SAN JOSE FIRE FIGHTERS LOCAL 230
March 1st, 2017   
SAN JOSE FIRE FIGHTERS RESCUE HUNDRED'S FROM FLOOD WATERS

IN THE NEWS

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
SEE IT: San Jose firefighters rescue five homeless people trapped on golf course following massive flooding
San Jose firefighters rescued five homeless people trapped on a golf course after massive storms flooded the area.       NY Daily News    
FOX NEWS U.S.        REUTERS
Hundreds rescued from California floodwaters in San Jose
SAN JOSE, Calif. -  Rescuers chest-deep in water steered boats full of people, some with babies and pets, from a San Jose neighborhood inundated by water from an overflowing creek.       FOX News U.S.           Reuters      
San Jose officials say floods caused $73 Million in damage
SAN JOSE, Calif. --A San Jose official says an initial estimate puts damage costs from last week's flooding of several residential neighborhoods at $73 million. (video)          ABC
Southern California billionaire donates $5 million for victims of San Jose flood
SAN JOSE (KRON) - A Southern California billionaire has written a check for $5 million to help flood victims in San Jose.   His name is Kieu Hoang from Southern California with some ties to the San Jose area.    (video)    KGO         KRON 4

R EMEMBERING OUR
FALLEN BROTHERS &
SISTERS   

Michael Curcio (Ret.)
Fire Engineer
Retired: 1996  
Deceased: 12-11-2016
Vince Jangrus (Ret.)
Fire Captain
Retired: 1997
Deceased: 12-8-2016
 Emmett Knutson (Ret.)
Fire Fighter
Retired: 1988  
Deceased: 12-1-2016
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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    "Firefighters are just simply awesome. I could never do what they do as I have a special fear of fire. So I wave with gratitude each time I see a truck passing.."

   

DRONE VIDEO
Dramatic Drone Footage Shows Extent of San Jose Flooding
To get a sense of the water damage, the following drone footage shows the extent of the flooding in San Jose.



UPCOMING EVENTS


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2017 SAN JOSE FLOODS  

San Jose Fire Photographers capture dramatic flood rescues
San Jose Fire Photographers Craig Allyn Rose and Chris Smead capture the rescues by the SJFD Urban Search & Rescue teams and San Jose Fire Fighters as flood waters rise throughout San Jose. 


                             Craig Allyn Rose Photography 






San Jose mayor Sam Liccardo thanks FireFighters,  promises to hold public hearing to address flood warning issues

   
"The bureaucratic finger-pointing stops today," Liccardo said at a news conference Friday morning. "This happened in my city. I am responsible. I don't care what any bureaucracy or any other agency believed they did or didn't do. It happened in our city. We are responsible."
- Mayor Sam Liccardo



San Jose mayor admits failures in flood evacuation order
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - The mayor of San Jose acknowledged that the city failed to properly notify residents to evacuate during a flood emergency early Wednesday when some people said they got their first notice by seeing firefighters in boats in the neighborhood.    Fire Engineering

San Jose: Two hurt in Willow Glen crash
Two people were injured in a solo-car crash on Bird Avenue in San Jose. The damage was severe enough to pin a door shut and trap an occupant, SJFD CA Brad Cloutier said. The other occupant was able to get out of the car.     Mercury News

LOCAL NEWS    
 
Oakland fire department: Did administration fake inspection reports?
   
OAKLAND -  Oakland Fire Chief Teresa Deloach Reed was warned by a firefighter that 10 to 20 percent of Oakland hills homes were not being inspected, according to emails.               East Bay Times  
 
 
Oakland's fire chief out on leave again; is retirement next?
   
OAKLAND -  Oakland's in-and-out fire chief, who has been catching flak over the deadly Ghost Ship blaze, is out on leave again - fanning rumors that she could exit for good as soon as next week.       SF Chronicle  
 
SPOT LIGHT INCIDENT    


     
San Jose Fire Fighters Rescue and revive dog from family home

Just days after rescuing hundreds of people from flooding throughout San Jose, the same SJFD USAR 34 crew members rescued this lucky dog after becoming trapped in a house fire earlier today.  SJFD pulled the dog out of the building and immediately started resuscitation  efforts. 

We are happy to report the pup is now in the care of its family and is being medically evaluated.


The family has started a Go Fund me to help with their recovery.    Ivers Family Home Fire Relief Fund


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                  Video Chris Smead -Csmeadphotography



TWITTER


CALIFORNIA NEWS

Three killed when San Jose-bound plane crashes in Riverside  
RIVERSIDE - Three San Jose-area residents were killed Monday in a fiery plane crash in Riverside that also critically injured two women and left authorities scouring a "scattered" debris field for answers.  (video)    KTVU

Crew recalls fire truck tumbling off 15 Freeway as road collapses
CAJON PASS, Calif. (KABC) --  Firefighters who were on a fire truck just moments before it plunged over the side of the 15 Freeway in the Cajon Pass recalled the dramatic scene. (video)      KABC

NATIONAL NEWS

Public pensions are in better shape than you think
The beleaguered condition of state and local pension plans is one of those ongoing disaster stories that crops up about once a week somewhere.  The Week

Funding Public Pensions - Is full pension funding a misguided goal?


Drone video: FDNY's arrival at Brooklyn house fire

As cancer deaths among firefighters soar, their families must fight for compensation

Fire Capt. Rick Winship died in a hospital bed, not in a raging inferno or a tragic accident while racing to an emergency scene.  But his death was in the line of duty all the same. The fast-spreading cancer that killed him two years ago was, a result of exposure to toxic soot and smoke during his 26-year career with the Independence Fire Department.  Kansas City Star


 
  SIGNIFICANT SAN JOSE FIRE INCIDENTS


Snapshot of Flood Events
February 20-22, 2017 
 

2.20.17  
Berryessa Rd                      Station 34
USAR 34  
R escue response with the USAR task force after receiving a report of 2 subjects stranded on an island surrounded by fast moving water.  Calfire Copter106 was requested for their short-haul capability. Subjects were brought to shore and the rescue was complete after 1.5 hrs.

2.20.17   Oakland Rd         Station 5      SJ District 4
USAR 34 
Response with the USAR task force after reports of a subject surrounded by water and refusing to leave. The subject was eventually rescued. 

2.21.17 Lone Bluff             Station 26     SJ District 7
USAR 34
Report of flooding in the golf course and people trapped in the creek. A USAR Task Force was dispatched to the location. The first arriving unit advised of multiple people trapped in the trees and it was a confirmed Swift Water Rescue. CDF Helicopter 106 was dispatched for possible short haul operations. PG&E assisted with downed power lines. 3 people were rescued and treated on scene.

2.21.17 Nordale Av          Station 26      SJ District 7
USAR 34
Report of high water level in the area. A USAR task force responded for a Swift Water Rescue. 2 VTA busses assisted with transporting residents to evacuation locations. Red Cross was requested for over 100 residents displaced. Mandatory evacuation orders were set in place.  County Parks assisted with evacuation of 30 horses and mules.

2.21.17 Tully Rd             Station 26       SJ District 7
Report of one person trapped under a bridge. The first arriving unit reported a confirmed Swift Water Rescue. County USAR Task force was requested to assist. An ambulance assisted with patients on scene. 1 person rescued.

2.21.17 Oakland Rd      Station 5         SJ District 4 
USAR 34
B10 dispatched to survey the area at the request of San Jose Emergency Operations Center personnel.  B10 arrived and requested representatives from VTA, San Jose Police Department, and Red Cross, as well as a fire unit.  Incident Dispatchers to assist.  A confirmed water rescue was declared and USAR with boat was dispatched.  Fire units on scene assisted with evacuating 2 mobile home parks in the vicinity.

2.17.17 Woodvale Ct        Station 8     SJ Distirct 3
USAR 34
Fire Communications dispatched 2 units after receiving a call stating that the neighborhood was flooded and residents unable to leave due to flooding.  E1 reported that the engine was almost unable to make it thought the water enroute.  E1 arrived and reported heavy flooding with vehicles and houses under water.  E8 requested water rescue equipment.  96 residents were evacuated, an ambulance assisted with medical needs on scene, San Jose Police Department was requested for traffic control, a VTA bus assisted with transporting evacuated residents. 




2.8.16   
Seaview Dr.                 
                             Station 16
Full1st response to multiple calls reporting a possible structure fire. The first arriving unit reported smoke from the delta side of the structure due to a working kitchen fire in a converted garage. San Jose Police Department was requested for traffic control.   Two precautionary ambulances were dispatched.  PG&E assisted with securing utilities.  

2nd ALARM

2.11.16 
Gilchrist Walkway
                                  Station 19
  
 
Communications received multiple calls reporting a garage on fire. Due to the details of the call a precautionary 2 nd Alarm was requested.  The first arriving fire unit reported a garage fire.  The fire was knocked down and under control after 1 hour.  SJPD was requested for traffic control, Red Cross for 6 displaced residents.


2.11.16 Fruitdale Av.                                        Station 4
A full first was dispatched to a call reporting a roof on fire.  E4 arrived and found a single story residential structure with smoke visible from the roof.  The fire was placed under control after 30 minutes.


2.11.16 
Lobos Avenue                                        Station 18
A full first was dispatched to a call reporting a fire inside a house.  E26 arrived at 0110 hours and found a bedroom fire in a single story residential structure.  The fire was placed under control at 0131 hours.  There were no reported injuries.  Red Cross was requested for seven people displaced by the fire


2.16.16 
Rue Toulon Ct                               Station 18
A full first was dispatched to a report of an electrical fire inside a single family structure.  E18 arrived at 0012 hours and confirmed there was a working attic fire. The fire was placed under control at 0044 hours.  There were no reported injuries.


2.17.17 
Tourney Dr
                              Station 23
Multiple calls reporting a garage fire.  A Full First was dispatched at 0702 hours.  The first arriving fire unit reported heavy smoke from the garage area.  The fire was knocked down at 0744 hours and under control at 0843 hours.  SJPD was requested for traffic control, PG&E to secure the utilities and Board Up to secure the residence.  No injuries were reported and all appropriate notifications were made.
 

2nd ALARM 

2.23.17  
Monterey Road                  
     Station 26
A full first was dispatched to a report of smoke and flames from a furniture store.  E26 arrived and found smoke from the roof of the business.  A 2nd alarm was called after active fire was found at the center of the 50' x 300' commercial structure.  The fire was knocked down at 0124 hours.  There were no reported injuries.


USAR SPECIAL OPERATIONS
2.24.17 Creekside                              Station 23
Full first was dispatched and the first unit arrived on scene at reporting a working garage fire. A 2 nd alarm was dispatched due to it being a gas fed fire. The affected unit was cleared, and one occupant was removed from the house.  The fire was knocked down and under control after 1 hour. U34 was requested for shoring the garage. SJPD was requested for traffic control, and PGE was requested for gas and utilities.  One civilian was treated for injuries.

                          DOG RESCUE
2.25.17 King Rd.                         Station 16
Multiple calls reporting a garage fire, based on the number of calls received, a precautionary 2 nd Alarm was dispatched. The first arriving fire unit reported heavy flames and heavy smoke coming from the house.  Firefighters successfully resuscitated one dog that was removed from the interior of the house.  The fire was knocked down  and under control after 1.5 hours.  SJPD was requested for traffic control, PG&E to secure the utilities and Animal Control for the canines removed from the home. Red Cross was requested for 3 displaced residents. 

2.25.17  South King Rd                  Station 16
Communications received multiple calls reporting smoke coming from a residence.  A Full First was dispatched and first arriving fire unit reported heavy smoke coming from the garage of the residence.  The fire was knocked down after 20 minutes.  One patient was transported to a local hospital for burns.  SJPD was requested for traffic control and PG&E to secure the utilities.  No other injuries were reported and all appropriate notifications were made.


HAZARD

2.20.17 Tiffany Wy                           Station 9
E13 responded to reports of a fallen tree that hit a power line and was smoking after hitting a residence.  E13 reported that a 50 foot tree limb was into live hi-voltage wires.  PGE was requested and power was secured after 1 hour.

 

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