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San Francisco Firefighter Dies After Helping Extinguish SFO Parking Garage Fire
The San Francisco Fire Department on Tuesday announced the recent death of a firefighter who suffered a medical incident after fighting a fire at the SFO parking structure last week. The fire on the fourth floor of a parking structure at the San Francisco International Airport started at around 6 a.m. last Tuesday and damaged at least six vehicles before it was brought under control. “With great sadness, we inform you of the death of Firefighter (FF) Christopher Yock,” the statement issued by the department read. “On Tuesday, June 8th, 2021, he passed away after fighting a large fire at the San Francisco International Airport parking structure.” According to the San Francisco Fire Department, Yock and numerous other firefighters responded to the SFO parking garage fire, working hard to extinguish the fire. “Unfortunately, after returning home from the incident, he suffered a medical emergency and passed away,” the announcement said. Fire officials confirmed Yock suffered from cardiac arrest later in the day.

Local 798 Presents “Road to Recovery: Invest in Your Safety”
Through all of the challenges of 2020, our San Francisco Firefighters and Paramedics continued to go above and beyond the call of duty to provide lifesaving service under the most difficult and dangerous circumstances imaginable. As San Francisco continues to recover and the Board of Supervisors are in the process of making difficult budget decisions, it is critical that we secure adequate funding to support:
 
• An increase in staffing levels of SFFD Firefighters, Paramedics, EMTs, and administrative personnel.
• The replacement of our aging fleet of ambulances and fire apparatus.
• The lifesaving Disaster Preparedness projects and programs of the SFFD.
 
Day in and day out, SFFD Firefighters are on the frontlines working to carry out City-led initiatives, including Community Paramedicine programs such as the Street Crisis Response Team and EMS-6, in order to keep our city safe. We need continued support and investment in our Department so we can achieve our mutual goals. To view the SFFD presentation during the BOS Budget and Appropriations Committee Meeting, click HERE.

More medical calls in S.F. can mean longer waits for ambulances. Here's how city aims to fix it
San Francisco doesn’t always have enough ambulances for medical calls, with a backlog of up to six calls at times. That means an ambulance has been requested but isn’t immediately available. Though paramedics are already at the scene delivering potentially life-saving care, and each delayed request may be resolved in minutes or even seconds, it can delay transport to a hospital in situations where each minute could matter. While medical calls have grown nearly 16% since 2015, the number of ambulance personnel has remained at 200, according to a Fire Department memo. The impacts of more calls can be increased wait times for patients to get ambulances in outlying areas and reliance on overtime to meet staffing needs, the memo said.

The SFFD had a ceremonial ribbon cutting for the opening of Station 49 which houses our ambulances. We are thrilled that some of our hardest working members have a dedicated, safe workspace.
Station 49 Ribbon Cutting
Located behind Fire Station 9 and approximately one mile from Fire Station 49 in San Francisco’s Bayview District, the site of the City’s new Ambulance Deployment Facility at 2241 Jerrold Ave. will provide optimal operations for first responders across the city…The much-needed four-story building will be a seismically-safe structure designed to serve the needs of a growing, 21st-century San Francisco.

20 rescued, 15 injured in San Francisco apartment building fire
A 6-story apartment building in San Francisco caught fire Saturday morning. Smoke billowed from the Sierra Madre Apartments at Leavenworth Street, near O'Farrell Street in the city's Tenderloin neighborhood, at about 6:30 a.m., San Francisco Fire Department said. About 20 tenants had to be rescued from the building, and some required medical attention afterwards. Of the building's 49 units, 44 were being rented out. Fifteen people were injured, with some going to the hospital, including a police officer who suffered some burns. But none of the injuries are considered to be life-threatening. The fire department also rescued about 8 dogs.

FIRST RESPONDER NEWS
2-Alarm Fire Erupts At San Francisco Residential Hotel
A two-alarm fire erupted Sunday afternoon at the National Hotel in San Francisco’s Civic Center, forcing residents to flee the thick smoke that billowed out of the building. San Francisco Fire officials said one resident was treated and released after suffering from smoke inhalation. There were no other injuries to residents or firefighters. The hotel, located in the 600 block of Odd Fellows Way just off Market Street, offers 90 units of permanent “supportive housing to San Francisco residents in critical need.” Fire officials said crews responded to the mid-Market neighborhood to reports of a fire at 5:30 p.m. The response was quickly elevated to two alarms. Twenty-five fire vehicles and 75 emergency responders, including firefighters and paramedics, were on the scene as the fire burned on the first, second and third floors of the building.

Crews Make Numerous Rescues from San Francisco Apartment Fire
Fifteen people were injured and five dozen displaced by a roaring, smoky early morning apartment house fire in a Tenderloin apartment building on Saturday. Firefighthers took about 90 minutes to contain the blaze at the six-story Sierra Madre apartment building, which broke out around 6:30 a.m. Flames and dark smoke streamed from the roof of the building in the 400 block of Leavenworth Street. Firefighters led people and pets from the smoky building. Some descended on a tall ladder raised against the side of the apartment house.

Firefighters Battle Debris Fire
On June 16th, Battalion 10 Companies spent five hours battling a large debris fire. 

SF Crews Rescue 1 From Fire In Excelsior
A one-alarm fire in the 100 block of Dublin Street sent one person to a hospital burn unit with serious injuries Saturday night. The San Francisco Fire Department tweeted the incident at 7:42 p.m., describing the fire as active and urging the public to avoid the area of the fire, located west of the Glen Eagles Golf Course at McLaren Park in the city's Excelsior neighborhood.

Dried sludge ignites at S.F.'s largest sewage treatment plant
Sludge dust caught fire during a demolition at San Francisco’s oldest and largest sewage treatment plant Tuesday afternoon, authorities said. The “minor” fire broke out during construction at the Southeast Treatment Plant on Phelps Street around 2:40 p.m., said Will Reisman, a spokesman for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. No injuries were reported. Dust from dried sludge ignited during a demolition, said Jonathan Baxter of the San Francisco Fire Department.

40-Foot Tree Falls into Home Near San Francisco’s Edgehill Mountain, No Injuries Reported
Fire crews responded Monday morning to a West of Twin Peaks neighborhood near Edgehill Mountain in San Francisco, where a 40-foot tree fell on a house. No injuries have been reported at the home, located on Edgehill Way, fire officials said. A building inspector has been sent to the scene, the San Francisco Fire Department said on social media about 8:45 a.m. As of 1:37 p.m., crews continued to clear the tree from the home.

Hiker overdoses at Marshall's Beach, rescued by San Francisco Fire Department
San Francisco first responders rescued someone who apparently overdosed while hiking at Marshall's Beach Tuesday night. The fire department tweeted that a cliff rescue was underway at 9:30 p.m. and for residents to avoid the area. Marshall's Beach is just west of the Golden Gate Bridge. In a follow up tweet half an hour later, SF Fire officials said that the adult was rescued and that Narcan was administered. They were then taken to an area hospital.

Photo courtesy of the SFFD
All residents find shelter after Market Street supportive housing fire
Hotel rooms have been secured for all 80-plus residents who were displaced by a two-alarm fire Sunday at San Francisco’s National Hotel at 1137 Market St., District 6 Supervisor Matt Haney said in a 10:13 p.m. tweet. The fire, which was first reported at 5:30 p.m. and contained at 7:02 p.m., was caused by a mattress fire, San Francisco Fire Department officials said. Twenty-five fire vehicles and 75 emergency responders, including firefighters and paramedics, were on the scene as the fire burned the first, second and third floors of the building, officials said.

Man on scooter rescued after falling into water near Fisherman’s Wharf
The San Francisco Fire Department rescued a young man on Friday night after he fell into the water at Pier 45, near Fisherman’s Wharf. Around 9:38 p.m., officials say the man was on a scooter when he went off the path and fell about 16 to 20 feet into the water. After about 40 minutes, crews were able to rescue the victim. He was taken the hospital in serious condition.

BAY AREA NEWS
Fireworks Near You Every Night? We Have Tips
July 4 is around the corner. And now that California has reopened, Bay Area residents can once again experience some of the official firework displays that were canceled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic — including San Francisco's Fourth of July display. However, there's a chance that your particular corner of the Bay Area is already experiencing the sounds (and sights) of illegal fireworks every night. The sale and use of state-approved fireworks each 4th of July is permitted in a limited number of Bay Area communities: Cloverdale, Dixon, Dublin, Gilroy, Newark, Pacifica, Rio Vista, Rohnert Park, San Bruno, Sebastopol, Suisun City and Union City. Anywhere else, even on the Fourth of July weekend, fireworks are illegal.

Local 483 Rallies City Action on Retrofitting Apartment Buildings Ready to Burn
A building’s fire risk can be a looming, invisible threat until an ignition leads to a conflagration that claims lives and causes irreparable property damage. Some may be surprised to learn that many of San Francisco’s aging residential high-rises lack any life-safety fire protection systems. Members of Sprinkler Fitters Local 483 are working to rectify this unsustainable situation. “Unfortunately, there have been multiple fires in the city and county in residential high-rise and mid-rise buildings that have really brought this issue to light,” said Local 483 Business Manager Stan Smith. The union is currently working with District 3 Supervisor Aaron Peskin and other Board of Supervisors members to consider crafting an ordinance requiring retrofitting of older buildings with sprinkler systems. Local 483 is also advocating for bolstering training needed for testing, inspection and maintenance of all life-safety fire protection systems in San Francisco.

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.

California Fire Map & Tracker
An interactive map of wildfires burning across the Bay Area and California.

City of South Pasadena’s Wrongful Termination of Firefighter: Supreme Court Denies Review
South Pasadena reached the end of the appeal road Wednesday when the state Supreme Court denied its petition for review of a lower court ruling under which it must reinstate fire engineer Owen Cliff Snider, who was terminated in December, 2016 while serving as President of the city’s firefighters union, Local 3657. It must also make good on back pay that with interest will likely total well over a half million dollars. Without comment, the court denied review of a Feb. 26, 2021 appellate ruling which in turn upheld a Jan. 20, 2020 decision of the California Public Employment Relations Board. In a decision that will now stand as precedential, PERB concluded the city terminated Snider “in retaliation for engaging in statutorily protected [union] activity.”

NATIONAL NEWS
The NFPA released a new standard for portable radios. This development came about because of our tragic loss of Vinnie and Tony at the Berkeley Way Fire. Let’s always create space to learn and improve! Never let the loss of a Brother or Sister be in vain.
New NFPA 1802 Standard establishes specifications for rugged portable radios in the hazard zone
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recently released a new standard, NFPA 1802: Standard on Two-Way, Portable RF Voice Communications Devices for Use by Emergency Services Personnel in the Hazard Zone. Ten years ago this month, in June 2011, two firefighters were tragically killed in the line of duty while fighting a residential fire in San Francisco, California. Their portable radios and remote speaker microphones (RSMs) failed due to exposure to heat from the fire. They couldn’t transmit a mayday that they were trapped. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) fire fighter fatality investigation report on this tragic incident recommended continued research and efforts to improve radio system capabilities. This led to the development of the new NFPA 1802 Standard, initiated in 2013 and finalized this year.
How the American Rescue Plan Act will help cities replace police with trained crisis teams for mental health emergencies
Last November, we co-authored a Brookings report on alternatives to police as first responders when dealing with people experiencing a mental health crisis. In the report, we drew attention to pathbreaking examples and innovative strategies from around the country that are using specially trained crisis intervention teams rather than armed police. We also highlighted a range of steps needed for such teams to become the standard approach to defusing dangerous mental health incidents.

ABOVE & BEYOND
Skaters with Jobs: Firefighter Rob Collinson
Have you seen Rob Collinson skate! What an impressive firefighter/skater who reaches out to our city youth with a unique connection and message: “you too can become a firefighter”. Check out his story courtesy of
Thrasher Magazine.


IN REMEMBRANCE
SF Firefighter Obituary: Christopher George Yock
1963 - 2021
Christopher George Yock, a resident of San Rafael, CA, passed away at home on June 8, 2021. Christopher was born on December 27, 1963 in San Francisco, CA. His love for "The City" was a constant throughout his life, from his immense knowledge of the best local eateries to ultimately becoming a public servant as a Firefighter for the San Francisco Fire Department. Christopher was born to Jimmy and Anita Yock. He grew up in the Westborough neighborhood of South San Francisco. Christopher began his journey in the fire service as a Firefighter at the Alameda Naval Airbase Station, followed by the Presidio Fire Department, before finally achieving his dream career as a Firefighter for the San Francisco Fire Department. Christopher loved his career in the fire service, and was a beloved firehouse chef who prepared amazing meals with an infectious happiness.

Fallen San Francisco firefighter remembered by his older brother
The San Francisco Fire Department is mourning the loss of Christopher Yock, a veteran firefighter who died last week after battling a fire at an SFO parking garage. His older brother remembered him fondly for his passion for travel, other cultures and his love for life.

Jose "Tony" A. Rodriguez, Jr.
1951 - 2021
Born November 15, 1951, completed the work he was called to in his beloved San Francisco, passed in peace Thursday, June 17, 2021. Loving partner to Brigidan for 46 years, beloved father to Megan, Jessica, Josette, and Maura. Caring brother to Maria Rodriguez, Sylvia (Al) Sierra, Mike (Marian) Bogni, Tom (Chris) Bogni, Carla (Eddie) Jonoubeh, Danielle Bogni. Survived by 29 nieces and nephews. Tony will be remembered by family and friends for dedicating his time and service to others in his professional and private life. He believed in doing his part advocating for others as a business agent in the National Automatic Sprinkler Fitter Union Local 483, and San Francisco Labor Council. Tony was honored when selected, and worked hard to uphold the mission of the San Francisco Fire Commission, and the Democratic ADEM.

Remembering Our Fallen Brothers & Sisters
George Bullwinkel (Ret.)
Deceased: 6-12-21
Rank: H-2
 
Peter Cornyn (Ret.)
Deceased: 6-9-21
Rank: H-30
 
Christopher Yock (Active)
Deceased: 6-8-21
Rank: H-2
 
Al Wirdzek (Ret.)
Deceased: 6-7-21
Rank: H-4

William McCarthy (Ret.)
Deceased: 5-30-21
Rank: H-2
 
James Bogue (Ret.)
Deceased: 5-25-21
Rank: H-2
 
Hugh Smith (Ret.)
Deceased: 5-23-21
Rank: H-2
 
Stephen Smith (Ret.)
Deceased: 5-1-21
Rank: H-30

Steven Brantley (Active)
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

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.