Engineer Jim Adams
Firefighter JD Clevenger
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Injured Firefighter to Return to Full Duty
Engineer James Adams will returned to duty Monday,
October 18, 2010. He reported to duty at Fire Station #1
at 8:00 a.m. Fire Station #1 is located at 610 11th
Street, in Modesto. Fire Engineer Adams was injured on
January 1st, when the roof of a burning house
he was working on collapsed. The collapse engulfed him
and Fire Fighter Jason Clevenger in room totally ablaze.
Engineer Adams suffered burns to over 48% of his body. -
2nd and 3rd He was kept medically
sedated for 21 days. He has undergone several skin
grafts and extensive treatment for his injuries. Since
February 15th he was moved to the UC Davis
rehabilitation unit and underwent rigorous physical
therapy and treatment. He was released home on February
22nd. His remarkable recovery can only be
best described as miraculous.
Engineer Adams’ recovery has been ongoing and is
expected to take most of this year. He continues to be
seen at the UC Davis Medical Center as an outpatient.
Physical therapy treatments will continue until James’
full release to duty.
James will return
to duty under a modified assignment schedule until such
time as he can return to full duty. Interim Fire Chief
Michael Kraus said,” we have been waiting for Jim’s
return to duty for quite some time. We are excited to
have him back.”
– Fire Fighter Jason Clevenger returned to full duty
April 20, 2010. He reported to
duty at Fire Station #5 at 7:00 a.m. Fire Station #5 is
200 W. Briggsmore Ave., in Modesto. Fire Fighter Clevenger was injured on
January 1st, when the roof of a burning house
he was working on collapsed. The collapse took him and
Fire Engineer James Adams into the heart of the inferno.
Fire Fighter Clevenger received second and third degree
burns to over 10% of his body. He spent seventeen days
in the hospital, including twelve days at the UC Davis
Medical center Burn Unit, in Sacramento.
Since his release from the hospital, Jason has
had to undergo regular physical therapy and
rehabilitation for his injuries. For the last several
weeks he has been assigned to a light duty assignment,
with limited physical and strenuous activity being
allowed. Tomorrow, he will return to full and active
duty with no limitations. He returns to his regular
assignment as the firefighter on Truck 5.
Fire Engineer Adams, critically injured in the January 1st
incident, is home and undergoing physical therapy and
rehabilitation for his injuries.
The date of his return to duty is dependent on
the progress he is able to make. His rehabilitation is
expected to take the better part of a year.
Engineer James Adams:
Jim Adams Comes Home
- Jim has been released from UC Davis and is on the road to
recovery at home with his family.
- Firefighters from Modesto Fire Department and Sacramento Fire
Department gathered to encourage Jim as he continues his journey at
- He has been working extremely and the family is
looking forward to being home at last.
- Amy, his wife, has begun reading the posts to
him and he has expressed overwhelming gratitude to
all who support him and his family.
- The family wishes to express their appreciation
for all of the thoughts and expressions of care for
James that they have received.
A Trust Fund has been established to provide assistance to
- Contributions can be made to the Modesto Firefighter
- The Trust Fund is available at the
Federal Credit Union
- The Credit Union is located at 430 12th St., Modesto, CA 95354
- They are open Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
- The telephone number to call is (209) 521-2020
Blood Drive was
Planned for Adams and Clevenger:
- Sponsored by the Oakdale Rural Fire Protection
District (ORFPD) and the Oakdale City Fire
Delta Blood Bank.
- The Blood Drive was held on
January 18, 2010
- 65 units of blood were collected.
- Additional donations can be made on behalf of
Adams and Clevenger.
- The Delta
Blood Bank is located at 1900 West Orangeburg
Ave., Modesto (209) 549-8484.
- The Modesto Fire Department wishes to extend our
sincere thanks and appreciation to the Oakdale Rural
Fire Protection District, the Oakdale City Fire
Department, and all who took the time to contribute
Firefighter Clevenger Released from Hospital
Firefighter Jason Clevenger was released from Doctors Medical
Center at 10:45 a.m. Wednesday, January 06, 2010.
- He was transferred to the UC Davis Medical Center, Burn Unit, in
- He had an appointment to have his burn injuries evaluated as an
- Physicians at UC Davis Medical Center determined the need to
admit Firefighter Clevenger.
- Doctors intend to provide additional treatment to his burns.
- His stay at the Center is expected to last a couple of days.
- Firefighter Clevenger has met and spent some time visiting with
the Adams family.
Engineer James Adams: Continues to be
in serious but stable condition as of January 06, 2010.
- He is still in a sedated state, which allows his
body to rest and begin to heal itself.
- He is showing signs of improved respiratory
- His burns percentages were upgraded to 45% of his
- It is expected that he will receive additional
medical treatments on Friday.
- Area Firefighters who are also burn survivors
will be meeting with the family to share their experiences and to
assist them negotiating through the maze of medical care options
Modesto, CA – The condition of the two Modesto Fire
Fighters injured in the January 1st house fire continues to be stable.
Firefighter Jason Clevenger's condition is listed as good. He
continues to be a patient at Doctor’s Medical Center, in Modesto. It is
expected that his stay will be extended for another several days.
Afterward, there has been some discussion about transferring him to the
UC Davis Medical Center, Burn Unit, for consultation with burn care
specialists regarding future treatment and care of his injuries.
Engineer Adams’ is stable, although his condition is still listed as
serious. He is under the care of the UC Davis Medical Center, Burn Unit
physicians. They have already begun the lengthy process of treatment to
heal and repair the burns to Adams. It is expected that his stay at UCD
will last in excess of a month. Both families are grateful for the
outpouring of support and prayers on behalf of their loved ones. They
have asked that we respect their privacy during this difficult time.
They will not be granting any interviews for the foreseeable future.
A group, supportive of these Modesto Fire Fighters, has been started
on Facebook.com. It is called,
Modesto FD Truck Co 5 Injured Firefighters. As of now there are over
500 members who have joined, extending their best wishes and admiration
for our injured brothers.
With regard to the incident, fire investigators and City of Modesto
Building officials met at the scene of the fire in order to evaluate the
continued stability of the structure. The investigation remains open.
To recap, the fire occurred on January 1st at 11:36 p.m. at 2308
Coston Ave. in Modesto. The residence is a single family, single story
house. The first arriving fire companies arrived at 11:43 p.m. Heavy
smoke visible was reported, indicating an active fire. Initial
assignments included sending Truck Company 5 to the roof to vertically
ventilate the structure. Venting the roof allows for the escape of the
super-heated gases, the toxic smoke and improves the visibility and
temperatures for the firefighters operating in the interior of the
Fire Engineer Adams and Firefighter Clevenger laddered the roof. They
were directly followed up the ladder by their Captain. The two sounded
the roof with a tool to determine its stability to proceed. As they
began their cut through the roof conditions instantaneously
deteriorated. Firefighter Clevenger stated that he felt like he was
standing on a mattress. Before they could vocalize the need to get off
of the roof, it failed and collapsed, taking both of them into the
inferno below. Their Captain immediately announced a “Mayday” indicating
the roof collapse and the trapped firefighters. Upon the “Mayday”
declaration the Rapid Intervention Company (RIC) went into action to
rescue the downed firefighters. They entered the burning building and
within two minutes both men were pulled to safety. The collapse occurred
at 11:43 p.m., just six minutes after the fire department’s arrival.
They were transported to area hospital by ambulance. Engineer Adams was
later transferred to the UC Davis Medical Center, Burn Unit, where he is
today. The sole purpose of the Rapid Intervention Company (RIC) is to be
there in case of a firefighter down or entrapped. They can support the
interior fire operation by softening the structure for the fire teams
inside. They routinely break out windows, remove window bars. place
ladders on the roof for secondary means of egress for ventilation crews,
and disconnect the electrical and natural gas service.
The fire was caused when the occupant of the residence attempted to
re-fuel a gasoline powered generator. The generator was being used
inside of the garage. She was using a candle to illuminate the work area
when it was dropped, starting the blaze.
Hugo P. Patino, Jr.
Public Information Officer
Modesto Fire Department
610 Eleventh Street
Modesto, CA 95354