December 9th, 2016 

Five Adults, Five Children Rescued From San Jose Fire; Two Saved Off Balcony       
San Jose firefighters put out a two-alarm blaze, rescuing five adults and five children, including extricating two people off the balcony.   The fire began in a first-floor bedroom. One firefighter was injured with minor injuries, officials said.   (video)   
   NBC Bay Area            CBS5         Mercury News

Suspected Arsonist Sought After Abandoned Building in San Jose Catches Fire          Authorities are searching for a suspected arsonist after an apparent vacant building in San Jose went up in flames.
The two-alarm fire is being investigated as suspicious and broke out Wednesday afternoon. Fire crews responded to the call at about 1 p.m. for what was initially reported as a warehouse fire. (video)     NBC Bay Area

Fire retardant foam floods streets after San Jose airport malfunction        
A malfunction at a hangar at Mineta San Jose International Airport resulted in the release of fire retardant foam that flooded surrounding streets. San Jose Fire Department warned people to not touch the foam, as it can cause skin irritation.  (video)   ABC 7


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
Tom Tiopan (Ret.)
Fire Engineer
Retired: 1999   
Deceased: 10-28-15 
Gregory Martell (Ret.)
Fire Fighter 
Retired: 1999 
Deceased: 10-13-15 
Michael Cunningham (Ret.)
Fire Captain 
Retired: 2005  
Deceased: 10-28-15 

"Thank you so much with surprising my son.
The fire fighters were amazing.  For all 4 to come and take the time to let him and his friend play on the fire truck.  Such a great memory to Cherish."

- Katie O'Donnell


San Jose Artist Scott Willis decorated this utility box outside old Fire Station 1 on Market St. 


Firefighters Annual 
Toy Drive

Wrapping Night
Saturday Dec 10th 6pm
SJFD Training Center


2015 Year in Review

San Jose Fire Fighters 2015 Year In Review

On Sale at  
Local 230 office


Fire Fighter Night with the San Jose Sharks 

Several San Jose Fire Fire Fighters were honored with a pre-game ceremony acknowledging acts of valor and heroism in the course of their duties. 
Even SJ Sharkie was decked out in his SJFD gear.  Proceeds of the event this year went to support the San Jose Firefighters Burn Foundation.

More Photos:  Csmeadphotography

Three Escape San Jose Fire, Pet May Have Died: 
Three people living inside a San Jose duplex were able to escape a early morning two-alarm fire, but their pet may have died in the blaze.   The 40 firefighters and command staff arrived to a heavy, well-involved fire threatening the structure's other unit, Capt. Mike Van Elgort said. (video)      NBC Bay Area        KTVU


Breast Cancer T-Shirt Fundraiser
The Pink Fund  provides financial support to help women during breast cancer treatment, so they can focus on the important task of healing.

San Jose Fire Fighters partnered with Classic Car Wash to raise over $6000 selling Pink Breast Cancer T-Shirts during the month of October. The monies raised will support 2 women for a month as they undergo chemotherapy. 

Classic Car Wash - San Jose      

Firefighters Save 17 Dogs Saved From East Bay House Fire   
OAKLAND, CA - More than a dozen dogs were saved when a two-alarm fire broke out at an East Oakland house Saturday evening, according to fire officials. 

Oakland Firefighters Say Their Department Is So Badly Managed, Ghost Ship Warehouse Wasn't Even In Its Inspection Database
Whistleblowers say that the Fire Chief, Mayor and city council failed to advocate for sufficient resources.    eastbayexpress 
Santa Clara firefighters replace girl's desk destroyed by fire
The girl recently lost one of her most prized possessions in a fire. Her Minnie Mouse desk where she did her homework every day. Santa Clara City Firefighters pitched in to get her a new one, put it together and delivered it to a very happy young lady. (video)    ABC7

Turning Wheels for Kids Bike Build
This annual event has San Jose Fire Fighters joining other teams for this great holiday tradition.Turning Wheels for Kids provides children with brand new bikes to encourage life long habits of exercise, outdoor activity and independence.

 Endorsed Candidates

ELECTED San Jose City Council District 2 

RE-ELECTED CA State Senate District 15

Evan LowEndorsed by CPF/L230
RE-ELECTED - California State Assembly

Kansen Chu - Endorsed by CPF/L230
RE-ELECTED - California State Assembly

Kamala Harris - Endorsed by CPF/L230

San Jose Endorsed Measures

Measure F  Pension Modification - PASSED

Measure G Business Tax-  PASSED

San Francisco firefighters lead nation in trying to detect, prevent cancer
When crews go into a fire, they have respirators and oxygen tanks to help them breathe and protect their lungs. But it turns out there may be other risk factors for cancer in the clothes that firefighters wear.  (video)     KGO 7


Sacramento Firefighters Use Movember To Break Ice On Danger Of Cancer
SACRAMENTO - Mustaches for "Movember" - it's a national movement to bring awareness to men's health. For some, it's more than just sporting facial hair, it's about bringing awareness to occupational cancer. (video)      CBS Local

Man arrested after brandishing knife at first responders
A man who was unconscious in the median at Anderson Road and Covell Boulevard was arrested Saturday afternoon after he brandished a knife at the ambulance personnel who came to help him.    

Fresno firefighters work to rescue dozens of animals from burning home 
Fresno firefighters who arrived at a burning duplex in southeast Fresno on Monday, Nov. 21 rescued dozens of dogs and cats that were trapped inside.

Neighbors mourn loss of two children found dead following house fire south of Modesto
Two children were among four people found dead following a house fire in a small community south of Modesto   The Ceres and Westport fire departments responded to the fire after
neighbors reported hearing a loud explosion, then coming outside to find the home engulfed in flames.
Modesto Bee
  Off-duty firefighter talks down suicidal man from freeway overpass in Riverside
Hector Barragan, a firefighter for the Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department, was on the 60 freeway under the Orange Street Bridge when he noticed a pair of shoes and a jacket near the roadway wall, according to a department news release.
Press Enterprise
Honolulu firefighters among those killed, injured in Pearl Harbor attack
    "It's something that distinguishes the Honolulu Fire Department among all the other departments in the United States," Jenkins said. "We're the only department that has members, civilian members that were awarded the Purple Heart."  (video)    KHON2

Chief says manpower was issue in apartment blaze that injured firefighters
FLINT, MI - A Flint apartment complex fire that left three firefighters injured last month pushed the Flint Fire Department to its limits that day.


Structure  Fires                                       First Due 

11.6.16 Will Wool Dr                                              Station 26

Fire Communications dispatched a Full First Alarm Assignment to a report of fire at a sheet metal business. E26 arrived and reported smoke showing. E26 confirmed that a machine had caught fire and there was some fire on the exterior of the building as well. Most of the fire was knocked down after 15 minutes and the detail was placed under control after 30.

11.7.16 Capewood Ln                                         Station 23
Communications dispatched a full first to a report of smoke from a house. Arriving units confirmed a working fire on the second floor. The fire was contained to the single structure and was under control after 50 minutes. Red Cross was requested for 4 individuals.

11.7.16 Indigo Dr.                                               Station 13
A full first was dispatched to a single report of a house on fire.  E13 arrived and found a one story, single family home fully involved.  The fire was knocked down and placed under control after 1 hour.  The occupants of the structure were treated for injuries.  Red Cross responded to assist the displaced residents.

11.12.16  Lieb Court                                          Station 21
A structure response to a report of a house on fire.  The balance of a full first was dispatched when additional calls were received that the house was completely engulfed.  E21 arrived and confirmed that the house was fully involved.  The fire was placed under control after 1.5 hours.  There were no reported injuries.

11.14.16 Park Av.                                             Station 30
Structure Response to a report of a gas line that was hit by a construction crew. Initial reports were that it was a six-inch line. B1 requested the balance of the Full First. A Significant Event page was sent out. SJPD assisted with traffic control and several evacuations surrounding the area.  B1 declared this a HAZMAT incident and requested the 2nd Alarm and the balance of the HAZMAT Task Force. The detail was placed under control after 4 hours. 

11.15.16 South Cypress Av                             Station 10
A full first was dispatched to multiple reports of a house on fire.  E10 arrived and found a well involved duplex with one unit fully engulfed.  The 2 nd alarm was called after 10 minutes  Red Cross was requested for three displaced occupants. 

11.17.16 Seven Trees Bl.                                  Station 18
Communications received a call for a bed on fire in an apartment. The first arriving fire unit reported heavy smoke coming from the front of the apartment complex.  The fire was knocked down at under control after 30 minutes  One injury was reported and the patient was transported to a local hospital.  SJPD was requested for traffic control, PG&E to secure the utilities and the Arson Investigator to determine the source of the fire.  Red Cross was contacted and 23 total people were displaced due to smoke damage in the building.  

11.18.16 N Capitol Av                                      Station 23
Full First Alarm after receiving multiple calls reporting house on fire.  E23 arrived on scene and reported smoke showing from the residence.  The fire was knocked down after 15 minutes and under control after 30.  Red Cross was requested for 6 residents, no injuries were reported and all appropriate notifications were made.

11.20.16 N 12th St                                         Station 8
Multiple calls reporting a house on fire. The first arriving fire unit reported a working fire to the rear of the house and a 2 nd Alarm was requested.  A fire was located in the basement of the house.    SJPD was requested for traffic control, PG&E to secure the utilities and Red Cross for 7 displaced residents. 

11.21.16 Innerwick Ln.                                   Station 24
Full First Alarm Assignment to multiple reports of smoke from a garage. E16 arrived and reported light smoke coming from the garage. The detail was knocked down and placed under control after 30 minutes. 

11.23.16 Empey Wy                                       Station 4
Communications received one call reporting a house fire.  The first arriving fire unit reported a small working kitchen fire inside of the structure.   PG&E was requested to secure the utilities.  

11.23.16 Lincoln Av                                      Station 6
Communications received one call reporting an oven on fire.  A structure response was dispatched.  E6 reported a working fire in the oven that was breached, and requested a Full First alarm. Fire was knocked down after 45 minutes. 

11.16.16  Shofner Place                                  Station 24
Fire Communications dispatched a Full 1 st response after receiving multiple calls reporting an explosion and garage on fire.  E26 arrived on scene and reported black smoke coming from the garage.  The fire was knocked down and under control after 45 minutes hours.  Board up was requested.  Red Cross was also requested for 5 adults and 3 children.  

11.27.16 Devonshire Dr.                                  Station 15
Communications dispatched a full first to a report of smoke from the roof of the structure. Arriving units confirmed smoke from the roof along with smoke in the garage and family room. The Fire was knocked down after 30 minutes. 

11.30.16 Senter Rd.                                        Station 18
Communications dispatched a full first to multiple reports of a mobile home on fire. Arriving units confirmed a fully involved mobile home on fire with exposure issues. A second alarm was requested. The fire was knocked down after 30 minutes and placed under control after an hour. 

Emerick Ave                  
                   Station 5
Fire Communications received a call reporting an extinguished Fire Pit fire. The reporting party called back reporting smoke in the house. The first arriving unit reported smoke in the residence and upgraded the call to a Structure response. Upon further investigation, it was reported that there was in fact a fire in the wall. The call was then upgraded to a Full First response.

12.7.16  Montoro Ct                                 Station 22
Fire Communications dispatched a Full First Alarm Assignment to a report of a kitchen fire. E22 arrived and reported a working attic fire. 

12.7.16 San Carlos                                   Station 30
Structure Response to a report to PD that there was a warehouse fire. An additional call was received and the balance of a Full First was dispatched.  T30 arrived and reported fire from a window of an unoccupied boarded up building. The fire was knocked down at and placed under control. There were no injuries reported.

12.8.16 Turnberry Pl.                                Station 13
Reports of a structure fire with flames showing.  Another caller reported 2 possible subjects trapped inside of the residence. B13 requested a precautionary 2
nd alarm and an ambulance task force.  There was heavy fire in the Bravo/Charlie corner, and T13 confirmed all occupants out of the residence.  PD was requested for traffic control and PGE to secure the utilities.  One patient was treated for smoke inhalation by the ambulance on scene, one patient was transported to a local hospital for an injury sustained on scene.  Red Cross was requested for 4 displaced residents. Fire was under control after 2 hours.


11.22.16 Sylvandale Ave                              Station 24
E18 reported the possible release of pepper spray at the above location. HIT29 responded along with E24, B13, MED30, 4A10 and three ambulances. B13 declared the detail a hazmat incident and HIT29 confirmed the substance was pepper spray after 1 hour. One person was transported to a local hospital. 


11.27.16 Penitencia Creek Rd                         Station 19
A park ranger on scene requested an engine to assist with a report of a patient needing assistance within the park. Upon arrival, E19 requested the USAR task force to assist with technical rescue. The patient was extricated after 2.5 hours and the incident was placed under control.

12.8.16 Almaden Bl/W San Fernando St              Station 30
Rescue response after receiving reports of a vehicle accident with subjects trapped.  E30 confirmed that the subject was trapped, and B10 requested an ambulance task force for 4 confirmed patients.  Patient was extricated after 20 minutes



12.1.16 S. Bascom Ave.                                 Station 10
County Communications advising that there was a patient being airlifted to VMC and that our Hazmat Team would needed for decontamination; the patient was exposed to Lead Oxide.  HIT29 and the closest engine were dispatched. During the incident VMC's helicopter pad was not available for service.  


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