January 18th, 2017   

Little Bit Risky': Two Good Samaritans Brave Burning Car in San Jose to Save Trapped Man  
Two men are being hailed as heroes Sunday morning after rescuing a man, who was later arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, from a burning car in San Jose. (video)    NBC Bay Area 

Possible serial arsonist targeting palm trees in San Jose    
A possible serial arsonist may be targeting palm trees in the South Bay after a string of fires in the past few weeks.  The rash of small fires has plagued the Highway 101 corridor in San Jose. Several suspicious fires have broke out along Highway 101 near Story Road. In one fire, flames spread to a nearby Caltrans storage container.   KGO 7


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


    Thank you for your quick response. Many times I have called to alert of fires and Thank God I always got "they are on their way already" response.

            Johana Morado


2015 Year in Review

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Dramatic flood rescue in Gilroy, more rain coming  
Emergency officials in south Santa Clara County are gearing up for more wet weather as families clean up the damage from the first round of storms. 
San Jose Fire Department's Urban Search and Rescue team are on heightened status in case of more water rescues.  (video)   KTVU 

Crews Rescue Transient From Island In Coyote Creek
Rescue crews from the Milpitas and San Jose fire departments rescue a transient man trapped on an island in Coyote Creek.   KPIX 5  

Powder falling inside SJ-bound plane triggers haz-mat response    
A white powder that fell from an air vent in the galley of an Alaska Airlines plane from Seattle that went on to land at San Jose International Airport triggered a hazardous material response team to sweep through the plane when it landed, a spokeswoman said.  
   SF Gate

UPDATE: Deicing residue may be cause of sick flight attendants in SJ     ABC 7



Firefighter copes with grief, tragedy after Oakland warehouse fire

A firefighter who helped pull bodies out of the rubble of the Ghost Ship warehouse over a month ago is speaking out about how the blaze has affected him (video).        KTVU
11 SF firefighters volunteering in Nicaragua this month   
San Francisco's firefighters will be taking off to northern Nicaragua, where they will spend one week training Nicaraguan firefighters. Northern Nicaragua is an environmentally challenging place to live; tropical storms are frequent, as are floods, and there are number of lakes and live volcanoes. Firefighters in this region are faced with a wide variety of challenges, which they face with limited resources and training.
  SF Chronicle 
Video's of the Month

San Jose Engine 26 (Tully @ Senter) arrives to a fully involved travel trailer fire. 

Travel Trailer Fire

The Silicon Valley and San Jose are some of most expensive places to live, forcing many to have taken up full time residence in trailers and motor homes like this. They can be found scattered throughout the City in industrial and residential neighborhoods. The need for quick and efficient search for victims during extinguishment is a priority until units receive an "all clear" on the primary search. The lightweight and sometimes overloaded units can make interior entry dangerous.   Instagram @sanjosefirefighters

Magnesium Explosion

Many car makers use magnesium when building their vehicles to cut down on weight and add strength. Unfortunately as you can see in this video from Communications Hill, magnesium can react violently with water during fire fighting operations.
City of San Diego Lays Out Demands For Rural/Metro, Threatens To Terminate Contract  
The Rural Metro Ambulance company has missed mandated response times for 911 emergency calls within the City prompting City leaders to request staffing and billing records, along with a sufficient ambulance deployment plan.      NBC7 
San Franciso firefighters use airbags to push BART car off pinned man  
The quick thinking of San Francisco firefighters saved a man pinched at the waist between a BART train and the platform. The man was conscious and talking as they tipped the train to pull him out. (video)    ABC 7 
Marinwood firefighters file lawsuit claiming overtime pay violations  
Fifteen former or current Marinwood firefighters are suing the Marinwood Community Services District, claiming it shorted them on overtime pay. The lawsuit alleges the district violated the Fair Labor Standards Act by miscalculating the regular pay rate upon which overtime is based.    Marin Independent Journal 


Fire at fire station near Knott's destroys 4 fire vehicles, including $1 million aerial truck
BUENA PARK, California - Orange County Fire Authority firefighters battled a blaze at one of their own station houses that left the structure severely damaged and destroyed four vehicles including a 100-foot-long aerial fire truck.    OC Register

Knott's Berry Farm ride stuck 148 feet in air; 21 riders rescued 
BUENA PARK, California - A ride at Knott's Berry Farm became stuck 148 feet in the air, sparking a rescue operation from fire crews. The Sky Cabin became stuck with 21 people, including seven children, onboard, according to the Orange County Fire Authority.    OC Register

Should Cal Fire firefighters get a raise? New proposal says yes
State-employed firefighters, some of the lowest-compensated in their profession in California, are preparing to vote on a contract offer that would increase their base pay by 9.29 percent to 22.55 percent over four years.  Press Enterprise


Arizona firefighters want 10 more types of cancer added to workers' comp coverage
A potential battle over firefighters, cancer and who is responsible for paying the treatment bills could be brewing in the Arizona Legislature. In Arizona, if a firefighter develops one of seven types of cancer, state law assumes the disease was caused by his or her job. That means the firefighter is eligible for workers' compensation.     KTAR  

Crisis of confidence: How police and firefighters' deep distrust of City Hall makes a pension fix difficult
The biggest barrier to solving Dallas' multibillion-dollar pension crisis isn't just the money, it's also the troubled relationship City Hall has long had with its own police and firefighters.   Dallas News

New NFPA Video Underscores Long-Lasting Realities of Home Fires
In cooperation with the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors, NFPA has produced a new video underscoring the painful aftermath of home fires. Burn care specialists from the William Randolph Hearst Burn Center, one of the premier burn care hospitals in the U.S., detail the frequency of home fire injuries and painstaking recovery of burn survivors. Their stories help underscore the arduous recovery and procedures survivors endure post-fire.  Fire Engineering 


Structure  Fires                                       First Due 

East Court        
                                   Station 8
Fire Communications dispatched a structure response for reports of fire in a trash room.  E8 arrived on scene at and declared a working fire in the trash room.  The fire was knocked down with smoke isolated to the trash room. PG&E was requested to secure the utilities, no injuries were reported. 

Curling Ct                                          Station 24 
 Communications dispatched a full first to a report of a bedroom fire. Arriving units confirmed smoke from an attic vent and a working bedroom fire. The fire was knocked down and under control after 30 minutes. Red Cross was requested. No injuries were reported.
1.10.16 Bird Ave                                           Station 30  
A full first was dispatched to multiple calls reporting a structure on fire.  E30 arrived and confirmed a working fire at a business.  A 2nd alarm was called.  Knockdown was achieved after 20 minutes. There were no reported injuries
1.8.16 Bailey Rd                                             Station 27
RESCUE and the USAR Task force to a report of 2 subjects stuck in a vehicle in flood waters. Communications kept the subjects on the phone and coordinated with Engine 27 as to their location and rescue efforts. SJFD units made contact with the passengers and assisted the subjects to dry ground.  
Monterey Hwy                                   Station N/A
CalFire requested Mutual Aid for the swift water rescue team for subjects trapped in a home in South County.  

1.10.16 City of Hollister
CalFire requested the USAR team to respond with motorized boats to assist with approximately 20 houses flooded by 5-7 feet of water.  U34A, U34D and E34 responded to Hollister.  The Duty Chief was contacted for approval.  The USAR Task Force was still assisting CalFire with evacuations through the next morning.

1.12.16 City of Milpitas
SJFD received a request from Milpitas fire for the USAR to assist with a water rescue.  The USAR Company was dispatched and arrived at the location within 20 minutes.  The RESCUE was completed after 2 hours.  
1.5.16  Short Ridge                               Station 8
SJPD requested a hazmat detail for a working drug lab.  Engine 29 requested a hazmat task force.  E8 on scene as IC requested a structure response for an active butane leak in the lab area.  A code 2 precautionary ambulance was requested.  After 1.5 hours HIT29 completed their investigation.  

1.12.16 Mineta SJC Airport                  Station 20
Fire Communications dispatched units and a Hazmat task force to SJIA after receiving a report of 6 dizzy employees on board of an inbound flight. The flight crew reported symptoms after inhaling a white substance that was coming through the vents.  An ambulance task force was requested, and a second Battalion Chief.  All available squads were requested due to a concurrent low level of ambulances within the County. The cause was determined to be a maintenance problem with de-icing fluid. The event was under control after 2.5 hours, and one patient was transported to a local hospital.

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