Here’s the latest news from San Francisco Firefighters Local 798…

San Francisco Firefighters Local 798 wishes everyone
a Safe & Happy Fourth of July!
Fourth of July Fun & Fireworks Safety
As we approach the 4th of July, please be reminded that ALL Fireworks are illegal in San Francisco , including branded “Safe and Sane.”

Every Fourth of July, more fires are reported nationwide than on any other day of the year, with 50% of those fires being fireworks-related. Homes, wooded & grassy areas, and even automobiles have become engulfed in flames because of fireworks. On the Fourth of July over the past three years, the San Francisco Fire Department has responded to 53 fireworks-related grass fires, in addition to multiple structure fires that were also caused by fireworks. Most commonly the fires are caused by bottle rocket-type fireworks, where the rockets can land in dry vegetation, on rooftops, or wedge within structures, and still retain enough heat to cause a fire.

In recent years, fireworks have been one of the leading causes of serious injuries that require emergency treatment in a hospital ER. There ARE safer alternatives to using fireworks on the Fourth of July. Public fireworks displays can be the safest and smartest, and even most economical, fireworks alternative. The San Francisco Bay Area hosts several free public fireworks displays every Fourth of July. Click HERE for a list of Fourth of July Events around the Bay Area.

The USCM 87th Annual Meeting: FIRE OPS 101
The IAFF, in conjunction with the Hawaii Fire Fighters Association Local 1463 and the Honolulu Fire Department, conducted a FIRE OPS 101 in Honolulu, Hawaii for U.S. mayors attending the 87th Annual Meeting of the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM). Mayors and their staff attending the 87th Annual Conference of Mayors were invited to “Feel the Heat” as a fire fighter for the day and learn what their Firefighters and Paramedics do to protect communities across the United States. The scenarios included Live Fire, Search and Rescue, Vehicle Extrication, and Cardiac Arrest Response. Thank you to Mayor London Breed for supporting our Firefighters in the field.

New San Francisco Fire Chief Adds Latest Chapter to City’s LGBTQ ‘Herstory’
Jeanine Nicholson has made ‘herstory’ after being sworn in as San Francisco newest fire chief as the first openly LGBTQ head of the department. Chief Nicholson officially took over May 6th, 2019, pledging her continued service to the City she loves and embraced as a young LGTBQ person.

2018 SFFD Year in Review
We are proud to present the 2018 San Francisco Fire Department Year in Review photo book. Last year, our call load increased once again as San Francisco Firefighters and Paramedics responded to more than 149,000 emergency calls for service across our City. This publication was created to honor the hardworking men and women of the SFFD. It highlights the professionalism and dedication of our First Responders as we serve the public with pride. Click HERE to view the book.

Photo by Soleil H o/San Francisco Chronicle
Building fire in San Francisco contained, 12 residents displaced
A fire displaced residents at 1666 Golden Gate Avenue around 4 p.m. Wednesday, the San Francisco Fire Department said. Twelve occupants of the building were displaced by the one-alarm fire, which was quickly contained. The building occupants are receiving aid from Red Cross.

Video courtesy of ABC7 via Twitter
Three injured, one critically, in fire at a Mission District hotel
A fire broke out Friday afternoon at the Curtis Hotel at 559 Valencia Street, leaving one person with critical injuries and two with minor injuries , officials say. “The fire was confined to the room of origin,” said Brook Baker, a San Francisco Fire Department assistant chief. “There was one occupant in that room that had burns, and he was rescued from the building.” According to Baker, the fire started around 3 p.m. and was contained around 3:30 p.m.

Pier 30/32 Water Rescue
Battalion 3 Crews performed a successful water rescue at Pier 30/32 . The patient was taken to a local hospital for further evaluation.

Vehicle Rollover with Extrication
Emergency Crews responded to a vehicle rollover at California St. & Arguello Blvd. where the patient had to be extricated with the Jaws of Life .

Pedestrian killed, 2 others injured in car crash at San Francisco International Airport
One man was killed and two adults suffered life-threatening injuries Monday afternoon after being hit by a car at San Francisco International Airport, according to police. At about 3:30 p.m., the San Francisco Police and San Francisco Fire Department airport bureaus responded to a collision involving a Ford Expedition and three pedestrians in the arrivals area of the international terminal, according to a police press release. Two men and one woman were transported by ambulance to a hospital with life-threatening injuries. At about 4:28 p.m., one of the men died from his injuries.

Homeless encampment fires: Trying hard to find the numbers
If you think there have been a lot more homeless encampment fires of late, you would be right. But, homeless encampment fires are somewhat a numbers game, but the numbers are hard to find. The fire that burned a Pittsburg roofing business's inventory and storage lot full of plastic piping, was caused by a fire that started in a homeless encampment just outside of the businesses perimeters. With fire season longer, hotter, dryer and often windier, firefighters have great reason to be concerned and so should you.

Congratulations Shon & Julia!
A Fairy-Tale Ending in Its Own Time
“Love doesn’t always happen how or when you think it will. This love was worth waiting for.”
Shon Buford, 48, who is an acting captain with the San Francisco Fire Department, and Julia Mathis, 40, who works for the University of California San Francisco, were married June 7 at San Francisco City Hall.

What percentage of San Francisco’s firefighters actually live in San Francisco?
San Francisco’s crushingly expensive rental and housing markets have been pushing people out of the city for years.  Few workaday employees can lay out, say, $3,500 for a typical one-bedroom apartment in the city. And in San Francisco, that includes many of its most important workers: firefighters. According to public records requested by Mission Local, 71 percent of San Francisco firefighters live outside of San Francisco. Only about 500 of the department’s 1,756 safety workers reside within city limits. 

At the Pride Parade, a festival of rainbows — and resistance
Tens of thousands descended on downtown San Francisco on Sunday, adorned in rainbow flags, feather boas and beads to celebrate LGBT pride. There were first-timers, old-timers, politicians and protesters. And there were people from out of town who had never seen a Pride Parade before. Larraine and Peter Browne, visiting from Australia, thought they could easily walk up Market Street to San Francisco’s famous attraction, the cable cars. But they ran into a different attraction.

Can California avoid a third year of fire catastrophe? Here’s what’s been fixed — and what hasn’t
All signs point to another busy fire year in California. Already, a heat wave this month triggered hundreds of wildfires . They were mostly small burns, but they thrived off a healthy crop of brush nourished by the wet winter. As the state’s hills and valleys continue to dry out, that vegetation may pose bigger problems. State and federal leaders are working to reduce the threat, but they face a number of long-standing challenges: overgrown forests that haven’t been cleared of undergrowth, sprawling development in high-risk areas, an electric grid prone to throwing deadly sparks and a warming climate. The last two fire seasons, the worst ever in California, offered a tragic taste of these mounting problems. More than 135 people died in wildfires in 2017 and 2018, while tens of thousands of houses and businesses were destroyed. November’s Camp Fire in Butte County alone killed 85 and wiped out 14,000 homes.

Newsom pitches wildfire claims relief plan for PG&E — with conditions
Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday outlined an ambitious plan that would help the embattled Pacific Gas and Electric Co. deal with any future wildfire liabilities — if the utility clears strict safety requirements and exits bankruptcy protection by next June. Newsom’s proposal — his most concrete effort to address the severe financial problems wildfires are causing for California’s electric utilities — would aid PG&E and its Southern California counterparts by creating a new fund the utilities could tap into if their power lines spark more deadly fires like those that plagued the state in 2017 and 2018. Rates would not rise because of what the governor outlined, according to his advisers, but the fund could be set up so that utilities and their customers pay as much as $21 billion (the ratepayer contribution would come from the extension of an existing charge).

9/11 first responder and advocate Luis Alvarez dies at 53
Luis Alvarez, a retired NYPD bomb squad detective who described for Congress his medical issues during an impassioned appeal for an extension of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, died Saturday in a hospice in New York. He was 53. His death from complications of cancer linked to the time he spent with other first responders in the rubble at ground zero was announced in a Facebook statement from his family.

Retired SF Firefighter Obituary: Jeremiah Edward Keohane
Jeremiah (Jerry) Edward Keohane passed away peacefully on June 19, 2019 at the age of 64. Beloved husband of Cheryle; loving father to Kaitlin and Jenna Rose; son of the late Margaret and the late Daniel; cherished brother of Michael (Luisa), Daniel, Sean (Joanne), the late Patrick and the late Kevin; devoted uncle to numerous nieces and nephews; treasured friend to all who knew him. Jerry grew up in San Francisco, attending St. Gabriel's elementary school and Riordan High School. He went on to study Fire Science at City College of San Francisco. Jerry joined the San Francisco Fire Department in 1978 where he retired as Captain after over thirty years of service.

Retired SF Firefighter Obituary: William J. Murray
William J. Murray, a third generation San Franciscan, was born to William and Alida Murray and attended St. Anne's Grammar School, Lincoln HS, and City College of San Francisco where he was a trombone player and drum major in the college band. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War participating in the Inchon Invasion and later at the Battle of the Chosin Reservoir, where he was fortunate to survive as one of the "Chosin Few." In 1956, following in his grandfather and father's footsteps, he joined the San Francisco Fire Department and rose to the rank of captain. Bill was highly respected for his training techniques, firefighting innovations and rescue procedures, and received multiple meritorious awards for valor. When he retired after 30 years, he was invited to join the Glen Ellen Volunteer Fire Department as a training officer and later as volunteer fire chief.


Christmas in July
Benefitting the SF Firefighter Toy Program
Saturday, July 13 th
11:00AM – 5:00PM
Atwater Tavern

SF Firefighters Toy Program
Golf Tournament
Friday, September 6th
TPC Harding Park

Remembering Our Fallen Brothers & Sisters
Jeremiah Keohane (Ret.)
Deceased: 6-19-19
Rank: H-20

William J. Murray (Ret.)
Deceased: 6-14-19
Rank: H-30

Daniel Dobleman (Ret.)
Deceased: 6-5-19

William Brichetto (Ret.)
Deceased: 5-27-19
Rank: H-30
Edward Mitchell (Ret.)
Deceased: 4-19-19
Rank: H-2

Vincent Nolan (Ret.)
Deceased: 4-16-19
Rank: H-40

Andrew Smail (Ret.)
Deceased: 4-14-19
Rank: H-40

Dan Pennisi (Ret.)
Deceased: 4-11-19
Rank: H-2
William Tuohy (Ret.)
Deceased: 4-6-19
Rank: H-20

Donald Lustenberger
Deceased: 4-5-19
Rank: H-10

Frank Dunphy (Ret.)
Deceased: 3-22-19
Rank: H-40

Robert Territo (Ret.)
Deceased: 3-15-19
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 .