Loma Prieta Quake and Fire

Loma Prieta Quake and Fire

Announcement Date: November 14, 1989

On October 17, 1989, soon after Loma Prieta Earthquake hit the Bay Area, the Department announced a recall of all off-duty personnel.  Every available member of Station 10, at 655 Presidio Avenue, twenty three in all, reported for duty. (One member was on vacation in England. He cancelled his trip and returned to the City.)  Upon arriving at the fire station, the recalled members found the regular in-service rigs, Engine 10 and Truck 10 already at work at the fire in the Marina which was within the station’s first alarm area.  Richard Bracco, the Captain of the Station 10, who was assigned to Engine Co. 10, was part of the recall.  When he arrived, he assumed command of the firehouse, and began a search for a relief engine or truck.  None were to be found.