June 24th, 2016 

Four-Alarm Fire Destroys Majority of Shops at Cahalan Square Shopping Center in San Jose 
A four-alarm fire broke out at a San Jose strip mall - the second fire to damage a strip mall in the South Bay in less than a month - likely destroying up to 80 percent of the businesses. (video)            KGO         NBC Bay Area
San Jose: Three adults displaced by fire
Three residents and a cat were displaced Thusday night after an accidental fire ravaged a townhouse in the 500 block of Greenmeadow Way after a neighbor reported a unit was on fire. (video)

San Jose raises fine to $500 for those caught using fireworks first time
In an effort to crack down on people who defy the city's ban against setting off sparklers, bottle rockets, Roman candles and all other types of fireworks, the San Jose City Council on April 12 increased fines from $350 to $500 for a first offense, $700 for a second offense and $1,000 for each subsequent offense.   Mercury News


J.C. Walton (Ret.)
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Tom Tiopan (Ret.)
Fire Engineer
Deceased: 10-28-15 
Gregory Martell (Ret.)
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Deceased: 10-13-15 
Michael Cunningham (Ret.)
Fire Captain 
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Gordon Wallace (Ret.)
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Deceased: 8-2-15  
Sebastian J Catania (Ret.)
Retired: 10-1-86

Deceased: 8-1-15  
Michael Rosingana (Ret.)
Fire Engineer
Retired: 7-4-03
Deceased: 7-10-15  
Rick Wardell (Ret.)
Fire Captain
Retired: 1-21-11
Deceased: 7-10-15  
Robert L Webb (Ret.)
Fire Engineer
Retired: 5-7-85
Deceased: 7-9-15 
Harvey E. Webb (Ret.)
Fire Engineer
Retired: 11-6-91
Deceased: 5-8-15  
Leslie Harms (Ret.)
Fire Fighter
Retired: 1-5-03
Deceased: 4-10-15  
Randy Wiens (Ret.)
Fire Engineer
Retired: 8-10-04
Deceased: 3-28-15   
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San Jose: Duplex fire near I-680 displaces 13 
Firefighters responded to a two-alarm fire that left 13 people displaced Monday afternoon, a fire captain said.  A resident reported seeing smoke coming from the back of a duplex around 2:26 p.m. on the 600 block of South Sunset Avenue
    Mercury News 

San Jose Fire Department Graduates Recruits  
Craig Rose captures the recent graduation ceremony for the 23 new recruits who will join the ranks of the SJFD as Probationary Firefighters.     Craig Rose 

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Fallen San Jose Police Officer Michael Katherman
A touching memorial service was held Tuesday for San Jose Police Officer Michael Katherman, who died in a motorcycle accident in the line of duty last week. Bay Area law enforcement officers lined the streets in San Jose, saluting as the hearse passed by on its way to SAP Center for the memorial.    KGO

Los Angeles Fire Dept proposes program for alcoholics who overuse 911 system
The Los Angeles Fire Department keeps a list of "frequent flyers" of emergency medical services.
They're called "superusers," and in 2015 alone, the top 40 superusers in Los Angeles accounted for about 2,000 emergency responses.       89.3 KPCC   
Groundbreaking Beloit-based study finds incremental alarms better for firefighter heart rates
BELOIT, WI -- It's a major risk factor facing firefighters, work-related heart attacks, b ut a new study could help reduce that job hazard.  It shows ramped-up tones keep heart-rates from climbing to extreme highs.       WKOW
Cedar Rapids Fire Department forms Critical Incident Stress Team
CEDAR RAPIDS - When it comes to help, firefighters are often better at giving it than asking for it, said Fire Captain Eric Vandewater. The fire department - with the assistance of Dr. Jim Coyle, a counselor with Cedar Memorial who specializes in sudden and unexpected life loss - are working to shift that way of thinking.             The Gazette 


Structure  Fires                                       First Due 

3rd ALARM      
6.1.16  S White Rd                                                  Station 2 
Fire Communications dispatched a Structure Response to a report of vegetation on fire next to a building. B2 reported smoke showing and requested a 2nd Alarm. E21 arrived and reported multiple bushes on fire and fire on the exterior of the building up into the eaves at O'Reilly's Auto Parts. B2 requested the 3rd Alarm and HIT29 due to the building being placarded. B2 requested the 4th Alarm and an Ambulance Task Force after 30 minutes. The fire placed under control after 2.5 hours. Multiple injuries were treated at local hospitals
6.2.16 Santa Teresa Bl                                             Station 27
Structure response to reports of a large commercial dump truck on fire.  E27 arrived on scene reporting that the top of the vehicle had exploded, and confirmed that the truck used CNG fuel.  E27 initiated defensive attack while PD arrived on scene to shut down the roadway.  A code 2 ambulance was requested for standby. An occupied school within 50 ft. of the fire was evacuated while nearby businesses sheltered in place.

6.6.16 Spencer Ave                                                    Station 6
Full First Alarm Assignment to reports of smoke from a detached garage. E6 arrived and reported smoke showing. The fire knocked down at 1246 hours and placed under control after 30 minutes.

6.9.16 Chateau La Salle Drive.                               Station 26
A full first was dispatched to a single call reporting a smoke from a mobile home with people possibly trapped inside.  E26 arrived at and confirmed smoke from the eaves of a double wide mobile home.  After entry was made, the mobile home was found to be empty.

4th Alarm 
6.14.16  Santa Teresa Boulevard                            Station 12
Full first after receiving multiple calls reporting a dumpster fire next to a building at Cahalan Shopping Center. Engine 12 confirmed an exterior fire threatening the strip. A fire was located in the attic at and a 2nd alarm was requested. A 3rd alarm was called followed by a mutual aid 4th alarm that was filled by CNTB83, CNTE82, CNTE83, and CNTT85. The fire was placed under control after 3 hours.  IDT assisted with communications on scene.

6.18.16  Valhalla Drive                                           Station 23
A full first was dispatched to multiple reports of a kitchen fire.  E19 arrived 2036 hours and found light smoke from the eaves of a single family home.  The fire was contained to the oven and there was no extension to the rest of the structure.  The incident was downgraded at 2039 hours.  The fire was placed under control at 2046 hours.  There were no reported injuries.

6.20.16  Concourse Dr                                          Station 23
Structure response to a report of an alarm and a kitchen fire. E23 arrived and reported an alarm sounding, but nothing showing. B29 requested the balance of a Full First. E23 located heavy smoke inside the Happy 9 Wellness Center. A tipped over candle appears to have been the cause.

2nd Alarm 
6.20.16 S Sunset Ave                                            Station 34
Full First Alarm Assignment to a report of a house fire when E34 arrived and reported heavy smoke and flames from the roof vents. B1 requested the 2nd Alarm. The duplex fire was knocked down and Red Cross assisted with 13 displaced individuals.

6.22.16 Mountain View Av                                 Station 2
Communications received a call reporting a house fire with an elderly male still inside.  A Full First was dispatched and was upgraded to a precautionary 2nd Alarm based on the details of the call and subsequently cancelled when the first arriving fire unit determined everyone was out of the house.  The fire was knocked down after 30 minutes. S/O was requested for traffic control.


5.31.16 Senter Road / Keyes Street                         Station 3   
Engine 3 dispatched to a report of a small vegetation fire. E3 arrived and requested a Tier Response for two separate grass fires. The fire was placed under control after 45 minutes.

5.31.16 Orchard Parkway @ Component Dr          Station 29
E29 dispatched to a report of vegetation on fire. E29 arrived and reported a one acre grass fire and requested a Tier Response. The fire was contained at 1340 hours and was placed under control after 1 hour. 

6.2.16 Wool Creek Drive/Needles Drive                Station 26
Fire Communications dispatched a single engine to an outside fire. E3 arrived and requested a Tier Response for an acre of light brush on fire. 

6.8.16 Falcon Ridge Ct @ Falcon Knoll Ct              Station 22
Multiple call of reports of a grass fire. The call was upgraded to a TIER after E28 advised they could see smoke from their station.  Upon arrival it was determined this was a fire about 2 acres in size. A TIER 2 was called and CALFIRE assisted with Units B70 and E1653.

6.8.16 Thornwood Dr @ Santa Teresa Blvd             Station 12
Fire Communications dispatched E12/E612 to a report of vegetation on fire near Santa Teresa and Hy 85. E12 reported about a ½ grass fire. E13, T13, E17, E18, WT18 and B13 all responded to assist. The detail was placed under control after 1 hour.

6.12.16 Parkmoor Avenue                                        Station 4
E6 was dispatched to multiple calls of a vegetation fire.  E6 arrived and reported a working vegetation fire.  E6 requested an additional engine for water supply and E4 and E1 attached to the event.  E6 requested the balance of a full first as the fire had spread to the roof of the nearby commercial structure.  One fire fighter was treated for injuries.

6.12.16 Hellyer Avenue                                              Station 35
Multiple calls of an electrical tower arcing and a vegetation fire.  B13, E18/WT18 and E12/E612 were dispatched to a wildland interface zone. B13 requested the balance of a TIER 1 while enroute and arrived to report a one acre fire, slow moving with the potential to spread to 200 acres.  The fire reached 4-5 acres in size and a Tier 3 was called.  CalFire sent a medium response to assist. The fire was contained to 10 acres and placed under control after 2 hours.

6.14.16 SB 101 @ 280                                              Station 8
E8 dispatched to multiple reports of trees on fire.  E8 requested a Tier Response. The detail was placed under control after 1 hour. There were no injuries reported. Approximately 2.5 acres burned.  

6.16.16 Klein Rd                                                  Station 21
Multiple calls reporting a brush fire possibly caused by electrical lines. The first arriving unit advised of a brush fire 150ft x100ft at a slow rate of spread. A Tier response was dispatched and PGE was requested for assistance with the wires down. PD assisted with traffic control.

6.20.16  Quimby Rd                                              Station 21
Tier Response after receiving multiple reports of vegetation on fire. E24 reported a large column of smoke visible from Silver Creek. B2 requested the Tier 2. Cal Fire dispatched a High Response to this SRA and took over the fire on their channels.

6.23.16 Los Lagos Golf Course                           Station 26
Call reporting smoking coming from the creek area with a single engine dispatched,  A subsequent caller reported fire in the creek area and the call was upgraded to a Tier I.  The first arriving fire unit reported a 100x100 area of grass burning in the center of the creek.  A Parks Ranger was requested to assist with crowd control and a precautionary ambulance was requested. The fire burned approximately ¼ acre.

6.23.16  Story Rd                                                 Station 3
E3 dispatched to a report of vegetation on fire. The detail was upgraded to a Tier 2. E3 arrived and reported a 1/2 acre fire. The fire was contained after 1.5 hours. Approximately 7.6 acres burned. There were no injuries rep

6.23.16 Mabury Ln                                              Station 34
E5 to a report of vegetation on fire in the creek south of the flea market. E34 self-attached and requested the balance of a Tier Response plus two additional engines. At 1841 hours, E34 requested two more additional engines.  Approximately 1.5 acres burned. There were no injuries reported.

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