A report commissioned by the City of Alameda to investigate off Alameda's Crown Beach last May was released Thursday.
of the , which spurred a great deal of community , and compiled by former state Fire Marshal Ruben Grijalva, the report points to inadequacies in the city's response.
"There were a number of breakdowns in the command and control of the incident," notes the report. "Lack of cross training between police and fire led to lack of understanding of each other's resources and capabilities. The result was information gaps, independent actions, resource availability misinformation, lack of coordination, and a disjointed emergency response effort."
Both Alameda's police and fire departments also lacked a clear idea of what resources were available from other agencies in the region, notes the report, and the use of jargon led to a misunderstanding about the sort of rescue capabilities the Coast Guard had.
The report includes 14 specific recommendations (see pages 4-5) for improving Alameda's emergency response, including training in incident management and crisis communication for both the police and fire departments as well as regular cross training with both departments.
The report also includes a history of the city's water rescue program (which ), as well as many of the documents related to its establishment and deactivation. It also describes best practices (pages 10-12) for an emergency response to a person threatening suicide in the water.
"Changes have already come," Russo said, "and more will come ... and then we're going to close the book on this and it's not going to happen again. We will be able to rescue people."
Alameda's City Council will consider the report's findings at a special meeting on Oct. 11.
To read the whole report, click on the image of its front page to the right of this article, or download it from the city's website here.