60 years ago
What to do about police calls with dial phones had council puzzled: The prospect of dial telephones in Brentwood has the city council worried, and they are joined in the worriment by the volunteer firemen.
Tuesday evening's council meeting brought out in the open the fact that when dial mechanism replaces operator, some sure-and-quick method must be found for getting calls to the police, as well as alarms to the firemen.
Councilman Elmer Gauger, who is also chief of the volunteer firemen, reported that he had been asked by the telephone company to decide how such calls would be handled. Several methods have been proposed. Among these is employing one or more persons to give 24-hour standby service for both the police and the firemen. Another is to install the police radio, now in the City Hall and little used, in some place, such as a hotel, where day and night attention is possible. .
25 years ago
This retired volunteer fireman still comes by to lend a hand: Angelo Garcia may be a retired captain of the Oakley Fire Protection District, but to those who work at the Oakley station, he remains one of the gang.
"His experience is definitely noticeable," said Joe Tovar, OFPD chief. "Even though young men may be physically stronger, it takes them a long time before they reach the same plateau as Angelo. He knows what's
The most dangerous situation Garcia said he's confronted during his years with OFPD occurred during the 1970s. "There was a packing shed on fire in Oakely and there were three tank cars near it, one filled with diesel gas, the other two filled with high octane gas. If those had exploded, half the town would have gone with it. Fortunately we were able to keep the tank cars cool and we finally extinguished the fire."
Garcia, born and raised in Oakley, joined the department in 1954.
-- Brentwood News files