Firefighter safety, training improved in Calif. after suicide incident

Alameda firefighters say they have successfully responded to 16 possible emergencies on water since they were condemned for response


By Peter Hegarty
The Contra Costa Times

ALAMEDA, Calif. — Alameda police and firefighters say they have successfully responded to 16 possible emergencies on the water since they were roundly condemned for how they handled the suicidal drowning of a man in San Francisco Bay on Memorial Day.

At least 21 firefighters have also undergone training as lifeguards since the death of Raymond Zack, while police say they expect 10 officers will be certified to operate the department's patrol boat and two Jet Skis by this fall.

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