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Man Dies in Early Morning 2-Alarm San Francisco House Fire
An intense blaze erupted on the third floor of a building in San Francisco’s Cole Valley neighborhood early Wednesday, claiming the life of one of the residents. San Francisco fire officials tweeted that crews were responding to a 1-alarm fire at 1130 Shrader Street shortly after 6 a.m. Social media video showed billowing flames and smoke engulfing the third floor and the roof of the Victorian as crews arrived on the scene. Firefighters called a second alarm because of the challenges they faced in the densely packed neighborhood. “We have the hills, the slopes and the powerlines here. We also had 30 mile-per-hour gusting winds,” said SFFD Lt. Jonathan Baxter. Firefighters were able to pull a resident from the burning building, but crews were unable to revive the male victim, who died at the scene.

Local 798 Presents “Road to Recovery: Invest in Your Safety”
San Francisco Firefighters Local 798 is honored to present “Road to Recovery: Invest in Your Safety.” 2020 was an unprecedented year that was dominated by a global pandemic forcing nationwide shutdowns, unimaginable suffering, and loss of human lives. Through it all, the nearly 1,700 Firefighters, Paramedics, and Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) of the San Francisco Fire Department (SFFD) went above and beyond the call of duty to provide lifesaving service under the most difficult and dangerous circumstances in recent history. COVID-19 impacted every aspect of our lives, and it highlighted the critical need to maintain a diverse and professional fire department that is fully staffed with adequate resources to protect the people of our City during times of crisis. This publication illustrates the critical needs of our brave Firefighters and Paramedics.

San Francisco’s Fire Department needs a new place to train: Where will it be?
After years of searching, San Francisco appears to have found a new home for the Fire Department’s training facility on Treasure Island, which will have to close down due to redevelopment. The City is moving forward a plan to buy a 4.91-acre site at 1236 Carroll Ave. in the Bayview from Prologis, L.P., an industrial real estate investment group, for $38.5 million, and an adjacent 2.6 acre lot from the Port of San Francisco, which is estimated to cost $5.8 million. Combined, the 7.5-acre lot is about the same size as the Treasure Island site and will meet the needs of a new firefighting training facility, city officials said.

FIRST RESPONDER NEWS
2-Alarm House Fire Contained In San Francisco’s Bayview District
San Francisco firefighters on Monday night contained a two-alarm fire in the city’s Bayview District, officials said. The fire was initially reported at 10:35 p.m. at 4 Wheat Street. The SF Fire Department Twitter account posted that a second alarm had been called at 10:43 p.m. Fire officials later clarified that the fire was burning at 8, 14 and 16 Wheat Street. As of shortly before midnight, San Francisco fire said the fire had been contained and two people were displaced.

Fire Contained in Glen Park Neighborhood
A one-alarm fire in San Francisco's Glen Park neighborhood on Sunday morning has been contained, fire officials said. Crews responded about 6 a.m. to the blaze at 208 Surrey St. No injuries were reported and no one was displaced, officials said shortly after 8 a.m. The fire caused minor damage and is under investigation, the San Francisco Fire Department said on social media.

Photo courtesy of the SFFD
2 Swept Up in SF's Ocean Beach Rip Current Rescued From the Surf
Two adults were rescued from the surf at Ocean Beach in San Francisco Sunday, firefighters reported on Twitter at 5:25 p.m. Both victims were caught in a rip current and rescued by Golden Gate National Recreation Area lifeguards and San Francisco Fire Department's Ocean Rescue. Both will survive, firefighters said.

Firefighters Rescue Para-Sailor In San Francisco Bay
Firefighters rescued a para-sailor from the Bay at San Francisco's Crissy Field on Friday evening, officials from the San Francisco Fire Department tweeted. Residents were urged to avoid the area around East Beach Road and East Crissy Trail. Authorities said the para-sailor was successfully rescued and "will be okay."

29-year-old software engineer identified as victim in S.F. fatal crash
A 29-year-old woman was identified as the person who died after a hit-and-run crash in San Francisco on Tuesday evening that also sent a man to a hospital with critical injuries, authorities said Wednesday. Lovisa Svallingson died in the crash, according to the San Francisco medical examiner’s office. The victim, a pedestrian, was pronounced dead at the scene, said Adam Lobsinger, a spokesman for the San Francisco Police Department.

Collision Leaves Vehicle On Its Side
The San Francisco Fire Department and San Francisco Police Department responded to a head-on collision that was reported at 1:38 p.m. on Saturday, May 22. The incident occurred on the corner of 23rd Street and South Van Ness Avenue leaving one vehicle overturned on its side. Authorities blocked off the intersection from traffic so that the passengers of the vehicles could be looked at by emergency services and so the vehicles could be moved. Firefighters reported that the two occupants of the vehicles were unharmed and were being evaluated by EMS. According to the Citizen app, both occupants were awake and walking on their own volition as of 1:43 p.m.

Photo courtesy of the SFFD
Good Samaritan Rescues Baby Falcon in San Francisco
Officials with the San Francisco Fire Department said they received an unexpected guest at one of their stations Friday night. According to San Francisco fire officials, a baby falcon was rescued by a good Samaritan out of the bay water and it was delivered to firefighters at SFFD station 35 in the Embarcadero. San Francisco fire posted a photo of the months-old baby falcon on their Twitter and Facebook pages Saturday afternoon. According to the Bay Area Raptor Rescue, the falcon has a clean bill of health and will be released to its nesting area.

BAY AREA NEWS
We stand with our Brothers and Sisters in Labor as they mourn this terrible loss. Several people dead, shot at in an active shooter incident at a union meeting. No words can lessen the pain, we offer support and solidarity.

Ten dead, including gunman, in San Jose rail yard mass shooting; victims identified
In California’s largest mass shooting this year, a gunman opened fire at a San Jose light rail yard Wednesday morning, killing nine people and dying of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, authorities said. The gunman set his house on fire before he drove to a Valley Transportation Authority union meeting and began shooting, law enforcement sources said. Officials said the victims were shot in two different buildings. The shooter was identified by sources as Samuel Cassidy, 57, a maintenance worker at the VTA.

Photo by Jessica Christian/The Chronicle
S.F. finally has a new mental health team to respond to homeless people in distress. Is it helping?
When San Francisco paramedics responded to a 911 call about a “person in distress” on a recent morning, they found a man sprawled out on the sidewalk outside the 16th Street Mission BART Station. The man, who was wrapped in dirty blankets and wearing pants matted with feces and dirt, hadn’t moved in at least a day. The putrid smell around him was so strong that it carried across the street. They soon discovered he needed to go to the hospital — immediately — to treat an infection in his leg. But the man, who also seemed to be struggling with a mental illness, didn’t want to go. “I don’t want to push you,” one of the paramedics said, calmly and patiently. “But I need you to understand that this could be life-threatening.” Realizing they needed more help, one of the paramedics called in reinforcements: San Francisco’s new Street Crisis Response Team. The three mental health professionals respond to some 911 calls in place of police for those who are mentally ill, high on drugs, homeless — or, often, all three.

As S.F. fatal drug overdoses skyrocket, new response team will help those who almost died
Mayor London Breed is proposing a new street team to respond to those who have just overdosed, as San Francisco struggles to curb the city’s staggering rise of drug-related deaths. The Street Overdose Response Team would help answer 911 calls for those in the midst of an overdose or who have just survived one. The goal would be to connect that person with long-term care options, including withdrawal management and residential treatment. This proposal comes as San Francisco grapples with yet another deadly year of overdoses. The pandemic and the rise of fentanyl, an extremely powerful opioid, exacerbated the trend.

STATE NEWS
California COVID-19 Vaccine Tracker
California will adopt an age-based system to vaccinate residents and turn over its distribution to the health insurance company Blue Shield in an effort to speed up what has been among the slowest vaccination rollouts in the country. Meanwhile, the discovery of new variants that may spread more easily, including a mutation that took hold in the Bay Area in December, makes the rollout even more urgent to fix. San Francisco has said it wants to vaccinate all eligible residents by June; at the same time, questions have arisen over why people from out of town can get vaccinated there. Here's the latest on when and where you will be able to get a vaccine across the Bay Area. If you are scheduled for an appointment, here's what to do before and after getting the shot.

Gov. Newsom proposes $2B wildfire preparedness plan for California
Gov. Gavin Newsom has proposed a historic firefighting budget that would increase funding for California wildfire preparedness from $1 billion to $2 billion. The funding will bring on more firefighters and equipment to fight fires this summer. It will be used to buy more C-130 helicopters that can fly faster and safer. The money will also be used to improve forest health, fuel management, and firebreaks.

Wildfires Increasing in California As Drought Conditions Worsen
Drought conditions in California are worsening, making state officials worry that wildfires could cause more damage than last year, when the complex fires burned up 4% of the state — a record-setting amount of damage. The danger prompted Gov. Gavin Newsom this week to request the state to spend a record $2 billion on wildfire mitigation. That’s double what he had proposed in January.

Where California regions rank on the fire danger Burning Index right now
The 2020 fire season was brutal for California. Wildfires wreaked havoc across the state, burning more than 4.2 million acres, the most in recorded history, and resulting in the deaths of 33 people and the destruction of more than 10,000 structures. The outlook for the 2021 fire season isn’t any more promising. A Chronicle analysis shows multiple measures of fire danger all pointing in the same direction — California is headed toward alarming, perhaps record-setting, dryness and heightened risk of wildfires.

ABOVE & BEYOND
PSA with San Francisco EMTS Hits Film Festival
A PSA featuring San Francisco EMTs will be screened at the San Diego International Shortsfest this weekend. The four-minute "First to Respond" video features the San Francisco Fire Department medics as they respond to calls. It was created by Academy of Art University students during two nightly ride-alongs. "What a great start to #EMSWEEK2021 to find out that one of our Public Service Announcements filmed by our own #SF college students will be awarded and recognized at the San Diego Short Film Festival!!" the department stated in an online update.

Important announcement about Health Navigation for CPF 4 & 5 Firefighters
The San Francisco Firefighters Cancer Prevention Foundation is expanding its health navigation program to serve active and retired firefighters associated with Districts 4 & 5 of the California Professional Firefighters, from Sonoma to San Jose. Our goal is to ensure that firefighters with cancer are properly diagnosed and have access to information about state-of-the-art treatment. To view the full details, visit the Health Navigation page on our website.

IN REMEMBRANCE
Remembering Our Fallen Brothers & Sisters
James Bogue
Deceased: 5-25-21
Rank: H-2

Hugh Smith
Deceased: 5-23-21
Rank: H-2
 
Stephen Smith
Deceased: 5-1-21
Rank: H-30
 
Steven Brantley
Deceased: 5-1-21
Rank: H-3

Charles Carli (Ret.)
Deceased: 4-21-21
Rank: H-50
 
John Blake (Ret.)
Deceased: 4-4-21
Rank: H-2
 
Robert Banchero (Ret.)
Deceased: 3-19-21
Rank: H-20
 
John Neil (Ret.)
Deceased: 3-9-21
Rank: H-20

Phil Leanio (Ret.)
Deceased: 3-7-21
Rank: H-40
 
Joseph Scannell (Ret.)
Deceased: 2-20-21
Rank: H-50
 
Robert Gregg (Ret.)
Deceased: 2-6-21
Rank: H-6
 
David Frisella (Ret.)
Deceased: 2-3-21
Rank: H-50

About Local 798
Local 798 is the labor organization of the proud men and women that serve as Firefighters and emergency medical responders protecting San Francisco. The members of the San Francisco Fire Department rely on Local 798 to focus on the wellbeing and safety of those that protect the lives of others. For more information, visit www.sffdlocal798.org.