20th Anniversary of the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake

Media Advisory (PDF)

On October 17th, the San Francisco Fire Department will be participating in various events throughout the City to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the Loma Prieta Earthquake of 1989.

There will be several Fire Department specialized units on display for the viewing pleasure of the public at four different venues (see list below).  Fire Department personnel will be distributing safety information and explaining Fire Department capabilities related to each piece of equipment.

San Francisco Fire Department’s Neighborhood Emergency Response Team (NERT) will be conducting a citywide Emergency Response Drill at the Marina Green from 12:30 PM – 3:30 PM.  The formation of NERT was a direct response to the Loma Prieta Earthquake.  More than 15,000 SF residents have been trained.

The Portable Water Supply System and Fireboat, which were used to battle the fire in the Marina 20 years ago, will be on display at the Marina Green.  A Moment of Silence will be held at 5:04 PM at the Marina Yacht Harbor, during which the Fireboat Guardian will be conducting a water display.  A dedication ceremony for the Marina Earthquake Monument will also be held, where Mayor Newsom, Supervisor Alioto-Pier, Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White, Firefighters, and members of the public will come together and remember those that were lost, those that lost their loved ones, and those that became heroes on October 17th, 1989.

See links below for more event information.

SFFD Units will be on display from 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM. 

Bayview District:  
SFFD Multi Casualty Unit
SFFD Mini Pumper
On display at Joseph Lee Recreation Center
Oakdale & 3rd Street

Mission District:
SFFD Light Rescue Vehicle
SFO Airboat
On display at Parque Ninos Unidos
23rd & Folsom St.

Sunset District:
SFFD Light Rescue Vehicle
On Display at 20th Ave. & Irving Street
(Parking Lot Location)

Marina District:
SFFD Mobile Command Unit
Portable Water Supply System
Fireboat Guardian
On display at Marina Green (West side)


Marina Earthquake Memorial (www.meqm.org)

The Big Rumble (www.thebigrumble.org)