January 1st, 2017   


'Chronic Fire in the Same Location': Slew of Suspicious Blazes in San Jose Puts Firefighters on Edge    
San Jose fire officials are on the lookout for an arsonist after another suspicious fire broke out along northbound Highway 101 and Story Rd. Fire crews found a handful of palm trees ablaze in different spots along the freeway. It took firefighters about 20 minutes to knock down the fire, but they weren't able to prevent the flames from spreading to a nearby storage shed. Headline photo (video)          NBC Bay Area 

Wrong-Way Volkswagen Driver Causes Three-Way Crash in San Jose: CHP 
A wrong-way driver in a silver Volkswagen in San Jose allegedly struck a red Chevy head-on, causing a three-way car crash that shut down part of the highway.
The driver of the Volkswagen, who was later arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, suffered a major injury to her ankle and was taken to the hospital. The driver of the Chevy suffered unknown major injuries.   (video)    NBC Bay Area


Michael Curcio (Ret.)
Fire Engineer
Retired: 1996  
Deceased: 12-11-2016

John Arnaz (Ret.)
Arson Investigator
Retired: 1995  
Deceased: 11-2016

Richard Nelson (Ret.)
Fire Fighter
Retired: 1996  
Deceased: 9-11-16
William Lowe (Ret.)
Fire Fighter
Retired: 1971
Deceased: 9-5-16
Donald Tyson (Ret.)
Fire Engineer
Retired: 1985 
Deceased: 7-24-16
Guy Newgren (Ret.)
Battalion Chief
Retired: 1999  
Deceased: 7-23-16
Michael Spinelli (Ret.)
Fire Fighter
Retired: 1994  
Deceased: 7-13-16
J.C. Walton (Ret.)
Fire Engineer
Retired: 1973 
Deceased: 3-8-16


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San Jose Fire Fighters Spreading Holiday Cheer:  Toy Drives Brighten Day for Youngsters in Need
Community members of all ages gathered across the Bay Area Sunday to spread some holiday spirit to youngsters in need.  A South Bay toy drive event, which is orchestrated by Los Bomberos, the San Jose Fire Department and San Jose Firefighters Local 230, donated toys to over 500 cheery families in the South Bay. (video)    NBC Bay Area            CBS 5

San Jose House Fire Reveals Marijuana Grow Operation    
  A fire at an East San Jose home led to the discovery of a marijuana grow operation. Firefighters responded to a house fire in the 3100 block of Heritage Springs Court, upon arrival, firefighters found the home on fire. Firefighters were able to knock down the blaze within about an hour of arrival.    Mercury News    CBS5

Two Perish After Car Slams into San Jose Sound Wall, Ignites Blaze      
Two people died in San Jose after the vehicle they were riding in smashed into a sound wall, causing flames to engulf the vehicle.   The 4-door sedan clipped the center divide on South Capitol Ave before crashing head on into the wall.     (video)   
   NBC Bay Area           


San Jose Public Safety Squares off at
 San Jose Earthquakes Winterfest  

Bragging Rights will have to wait until next year as San Jose Fire Fighters faced off against San Jose Police, only to end in a 3-3 tie at this year's first ever Winterfest hosted by the San Jose Earthquakes.

13 People Spared, One Dog Dies, in San Jose Fire
One family, and three extra guests were staying at a San Jose home when  everyone was abruptly woken up and forced to scramble outside when a fire ripped through the house on Palmira Way, days away from Christmas.   (video)   NBC Bay Area    CBS5

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Fire department emails: Inspections flawed in fire-prone Oakland hills   
Oakland's embattled fire department, already under scrutiny for failing to inspect the Ghost Ship warehouse before its deadly blaze, is facing a new round of allegations about its lax fire prevention efforts in one of the region's most vulnerable areas to wildfires.
  Mercury News
Vallejo Fire Station Hit By Gunfire, No One Hurt  
A fire station was struck by a bullet over the weekend - and it's not the first time this has happened. Vallejo Firefighters posted pictures to their Facebook page of the damage done. As seen in the pictures, a bullet was shot through the front window of  Vallejo Fire Station No. 24.       CBS5


Apparent suicide of Orange County fire captain may be part of sad trend in profession 
The apparent suicide of an Orange County Fire Authority captain is part of a sad trend among firefighters.  In 2015, 132 firefighters committed suicide in the U.S. - a bigger number than those who died of job-related injuries and illnesses, according to figures provided by the California Professional Firefighters union.    OC Register

Christmas Tree May Have Played Role in Fire That Killed Twin Boys in South L.A., Police Say
Firefighters had to fight through security doors and window bars to get into the home, where they rescued two boys and a man believed to be their father.
Neighbors said the father had gone back into the home to try and rescue the boys after the fire started.
Tucson firehouse overdue for replacement, may be toxic, officials say
    Tucson's oldest firehouse has become an example of how long-delayed capital projects can cost more than a spreadsheet can list. And in this case, officials say, it might be an actual pound of flesh. Fire Station No. 3 dates to the 1950s and has been retrofitted repeatedly in an attempt to extend its useful life. However, city officials say any more changes would be a waste of taxpayer dollars.

San Jose Fire Fighters work closely with SJPD, CHP & County Ambulance in responding to vehicle accidents throughout San Jose.
One of the overlooked but critical components of keeping the roadways safe an open are the private tow companies. Here you can see the teamwork, speed and skill with which Campbell Towing uprights and removes this vehicle from Hwy 880 after a rollover accident. Quickly getting the road clear, gets traffic moving again, avoiding further delays and potential accidents for motorists stuck behind this back up.
All the participants in this car walked away with minor injuries.
#SJFD     (video)  SJ Fire Fighters Facebook 

Most Dallas cops and firefighters to receive 10 percent raises
DALLAS, TX -Most Dallas police officers and firefighters are officially getting a 10 percent raise. 
Without much fanfare or discussion, the Dallas City Council on Wednesday unanimously approved a three-year police and fire salary agreement.
3 KC firefighters injured after being trapped in burning house 
Two Kansas City firefighters were taken to the hospital and treated at the scene after being trapped while battling a house fire.  Officials say fire crews were at the tail end of fighting the fire when a partial roof collapse happened, leaving three firefighters trapped inside the home with burning debris on them. (video)     KCTV 

Structure  Fires                                       First Due 

Huran Court        
                                   Station 16
A full first was dispatched to multiple calls of a garage fire.  E16 arrived at 0541 hours and found smoke coming from the garage of a single family structure.  Knockdown was achieved at 0549 hours and the fire was placed under control at 0554 hours.  There were no reported injuries.

S King Road 
                                              Station 16
Fire Communications dispatched Full 1st Alarm assignment after receiving multiple calls regarding a house on fire.  Engine 16 arrived and reported smoke from a single story residence.  E16 reported that a shed in the backyard of the house was on fire.  San Jose Police was requested for traffic control.
Meridian Ave                                           Station 6 
Structure response to a report of smoke in a home due to an electrical malfunction. A full first was requested and dispatched due to smoke from the rear of the duplex. Red Cross was requested for 2 individuals and board up was requested with 8 sheets. The fire was under control after 1 hour.
12.21.16 San Antonio Ct                               Station 34
A full first was dispatched to a report of smoke from the vents.  Engine 34 arrived and confirmed visible smoke in a multi-unit structure.  A smoldering fire was found in the attic of the structure.  There were no reported injuries.  
12.21.16 Palmira Way                                             Station 16
Fire Communications dispatched a Full First after receiving multiple reports of smoke in a house due to an electrical issue.  Engine 26 arrived on scene and reported fire seen through the front door.  All appropriate notifications were made and there were no reported injuries.
W Virginia St
                                        Station 30
Fire Communications dispatched a Full 1st response after receiving after a neighbor reported smoke coming from a duplex.  T30 arrived on scene and reported smoke from the attic.  San Jose Police Department was requested for traffic control.

Holycon Cl
                                          Station 18
Full 1 st alarm after one call received for smoke in the residence. The first arriving unit reported smoke in the house and a working attic fire. A 2 nd alarm was requested. San Jose Police Department was requested for traffic control. The fire was placed under control after 45 minutes. No injuries were reported and all appropriate notifications were made.
Shawnee Ln                   
                        Station 12
Fire Communications dispatched a Full First Alarm Assignment to a report of a bedroom fire. E12 arrived and reported light smoke at the back of the structure. E12 entered and confirmed a working bedroom fire. The fire was knocked down after 20 minutes. There were no injuries reported.
Heritage Springs Ct
                                 Station 31
Communications received one call reporting smoke from the roof of a house. Engine 31 confirmed a working attic fire upon arrival.  The fire was knocked down and placed under control. SJPD, PG&E, and board up were requested.

12.30.16 Auzerias Ave                                           Station 30
Engine 30 requested a full first after seeing a heavy column of smoke from a house across the street from the station. Engine 30 confirmed a working fire with one exposure upon arrival. SJPD assisted with traffic control. PG&E and board up were requested as well.

12.31.16 Davidwood Way                                     Station 21
Full 1st response to multiple reports of black smoke coming from a garage. The first arriving unit reported a working garage fire. PD was requested for traffic control, board up was requested. The fire was placed under control after 1 hour.
12.9.16 Monterey Hwy                                             Station 26
Fire Communications dispatched Engine 26 for reports of a head on vehicle accident with a CPR in progress.  Further Reports indicated information about a subject being trapped and upgraded the call to a rescue response as well as requesting a 2 nd code 3 ambulance.  B13 requested a 2 nd truck company code 3. Patient was extricated 33 minutes after the initial call.
280 North of Bascom Avenue     
             Station 10
  Communications dispatched a Rescue response after receiving a call for a multiple vehicle accident with one vehicle overturned. Three patients were extricated and transported to local hospitals. 
12.29.16  Almaden Expressway                               Station 22
  Communications dispatched a Rescue response for a vehicle that drove into the CVS. Engine 22 confirmed one subject was trapped upon arrival. The subject was extricated 25 minutes after dispatch.

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