi Fire Department Capt. Joe Hansen on Thursday, May 10, 2012.
Engineer Ryan Walker of the Lodi Fire Department loads frozen
turkeys into carts at the Lodi Community Center on Friday. The fire
department raised around $500 to purchase 30 turkeys from
Food-4-Less and donated them to the center, a yearly tradition. The
department also provided canned foods donated by the public through
the department's Santa Claus truck.
Thursday, December 1, 2011 12:00 am
Santa Claus is coming to town!
Firefighter Oscar Picazo slides face-first down a makeshift
floor that was built to simulate a floor collapsing under his
weight during mayday training Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011.
Firefighters Mark Azevedo, left, and Oscar Picazo, right, hold a
section of chain link fence on top of fireman Kris Graves during
their mayday exercise on Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011. Graves and his
colleagues went through a series of training obstacles that tested
their ability to appropriately react to dangerous situations.
Wednesday, October 5, 2011 12:00 am
There is no shortage of catastrophes a firefighter can encounter
while on a call.
Members of DiBuduo & DeFendis Insurance present Lodi Fire
Department Division Chief Aimee New with a grant of $10,000 at the
insurance office Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011. The grant will be used
to help maintain department programs that are in danger of being
Friday, September 23, 2011 12:00 am
Sipping on wine and soda while listening to men strum “Time of
Your Life” by Green Day, Lodi city officials and community members
gathered to celebrate a grant award to the Lodi Fire Department on
A check of $10,000 was presented to Division Chief Aimee New by
members of DiBiduo & DeFendis Insurance, which New said would
help to save programs within the fire department that are in danger
of being cut.
From left: Jon Pittman, Craig Mintz and Ryan Walker of the Lodi Fire Department are promoted to engineer Wednesday morning at Carnegie Forum in Lodi, as Fire Chief Kevin Donnelly pins a new badge on Walker. Gene Stoddart was also promoted to batallion chief during the ceremony.
Thursday, April 28, 2011 12:00 am
Three Lodi firefighters earned a promotion to engineer and Gene
Stoddart was moved up from captain to battalion chief on Wednesday
morning at Carnegie Forum.
Tuesday, February 12, 2008 10:00 pm
Kevin Donnelly, chief of the Lodi Fire Department's operations
division, has been named the city's fire marshal.
Lodi Fire Department formed 100 years ago
Friday, June 1, 2007 10:00 pm
Fire was everyone's nightmare in Lodi's early pioneer years.
Friday, August 6, 2004 10:00 pm
With assumptions that the city will continue to grow, the Lodi
Fire Department is eyeing not only a fifth fire station, but a
Thursday, December 30, 2004 10:00 pm
Although promoting six firefighter positions to higher ranks
will only cost $8,319 this year, the pension costs years down the
road are unknown.
Friday, August 30, 2002 10:00 pm
Five new recruits have finished their academy training and are
set to start work Monday with the Lodi Fire Department.
Thursday, December 13, 2001 10:00 pm
A lone siren accompanied by childrens laughter and a deep ho,
ho, ho, echoes through Lodis crisp, December night air.
Tuesday, February 5, 2002 10:00 pm
A firm hired to study the Lodi Fire Department's plan to put
paramedics on fire engines and buy ambulances claims the city has
seriously overestimated call volume and revenue.
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